Finally, my last country on my backpacking trip. I arrived in Bali on Saturday night completely exhausted. Jordan didn't arrive until Monday morning so I spent all Sunday resting my ankle and chilling by the pool. When Monday came around, I went to the airport to pick up Jordan and we relaxed at the beach and explored Kuta since Jordan was jet lagged. We also sat at this amazing rooftop bar that overlooked Legian Beach and watched the sunset.
Tuesday we planned all our day trips for our time in Bali. There is so much to do that we decided that we would be adventurous and explore Bali and relax in Gili Trawangan. So we booked everything and explored another area of Bali called Seminyak. Lovely beach but the beach vendors are savage. Women kept coming up to us asking if we wanted a massage while other kept asking if we wanted any of the items they sold. A little annoying but the beach was so nice that it made up for it
The tours we booked with our hotel very much reminded me of Siem Reap where you pay for a tuk tuk and they show ou around the whe day. For 45 USD per day, we had our own driver who took us around Bali from 8:30 am to 7 PM. Our first day tour was focused mainly on temples. So we went up central Bali and visited the Pura Taman Ayun Temple, the Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan, and the Pura Tanah Lot Temple. All absolutely gorgeous. Ulun Danu Temple was my favorite and sits out on the Lake Beratan. Pura Taman Ayun is in the middle of a small village while Pura Tanah Lot sits on a cliff on the South West Coast of Bali. We also visited a coffee plantation where we tried the famous Luwak Coffee. This coffee is famous in Bali because the Luwak eats coffee bean and it's poop is used to make coffee. Jordan said it was good while I thoroughly enjoyed the tea. We also visited many different villages as well. There are so many in Bali that specialize in something. We visited a silver village where I bought a silver bracelet and a Batik village where I bought handwoven and hand painted tapestries. And then we finally, ended the day with visiting a monkey forest. I didn't know there was so much to do in Bali until this day!
Thursday was also an adventure filled day. We started by watching a traditional Balinese dance. Afterwards, we visited the Elephant Cave Temple. This temple was different because it was secluded in the forest. Also absolutely stunning as well. The highlight of our day was visiting the Batur Volcano. The view was absolutely breathtaking and calming. It was so beautiful and the last eruption was in the 60s according to our driver. We then ended the day with visiting a rice field and going through the Ubud village.
On Friday, Jordan and I headed to the Bali Zoo where we had breakfast with the Orangutans. The Bali Zoo is such a small zoo but worth going. It is really nice and the animals are so cute! We had breakfast with these silly guys as well. After the zoo, we chilled a bit before going to see Suicide Squad. The movies here are so cheap. A ticket was only $4.50!
We were a bit exhausted from the last couple of days so our last tour with the hotel was of the south part of Bali. We spent most of the day at Dreamlamd Beach. It's crazy how the Fullmoon effects the waves so much. The tide was out of control so we only dipped out feet in but the tide ended knocking over three other beach goers who almost drowned. They were fine thank god but that's just how crazy the waves were. We finally ended our tour with the Uluwatu Temple that sits right on the cliff in the south of Bali. Yet another breathtaking temple and view. We had two different drivers named Mardi and they were both great! They were so kind and helpful and made our time in Bali that much better.
Bali has been such a great place. Once again filled with genuine and kind locals and just filled with amazing sites. The island is definitely worth visiting and I would love nothing more than to come back! Now on to my last stop on my backpacking trip: Gili Trawangan.
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