Finally, Bali. I've been waiting for this journey for so long! Everything is worth it from food to Bali's magnificent landscape. People are friendly, the weather is perfect, thank you, Bali, for your kindness.
This is the first time I went to Bali. We booked a tour via an agent. Choosing an agent for this time is a perfect choice as you just relax and everything is set by the agent and you don't have to crack your head, find a taxi, where to go next, is it far from here? and many other things.
Our tour has been amazing and tiring as well. So, here is my list of beautiful and worth visiting.
It was not in our itinerary but somehow, our tour guide is so kind & generous enough to bring us to Pandawa Beach. At the time we visit, it was like 12 noon, so it was hot! Maybe 40 plus or more. You definitely need sunglass. Pandawa Beach is still under construction (the road, and shops) but the view is priceless. Along the way to the beach, you can stop by and take pictures with 10 meters high statues of the Hindu God.
DMZ 3D Art Museum
After all of that hot sun, it is time to cool down by visiting DMZ 3D Art Museum. The museum is so big and we spend almost 2 hours inside. The museum is divided into many themes, from Eygpt, Sea Monster, Paris Tour, Disney Life, Wonderful Indonesia, KPOP Theme, 3D, and sex theme (yes, 3D naked people ). Take a lot of pictures!
Sunset Dinner at Jimbaran Beach.
Take the opportunity to have a sunset dinner at Jimbaran beach accompanied by a beautiful sunset and breezy wind. Delicious seafood prepared for you. Plenty of good shops and beach vendors selling snacks too
Mengwi Royal Family's Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun Temple is a compound of a Balinese temple and garden with water features located in Mengwi. It is the main temple of the Kingdom of Mengwi. Prepared to blow away by the architecture, the preservation works done, the cleanliness, and the temple itself. The garden is so beautifully maintained and we need to wear a sarong to enter. Worth to visit to get to know the interesting cultures and it is a great place to take photos.
Tirta Empul Temple
Pura Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. The temple is famous for its holy water spring. There is one ritual in which everyone can participate, pure/holy water bathing or purification. So, bring extra clothes. Like us, we just wash our faces. This water believes to bring good luck and shade away all negativity. Get a great local guide, so he can tell you A to Z on the history of the temple.
It is one of the highlights of the tour. One of the best places to visit while you are in Bali. The view is priceless. The view is better during this time as the ocean is so blue even though it was hot. So, beware of the monkeys. Yes, many of them. We have been warned by our tour guide to keep our things in a bag such as sunglasses, phones, and even water bottles. Uluwatu is a sacred place, so we are required to wear a sarong.
"You are not in Bali if did not visit Tanah Lot". Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali, a popular tourist and cultural icon for must-photography. Located 20km from Denpasar, the entrance could be rp60000. Tips " Bring sandals as you will walk through sand and water to reach Tanah Lot for a quick ritual.
Tea time! If you are a tea lover, then Satria Agrowisata is a place to go. It is fascinating to experience Bali's own products. We are having tea time at the heart cocoa field. @Satria Agrowisata at @Tampaksiring. We were served 12 glasses of different taste teas & coffees from lemongrass tea, rosella tea, vanilla coffee, and rice tea to the famous Luwak Coffee.
Traditional Barong & Kris Dance
This performance is worth visiting to experience the historic side of Bali. The performance will take around 30 to 45 minutes, Barong is a panther-like creature and character in Balinese mythology. Ample seats are provided and although the language used is local Balinese language, don't worry, the story is easy to understand through action and of course talented dancer!
Pura Ulu Danu Bratan (Ulu Danu Temple)
This temple is located on the shore of Lake Beratan in the mountain near Bedugul. Yes, you hear me, a lake on the mountain! Located 1200 meters above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate. The journey will take around 1-1.5 to the north. Long ride. But unfortunately, when we were there, it was low tide, so the temple is not "floating" on the water. But still, look amazing and the air is so cold. Easy breezy.
So, there you go! My favorite and must-visit place in Bali and I am sure there are more places to explore. 5 days and 4 nights are not enough as Bali has so much to offer.