Think Bali and all you imagine is an exotic destination! And why not? From the freshness of lush green paddies to the charm of the old temples, Bali is a traveller’s delight! Adventure, reflection, exploration – you can experience everything on one trip! When it comes to your budget – if planned correctly, you can have a pretty luxurious vacation on this gorgeous island.
You have to immerse yourself in the place – it has a vibe like no other, very distinct from the other Southeast Asian islands. I remember the first time I visited Bali, the energy of the place hit me the moment I set foot out of the airport. On the way to my resort, I caught sight of my first sunset in Bali – the first of the many that took my breath away. The stunning blend of colours changing in the sky, with a constantly strong tone of orange is unbelievable – you have to experience it know what I’m talking about, no photograph can ever do justice to this spectacle.
There’s a lot more to do in Bali, of course, besides watching the sunsets (but make sure you catch one in a different place every day!), and I’ll list down the three other things that you must absolutely experience when you visit Bali!
Walk through some paddy fields! And then walk through some more!
I don’t know about others, but this was one of my favourite activities in Bali. The feeling of walking through a lush green rice field and breathing in the fresh air is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There’s no dearth of rice fields on the island, from step farms to beautifully planned ones – some of them are a sight to behold! Don’t forget to check out the rice terraces especially at Jatiluwih, Munduk Rice Fields and Tegallalang.
Soak in a beautiful blend of history and spirituality at the numerous temples!
There are three types of temples you will find here – Candis or the Javanese Hindu Temples, Purams or Balinese ones and our Indian Mandirs. Do visit the Gunung Kawi temple in the north eastern part of Ubud. Another Puram you must experience is the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan which is a water temple dedicated to Shiva. Set on the shores of Lake Bratan, the temple is a vision with its Balinese sculpture and the magnificent shrine which seems magical from across the lakes. The first time I visited this temple, I stayed back for almost half the day because I was so mesmerized!
Settle down for a day or two by a beach!
If you come to an island and don’t chill by a beach, people will think you are insane! But yes, people talk so much about paddies and the temples, many fail to really enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world which are located in Bali. From the serene seclusion of Uluwatu and Bukit to the shining white Kuta Beach to the divine blue waters of Candidasa, Bali is a beach bums’ delight. Go sailing, snorkeling, swimming or just lay down on the beach and soak in the salty love of Mother Nature – you need to spend at least a couple of days by a beach to truly experience the beaches of Bali!
And now I’ll tell you guys about one thing you must absolutely do, not just when you are in Bali but for all your international travels, especially in the Southeast Asian countries.
Get Yourself A Travel Insurance!
I’m serious! A travel insurance covers a whole lot of problems travellers get into at foreign destinations. From covering most of your medical expenses to certain incidents of losses, here’s why you should ideally get yourself a travel insurance for the Southeast Asian countries.
The Travel Insurance from Reliance General also makes sense because it has destination specific benefits and has a wide range of coverage from medical evacuations to political ones and even baggage losses from carriers. I especially like that fact that it not only covers loss of baggage but also expenses incurred if a trip is delayed for more than 12 hours due to a host of reasons. And it’s available at an extremely affordable price.