“Bali, it’s more than just a place. It’s a mood, it’s magical, it’s a tropical state of mind.”
Thank Julia Roberts for the discovery of this tropical gem, because let’s face it, when we hear ‘Bali’, we associate three words: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. So is it exactly how Eat, Pray, Love made it out to be? It’s beyond expectations, it’s everything.
When you take those first steps off the plane, take a moment to pinch yourself so you know you’re not dreaming. Absorb the tropical jungle paradise reality and say to yourself, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
When in Bali, what are the top things to do? No Balinese adventure is complete without ticking these off the bucket list.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Located in the heart of Ubud lies a monkey forest, which is exactly like stepping into the Jungle Book. It is home to the famous Balinese monkeys, and there are around 600 living in this area. There are also Hindu temples inside to create peace and harmony as well as a spiritual feeling. Feel free to feed the monkeys bananas; however, it is advised not to unless you want to get robbed, for the monkeys are known to steal handbags.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Be at one with nature and cycle down to the famous rice terrace in Tegalalang, where sushi begins its life. Here you’ll find breathtaking views and a rich cultural experience. Immerse yourself by helping out with the locals in the field while wearing your very own rice hat.
Don’t leave without sampling the famous Luwak coffee, produced by Asian palm civets. Visit an ethical coffee plantation where the civets can roam around free, not kept in cages. As the civets feast on the coffee beans, enzymes in their digestive system break down the coffee bean. Once pooped out, their faeces are collected and sifted through. This process gives it a super smooth, super rich non-bitter taste. This coffee, however, is not cheap. A bag of just 100g can cost you £30.
The Bali Swing
This activity will set you back just £5 if you want that iconic swinging over the rice fields shot.
If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be Pocahontas singing “Just around the river bend” definitely try out river rafting down the wild rapids, amongst the tranquil waterfalls. It’s natural beauty at its finest.
After a long hard day of activities, indulge in a traditional Balinese massage. For just under £10 for an hour, it would be rude not to.
Words: Louisa Eagle
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