WHERE IS BALI – A GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS
Our journey to a new place gets easy and smooth if we have all the necessary information about the place we are going to visit. By saying this, I don’t mean that one should have this information in detail but in brief.
This blog is going to provide you with all the necessary information about Bali, so that you can enjoy your journey to Bali without any discomfort(s) in case you feel like visiting the place sometime in future.
Let us begin by knowing the exact location of Bali.
WHERE IS BALI SITUATED?
Just like Divar (in Goa), Bali (commonly known as the Land of the Gods) is also an island which is situated in a country named Indonesia. The island is elevated at a height of 3,148 metres (m). Indonesia is a home to more than 17,500 islands including Bali.
The country is spread across the two continents mainly, Asia and Oceania. Although, the country is widely spread across Asia but a small fraction of territories in Indonesia comes under the continent, Oceania. The destination of today’s blog Bali, comes under the continent of Asia and is considered as one of the most romantic destinations for the couples going for their honeymoon. The island is set to the north of Australia, the south of Malaysia, the south east of Singapore and the south west of Indonesia.
In 2020, the total population of Bali went up to 682,060 with an annual increase of 2.01%.
WHAT IS BALI FAMOUS FOR?
Bali is such a beautiful and happening island to visit and there are various reasons for the place to be considered as one of the most famous tourist spots, across the globe. Let us have a look at them one by one.
PERFECT NATURAL BEAUTY
If you have gone through the pictures of Bali which are available on Google, you must be knowing about the majesty of the island. The heavenly beauty of Bali is something which can’t simply be hated by people. The beauty of Bali can be considered as the main reason for it to be a famous tourist attraction.
FOOD AT BALI
The only purest form of love in today’s era is the love for food. Food is something which is never going to betray you, no matter what the situation is.
Bali’s mouth – watering dishes (both veg as well as non – veg) can be considered as an another reason for it being a famous tourist attraction in Asia.
Nasi Goreng, Babi Guling. Satay, Nasi Campur and Pepes Ikan are amongst the famous dishes served in Bali.
KECAK DANCE AT BALI
Every place has its own unique art form to showcase. In the case of Bali, it is Kecak Dance. It is popularly known by the name tari kecak in Indonesian language. Kecak is a form of dance which is performed by Balinese Hindu, advanced in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia.
The dance form has its roots as Ramayana and you can easily get to see Kecak being performed in various temples and villages in or across Bali at night but the most famous temple where the dance is performed is Uluwatu temple.
SHOPPING AT BALI
This part of the blog is much awaited by all the shopaholics out there and when it comes to providing you people with details about shopping at a new place, we don’t disappoint you.
Bali has a huge variety of things for its visitors to choose from which includes – handicrafts, bags, furniture, jewellery, chocolates, Bali ceramics, fragrances, beachwear and much more than the ones mentioned, about which you will get to know on exploring the markets of Bali.
TEMPLES AT BALI
Bali is a home to 20,000 or even more temples in total. So, it can be said that our trip to Bali would be incomplete without visiting these temples. By saying this, we aren’t saying you to cover all the temples but you can try visiting a few at least.
Visiting these Balinese Hindu temples is considered as an auspicious thing which is linked with brining a good fortune in people’s lives. Every temple has its own history to tell to its visitors. And, Uluwatu Temple is considered as the most famous temple amongst all the temples.
The above mentioned things can be considered for making Bali as one of the most famous tourist spots in Asia.
IS BALI A SAFE PLACE TO VISIT?
Whenever we visit a new place, we want our visit to that place to be entirely safe.
Although, Bali is a completely safe place to visit even if you plan to go with your family OR in a group with your friends OR solo but you need to be cautious against the following two things.
As the place is a famous tourist attraction, the risk of robbery or theft tends to increase. So, you need to be extra careful while roaming freely around Bali in order to avoid stealing of your valuable items.
RISK OF DENGUE
You need to protect yourself against mosquitoes bites in Bali as during rainy season (October to March) the risk of getting dengue increases due to wide spread of mosquitoes.
THINGS TO DO IN BALI
Following are some of the things which you must do or experience while being in Bali.
Your trip to Bali will be considered a waste if you don’t invest some of your time in capturing the beauty of Bali as well as various places in/near Bali. So, don’t forget to click the photographs whenever you visit Bali.
WATCHING THE SHARKS
It feels amazing when you get to know that you will be getting a chance to acknowledge sharks when in Bali. You get to see sharks in a large number around the reefs of Padang Bai and Nusa Dua.
TALKING TO LOCALS
On reaching Bali, you will realise how humble and kind are the locals of Bali. You will always get to see a warm wide smile on their faces and their positive attitude towards life is something which everyone should learn from them. So, I advise you to try talking to the locals of Bali.
For the efficient working of the brain, it is essential for the brain cells to relax. Therefore, whenever you plan your vacation to Bali, don’t engage your mind in something stressful. Relax your mind and body by spending your time in exploring various tourist spots in or near Bali along with your family.
NIGHTLIFE IN BALI
Bali has already won everyone’s heart because of its beauty and when it comes to nightlife in Bali, the place doesn’t fail to stand on our expectations.
Bali homes to many night clubs where you get served with amazing dine and wine and you can go dancing with the people who accompanied you on the trip.
Let us have a look at some of the famous night clubs in Bali.
