Our 5 Must Do Things in Bali will take you directly to the ‘bucket list’ of local treasures and unforgettable landscapes all around this bewitching island. There is a virtually unlimited number of temples, significant historical sites, and attractions of stunning natural beauty spread across all eight regencies. This distillation of your options will help you to discover the best of Bali during your visit. Travel east to see the imperial ‘mother temple’ of Besakih. Travel to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, replete with scenic photo opportunities. From beautiful vistas to sensational cultural performances, there is something for every visitor and every mood.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is probably Bali’s most characteristic temple. It is perched atop an enormous rock next to the sea cliffs surrounded by crashing waves. As one of Bali’s most significant sea temples, Tanah Lot’s custodians seek to appease the guardian spirits of the ocean. The temple is a foreground to picturesque sunsets.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces Ubud
Famous for its scenic reaches of rice fields, Ubud is not to be missed. The best vantage points are found to the north from Ubud, along the Tegallalang road. Roadside stalls and art shops offer unique items and local curios of every sort line the street. Many small restaurants offer their diners an unbelievable atmosphere by virtue of the amazing views.
Ubud Monkey Forest
On the edge of the Ubud centre, the Monkey Forest is among Bali’s numerous gray long-tailed macaque-inhabited preserves and is probably the most well known. Known also as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and its official appellation as the Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a mecca for researchers and a site with many spiritual aspects such as temples sanctified by local villagers in the deep wooded areas.
Ubud Art Market
The Art Market in Ubud, referred to as the ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ is opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open every day. You’ll find fine silk scarves, light shirts, hand made woven bags, baskets and hats; statues, and many more hand-crafted goods.
Mount Batur and Kintamani North-west Bali
Kintamani, in the Karangasem Regency, plays host to the soaring Mount Batur and the unforgettable Caldera Lake. Penelokan is a favorite stopping point for local tours to this region, which means, as luck would have it, ‘scenic stopover’. The active Mount Batur volcano erupted roughly 24 times since 1800, reshaping the landscape with each explosion.