Bali is definitely a trip of a lifetime. After hearing a lot about Bali, decided to book a trip for 20 days on this beautiful Indonesian Island. A mixture of things to do and places to see, from transparent waters to beaches with waves for surf, from relax to culture, sightseeing, hiking, amazing gastronomy, Bali offers everything in one place!
No wonder why 3 million people visit Bali every year, specially Australian, making the most popular destination for Aussies, so close, incredibly cheap and awesome. With 5 million population, it’s not really a big island, with 153 km (95 mi) wide and approximately 112 km (69 mi) north to south. It’s indeed a small island.
After some friends been there, after seeing multiple photos from Bali and specially after seeing Eat Pray Love, that was decided.
In Bali, everything is incredibly cheap. You can eat decently in a restaurant for less than 10USD, hire a motorbike for 5USD, sleep in luxury resorts for less than 100USD and much more. It’s famous also for the surfers, known to have some of the best waves in the world, where they can sleep for something around 5USD on the beach. It’s really something impressive.
Our trip had to mixe several places, different hotels, visit the maximum possible on the limited time we had. We decided to include also Lombok for a quick visit of few days, so could check the real differences between Bali and Lombok, Hindu vs Muslim, completely developed vs unspoiled.
This was our trip, as planned below:
1) Arrive at Bali Airport Denpasar (DPS) from Singapore, where we reached through Europe
2) First 6 nights around South Bali
3) The Temple Lodge Seafront Resort
4) Mick’s Place Bingin
5) Fly to Lombok (20min flight or less)
6) Stay few nights relaxing and exploring Lombok
7) Stay at Jeeva Klui Resort Lombok
8) Head south Lombok to Sekotong Bay
9) Stay few nights at Cocotinos Sekotong Boutique Hotel
10) Fly back to Bali and head north to Ubud
11) Stay few nights in Bambu Indah Eco-Chic Resort in Ubud
12) Return back to Singapore for returning flight back home to Europe
With majority of polulation practicing balinese hinduism, it’s certainly a great experience to learn about.
But their biggest asset is not the beaches, not the hotels or the resorts, not the weather nor the climate. It’s not their extremely-low-incredible prices or the surf. Their biggest asset is their people. Authentic, friendly, warmth, kind, afable, tender, and we could say much more. It’s the Balinese people that make Bali what it is today.
Because of the 3 million tourists yearly and the demand on tourism hotels, construction in Bali was grown a lot. Everywhere hotels are growing fast, and I cannot tell how Bali will be in the future. So I recommend: book asap your trip to Bali, before it changes.
Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.