- Mirror Lounge and Club (71 km from Bali)
- LXXY Bali (77 km from Bali)
- Sky Garden Bali (78 km from Bali)
- All these clubs come under Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia.
The term “rooftop bar” sounds so fancy and exotic, doesn’t it?
The best way to enjoy at night in Bali is to be a guest at any famous rooftop bar. The place not only offers you with various alcoholic drinks but it also gives you a glance of some beautiful scenery around you. Following are the names of some famous rooftop bars.
- Double – Six Rooftop – Sunset Bar (74 km from Bali)
- The Seven Rooftop Bar (77 km from Bali)
- UNIQUE Rooftop Bar and Restaurant (90km from Bali)
BALI GARDEN BEACH RESORT
The resort is located in Kuta, being situated at a distance of 79 kilometres from Bali. The place is a perfect spot for all the couples visiting Bali. As the sun sets, the place gets ready to offer a romantic candlelight dinner to couples. Everything is well organised be it food, decoration or even live music. Not only couples but the place can be enjoyed by everyone who visits Bali.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI
Although, Bali can be visited at any time of the year but every place has a time when it remains busy the most (which is commonly known as peak time). In the case of Bali, the peak time is during the months of July to August (the time of summer vacations) and the month of December as it’s the time for Christmas celebration as well as the celebration of New Year’s Eve due to which the place remains extremely crowded. If you want to avoid the crowd, you must avoid visiting the place particularly during these three months particularly.
But if crowd is not a problem for you people then you can visit the place during the months of July to August as this period is considered a dry season, when the place doesn’t experience rain.
FACTS ABOUT BALI
There are some interesting facts about Bali and its residents which you need to know. Let us have a look at these facts.
210 days make 1 year
Yes, that’s true. A year is Bali has a total of 210 days in an year (according to Pawukon calendar) unlike many other countries in the world. But, most of the people work according to Saka calendar which has its ground as Lunar cycle. The Saka calendar is almost same as Georgian calendar.
Bali has Two Seasons
Bali is place which experiences only two seasons. These two seasons are dry season and wet season (or rainy season). The months from May to August accounts for dry season whereas the months from October to April accounts for wet season. Just like Kasol In December.
The Concept of just Four Names
Sounds strange, isn’t it?
The people of Balinese culture follow the concept of just four names. Wayan, Made, Nyoman and Ketut constitute for these four names. So, the parents know the names of their children even before they are born.
And, these names are kept according to the order in which a child is born. Wayan for the first child, Made for the second. Nyoman for the third and Ketut for the fourth child and the cycle repeats with the birth of the fifth child.
You all must have seen white sand but have you ever got a chance to view black sand? Forget about viewing it but have you even heard of it?
Well, Bali offers you a chance to view black sand along with white sand as Bali is considered as a volcanic part of Indonesia and these volcanic outbreaks caused black sand on the beaches in Bali.
In Balinese culture, Nyepi is observed as a day of complete silence as it marks the beginning of the new year according to Pawukon calendar which has a total of just 210 days. The day is marked as a public holiday. Everything is shut down for the entire day. On this day, Balinese people tend to fast and meditate.
Last year, I went to Bali along with my family and some relatives in the month of June. It was a 4d and 3n trip. As soon as we reached Bali, we were astonished by looking at the scenic beauty of the place. The people of Bali are as beautiful as the place itself is. We went to a resort where we enjoyed spending our time by eating some delicious Bali dishes and by listening to the live music there. We tried covering as many tourist spots near Bali as we could within the time we had. We came back with many memories of Bali which are worth remembering.
To conclude, the overall experience was extremely good.
HOW TO REACH BALI?
If you are planning to go to Bali which would be more convenient by flight only, then you have to land up at Ngurah Rai International Airport (or Denpasar International Airport). The airport is located in district, South Kuta and is situated at a distance of just 13 kilometres from the capital city of Bali, which is Denpasar. After being landed at the airport, you can easily book a taxi to Bali.
Road journeys are not recommended as it will take a lot of time.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS NEARBY BALI
SACRED MONKEY FOREST SANCTUARY ( 72 km from Bali )
This place is a natural habitat for the long – tailed monkeys in Bali. It is situated in Ubud, Bali. The forest remains open from 9 am to 4 pm on all the week days. The forest is safe to visit without any fear of getting attacked by the monkeys if you follow the proper guidelines while roaming around in the forest.
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SEMINYAK ( 72 km from Bali )
Seminyak is located at the southern end of Bali and is considered as a high end beach resort area. The place is surrounded by many luxurious hotels, restaurants, villas and shopping sites. Whenever you visit Bali, don’t skip your visit to Seminyak.
Sanur ( 78 km from Bali )
This place is viewed as a seaside town situated in the southeast part of Bali island. Most of the times, the place is neglected by the visitors but trust me, the place is worth visiting. The place has many things to explore, for example – Le Mayeur Museum.
The list of tourist spots nearby Bali do not end here, the list includes many more such spots to be visited by the tourists.
Bali is an island which is situated in Indonesia. The place is rich in its religious values as it is surrounded by many temples and all these temples have their own unique history to share. Visiting Bali is a great choice if you want some relaxation from your day to day busy life. In short, visiting Bali will turn out to be an unforgettable lifetime experience.