Photography by Moritz Lips.
It is already more than three months since we visited Bali and we're still catching up with pictures from this trip. Today I composed a little travel guide with places to eat and stay and things to do while you're there. If you have any questions and / or additions you can also send me an e-mail or, as always, leave a comment below. 😊
Where to eat?
Some of the best food I have ever tasted was definitively on Bali. Whether this was at a pricy restaurant or just a street café you probably cannot go wrong with the food on Bali as long as you stick to local cuisine. One of the first restaurants we tried was Fat Chow, we discovered it by chance, because we were looking for our hotel upon arrival. The food there is simply amazing and so is the location! We highly recommend you the deep fried shrimps as a starter.
On the day we took the trip to Ubud our driver Wayan took us to this amazing restaurant called Indus with a stunning view over the rain forest. To me it was the most delicious meal we had on Bali (see picture below). For Moritz' birthday I had something special planned at the Kori Restaurant & Bar. They have two little huts where you sit on comfortable cushions, but on the floor and are surrounded by ponds. The location is really cool and interior-wise reminded us of the colonial era.
On the last evening before I flew back to Switzerland we took a cab to Seminyak to try the Bambu Restaurant, which a lot of people had recommended us. The place is seriously amazing and the staff is very friendly. Everything is kept sleek and modern yet with a distinguished Indonesian touch! I had the Balinese spare ribs, which were finger licking good, with all kinds of side dishes that we couldn't get enough of. It was by far the most expensive restaurant of those four, but we are used to pricy food in Switzerland, so it was ok.
Where to stay?
Moritz and I were staying at the Poppies Bali, which is kind of an oase in the middle of Kuta. You have your own little cottage with a separate bathroom that is partly open. The pool area is really cozy and inviting after a long day of exploring the island or to take a quick dip in the morning. You can check out some photos from a previous blog post here.
What to do?
Whether you're in to adventure, culture or relaxation Bali is a perfect place. Since we were only there for one week we wanted to see and do as much as possile, so we headed out for day trips and diving lessons / snorkeling.
If you want to purify yourself you might want to go to the Titra Empul Temple which is said to have holy water.
If you haven't seen monkeys live apart from the zoo, just like I hadn't, the Monkey Forest in Ubud might be a good place to visit. Over 600 crab-eating macaque's live in and around the forest and it is a true pleasure watching them!
On the second day of Moritz' diving training we went to Tulamben up in the north of the island. The drive up there is approx. 3 hours and really beautiful, because it is sparsely populated compared to the south, so the nature is even more in tact. Tulamben is very popular among divers, because of the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 just off the coast.
Even if you're only going there for snorkeling you will be able to see the wreck since it's so close to the shore. I at least really enjoyed it.
24th February to 4th March 2015