Bali, A Blessing

February 16, 2018

Ubud Cafe Hopping, Rice Terraces, Massages

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Bali, Indonesia
Budget: $1500
Distance Travelled: 8,423.5 km

It’s now 2023, and I have been to Bali twice. But this blog is about experience in 2018, the very first time I went to Bali.

Bali is a tropical paradise that attracts millions of visitors every year. It is known for its breathtaking beaches, lush green rice terraces, ancient temples, vibrant culture and friendly people. Bali’s nightlife is renowned for its lively bars, clubs, and beach parties. For those looking for relaxation, Bali offers plenty of spas, yoga studios, and natural hot springs to unwind and recharge.


Bali had mostly pleasant weather during my visit in January, with only one notably hot day that I can recall.


Transportation options such as taxis and bike/scooter rentals are readily available in Bali. I opted to rent a bicycle in Nusa Dua and a scooter in Seminyak.


Bali is quite affordable, and there are numerous places to exchange currency. It is advisable not to exchange money at the airport, as the rates are significantly different from those in the city.

  • Sight Seeing 90% 90%
  • Activities 80% 80%
  • Food 60% 60%
  • Transportation 70% 70%

Best Time Spent

1. Sunset – Live Music at Seminyak Beach

Live music by the beach at Double Points Beach in Seminyak is an unforgettable experience. The soft sand, the sound of the waves, and the cool sea breeze all contribute to the laid-back ambiance. The music played by the local bands or musicians creates an atmosphere that is both lively and relaxing.

It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Bali or just to enjoy a casual evening with friends. Order some drinks and soak up the atmosphere as the music fills the air. It’s an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the beauty of Bali’s beaches.

2. Ubud Street Walking

Ubud is a charming town in Bali, famous for its art and culture. One of the best ways to experience the town’s unique atmosphere is to go street walking for shopping and cafes.

As you wander through the streets of Ubud, you will come across numerous art galleries, handicraft shops, and markets. The town is known for its beautiful traditional crafts, such as hand-carved wooden statues, intricate textiles, and delicate silver jewelry. You will find something to suit every taste and budget.

Activate Your Zen Mode

What is a vacation without indulging yourself a bit (or a lot)? In Bali, one of the reasons I would love to return is for the body massages. Whether it’s at a luxurious hotel or a street-side massage parlor (even the shady-looking ones), the massages are exceptional.

One of my favourite places was Home Spa, which has numerous outlets. I highly recommend them.

Find Your Own Island

I felt overjoyed when we discovered a secluded black-sand island with a plethora of corals (ERMAHGAWD!). We had the entire place to ourselves during our snorkeling expedition.

To reach this nameless island, which was a 30 to 45-minute speedboat ride from Nusa Dua, we hired a private boat. During the ride, we also caught a glimpse of Mount Agung.


Sit back and Relax

Bali is a breathtaking place, and one of the best things to do is to sit back and soak in its beauty. Don’t overload your schedule too much, as there are plenty of things to do in Bali. Avoid rushing from one experience to another.

Staying hydrated is essential, and what better way to do it than with Bali’s delicious coconut water? Take a step closer to nature, one sip at a time.


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