This past July I had the pleasure of visiting Bali for the first time. The best part was that I got to experience it with a friend from home. My friend Jasmine had been travelling through China for the past month and we decided to meet up in Bali for a 10-day vacation. To plan our trip, we had a look at a number of Bali travel itineraries for inspiration. We wanted to see what others did, what they enjoyed and what they recommended. In the end, we finally settled on a travel route starting in Seminyak, then to Ubud, ending off in Legian. Each of these locations had something different to offer.
Here’s what we did, maybe it will inspire your Bali vacation!
Days 1 – 4: Seminyak
Accommodation: Grandma’s Seminyak Hotel
Words cannot even describe Kuta Beach. It was beautiful, relaxing, inviting, colourful, it was perfect. Along the beach there were multi-coloured umbrellas and beanbags to chill out and enjoy the weather. During the evenings when the sun is starting to set, bands set up on the beach and perform live music. Let me tell you, there is nothing better than live music on a beach.
Sky Garden is a nightclub in the “party” area of Bali. I have never been to such a large nightclub in my life! There was about 4 or 5 different floors, all with different music. I couldn’t even count how many rooms were there. Jasmine and I danced all night long. It was packed with tourists. If you want a good night out, I definitely recommend checking out Sky Garden!
You can literally get a massage anywhere in Bali. Multiple spas are side by side. We decided to get full body massages. Best. Decision. Ever. This was actually my first time getting a full body massage, it was so relaxing and really cheap!
Days 4 – 8: Ubud
Accommodation: Brata Inn
Hands down one of my favourite moments from Bali was the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary. Monkeys are my favourite animals so I had the time of my life walking around the sanctuary. I loved having it climb up on my shoulder for the picture!
We saw about 5 or 6 temples in on the trip and they were magnificent and serene. I felt so peaceful walking through the temples. In order to enter the temples, you had to be covered and so the staff gave you sarongs to wear. They were really comfortable and beautiful as well. Some of the temples we visited included Elephant Cave (Goa Gajan), Pura Tanah Lot where we saw the most beautiful sunset and Tirta Empul where there was a holy spring.
Before this trip I had never seen how rice was grown. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace was huge! It went on for miles and miles and miles. Just a long sea of green with multiple levels.
Teba Sari is a coffee and spice plantation where you get to learn how they make coffee and sample all the coffee and tea flavours. Seriously the most delicious coffee and teas. You also had an opportunity to buy packs of tea or coffee from the shop.
Tegenungan Waterfall was really cool. We climbed all the way to the top and got to see it from all angles.
Poan Bali was the name of the cooking class we took part in, and it was loads of fun! We made a 3 course Balinese meal and got to keep a copy of the recipes! I highly recommend this class!
Days 8 – 10: Legian
Accommodation: The Loft Legian Hotel
Legian Beach was very awesome. This is where all the surfers were. There were locals surfing, tourists taking lessons. I didn’t surf but it was fun to watch!
Potato Head Beach Club is a more “high end” beach club with an infinity pool overlooking the beach. It had a great vibe with great music. I’m glad we checked it out.
Sunday is Ladies Night at Sky Garden, so we thought it would be nice to spend our last night in paradise dancing the night away.
- TripAdvisor was very useful in helping us choose some of our activities such as Poan Bali and Potato Head Beach Club. If you look closely at the store fronts, you will see the TripAdvisor symbol letting you know it’s been recommended.
- To explore Ubud, we hired a driver who picked us up at our hotel and stayed with us for the whole day. It was good because 1) it was cheaper than spending money on multiple taxis throughout the day. 2) since he was a local, he had suggestions for places that we would have never heard of.
- The airline I chose for my flight was Jetstar. I had actually heard about this airline from another passenger on the plane when I was travelling to Australia from Canada.
- When visiting places like Bali, it’s best to book multiple accommodations in different cities. If your hotel is in one city but you want to explore others, you will spend most of your trip in a taxi going back and forth.
- I suggest, if possible, that when choosing your route of travel, you end somewhere near the airport to make it easier. Many hotels offer airport shuttles as well!
- Remember to write down the taxi number and company name. I sadly left my phone in a taxi and since I didn’t know the taxi number, they were unable to locate it.
Not only was this my first time in Bali, but this was also my first time travelling this far with just me and another girl. If I’m being honest, I was a little bit nervous. Jasmine is well travelled, and we’re both smart girls but with everything I see on the media about young women travelling alone, I had my fears. Safe to say, I had nothing to worry about. At no point did I feel like my safety was being threatened. This trip made me feel independent, brave and adventurous. I would do it again in a heartbeat, except maybe not lose my phone again…