I have recently returned from a magical week in Bali with my husband. The landscape is beautiful with so many ways to explore the culture and witness the famous sights. We packed our holiday full of cultural experiences as well as a little bit of sunbathing. Here are some of the experiences we had in our time there:
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
One of the most famous tourist destinations, this is a definite must! One of the staff at our hotel told us that “If you haven’t been to the rice terraces, have you been to Bali at all?” The fields are a striking sight and there are lots of different routes to walk, whether you want to have a quick look around or a few hours exploring. We also stopped off at a restaurant here which looked over the beautiful views. (Ticket price per person 40, 000 Rp / £2.35)
Uluwatu temple wasn’t originally on our schedule but we wanted to see the “kecak dance” so we added this to our trip. I am so glad that we did as this sea temple located on the cliffs gave stunning views of the sea and was beautiful to explore. As with all of the temples, there were rules to follow: Sarongs and sashes were available at the entrance to ensure that visitors were dressed appropriately and women on their period can not go in the temples. Apparently there are also mischeviuos monkeys here, we only saw a couple but make sure you don’t have glasses, food etc. on you as your belongings could get stolen. (Ticket price per person 30,000 Rp / £1.76).
Kecak and Fire Dance
Once inside Uluwatu temple we purchased additional tickets for the Kecak and fire dance which tells the love story of Rama and Shinta. (Ticket price per person 100, 000 Rp / £5.88). I thought this was well worth the visit and was the highlight of my trip. You are given a handout with the story to read prior to the dance which helped with understanding the story. The performance takes place as the sun sets and includes 50 men chanting “keh-cak” whilst the dance takes place. The dancers were absolutely beautiful and we found the show enjoyable and funny at times. It does get very crowded so I would advise getting seated 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the dance.
Luwak Coffee Plantation
If you have heard of Luwak coffee, you will know that a “cat like” animal (Asian Palm Civet) eats the fruit which passes through the body, leaving an undigested coffee bean. The bean is then cleaned and made in to Luwak coffee – the most expensive coffee in the world! My husband wasn’t that keen on drinking “cat poo” coffee but once we had sampled the delicious range of hot drinks available at the Luwak Coffee Plantation, we were brave enough to drink it, I actually really liked its strong taste. We ended up bringing some of the different flavoured coffees home; my favourite one was Ginseng. (Entrance is free. If you wish to sample the Luwak coffee it is 50,000 Rp / £2.94 per cup).
This post was originally a bit too long so I have had to split it in to two instalments. Make sure that you check back again for the second instalment : Four more things to do in Bali.
Are you planning a trip to Bali? What is on your list of things to do?