Must See Attractions ↠ Bali, Indonesia

Alrighty guys, so as you’re all aware I recently travelled to Bali earlier this year. This was my first time on the Island of the God’s so of course got up to much of the touristy stuff you would on your first trip any where.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know I’ve already done a guide on where to eat in Seminyak {read it here if you haven’t already} and a guide to Gili Trawangan {check it out here}, so this post will just be an over view of some sites or things you should add to your Bali bucket list, whether they are based in Seminyak or Ubud.

Seminyak Square
Your go to shopping area for your time in Seminyak, a range of shopping options are available in this area including market items as well as goodies from the likes of surf shops, Quiksilver or Billabong, or for those ladies out there wanting to treat themselves, places like Gooseberry Intimates are also located around this area.

↠ Ground Zero Monument, Kuta
In 2002 the deadliest terror attack in Bali history occurred, the Bali Bombings. This simple yet moving memorial was built to remember those from various countries around the world lost their lives. It’s not some where you’d visit for long, purely because there isn’t much to it, but if you are aware of what took place, it’s a nice site to visit to remember those who were involved.

Beachwalk Shopping Centre, Kuta
If shopping at the more designer end stores is your goal, then might I suggest the Beachwalk Shopping Centre that hosts the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Bershka, Mango, New Look, Pull and Bear, and Tommy Hilfiger for example.

Tanah Lot Temple
In all honesty, Tanah Lot was slightly underwhelming and I wouldn’t go back there for a second time. It has become a massive tourist destination thus arguably losing much of its traditional feel, nonetheless, if it’s the only temple you can get to during your time in Bali then that’s ok.

↠ Jimbaran
This is your go to location for seafood restaurants situated right on the beach.

↠ Uluwatu
This place is well worth the visit. Situated on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the beach, this temple gives amazing views. Just keep on eye on those cheeky monkeys that are well known for stealing your sunnies and other personal items, because you will not get them back!

↠ Ubud Town Centre
There’s not a whole heap to check out here, but it’s still nice to wander the streets of the main town in Ubud, wandering in and out of the various shops and restaurants situated along the busy road.

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↠ Tegalalang (the rice terraces)
You cannot visit Bali, let alone Ubud without taking a trip to the well known rice terraces, and Tegalalang will not let you down! The endless rolling hills of green rice fields is remarkable, and makes for some brilliant photo ops.

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↠ Kintamani (Lake Batur & Mount Batur volcano)
Just a brief stop off at the viewpoint is enough for this destination but it allows for wonderful views out to Mount Batur and the lake situated next to it. It’s also interesting to see the areas that were impacted by the previous volcano eruptions.

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↠ Besakih (the Mother Temple)
This place is amazing! Over 80 temples of various sizes are dotted throughout the grounds and the views from the higher temples are breathtaking – if you’re lucky and it’s a clear day you’ll be able to see for miles.

↠ Satria (Luwak Coffee shop)
Luwak Coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world, interestingly it is made from the poop of the luwak. Satria is the best place to learn more about it; visitors are offered numerous types of coffees and teas for free tastings, and it is only approximately AU$5 for those wishing to try a cup of the Luwak coffee. It is also the best place to buy the coffee to take home (I bought a box that will allow for 10 cups of coffee for a mere AU$24 when it retails for AU$400+!)

↠ Trita Empul (the Water Temple)
This temple has various bathing structures where Balinese Hindus (and any tourists wishing to do so) can go through a ritual purification under the holy spring water.

↠ Saraswati Temple, Ubud
Walk along this pathway past scenic lotus ponds and you’ll come face to face with this wonderfully architectural temple.

↠ Mount Batur Sunrise Hike
If you have time, and the weather permits don’t miss out on watching the sunrise from the peak of Mount Batur. Unfortunately due to bad weather, I didn’t get to tick this one off, but I have some friends that have done it and the photos look unreal!

↠ Hanging Gardens, Ubud
Another one I didn’t manage to tick off, but would recommend definitely adding to your Bali bucket list because the photo opportunity would be unbelievable!

Have you been to Bali before? What have I missed that you think should definitely be on the list of places to see/visit? Let me know in the comments below!

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