Things to see and do while backpacking in Seminyak, Indonesia.
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Bali Vilini Airbnb, Seminyak.
Just like everywhere, you kind of get what you pay for when it comes to accommodation, although you do tend to get more for your money here. There is accommodation that is catered for all budgets which is fantastic when you want to live on the cheap for a couple of nights and then treat yourself for the next few days with a nicer accommodation. Bali Vilini Airbnb, Seminyak. $72 per night – You can find some absolute bangin’ Airbnb’s which are just absolutely gorgeous. I’m talking a lush, private oasis with open plan living and a private pool. Some are set in the heart of the city, whilst others are secluded in a rice paddy field. Our Airbnb was in Seminyak. I guess it was a little more on the expensive side but it was definitely worth it. Plus, our host was lovely and told us the best places to eat and even arranged tours for us!Benjamin Witcomb
Parasailing, Surfing and Snorkeling
We went parasailing in Nusa Dua which was so thrilling! It was only a few minutes but such a rush and well worth it. We also went snorkeling in Padang Bai, that was really fun and a good place to go if you cant make it out to the Gili Islands for snorkeling. There was a lot of trash where the waves were crashing which was really sad to see, but once you swam out it was very clear and the fish were not shy at all! We surfed in Seminyak and Kuta, I preferred Kuta since it was deeper you could ride out the waves longer! All of these activities can be done in many places around Bali, but that’s just where ended up doing them!Rose Zilber
To get there, it’s simple. Either you take the public transport Kura-Kura, all new, they transport tourists around southern and central Bali. Count 80,000 / person. Want to be faster from 300k from Seminyak, a private driver will take you there with pleasure with some beautiful stop on the road.Mathias André
The first time I visited Bali I went to Ubud for a day trip (easily done as it’s only an hour each way from Seminyak) However once I got a taste, I instantly wanted to have a longer experience here, so for my second Bali visited I scheduled a few nights in this beautiful town. Ubud is set in lush green jungle, rice paddies scattered here and there and is the perfect place to zen out for a few days. A haven for lovers of Yoga, nature, organic foods or anyone who just wants to switch off for a few days. Accomodation: I stayed a little out of Ubud and due to the location I wouldn’t highly recommend where I stayed as although it was cheap, the cost increased due to having to get taxis in and out of the town centre. What I can recommend however is picking accomodation which incorporates the lush surroundings in to it’s design, something our hotel did well. Many have swimming pools that leave you feeling like you’re literally floating towards the jungle! Food: If you are a fan of healthy eating, vegan or vegetarian food, and organic treats, Ubud is definitely the place for you! Some favourites of mine: Earth Cafe: (Also has a branch in Seminyak) Delicious vegetarian treats and an extensive menu with something for everyone. We visited several times. Also includes an organic grocery store. https://www.dtebali.com/ Taco Casa: The best Mexican food, also has a location in Seminyak but the location in Ubud is more central, I visited 5 times in 2 visits, the 9 layer burrito is to die for, need I say more?! http://tacocasabali.com/ Yoga Barn: Yummy and extremely cheap vegetarian food available at the cafe attached to their yoga studios where we also did a class http://www.theyogabarn.com/ Things to do: Tegallalang Rice Terraces: These are a must-do in Ubud, incredible views casting you back to a more traditional Bali, you can hike all through the terraces. Tegenungan Waterfall: I chase waterfalls all throughout the world and this is hands down one of my favourites. The first time I visited it’s sheer power took my breath away, So refreshing to provide some relief from Ubud’s humidity. Coffee plantations: I have visited two of these, my admission both times was free and you get a little tour of the premises as well as some free samples of different flavour teas and coffees. Well worth it! Monkey Forest: Loads of Monkeys and a nice walk. A cooking class: We did one in the middle of the rice paddies which was great fun. Shopping: The markets in Ubud are the cheapest I have found in Bali, local store Yin Jewellery was also a favourite of mine. http://www.yinjewelryforthesoul.com/ Nusa Lembongan Nusa LembonganSarah Carroll
Things to do and places to visit
As you may know, all people are different, some like beaches and sun while others for example like snow and skiing. There are different opinions about Bali too, some people does not like it because of the partying and some people love it there because of the variety of places you can visit and things you could do. The ones who think Bali is too touristic and trashy have usually only been to Kuta, which hosts most of the parties on the island. So it is true, a lot of people tend to go to Bali to party but there are just as many who travels there to find inner peace by practicing yoga in the heart of Ubud, a village in the middle of the island. You should basically take your time to travel around the whole island while you are there so you can experience the beauty of the different places. Below are some places I really think people should visit while there. Ubud, which is a village surrounded by beautiful scenery such as rice fields, mountains and small water falls. Here you can enjoy the calmness and sign up for a yoga class, go to a spa or visit the monkey forest where you can take pictures of and feed wild macuaqe monkeys. Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali which peaks at 3142 m. It is still active but if you are an adventurous person you can join a guided group and hike up the mountain to see the sunrise at the top. You will start walking in the middle of the night and it will take approximately four hours to walk up and a little less down but it is a fantastic experience and you will see the amazing view when you reach the top. If you would like to know more about trekking at Mount Agung you can click here. Tanah Lot Temple, a water temple located in the south that you have to visit during the low tide since that is the only time you are able to walk out there. It is a magnificent building and a good spot to take photos. Uluwatu, a place also located in the south where you can visit a temple, enjoy the most beautiful sunset with a beer and look at all the surfers out in the water. If you are lucky you might even be able to see some dolphins jumping by in the background. Canggu, the ultimate surfer place with a cool beach and lovely nature and it is also a bit calmer than Seminyak and Kuta if you prefer that. Old Man’s, which is a really cosy bar located in Changgu that you have to go to while you are there. They have beer pong tournaments, amazing food and great drinks and beer. You will also meet a lot of surfers there since it is always busy. If you want a table there it is better to book ahead. Lovina beach, the beach with black sand which comes from the cooled lava from Mount Agung. Lovina beach is located up in the north of Bali and you can swim with wild dolphins up there if you would like. Sanur, a small town in the south east which also is a lot calmer than Kuta and Seminyak and hides a beautiful beach and a lot of nice restaurants and cafés. Sidemen, is a place whit almost no tourists. It is in the east of Bali and a place you could go to if you really want to get to know the balinese people. You can wake up early and go to the morning market to buy food and clothes or hang around one of the hotel pools near by. Surfing, is one thing you have to do while you are in Bali. You can rent a surf board along the beach or you can go to a surf camp to get the whole experience with surfing and meeting new people. With all of these things listed you will be busy for a couple of weeks if you chose to travel there. Bali is really a wonderful little island to visit if you want to go to a tropical place with a lot of options of activities. It suits a variety of people like adrenalin junkies, yoga lovers, surfers, party people and normal holiday travelers. You will feel welcome as soon as you enter the country because the balinese people will always greet you with a smile. It really is a place everyone should have on their bucket list.linnea-olsson
Our first day in Ubud
Ubud is a smaller village compared to other places in Bali that have a large tourist population. Although there is traffic and lots of scooters it isn’t as congested and dangerous as Seminyak for example. The people are so beautiful and friendly, they don’t hassle you much on the streets and I haven’t felt unsafe at all since being here. As someone who has never ridden on a scooter before I can say it is a very exhilarating and scary experience at first, but very fun when you get used to it. Luke does all the driving as I refused to which I am very happy about after experiencing the traffic and drivers here. In saying that he has tried to teach me to drive the scooter and I am not ashamed to admit that I am a terrible scooter driver. If we ever decided to live here though and work it would definitely be necessity as there is not public transport here.Kimberlee June
To begin with, the beach of Kuta is considered one of the best in Asia, surfers cut long distances to go and enjoy the optimum surfing conditions along this five-kilometer long beach located on the south-western coast of the island. Nobody would ever get bored or tired of spending the whole day by this lovely beach, and of course, all services such as restaurants and supermarkets are a few minutes away from any spot on the beach. Other than surfing, different generations spend some time of their day cycling by the beautiful beach of Kuta enjoying the relieving weather and the best of views.Briefly, Kuta should be your first place to visit as soon as you arrive in Bali. SeminyakOmar El Zomor
TANAH LOT TEMPLE
After a drive by the Marriot Courtyard in Seminyak to collect our friends, we were on our way. Our driver for the day was David, someone who we have known for over twelve years, and so are very comfortable with. Our first stop was going to be TANAH LOT – TEMPLE OF THE SEA, and even though it’s only about 20km away, it did take close to an hour with the traffic. It is a temple that has been built on a rock formation, and apparently dates back to the 16th century. During low tide, you are able to walk around the temple, but not visit inside, and see the Balinese people enjoy everyday life in the surrounds. As we visited in the morning, it was high tide, which only allowed us to view the temple from the top section. The site has been commercialised, there is an entry fee, and also various market stalls and a variety of restaurants.We meandered slowly throughout the markets that form the entry, with constant invitations to visit each shop. Scarily we came across a guy holding a snake, very friendly he told us but in no way was I going to touch it. My husband did, and claimed it was beautiful. I took his word for it!!Jojo in Bali
1. Men gigolos
The phenomenon of an Asian woman, who can be easily found in the nightclubs seducing Western guys is quite well-known, and I would say, that the Westerners have already figured out a way how to swim in those waters. However, in Bali, there has been a brand-new phenomenon going on. In 2010 the documentary called the Cowboys in Paradise came out. It is showing how easy it is for a muscular, dark-skinned Indonesian men with a longer hair to find a European, Australian or American lady. This is mostly happening in Kuta, where the ´woman looking for fun´ are spending their vacations, however, recently it has widely spread to the other regions such as Jimbaran, Seminyak or Canggu as well.Ivona Harčarová
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