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BALI Chapter 1

Bali. Paradise.

Bali is most known for its famous rice terraces, enchanting waters, white beaches and for being a surfer’s haven. This island is buzzing with tourists seeking adventure, backpackers exploring active volcanoes and travellers chasing waterfalls.

Good to know:

100,000 Indonesian Dong = 5.6 British pounds

The Indonesians don’t really approve of Grab and Uber so when using transportation apps it’s probably a good idea to be discreet about it. I would definitely recommend you using a Grab bike around Bali as it is the cheapest way of getting around if you do not want to invest in renting a scooter (ranges from 40,000 – 80,000 so put your bartering skills to the test).

Seminyak & Canggu

Party people… you will never be as young as now! Ultra Bali festival was held at the well known club, ‘Potato Head Beach Cub Seminyak’ where we saw the names of Kygo, Ricky Romero and Hardwell perform live as the sun was setting behind the horizon. We danced and sung the night away with no care in the world. What a way to start off my Bali trip!

Mrs Sippy Beach Club is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Seminyak’s busy streets. Rewind with a frozen passionfruit daiquiri by the pool or test your guts by jumping from the diving platforms. Either way, enjoy the beach vibes while listening to chilled music. There’s a 5 pound entrance fee but you’ll spend half of that on a lounger and then the rest on a drink but if you don’t spend that much you can claim it back on leaving.

La Favela – what a place! Everyone you meet will tell you what a good night they had at this club. Be compelled by this club’s enchanted forest and dance the night away to the DJ’s magic. This was my favourite night out in Bali; the people were amazing, the music was great and the club itself was an experience to remember.

Let’s talk food.

Here’s just a few of my favourite spots nearby starting with my absolute favourite:

KYND COMMUNITY – a delicious vegan restaurant serving healthy smoothie bowls, carefully selected salads, scrumptious plant-based dishes served every day from 6am-4pm.

MAD POP’S – a cosy vegan ice cream shop selling homemade ice cream and lollypops. My favourite flavours are the salted caramel and coconut rainbow! Open 10am-11pm, so treat yo’self…

PELOTON FOODSHOP – a plant base cafe and restaurant just outside of seminyak (15 minute scooter drive) serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day 7:30am – 9:30pm.

REVOLVER – a hipster restaurant tucked away down a side street off the main road in Seminyak. I love the edgy interior but out of all I love the food! I stil think abut their smashed avocado on toast with feta cheese and tomatoes, drank with a freshly squeezed orange juice.

MEXICOLA – a lively Mexican restaurant serving delicious tapas and extravagant cocktails. Laced with neon lighting, ceramic tiles and palm tree wallpaper.

Sleep here…

Capsule Hostel Seminyak (£6 per night)- a great hostel if you’re travelling solo as it is quite social and close by to La Favela. It has a small pool and a great bar to hang out at serving cheap food and drinks.

Umahku Apartments Seminyak (£6.50 per night) – next to Fat Buddha restaurant. I loved this hostel, the downstairs showers were better than my own at home! A cheap price for Seminyak with the use of the restaurant’s pool next door and discounted food, you can’t go wrong!

Kudu Andrew Tom and Villa Managed by Tinggal (£16 per night) – if you fancied a change from hostels and want something a little nicer, then this hotel is perfect for you. It has the pleasure of being close by to Seminyak Square and a 15 minute walk to Seminyak Beach. A spacious, clean room fitted with a cooker and hot water.

The Jungle House (£4.70 per night) a newly opened hostel in the hippie town of Canggu. A chilled a six bed dorm including an outdoor shared bathroom and a small pool to cool down in. The owner will let you use the kitchen facilities too if you fancied cooking for a change.

Temple run… if you’re feeling a Temple vibe then head down to Petitenget Temple for just that but remember to bring money as it costs 50,000 dong!

Get wet…
Let’s go to the beach! Take a scooter to the Double Six beach (my favourite) where you’ll find waves whipping into the ocean, soft sand carrying thousands of sunbathers sizzling in the strong fire ball of heat hanging in the bright blue Balinese sky. Stroll along the water’s edge as you feel the refreshing touch of the ocean and warm breeze stroking your face.

Surf’s up! If you’re wanting to try your hand at surfing then I recommend ‘Bali Green Surf School’ which also doubles as a hostel. Alternatively you can walk right onto Double Six beach and ask for a surf lesson from one of the guys renting out surf boards. The experience is as equally if not better and for a cheaper price you can pay 300,000 Indonesian dong for 2 hours whereas Bali Green charges 600,000 for 3 hours which includes a break.

I’m hoping that you have found reading about my personal experience most useful.

Happy travelling…

Next stop > Ubud


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