This was the first time for me in Bali, so I was really excited about all the things to do there. I will start first by telling you about my first meal when I landed. It’s “nasi campur” or “mixed rice”, which is steamed rice with egg, tofu, soya bean, and vegetables. It tastes very nice and it’s one of the things you must try when you’re in Bali. I had this lunch at a restaurant called “Warung Ocha Restaurant” which is on Seminyak Road, just a few minutes’ walks from my hotel The Haven Seminyak.
Moreover, there is an expensive and well-known coffee that you should try called “kopi luwak” or “civet coffee”. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian palm civet, then passed through its digestive tract. If you are a coffee lover, you must try this. This place that I went to is called “Bali Pulina” and is part of agrotourism on the island, where they will plant trees like cocoa, coffee and ginseng, feed the civets, show you how the coffee is made and you can taste all the coffees they produce.
The next thing that you can’t miss is this top tourist spot – the rice terrace fields. I booked a tour guide recommended by a colleague, who arranged all the tour schedule for me from morning till evening. I’m sure that you will enjoy such good views as my picture below. These rice fields can normally be found in the suburbs of Bali which are mostly hilly and mountainous.
The Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple, where many of the locals who practice Hinduism believe that its water can heal various diseases. I visited the temple in the afternoon and got to see many people who were performing rituals to sanctify themselves (I didn’t go in the water as I didn’t prepare a change of clothes beforehand!)
To me, the most spectacular temple in Bali is Uluwatu Temple. This temple is located high on a clifftop at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. Another must-go place you shouldn’t miss is Tanah Lot Temple, which means “Land in the Sea”. It’s a popular tourist and cultural icon for Bali. Both these temples are quite far from the hotel as it’s outside the city and it took us about an hour to get there. The easiest way is to hire a tour guide with a car or rent a car with GPS.
And the last thing is, don’t forget to take a stroll on the beach to get some fresh air, chill out with a loved one or just check out the activities they have on the best beaches – Kuta Beach, Jimbaran, Canggu, Seminyak Beach. Legian Beach. Nusa Dua. Ubud. Uluwatu and Bukit.