10 Reasons to pack your bags and travel to Bali now
Bali isn’t called the Island of Gods for no reason. There’s just something about this magical island that makes you fall in love instantly. Here are the top reasons you should stop thinking and start packing:
1. Breathtaking Nature
Whether you’re a nature lover or not, Bali’s incredible natural beauty will take your breathe away. No matter where you are on the island, you will be surrounded by either lush green jungles, an endless view of rice fields, volcanoes, or beaches.
2. Monkeys, monkeys and more monkeys!
If you’re looking for some close encounters with our cheeky friends, then head straight to the Scared Monkey Forest in Ubud. With thousands of monkeys running around, you get to interact with them in their natural environment. Purchase some bananas inside and let the fun begin! During my visit to the forest, every time I had any bananas, my shoulders were used as comfortable seat. Make sure to follow the safety instructions while you’re there and remember not to tease the monkeys… they’re smarter than you think!
3. The Locals
Balinese people are some of the kindest and most warm heart-ed people you will encounter in your travels. Wherever you’re walking, you will be greeted with a huge smile and welcome. Your whole stay in Bali will be filled with uplifting energy and positive vibes. To get to know the cultural and spiritual side of the Balinese even more, I suggest you head to one of the temples during ceremony time. My favorite was Gunung Lebah Temple in Ubud.
4. The Food
If you’re a fan of Indonesian food, then get ready to taste some amazing local dishes… but that’s not all! The island also has some great international food as well. Whether you head to a fancy restaurant or try some street food, you will get to have some delicious meals in Bali. Here are my favorite restaurants: Mamasan – Indonesian fusion or Bambu – local fine dining. Stay tuned for an upcoming article about the top restaurants and cafes on the island.
5. Bali Sunsets
How does sipping on coconut cocktails on the beach and gazing at pink skies sound ? Bali has some of the most scenic sunsets lined up for you! There are so many amazing spots to watch the sunset from. Here are my top picks: The best spots to watch the sunset in Bali.
6. The cool hangout spots
The beach bars, cute little cafes, and funky hang out spots are endless! You can discover a lot of them just by walking around especially in Seminyak. Here are some recommendations: Potato Head Beach Club, Old Man’s Bar, Finn’s beach Club (close to Uluwatu temple), Revolver Espresso, Motel Mexicola (one of the funkiest spots in Seminyak), Livingstone Cafe & Bakery, Sea Circus, Milk & Madu, Deus Ex Machina Surf Shop & Cafe/Bar.
7. The incredible resorts
Want to wake up in your very own private pool villa surrounded by coconut trees? Bali is the place to do it! With so many amazing and affordable luxury resorts, it’s going to be hard to pick. My favorites are: Fivelements Resort on the Ayung River in Ubud or The Elysian private pool villas in Seminyak. Read my full hotel review of Fivelements Resort here.
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8. The organized chaos
Yes, Bali is filled with scooters, narrow streets, and so much chaos, but as long as it’s organized chaos, it adds so much charm to the whole experience. One of my favorite experiences was when I discovered a service called Go-Jek, which is like Uber, but for scooters. My first ever ride, my driver suggested a short cut road and we ended up driving through endless rice fields! Now that’s the kind of chaos I love!
9. Island Life
Who doesn’t love living the true island life while on holiday? Bali has so much to offer, from warm tropical days, to surfing lessons, diving schools, parasailing, yoga on the beach or enjoying cold coconuts.
10. Affordable Luxuries
Bali is the perfect place to indulge in the luxuries that you wouldn’t otherwise afford. A $10 massage, a $2 manicure, a $15 meal in a luxury restaurant or a $1 scooter ride make it so affordable to you don’t have to hold back from whatever pleasures you feel like while your on holiday.