I came to Bali as a self journey to food, yoga and spirituality. Here are some of my top tips if you are planning to come to the far East.
There is so much to see and do in and around Ubud. It’s a great place to start your trip in Bali and to spend at least 3 days there. For all you yogi’s out there, it’s the hub of yoga in Bali. I suggest you go to Radiantly Alive Yoga (my personal favourite) or The Yoga Barn. If you are looking for good food, you have come to the right place. Most of the island is Vegan and so the food on offer is a lot of vegan food, but trust me you will come across the most amazing variations. It is not like the boring flavourless combinations that so many of us think of when we think of Vegan food. There is also obviously still meat and cheese dishes on offer too. But best to try it all. Some of my top choices are: Clear Café (they also have an amazing spa on the second level), Mudra Café, Atman Café, Kebun Bistro and Sambal Matah.
There are lots of sites to see in and around Ubud: The Monkey Forest, a favourite for tourists. The monkey’s roam around free here. There are 3 popular waterfalls around Ubud, I went to Tegenungan Waterfall. Try to get there early to miss the crowds. It is also nice to go see a traditional dance called Pemaksan Barong Denjalan, these happen every morning in Batu Bulan at around 9. The Elephant Cave and The holy water temple are also really nice to see. You have to wear a sarong around your waist which they will give you to wear when you arrive. You should definitely make a stop to try the famous Luwak Coffee. There are a number of them around and unique to Bali. What’s popular amongst tourists is the Bali swing. I happened to discover one that had no tourists around next to the Elephant Cave. You can also do your Luwak tasting here. Lastly you do not want to miss going to the Rice terraces that Bali is well known for because of it’s wet climate up in the north. I went to Tegallalang, pictures don’t do it justice, it really is beautiful. You can also do sunrise hikes up mount Agung or mount Batur, definitely worth doing if you don’t mind getting up at 2am, I’ve been told its worth it.
Other places I visited during my trip were Gili Islands, Canggu and Uluwatu. They are all great and have different experiences to offer. Follow my page @capetowntravelgirl if you want to see more of my travels.