Arts and culture
If you’re the arty type you’ll find this island truly captivating, as in Bali, art is life. Art is extremely important in Bali – its people and streets ooze creativity and you’ll find every corner is filled with creativity. The Uluwata temple – one of the six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars – is a particularly cultural place with its depictions of captivating ancient tales. Just look out for the lively monkeys! Rice terraces, coffee plantations, food markets and mountain climbing are also all excellent ways to embrace the Balinese culture. Or simply walking round each street will allow you to experience the imaginative architecture including crazy, diverse bamboo structures, wood and stone carvings and a multitude of handmade decorations.
Food in Bali is a celebration of colour, texture and flavour which tends to combine a heady mix of herbs and spices with fresh vegetables, rich meat and fish. Night markets featuring warung stalls are the perfect place to sample authentic street snacks, such as Babi Guling (suckling pig) and Lawar, a spicy mix of vegetables, grated coconut and minced meat. Cookery schools dotted across the island also offer tourists the chance to learn more about Indonesian cuisine while preparing dishes for themselves.
Bali driver and tour packages
Driver and tour packages are very common in Bali and tremendous value. A friendly driver will transport you and your group around the island to your desired locations allowing you to spend as much or as little time as you like in each place. Common excursions include The Ubud Monkey Forrest, snorkelling around the island, waterfalls, white water rafting, water parks and Balinese temples.
Kuta and Legian Street
Known for its stunning beach and party atmosphere, Kuta is a mecca for tourists from around the world. If you’re feeling peckish or fancy a spot of daytime to late-night shopping, Legian Street is home to a choice of eat-in and on-the-go restaurants, shops, Balinese masseuses and hair and beauty salons. Perhaps not the most relaxing of locations, the street also has some great clubs and numerous bars creating an electric atmosphere in the evening – why not absorb a spot of culture by trying Balinese beer? Bintang!
Tegenungan Waterfall is located in Banjar Tegenungan, Kemenuh village, and is arguably one of the most stunning waterfalls in Bali. An abundance of trees frames the cascade beautifully, meaning the walk to the waterfall is almost as striking as experiencing it close up. A fantastic photograph opportunity, Tegenungan Waterfall is a must-visit in Bali.
If you have the time, why not visit one or more of the exotic islands that surround Bali? Each island possesses its own unique character and offers something totally different and appealing. If crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches are what you’re looking for, your ideal location is a short boat ride away at Gili Trawangan (known locally as Gili T), where stunning beauty, tropical accommodation and cosmopolitan bars will greet you.
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