Bali is a one size fits all destination. Its an island, similar to Australia, but different in many ways. It is affordable, closer to other Asian countries, and of course, the shooting site for the very famous Hollywood flick, featuring Julia Roberts “Eat Pray Love”. Romantics, hoping for a tryst with destiny, still flock Bali hoping to find what Julia found, here! A lot of back packers can be seen thronging Bali, as it is one of the hottest back packer destinations for Australians. In fact, it is very infamously quoted as “Bogan destination”. Even then, its charm doesn’t diminish at all. We still love Bali, with all our heart.
When we visited Bali, it was dry season. The best time to visit is April- October. The weather is not too humid, and the rains can be avoided as well. The main attractions are temples, with beautiful representation of Indonesian ancient art and tradition. The largest temple is Pura Besakih, located in Kuta Then there are beaches, that attracts a lot of tourists all year round. Surfers can be seen thronging the beaches, hoping to catch a good swell.
The spiritually inclined can hope to find a lot of peace here, since Bali’s essence is beautifully captured through its spirituality. Be ready to drink copius amounts of “Kopi“, as Indonesian coffee is christened! The amazing sunset hues can make great photos, if you are big on sunsets.
If you want to get a taste of local culture, visit the local paddy fields in villages. You might be pleasantly surprised by the hospitality and bonhomie of the locals. Don’t forget to sample some of the local Balinese dishes as Indonesian cuisine is pretty famous world wide. If you like a decent Lasi Nemak or Lasi Goreng, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Balinese cuisine as well. You can explore a range of local delicacies like Satay, Nasi ayam and Nasi Campur, Bebek and Ayam Betutu, Babi Guling, Tahu and Tempeh. Jimbaran seafood, Pepes andTum.
Check out some of the recommendations here by Culture Trip, for some of the top places to visit, when in Bali. Once in Bali, you;ll always be in Bali. You tend to leave behind a part of you when you visit this place!