One of the most enchanting places that I was lucky enough to visit during my travels 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 viewing the incredible landscapes and simply taking the stunning views in, there’s also plenty to keep you occupied, such as eating at one of Ubud’s healthy organic cafes, visiting the Monkey Forest, visiting the historic temples or checking out the local Art.
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 breathtaking. 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 just wouldn’t do it justice. We had lunch and coffee overlooking the fields in a little Balinese restaurant and looked out over the stunning views. It was a tranquil bliss that I’ve never experienced before. On our way back to Ubud, we visited our driver, Agung’s home and drank fresh coconuts offered by his Uncle, which were the freshest and sweetest I have ever tasted.
I could write about Bali literally all day. It is the most stunningly beautiful and serene place, especially when you explore a bit deeper away from the more touristy areas.
Peace, love and waterfalls all day long