Bali! Just the name brings to mind happy images of a fun filled vacation with exotic beaches, great hotels and overall, an amazing vacation. As the travel industry grows bigger and bigger every quarter in India, Bali remains one of the top vacation destinations.
Bali is one of South East Asia’s most loved holiday destinations. Bali’s amazing landscape, rich culture, vibrant colours, and a unique blend of buzzing energy and soothing calmness have attracted more and more international visitors every year.
A holiday in Bali is my dream too, for obvious reasons!
I have been planning to head there for a long weekend, but after some research I realized that a weekend just wouldn’t do any justice to Bali. For fun and memorable trip to this mesmerising Indonesian island, I think you should plan for at least five days.
However, if a weekend is all you have for your Bali Trip, it can still leave you spellbound if planned right. So, let me help you with some suggestions.
I suggest you stay at a place which has proximity to all the places on your itinerary. Ubud is in the lower middle of the island and hence, many places that are worth a visit, are easily accessible from here. If the ocean is what you crave, and living next to it is your priority, consider Kuta or Legian or Seminyak for a buzzing and very lively environment. You might want to take a look at Harper Kuta as an option for staying in Bali for a weekend.
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If you prefer to be near the ocean but would like the more calm and quiet surroundings, go for Sanur. And if upmarket and classy is what you want form your weekend in Bali, please look at Nusa Dua or Benoa – both of which are areas by the ocean but are less touristy and relaxed.
I like to check out the art scene of the place I visit, like I did in Israel and in Hong Kong. If you are into art too, Ubud is your place to hang out. It has the famous Neka Art Museum, Agung Rai Museum of Art, Blanco Renaissance Museum and lot of art galleries that you can visit for an understanding of the culture.
Main attractions to visit during a weekend in Bali should include Tanah Lot and Echo Beach for sure. I am also intrigued by the Kintamani Volcano in Bali!
Do not forget to visit the coffee plantations because that is an experience that is unmatched to any.
Here is a brief list of things you can do in a weekend in Bali – and get the feel of the real Balinese delight.
Things To Do During a Weekend in Bali:
- The Monkey Forest in Ubud. This is a must visit! The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and it gets close to 10,000 visitors a month. The Monkey Forest is heavily forested and hilly. Trails allow visitors access to many parts of the park, and there are areas where friendly monkeys can be seen closely.
- Temples in Ubud. The ancient temple tell a story that will make your gypsy soul long for more. The temples in Ubud, Bali, are grand and they cast a spell on you.
- Sunrise at Mt.Batur. This is a sight to behold! You will have to trek to the summit with a guide, and this trek normally takes two hours. But the sunrise is totally worth it, I promise.
- Eco Beach. This beach is famous for surfing and even if you don’t surf yourself, it is a total delight to sit on the beautiful beach and watch the surfers capture the waves of the ocean. It feels almost magical to watch the surfers dancing with the huge waves. What a sight!
- Pick other activities that you can do in a weekend in Bali – the choice are numerous. From snorkelling, to live music and from long drives to just sitting in front of the ocean and relaxing.
One thing I’m sure of is – doesn’t matter if you spend a weekend in Bali or a fortnight, by the end of your Bali Vacation, you will always want an extra day. that is a magic of Bali.
Do you have any more ideas on things to do over a weekend in Bali? Share them with me.