Growing more famous in recent years following mainstream media such as the novel Eat, Pray, Love, Bali is praised as the much-needed getaway and potential spot for finding romance amidst the laid-back tropics. However, there is something for travelers of every description. In Ubud, one can find a reasonably priced Balinese massage, cultural and historically steeped performances on most evenings, and appealing handcrafted goods.
Apart from popular destinations like the Ubud Monkey Forest or Kuta known as a surfer's paradise, one can choose to travel more secluded destinations. Padangbai is a popular location for divers to spot the mola mola and manta rays. The Topi Inn has some of the best lassi out of all the local eateries. A ride to Tulamben will reveal the surprisingly arid terrain and equally rich but more macro reefs. On land, one can choose to trek Mount Agung, Mount Batur or gaze out from the cliffs of the Uluwatu Temple or various rice paddies that decorate the terrain.
Hints and Tips for Bali
- Most travelers must pay US$25 upon arrival for the 30-day visa (entry day counts as 1, not 0)
- The more secluded the destination, the less available ATMs will be--make sure to bring emergency funds
- Be prepared to face head-on traffic when taking the roads
- Monkeys look cute, but be careful not to face their wrath as bites and scratches can land you in the hospital
- Bali tends to be more lax in dress, but remember to cover up when entering temples.