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Bali: things to do and see
There’s more to Bali than sun-soaked days at the seaside, beach parties or fantastic dives in the marine parks. When in Bali, there are things to do apart from staying on the coast or hitting the bars and discotheques at night. We show you where to go and get the most out of your holiday.
While it’s true many people go to this tropical island for the sun and beaches, Bali offers several things to do and see, as follows:
- Explore the rice fields in the countryside
Hire a driver and vehicle for the day to see a bit of the countryside or to get you to where you want to go. Marvel at the green scenery and the friendly locals. Bali is definitely a very relaxed place whether you’re in the countryside or at the resort spots. Consider visiting the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and enjoy the lush vegetation.
- Visit a theme park
If you have enough of the beaches or the water, schedule a trip to the Bali Safari and Marine Park. This is a recommended place to go especially when travelling with children. From elephants to camels, there are plenty of animals which will delight the kids.
- Pay homage to sacred temples
Mandara Wisata Warana Wana is a dense jungle where you can find 3 holy temples. Watch out though for the sanctuary is home to mischievous if not greedy Balinese grey macaques.
- Discover the Museum Neka in Ubud
Although the museum is small, it houses interesting pieces of paintings by Balinese artists. There are also intricate pieces of woodwork on display at the museum. Get an insight into Balinese culture.
- Stop by at the Water Palace of Tirtagangga
This is not a palace or a temple by any standard. It is more like a courtyard surrounded with gardens. There is an open swimming pool fed straight from underground spring waters. The area is beautiful with ponds, statues of mythical creatures on the water, and lilies. Just behind the gardens, you will see lovely rice fields.
Apart from the stunning sights and attractions, Bali offers interesting things to do such as discovering traditional cuisine in many restaurants and small eateries spread all over the island. Lastly, don’t miss out on a hiking trip in the hills of Komang Dodik. Enjoy breathtaking waterfalls and lush plantations along the way.