Amongst my top 3 places that I travelled was the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.
I’d heard incredible things about Bali before going there, but I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it as much as I did. After flying in to the sweaty hustle and bustle of Denpasar, I was relieved to begin my Bali journey in the much more tranquil, cultural and crafty town of Ubud. Surrounded by Bali’s iconic rice fields, Ubud has so much to offer. As well as it’s incredible landscapes there’s plenty to do, such as eating at one of Ubud’s healthy organic cafes, visiting the Monkey Forest or checking out the local Art.
As cultural as I like to be, I do have a guilty pleasure… Pizza. And on that note, we found an absolute gem in Umah Pizza. I won’t bang on too much about pizza when I’m writing about Bali, but if you happen to be in Bali craving a pizza, get yourself down to Umah’s!
One of the best ways to really explore Bali is going on a tour (in a taxi). We booked our driver in Ubud and as a lover of waterfalls I asked if he would take us to see one (not originally in the set tour). It was a fairly long journey (a couple of hours north) but we finally reached GitGit Twin waterfall, which was absolutely beautiful. As Agung, our driver, picked us up early, we managed to get to the waterfall when it was completely empty and enjoy some time swimming before other people began to arrive.
There were a few other places that we visited on the tour including some of Bali’s stunning rice fields – I cannot even describe the colours and charm of the scenery as my words won’t do it justice. We had lunch and coffee overlooking the fields in a little Balinese restaurant and the views were just incredible. We also visited our driver, Agung’s home and drank fresh coconuts that his Uncle gave us, which tasted amazing and was such a great addition to the day.
I could write about Bali literally all day, but I’ll save some (and my favourite part!) for next time. It is the most amazing, beautiful and serene place, especially when you explore a bit deeper away from the more touristy areas.
Peace, love and waterfalls all day long