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#simplytravels: Guide to Bali

Bali is an amazing place to visit for an unforgettable vacation. The beaches are incredible, it’s super cheap and there are endless things to do and see. This vacation guide to Bali features our top picks for the perfect trip.

Bali travel guide

The best brunch spot

…is little family run café called Sacred Ground. If you want to try some of the best coffee in Bali then look no further! Their revolver coffee will start off your day of exciting activities in the right way and their assortment of smoothies and juices will have you spoilt for choice. We recommend the breakfast pizza and also the zucchini and corn fritters drizzled with maple syrup (which sounds random but is something you need to try!)

Brunch in Bali

For a tasty meal

All you need to do is take a stroll along Seminyak and Kuta beaches where there are so many restaurants to choose from. We recommend going for tapas so you can try out different types of food. If you want to stop off somewhere for lunch S.K.A.I beach club offer pool beds with a sea view so you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a delicious chicken and avocado pizza. If you’re a mac and cheese lover visit Macheese Cafe and you will be in your element. Who knew there could be so many variations of mac and cheese?!

Dining out in Bali

You have to visit

…the sacred monkey forest sanctuary in Ubud. We thought this would be terrifying especially when warned that the monkeys may attack if you look at them directly the eye! However, although they’re defensive creatures they aren’t aggressive by nature and are extremely cute and  funny to watch. You can also buy bananas which you hold above your head so that the monkeys will climb on you (although bear in mind that many will not settle for just one banana!) As well as seeing the monkeys in their natural habitat, the surroundings of the forest are a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.

Sacred Monkeys in Bali

If you’re looking for paradise

Visit the Gili Islands which are three idyllic islands known for their white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. Gili Trawangan (commonly known as Gili T) is the biggest of the three at 3km long and from here you can easily visit the other two quieter islands, Gili Meno and Gili Air, by public boat. Honeymooners looking for paradise should stay in the north of Gili T which is also home to the famous swings in the sea; visit here at sunset to get an epic backdrop for Instagram-able vacation posts! For backpackers on a budget we recommend staying in the south of the island, which is also great if you’re looking to party as travelers visit from far and wide for the nightlife.

Paradise Bali

For an amazing view

You’ll have many options in Bali but our favorite is from Mount Batur, which is an active volcano (it’s last eruption was in 2000 so don’t worry!) The sunrise trek is a popular hike for tourists which leaves at around 4am. However you can opt to take a taxi up the mountain if you don’t have the motivation to go hiking in the middle of the night when you’re on vacation! The view was one of the most incredible things we’ve ever seen and the photos don’t do it justice so it’s something that you definitely have to see for yourself.

Views in Bali

Did you know

…that the Balinese New Year, named Nyepi, starts in complete silence? All activities are stopped completely and no one is allowed out on the streets on this occasion, meaning that visitors are confined to their hotels and even airports are closed! Most Balinese see it as a day for Mother Nature to rest and use the day to reflect on the year and relax. If you’re visiting Bali around Nyepi why not take it as a chance to have a break from your busy high tech life and enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity of ultimate peace and quiet!

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