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Where to Travel in Bali

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Hi All,

I’d like to take my mother to Bali. We have 10/12days.

Which places would you recommend to go and see.

What areas would you highly recommend? How nights in each area?

Many Thanks

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Where you visit in Bali and how many days will depend entirely on your interests and travel style. And your ages, agility etc. As well as the time of year that you intend to travel. Bali is massive island, some areas up to 6 hours by car from another, so good planning helps minimise travel times. Some areas are good for relaxing, some for shopping, some for surfing, some for diving or snorkelling, some for culture/adventure/arts/animals etc. I will add a link below for you to read about the areas of Bali to help you decide which ones interest you. If your trip is 10 full days + day or arrival and departure, then you could consider 2, or even 3 areas, if you don't mind moving around. If you have access to a computer, please look at all the pinned threads on the right side of this page.

Once you have some more details ideas about what you want to do and see in Bali, please come back with more specific questions.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g294226-i7220-k13171263-Different_Areas_of_Bali_and_What_They_Offer_Update_Jan_2020-Bali.html

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Thank you.

Planning to travel this February but having researched further February seems to be rainy season

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Hi HP,

where to stay/ what to see/do will be based on your and your mums personal interests.

What interests me may not interest you and vice versa.

One persons “must see/do” is anothers “why bother”.

These dqys we go to Bali mostly for diving (me) snorkeling (me and Mrs P) and chillaxing. Cultural/sightseeing does come second place in priorities.

So we go to places like Amed, Gili islands, Nusa Lembongan, Pemuteran.

Sometimes we fit in Ubud. If on my own then not.

Firstly you need to do some research on Bali and see exactly what plqces/sights interest you personally. This will determine where to stay and for how long.

This is much to do with the fact that Bali is a huge island and driving is slow going. Bali is 5780Sqkm or bigger than 2 times the size of the whole of the M25. Nearly 4 times the size of Greater London

There are very few major roads and you won’t average much more than 20mph/30kmh even away from the congested south.

As an example Amed where we go is only 60miles from DPS but is a 3hrs striaght drive.

Ubud is only 25miles but easily takes 1h30 during the day.

When it comes to sights for example Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung and Pura Lempuyang are a good 2h/2h30 straight drive from Ubud but only 30mins from Amed or Candidasa.

The big waterfalls in the north are a good 3hrs straight drive from Ubud. So you would be stuck in a van for 6hrs striaght. Also on the way you would miss other sights like Jatiluwih Rice Terraces,Ulun Danu Beratan abd perhaps Banyumala Twin Falls.

But closer to Ubud There are a number of small waterfalls which you could easily do on a day trip. A good choice just east of Ubud like Kanto Lampo, Goa Rang Reng & Tibumana & Taman Sari. These 4 are only 4kms apart. Kanto Lampo, first stop, is only 30mins drive from Wapa di Ume. Taman Sari has a sort of bathing pool. After those you could then go to Tegenungan which is the biggest. Taman Sari to Tegenungan is only 30mins. Big car park. A lot of steps down but all concrete. Only 25 mins from Wapa di Ume so at the end of the day short drive back.

You could easily stop at Goa Gajah Temple first before heading to Kanto Lampo.

So as you can see location is important.

ITINERARY

Much depends on you and how much you want to move around. You can also turn any transfer into mini sightseeing tour to avoid allocating a specific day.

Some might say that for 10 days Ubud and perhaps Sanur is a good split. Ubud for culture/sightseeing and Sanur for a bit of a relaxed beach side resort.

If you do 12 days you might want to do 3 places.

PRIVATE DRIVERS

PRIVATE DRIVERS

People use private drivers for tours and transfers. Generally a private driver costs IDR600k to 700k ~ £32-38 for the day 9am to 6pm ish

You pay for the van privately to yourself not per person. Means you can not only set your own personal day tours itineraries but also you can turn any transfers into mini sightseeing trips.

The driver will simply wait for you at each sight.

As an example we use http://www.ubudareatours.com when in Ubud so should you decide to start in Ubud they would come down to DPS to pick you up and do any day tours you want to do. Their drivers are regiatered guides.

Avoid like the plague and driver service not willing to change tour itinerary or those offering “lunch/entrance fees included”. These are not only rigid itineraries but they take you to places they get commission including lunch.

