We have organized the information by topic to make it easier to find what you want and to find out about the most important aspects of your trip to Bali: what to see, what to bring and how to get around.
Below are the five places that you need to visit in Bali
Five places to visit in Bali
One of the good things about the island of Bali is that whatever time you go, you will have thousands of things to see. The number of temples, waterfalls, towns, beaches, rice fields and natural places that there are would give to fill a year of travel!
1. Mother Besakih Temple
On the slopes of the Agung volcano is the Mother Temple of all the temples on the island: Pura Besakih. It is the largest and most important in Bali, and despite being highly visited by foreigners, it remains a regular pilgrimage point for locals.
2. Jatiluwih rice fields
You will be able to know the traditional “Subak” irrigation system used by Jatiluwih since the 9th century. If you like photography, do not forget your camera because here you can take some really nice photos.
Being a little away from Ubud, you will not find as many visitors as in Tegalalang, and it is also much larger. Walking through its terraces, you will find truly extraordinary panoramic views.
3. Temple of Lake Bratan
The Pura Ulun Danu of Lake Bratan (Pura = Temple; Ulun Danu = Head of the Lake) dates from the 17th century and is the second most important in Bali, after the Besakih Temple. In this case, it is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of water (which is why it stood on the lake), in honour of all the water that farmers need in their crops.
4. Twin Lakes
The Twin Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan are the perfect examples of what a volcanic island changes over the years. If you think about the origin of the island, you will quickly realize that those two lakes were once part of the crater of a volcano.
5. Nungnung Waterfall
The only downside is that you have to walk 500 steps in the middle of the jungle, but do not be scared either, it is still a half-hour walk that will leave you alone in the middle of nowhere with an impressive waterfall challenging your senses.
Now how to prepare to visit Bali? Below we have listed the important things to do while visiting Bali:
Five Fundamental Preparations while visiting Bali
Since you will be very far from home for many days, it is better to be prepared and cautious. Each traveler has individual hobbies and essentials in the suitcase, but in the case of Bali, there are five things that you cannot forget under any circumstances.
1. Review the passport
It is very important to review the passport before the trip, it must be valid for at least six months after the date of the trip. Otherwise, you will not be able to pass the control, and you will not be able to travel.
2. Change money
Indonesian rupees (IDR) are used in Bali. To get an idea, €1 is approximately IDR 15,000. The most useful thing is to bring cash to change in an official exchange office on arrival.
You do not need to carry all the cash; you can pay by a card or withdraw money directly from the ATM in rupees, in the end, there is little difference between the exchange rates and the ATM tax.
Of course, be careful! Lately, duplicate cards have been registered in ATMs of the most tourist places. So check your accounts if you take money out there or avoid suspicious ones.
If you do not have rupees, most also accept euros or dollars but do not doubt that they will win with the change.
3. Health and vaccines
We consider it essential to take out good travel medical insurance, emphasizing repatriation coverage above all. It is very useful that the insurance company is international, with a branch in Asia at least, so that the procedures are accelerated.
4. Climate and clothing in Bali
The climate in Bali is tropical, which means that throughout the year, the temperatures vary little (25-30ºC). There are only two seasons, the rainy season, from November to April; and the dry one, from May to October.
Although it is true that it is called the rainy season, it is not an extreme rain that will spoil your holidays. In fact, even in the dry season, you may have a rainy day. It is best to wear fine raincoat and survive in any way!
About the rest of your clothes, we advise you to be comfortable and light, since the humidity, together with the high temperatures, will prevent you from enjoying your best outfits.
As for footwear, the best are some well-closed sandals and some sneakers or trekking shoes if you are going to do some mountain. Bet on comfort, or you will regret it.
5. Basic kit
Since not all medicines are equally accessible there, it is best to carry the medicine cabinet in checked luggage and forget about problems. Don’t forget to pack:
- Cream for stings (it is very useful that you also carry some anaesthetic to avoid itching)
- The repellent is better to buy it there, as they are more effective
- Shock pain reliever
- Antihistamine (for a possible allergic reaction to stings)
- Vitamin complex (for possible dehydration due to indigestion)
- Antibiotic (in case you have a strong infection)
So, when are you planning to visit Bali…?