I spent 3 weeks in Indonesia and put together the best of my trip in a 1 week itinerary. I included some places to avoid at all costs at the end along with some tips to make the best of your trip!

DAY 1: VISION VILLA

  • Rest, sleep in & get over jet lag

DAY 2: VISION VILLA

  • Relax: pool, tan, read, spa
  • Eat delicious healthy food at Genius Cafe

 

DAY 3: UBUD SURROUNDINGS

  • Rent a moped and go to:
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Temple Gunung Kawi Sebatu
  • Lunch & nap at Akasha Restaurant
  • Gunung Kawi & Tirta Empul 

 

DAY 4: UBUG VILLAGE

  • Watch sunrise at Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Ubud Water Palace
  • Goa Gajah Cave
  • Amandari Resort refreshment drinks
  • Balinese massage at Bliss Spa
  • Shop in Ubud’s boutiques
  • Traditional dance show at Ubud Palace

DAY 5: MUNDUK

  • Get a driver to bring you to:
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces UNESCO Heritage
  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
  • Stay the night at Puri Lumpung Cottages

DAY 6: MUNDUK

  • Waterfall hikes
  • Drive back to Canggu via Mount Batur

 

DAY 7: CANGGU

  • Surf for all levels! (Uluwatu is only for advanced surfers)
  • Eat healthy & colorful food with lots of vegan options 
  • Shop for souvenirs (mainly handcrafts or bohemian clothes)

Bali – Travel Tips

  • Get a moped in Ubud and Canggu
  • Don’t keep your phone out even to look at Google Map when you’re riding because you’re likely to get it snatched from your hand by locals (it happened to me)
  • Get a private driver in between cities for the day, it’s super affordable. Here’s my favorite person: his name is Baltasar and he’s the sweetest. His Whatsapp is: +62 823-4065-5148
  • Eat dinner before 10pm because everything closes early
  • Take cash out from a bank with a guard rather than ATM (You can get robbed more easily and apparently many ATM machines copy your card and they’ll debit months after, making it harder to spot)
  • Do not ever drink tap water (duh)

 

Bali – Places to Avoid

  • The beaches: I know this sounds crazy but they’re all extremely polluted, with wet and dark sand at best. I didn’t find a single beach without trash in the sand or water
  • Seminyak: it’s super touristy with lots of traffic, pollution and petty thefts
  • Mount Batur: there are treks at sunrise that sounds fun but truth is …
    • 1) it’s often very foggy at the top in the morning obscuring the view
    • 2) there are dozens to hundreds of people in front and behind you
    • 3) the trek is not for everyone: it’s cold with a 3 hour climb and 1.5-2 hour descent and most groups don’t stay at the top long because people are cold and tired
    • 4) you don’t go see the craters 
    • 5) it seems nice but it’s not that spectacular, it’s an overcast view of a lake
  • Gili Air: extremely polluted, every inch of the island is under construction with upcoming resorts so there’s nothing but noise and visual pollution, and for the cherry on top: there’s nearly no beach front! The only ‘beach front’ you’ll come across is dead choral that’s painful to walk or lay on.

I hope this itinerary and tips of do’s and don’ts help you make the best of your trip in Bali. If you have any more questions or would like custom recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach out here!

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