"Nasi goreng is a fried rice dish, often served with an egg and a wafer-like cracker that can be found almost everywhere, and is so good it should be eaten every time you see it. Nasi campur is another common dish that features white rice and small portions of a few other sides, including vegetables, meats, fish, and eggs."
"One of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to - hard to get a table though it could be booked out - it's worth trying though!! http://mamasanbali.com."
Seminyak is amazing for shopping, food and culture. You will be immersed in a luxury lifestyle with the cost effective price tag.
"Travel to Ubud to ride on an elephant! Or go white water rafting!"
"If you are looking for a club scene then Kuta is the place, however for more relaxed you should visit potato head or KuDeTa."
"You can find many great shops in Semeniyak and it's great cost with some really chic and cutting edge fashions."
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"There are so many world class restaurants in Bali offering delicious foods from all over the world in some of the most romantic settings, but you cannot go pass the local Warungs (Indonesian restaurants) where you can eat spicy local dishes for a very small amount of money. My favourite being the Balinese vegetarian food."
"Bali is so diverse regionally with the main tourist area in the South with the highest concentration of people. Villages are identified by what they produce, such as gold smiths of Mas and the silver jewelery makers of Celak to the wood carvers of the north in Telleganngang or the artist's of the Ubud region. Traditions have been handed down from generation to generation, and all done with so much harmony with their gods."
"If you have young children the waterbom park is a must, or the safari park. Learn to surf, ride a bike, or take on the rapids in the rivers. It’s all a lot of laughter and fun."
"From doing nothing to doing everything, Bali has created a holiday mecca that caters to all tastes. There’s shopping, eating, and spas. Or, take on an adventure activity: trek through the rice paddies, ride a bike down the mountain, or explore an active volcano."
"Some of the world’s best DJs play in Bali. Entertainment is nonstop and there is always a party happening in some of the most amazing places. Try the Rock Bar or just chill with a Jazz night in a romantic restaurant. Gallery openings and major exhibitions are also shown at many of the larger hotels."
"The now designated tourist village of Tarukan Mas Ubud was first made famous by the artist Walter Spiers and has been the artistic and cultural hub of the area. With the famous temple of Pura Taman Pule, it is the heart of world acclaimed wood carvers, Gamelan and dance groups, and mask and puppet performers."
"Tarukan Mas has night activities at the local village level or you can try a cocktail at D'Star. Stay like a local and rise early and go to bed early for a restful and relaxing holiday."
"Take walking trips in the rice field (Sawa), swim under a local waterfall, shop at Sukawati market for clothes and holiday souvenirs, or relax around the pool and bale at Angel Villa Mas. Visit the Bali zoo for a family filled adventure day with elephant rides!"
"There’s white water rafting, elephant rides at the Bali zoo, surfing at the local break at Keremas which is equipped with lights for night surfing. Or, plan your own adventure of fishing, diving or trekking with the help of a trusted guide from Angel Villa."
"Regular gamelan and dance performances as well as mask and puppet shows abound in the tourist village of Tarukan Mas Ubud. There seems to always be a Balinese festival and ceremony happening in Mas which will show you the real Balinese culture in action, not staged for the tourist."
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"Ubud is not renowned for its nightlife, but there are a few nightclubs and live music venues like the CP Lounge, Laughing Buddha, and Jazz Cafe. For a cultural event definitely try the Kecak event in Jalan Sriwedari."
"In Ubud the choices are huge. I suggest ARMA, Antonio Blanco and Saraswati for art museums. There are many dance and music events with the most popular being the Kecak and Fire Dance events. Many of these are located in the centre of Ubud."
"Rafting trips down the Agung River in Sayan is a very popular and exciting addition to any visit to Bali. Also, less well known, one can join a group with whom you are ferried up to one of the volcanoes, assigned a bicycle, and then ride the gentle slopes downward to Ubud stopping to enjoy local cuisine and witness local village life along the way."
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"Echo beach, Brawa beach, and Batu bolong beach are well known as places with challenging surfboarding."
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"You can take day trips to Lembongan and the Waterbomb park at Kuta. Both the Bird Park and Safari Park are also worth a visit."
The island of Bali is a small but magical place, and is considered one of the most visitor-friendly islands in all of Indonesia. Come here to experience Balinese cultural treasures in the form of dances and temple rituals. Hike through the misty volcanic mountains, relax on a winding strip of white sand beach, or explore the villages of Amed, Pemuteran, and Lovina. Travel through the rice paddies to see farmers engaged in traditional work. Be sure to explore the natural wonders of this extraordinary place including the flowering frangipani tree, the Balinese tiger, and more species of exotic birds and sea creatures than you can imagine. For a relaxed or family friendly vacation, visit the water parks, go surfing in the crystal blue ocean, and make the most of Bali's exciting nightlife. Some of the restaurants here may even inspire you to take an Indonesian cooking class so you can take some of the unforgettable flavors of the island home with you.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Bali:
Find a vacation rental or affordable apartment for your stay in any of the laid back beach towns close to the eastern shoreline. You can also book a condo rental close to the creative heart of Ubud, or an elegant villa along a romantic, secluded part of the coast.