According to Bali’s tourism office, 954,957 Australians visited Bali in 2016. If you’re planning to jump on the bandwagon, there are direct flights to Bali from Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, and Cairns. You will arrive at Denpasar International Airport. To get the most out of your trip, here are the top 3 places to visit in Indonesia.
Known as Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud has more to offer than retreats, rice paddies, and fortune telling. To get to Ubud from the airport, you can take the bus, hire a taxi, or have the staff/owner of the hotel where you’re staying to pick you up. The cheapest option is to take the bus. Travel time from the airport to Ubud is about one hour.
For your accommodation, you can choose one of the many Ubud hotels with booking services available online. In choosing a hotel, consider the length of your stay, how much you’re willing to spend, the places you want to visit, and the experiences you want to have while in Ubud.
The most popular tourist attractions in Ubud are: Sacred Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah “Elephant Cave”, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Puri Saren Royal Palace, Blanco Renaissance Museum, and a lot more. When in Ubud, days can become weeks and weeks can become months so be sure to plan your trip thoroughly.
Known as Bali’s shopping headquarters, Seminyak is one of the top places to go in Bali. It is know for fun drinking sessions, parties at the beach, and boutique shopping. Seminyak is only 30 minutes away from the airport making it a great place to start your Bali adventure. To enjoy your stay without worries, you can choose from the many luxury boutique hotels in Seminyak. From 24-hour butler service to private pools, these luxury hotels got you covered.
Aside from shopping, dining, and partying in Seminyak, take time to discover these interesting attractions: Petitenget Temple, Biasa ArtSpace, Echo Beach, Totem Room Escape Challenge, and Seminyak Beach among other places. You can also enrol in cooking classes, indulge yourself in daily massages and facials, and surf. There’s never an end to the things you can do in Seminyak.
The Gilis is composed of three beautiful islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. The best way to reach Gili Islands is through fastboats. You can ride one at Sanur (about 30 mins. from the airport), Padangbai (about 1 hr. from the airport), or Amed (about 2 hrs. from the airport). Most fastboat will take you to Gili Trawangan first and from there you can ride another fastboat if you want to visit the other islands.
Gili Islands accommodation choices include beach shacks, backpacker huts, budget hotels, mid-range hotels, boutique bungalows, and private villas. Each island is unique so make sure to visit all three islands while you’re there.
When talking about the things to do and places to visit in Bali, all the activities, attractions, and places covered in this article is just the tip of the iceberg. The next time you visit Bali, there are more exciting things for you to do and more unique experiences to look forward to.