Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Located in a tropical country - Indonesia, you can visit Bali anytime during the year. There are no autumn, spring and winter in Indonesia. Therefore you can experience summer all the time, which is less hot during the rainy season from September to March, and quite warm during the dry season from April to August. If you decide to visit Bali, there are plenty of interesting places to see and adventures to be experienced there.
Bali is an island surrounded by many beautiful beaches. You can enjoy the beauty of sunset while sitting and drinking cocktail at the beach. Or you can even experience the exotic sunrise if you are eager enough to wake up early in the morning. Bali is also a great place for those who like water sports such as jetskiing, parasailing, banana boat riding, surfing, snorkeling and diving. In some places you will find amazing corals and underwater life. The most popular beaches are Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Lovina, Jimbaran, Medewi, Tanjung Benoa and Seminyak beach. Due to their popularity these beaches are usually crowded during holiday season, however you can always find many other beaches that are more quiet such as Balangan, Geger, Bias Tugal or Amed beach.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
After having some wonderful time at the beaches, take your time to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. This green forest is inhabited by more than 600 long-tailed macaques. You will see so many cute monkeys there. Yes, all of these monkeys including the naughty ones, the smart ones, mothers and babies will act as if they are welcoming you in the whole area of the forest. Don’t be surprised if you lose your banana in your hand within your first minutes after arriving there. Therefore before you enter the forest, make sure that you hide your foods or drinks in your bag. You also have to take care of your sunglasses, caps and camera if you don’t want to lose them. Although you should be cautious of the monkeys, this green forest is worth visiting and is a good place to spend your time with family.
Temples are the icons of this beautiful island, however the most famous one is called Tanah Lot Temple. This unique temple was built in the 16th century and located in the middle of the sea. Another temple you should visit is Tirta Empul temple located in Tampak Siring. This temple has some natural water sources that are used for Hindu baptism. One thing you should pay attention to is the rule that anyone wearing inappropriate clothing, or having menstruation is not allowed to enter any Balinese Hindu temples.
Visiting Bali is not complete without spending your time to explore the traditional markets. One of the most popular traditional markets in Bali is Sukawati Art Market. It is located in Sukawati Gianyar village, approximately 30 kilometers from Denpasar airport. You can find many traditional Balinese crafts, sculptures, paintings and clothes, at a bargain price, that you can bring home with as souvenirs.
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Local Food and Beverage
Finally, enjoying Balinese food will make your holiday even more fantastic. One food you should try is the famous Balinese roasted suckling pig or locally called ‘Babi Guling’. As for the drink, you can always enjoy fresh coconut juice directly from the coconut itself through a straw. A band name beer called ‘Bintang’ from Indonesia is also a refreshment of choice.