The “lunch/entrance fee” trips are especially a rip off. Seen them charging £40 per person minimum 2 people.

Entrance fees are often a few quid. Light lunch with a drink for 2 can be had for a tenner.

HOTEL/PROPERTY LOCATION

Wherever you choose always check exact location of any property. Never believe any hotel blurb on location or go by the name as an indicator of location.

UBUD

Ubud is probably the worst place in Bali for owners being economical with the truth on location or misleading on distance/time to town

There is Ubud town, Ubud district (up to 8km from town) and “nowhere near Ubud, isolated and over 20km/1 hour drive to town but we’ll still call ourselves Ubud anyway”.

So important to check exact location carefully especially if having local amenities on your doorstep or want to walk to town.

Some properties advertise shuttles but these can be good bad or indifferent.

other areas/places in Bali have similar issues on location.

So if you find something that interests you just ask here.

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Hi, Post#1 has given an excellent overview of Bali and all things which need to be considered for holidaying in Bali.

February is smack bang in the middle of the wet season. The West coast beaches are covered in rubbish and debris. Sunsets will be hit or miss. Visiting waterfalls for example could be difficult with muddy terrain and very slippery steps. Any sightseeing or activities e.g. cycle tours need to be booked when on the ground in Bali at a tour booth/kiosk to ascertain the weather.

Sanur is the quieter side of the island with a lovely beachfront pathway with cafes, restaurants and markets. The main road, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, has cafes, restaurants, bakeries, supermarket, mini marts, shopping. There’s a night food market.

Ubud for all things cultural and scenic. Ubud centre has a few cultural sights. But many sites are further afield and you need to engage a private driver with an air conditioned car for a day’s sightseeing. This is approximately IDR600,00-700,000 for the day; per vehicle, not per person.

We end our holiday in Seminyak after Sanur and Ubud and enjoy shopping, nice restaurants. Having said that Bali offers wonderful dining options all over the island with international cuisine and tasty Indonesian food at prices to suit all budgets.

As mentioned choose your location wisely in any area you choose to stay.

There is no public transport to speak of in Bali. Metered Bluebird taxis are available along the West coast and Sanur. Private drivers are available in Ubud and you have the option of Grab in Ubud to get around locally. Your accommodation may offer a shuttle service if staying a bit further out from the centre. Check schedule.

Research, research.

Happy planning. Cheers.

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There are so many travel destinations in Bali, you can choose based on what you like. For example, if you like mountain tourism, then it is highly recommended to go to the Bangli district (one of the parts of Bali). If you like beaches, then it is recommended to go to the Badung district. you can see this website (http://travelquy.com) for more details.

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#Post 5 - Very vague, inaccurate and misleading. Badung Regency isn’t just beaches “down south” - spreads a long way inland further north than Ulun Danu Beratan. It is the neighbouring Regency to Bangli at the northern end. It is 85km long. It would take you over 3hrs straight drive.

Similarly Bangli starts only 20 mins SE of Ubud. Only 8km from the south coast and finishes only 2km from the north coast a Tejakula.

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I’m headed to Bali next month for a quick trip to relax and see a few things we will be at the Royal Kamuela villas and spa. It says it close to many shops and restaurants and the monkey sanctuary. We are looking to do a day or Teo of tourist stuff like the swings phot ops, see the culture possibly a cooking class. Beach beach and beach. Nice restaurant for dinner and we are happy.

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I’m headed to Bali next month for a quick trip to relax and see a few things we will be at the Royal Kamuela villas and spa. It says it close to many shops and restaurants and the monkey sanctuary. We are looking to do a day or Teo of tourist stuff like the swings phot ops, see the culture possibly a cooking class. Beach beach and beach. Nice restaurant for dinner and we are happy.

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@Post7 - “beach, beach and beach”. There is no beach in Ubud. Sorry if I’ve misunderstood.

The West coast beaches are covered with rubbish and debris during the wet season. Very unsightly.

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Post 7 - The closest beach to Ubud would be Keramas. Around 40 mins by car. It is black sand. Blue Lagoon at Padangbai is around 1 hr away.

HPsaucy, yes February is rainy season but it is higly unlikely to rain all day. For 10/12 nights a two area split would be good. If you are interested in sight-seeing temples, rice terraces, temples, waterfalls etc then Ubud is the best place for one of your splits. Without knowing what your interests are it is hard to suggest another area.

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