The achingly beautiful island of Bali is on the bucket list of millions of people for good reason. With stunning views of nature, highly developed arts, unforgettable food, heart-warmingly friendly locals, Bali will capture your heart and your imagination in one swoop.
Here’s not one but 7 reasons why you should visit Bali at least once in your lifetime!
1. The Scrumptious Indonesian Food
Bali is all about food. The sheer variety will blow your mind. Not only is the food is incredibly tasty and flavourful, it is also incredibly cheap. There is a reason Bali is considered a foodie’s paradise. Whether you eat like a local at a Warung (a local food stall) or at a fine-dining restaurant, you can’t go wrong with Balinese cuisine.
2. The Incomparable Balinese Culture
The Balinese culture is influenced largely by its history and the arrival of merchant vessels from China, India, and also by the Dutch. Their rich culture and heritage is showcased through its various forms of dance, music and arts. Keep a special look out for mesmerising staging of the traditional Kecak dance performed at sunset in Uluwatu.
tripsavr Travel Tip: Show your respect to the local culture and religion by investing in a sarong that you can wear when you visit temples and places of cultural significance.
3. The Unbelievable Nightlife
Bali is known for its world-class nightlife which is amongst the best in the world. Beach side bars offer views of sunsets but also boast live music and performances by world-renowned as well as local DJs. Even if parties are not your scene, it is something to experience at least once in your life.
4. The Unlimited Potential For Adventure
Whatever your adventure sport of choice, Bali offers you a myriad of opportunities to never be bored on your holiday. From water sports like surfing, and scuba diving, to mountain hiking, and paragliding, Bali has something for everyone. If you’re a little less adventurous, you can still see the sights with a dose of snorkelling and swimming. You can even hire traditional glass boats or zip line across spectacular views.
5. The Heavenly Balinese Massage
Bali is incomplete without indulging in the heavenly Balinese massage – a full-body, deep tissue holistic massage. With the perfect blend of stretches, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy, the massage not only conjures a feeling of well-being, but also boosts your circulation. A healing spa experience in Bali is a must, and with spas built near the most beautiful locations, your mind and body are both in for the best stress-relief solution.
6. The Spectacular Art and Handicrafts of Bali
Through many generations in time, the Balinese people have been surrounded by art in all aspects of their daily lives. Their creativity is seen not only in paintings and sculpture, but also in music and fashion. A trip to Bali is incomplete without picking up a hand-crafted traditional souvenir. Affordable art, dazzling furniture, intricately carved show-pieces and high-end paintings, the art lover of every budget has something to indulge in.
7. The Incredible Locals
The true flavour of a place is in its locals, and the Balinese people are among the friendliest in the world. Pick up a few local phrases and set out to meet some locals. On your adventure of making new friends, you will discover hidden gems no guide book can tell you about, and it will make your adventure that much more special.
tripsavr Travel Tip: Try to barter like a local. When you go around with a local, the standard rule is that you usually go 1/3 the price and then work your way from there.
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Written by Preethi Subramany