Things to do in Bali

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Things to do in Bali
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When you travel to Bali you have to ask yourself whether you want one of those relaxing Bali vacations hanging out at one of the amazing Bali Resorts or do you want to discover the Bali points of interest.

We were lucky enough to do both with our Bali travel, all with a bit of careful planning. If you haven’t already arranged your Bali airport transfers you can do that here.

Below are some general ideas of what to do in Bali, these are some that we were able to experience on our Bali vacation.

1. Traditional Dance – Dance Performance

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We visited a traditional Balinese Barong & Kris Dance.

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The Barong (a mythological creature) battles his enemy Rangda in the Barong dance which represents the battle between good and evil.

2. Rice Terraces at Ubud

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A must see on your trip to Bali for the stunning postcard views. If you are interested in visiting the Rice Terraces at Ubud.

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary at Padangtegal Ubud

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I must admit I was very apprehensive about visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Mandara Suci Wenara Wana)  at Padangtegal, Ubud however our guide assured us that we would be fine. We were able to purchase bananas to feed the monkeys at the front entrance and  were instructed to hide them, our sunglasses and hats in our bag and be wary of the cheeky monkeys stealing our belongings. This is an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend a visit, if not only to see the monkeys the Sanctuary has an Exhibition Hall, Holy Spring Temple, Dragon Stairs and an Open Stage to look through.

4. Tirtha Empul Holy Spring and Markets

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This is a Hindu Balinese Water Temple where the Balinese people go for ritual purification and is home to a fresh water spring.

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The markets here are extremely cheap and our guide also purchased her items from this local market.

5. Tegenungan Village Waterfall

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We got here fairly late and did not go for a swim however we  would go back next time, the waterfall looked amazing.

6. Kintamani Restaurant

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We had a buffet lunch here with outside seating overlooking the beautiful Mount Batur and Lake Batur. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.

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The buffet lunch at Kitamani Restaurant offered a variety of foods even for our fussy Master G, however this tour was worth it for the view alone. 

For the more adventurous, why not book a sunrise breakfast tour, the 2 hour trek gives you breakfast and stunning views atop of Mount Batur.

7. Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Cabana by the pool

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For Master G’s Birthday we hired a cabana by the pool.

 For an additional fee it was decorated, he received a Birthday cake and small gift.

It was a lovely day relaxing by the pool and chilling out in our waterfront bungalow before heading out for his Birthday dinner that night.

We really enjoyed our travel to Bali. The Balinese people were so friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing and Bali weather was warm and balmy. I do recommend taking a Bali tour if you get the chance. There are many things to see and do on your Bali trip, you will definitely want to return.

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10 WAYS YOU CAN BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN

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10 Ways You can be a Tourist in your own Hometown

Travelling to far-off destinations may hold wonderful experiences, yet you can find the same kind of excitement without travelling far from your front door! Your home town offers lots of spaces to visit where you’ll be sure to find something you’ve overlooked no matter how many years you’ve called your city home. Playing tourist in your hometown gives you fresh eyes to see your city from a new perspective. You may find a newness in visiting tourist attractions as well as ideas for what to do with out-of-town family and visitors. Here are ten ways you can reacquaint yourself with your city.

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1. Go Downtown- Start your tourist-in-disguise outing with a visit downtown, where all the happenings of your city are sure to be. Here you may find interesting hole-in-the-wall shops that a normal commute through downtown would otherwise cause you to miss. On the weekends you may happen upon a street festival, vendors or any other events that don’t normally take place during the week. Bustling city centres next to appetising restaurants are sure to delight as you explore what your town hides during the work week.

2.Take a Tour- Many cities offer tours for visitors to get a little taste of the city. Whether it be a segway tour or a slower walking tour you still get to see a different side of your town with interesting stops along the way. Tours are a great way to play tourist in your city as you will discover new facts you previously didn’t know. Some tours may even have a theme, such as haunted ghost tours that are popular around Halloween but may be available year round.

3. Go on a Day Trip- Expand your horizons a bit and journey outside of town, were you’re sure to find natural wonders within a short drive away. Hiking trails, parks, wildlife observatories or other outdoor adventures are usually just outside city limits. While avid hikers and outdoors people may be more familiar with such destinations, many people who live within cities often don’t make use of such wonderful resources such a short drive away. You can definitely be a tourist in a whole new environment.

4. Take it to the Roof- When visiting a new destination people like to get a bird’s eye view of the land below. Why not take the chance to do the same for your city? Find out if there are any tall buildings that allow the public to see the city from above, and if they do take them up on the opportunity. If there are any restaurants that feature roof-top dining you can also take them up on the offer while enjoying a wonderful meal.

5. Attend Local Festivals- Every town has their own cultural festivals that go on at various times of the year. Why not check out your city’s biggest one? Some cities are also host of national festivals for a few years at a time, which gives them a chance to show tourists and residents what they have, so what better time to be a tourist than that? While you may run into people you know, you’ll also discover vendors you didn’t know existed, sample new foods and have a great time.

6. Go Back in Time- No matter where you live there is always a bit of history to find. If your city has a history museum give it a visit. Bigger cities may have historical markers or tours set up so you can find out how the city was formed and how key landmarks became the buildings they are today. History tours may also be led by volunteers. Once you know your town’s upbringing you’ll appreciate how it became the town it is today better.

7. Check out Parks and Natural Areas- Many towns and cities feature parks and natural areas in honour of prominent residents or sponsors. Some parks may feature bells and whistles such as a water park while others may be toned down with rock gardens and paved trails. A stroll through either one will give you a better idea of your city’s personality. Parks dedicated to honouring the city’s early builders will give you a better idea of why roads may have certain names while newer parks will show you the directions the city may be moving in.

8. Get Out of the House for a Night- Taking a night away from home is a great way to play tourist and no one needs to know! If your town has a notable hotel or bed and breakfast, taking a night to visit is a wonderful way to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see what it’s like to stay in town as if you were a visitor staying for a night only knowing home is close by.

9. Visit your Town’s Most Famous Landmark- Most towns have a landmark that stands out above all others. If you’ve never visited it before now is the perfect time. No one needs to know you live right around the corner. Once you know why it’s so important to your city you can bring out-of-town visitors here and show them around. You’re sure to find out some interesting information you didn’t know before that will have you thinking about visiting again with a new perspective of this landmark.

10. Why not ask your children, I am sure they will come up with some amazing ideas.