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15 Memorable Things to do in Bali for Backpacker

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Bali is always on the bucket list of every traveler. The exotic culture, the stunning natural beauty and the friendly people are the attraction of Bali that can also be enjoyed by backpackers. Limited budget is not an obstacle to having fun in Bali. Let’s find out the memorable things to do in Bali for backpacker ..!

1. Cruising around Kuta

Kuta is the number one tourist area that must be visited. The festive holiday atmosphere and the beauty of Kuta Beach are two things that will never make you bored.

The best way to go around Kuta is to ride a matic scooter. Congestion on the streets of Bali will be easily penetrated with matic scooters. There are many scooter rentals in Kuta with rate starting from Rp 60.000 / day.

How to Get There

Kuta is located in Badung Regency. It’s about 15 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai Airport. You will never run out of things to do in Kuta.

2. Musing on Your Good Fortune at Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach is the cleanest beach in Bali with a less crowded atmosphere. Long coastline, soft white sand, fresh sea breeze and a neat environment will make you happy to linger here.

Nusa Dua Beach is surrounded by first class facilities, ranging from star hotels to shopping centers. No wonder international conferences are often held in this area. While you are here, you should make time to try Bu Oky’s delicious chicken rice. The price is affordable, starting from Rp 25,000.

How to Get There

Nusa Dua Beach is located in Tanjung Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai Airport. It’s free entry. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 1.500/hour for motors and Rp 3.000/hour for cars. It’s obvious there are plenty of things to do in Nusa Dua.

3. Strolling at Balian Beach

Balian Beach is one of the beaches in Bali that still has a natural atmosphere. The beach has black sand, cliffs jutting into the beach and long waves. You can enjoy its serene ambiance by walking along the coastline.

Good waves make Balian Beach a favorite spot for surfers. Seeing the action of surfers while feeling the sea breeze is definitely a fun activity.

How to Get There

Balian Beach is located in Lalalinggah Village, Tabanan Regency. It’s about 2 hours drive from Ngurah Rai Airport. It’s free entry, you only need to pay parking fee.

4. Visiting Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is an icon of Bali tourism. You must have seen it in tourist brochures, postcards or TV commercials. Tanah Lot is home to the famous Tanah Lot Temple, a must visit temple in Bali.

Tanah Lot has a stunning beauty. The sunset view here is one of the best in Bali. In the evening, you can see Balinese dance performances that have a mystical aura.

How to Get There

Tanah Lot is located in Beraban Village, Tabanan Regency. It’s about one and half hour drive from Ngurah Rai Airport. The admission is Rp 60.000 for foreign tourists and Rp 20.000 for domestic tourists.

5. Exploring Bedugul

Bedugul is another side of Bali. If you are bored with the beach, come to Bedugul which offers a mountain atmosphere. The cool air and green of the trees will make you feel at peace.

The beautiful Lake Beratan is a must-visit spot. The Bedugul Botanical Garden is the perfect place for a picnic. And take the time to stop by the fruit market to buy fresh fruits typical of the tropics.

How to Get There

Bedugul is about 48 kilometers from Denpasar. Take your time because you will have lots of things to do in Bedugul.

6. Enjoying Cultural Performances at Garuda Wisnu Kencana

If you love cultural tourism, you should visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana. You can see the large statues of Lord Vishnu and Garuda made very detailed.

From morning till night you can see a variety of cultural performances such as Kecak dance, Barong dance, Rangda dance and traditional music show. There is also a photo studio that offers shooting with traditional Balinese clothing.

How to Get There

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is located in Ungasan Village, South Kuta. The admission is Rp 100.000 for foreign tourists and Rp 70.000 for domestic tourists.

7. Visiting Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is the largest temple in Bali as well as the center of religious activities in Bali. The temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung.

In addition to admiring the splendor of the temple, from here you can see the beauty of South Bali with the view of the Indian Ocean in the distance. Besakih Temple is a 2-hour drive from Ngurah Rai Airport.

How to Get There

Besakih Temple is located in Besakih Village, Karangasem Regency. The admission is Rp 15.000.

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8. Cycling down Mount Batur

Vacation also means an opportunity to try new things. For the adventurers, Mount Batur is the spot that must be conquered. The view from the top of Mount Batur is amazing.

After enjoying the scenery, cycling down Mount Batur becomes an adrenaline-racing activity. Surely this will be a memorable experience.

How to Get There

Mount Batur is located in Kintamani, Bangli Regency. Besides cycling down, there are other things to do in Mount Batur.

9. Eat at the Roadside Cafes

Blending with locals is one of the arts of being backpacker. It means you should try to eat at warungs or roadside cafes. The food is varied with typical Balinese flavors and low prices.

It’s not hard to find a good warung. Find a busy one, the food must be delicious. At night, you will have more choices. There are seafood, Chinese food and Javanese food.

How to Get There

Believe me, you will easily find warungs in tourist areas such as Kuta.

10. Shopping at Sukawati Art Market

Sukawati Art Market is a must-visit place before you go home. Here you can buy Balinese souvenirs at affordable prices. Just make sure you bid relentlessly.

In addition to clothing, painting is a popular item used as souvenirs. Of course there are also standard souvenirs such as key chains or ethnic bracelets.

How to Get There

Sukawati Art Market is located in Sukawati, Gianyar Regency. It’s about one hour drive from Ngurah Rai Airport.

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Alright guys, now you have the list of memorable things to do in Bali for backpacker. Brave yourself and let’s visit Bali Indonesia.

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