Have you ever backpacked in Indonesia? Do you still remember your backpacking journey? It must've been filled with epic stories and new adventures!
If you ever thought of experiencing the most in just 7 days, then go on and explore Bali. Its limitless excitements will never stop to impress you in every single step you take. Let's bring back those feel-good memories to Bali and inspire others with these 7 backpacking ideas!
Day 1: Get the Bali vibes on southern beaches and enjoy the sunset at Uluwatu
You can start the journey from the south part of Bali. Explore Bali’s famous beaches, and linger to watch the water waves sway back and forth. You can also finally get on a surfboard for the first time. Learn to balance yourself on it while remembering the tips your instructor gives you. Though it may seem hard at first, with more practice you’ll soon grow to love surfing.
Located only 4 km from the Uluwatu beach, your next destination should be Uluwatu Temple for a glimpse of Bali’s heritage! One of which is the traditional Kecak dance. The spellbinding Kecak dance performance will completely mesmerize you as the dancers' chants fill the air. Experience the atmosphere escalating as the dancers spin fire torches. Captivating moments will surely create your trip memorable as you watch them spin the flames and dance with fire. You can even catch the sun setting in the evening sky, illuminating Uluwatu's beautiful landscape. The awe-inspiring heritage and stunning scenery will always linger in your memory, just like Katie @katie.one described in her journey here “Whatever is your reason of visiting Bali, traveling thousands kilometers away is worth seeing sunset above the Indian ocean in the rhythm of Kecak dance, because the energy of this place is felt by every cell of your body.”
Day 2: Go on an adventure to Tegenungan Waterfall and head to Sukawati Art Market on your way back
Tegenungan Waterfall can be your next spot for adventure! Its 15 meters of pure greatness is breathtaking to see. Plunge into the pool of pristine water and explore the lush nature. It is surely a place to let go of all thoughts and tension.
Be sure to make time to visit Sukawati Art Market on your way back to your hotel since it is only 3.6 km away from the waterfall. You can stroll this renowned Bali's market, and find some beautiful art pieces to bring back home.
From paintings, wooden figures to local fashion, there are lots of colorful items you can get here! A vibrant Balinese sarong is also a great item for you to buy. Sukawati Art Market is surely a place for great items at affordable prices!
Day 3: Get ready to enjoy sunrise at Tegallalang rice fields, swing high at Alas Harum, and take selfies with the cute monkeys of Ubud Monkey Forest
The backpacking journey continues. You can drive early to the terraced rice fields of Tegallalang to catch its beautiful sunrise. Stroll the rice fields and absorb mother nature's best! Then, get ready for your next adventure at Alas Harum. Located on Tegallalang main road, this spot offers a breathtaking landscape with instagrammable spots to take pictures.
Be sure to capture a stunning image with the bird's nest or dancing bridge as your background. But the most popular spot is the swings. It's a magical experience to swing high to Bali’s enchanting sceneries!
Another spot we recommend you to visit is Bali's very own Ubud Monkey Forest. The lush foliage and calm atmosphere will welcome you there. If you plan to take pictures with the cute photogenic monkeys inhabiting this forest, make sure to always be supervised by a local ranger.
Day 4: Cleanse your body and soul at Tirta Empul and visit one of the cleanest villages in the world, Penglipuran village
The fourth day calls for a serene getaway! Visit Tirta Empul, a Hindu temple located on Tirta Rd, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, and bathe in its refreshing blessed water.
To enter this sacred site, you need to put on a sarong. So be sure to pack ahead or get one on the site before the beauty of this Hindu temple welcomes you. Once you stroll the temple, two golden Dwarapala statues should catch your eye. Sounds like a refreshing trip, right?!
The backpacking journey doesn't stop there. If you really want to experience the peace in Bali's renowned village, drive a 25-minutes distance from Tirta Empul to Penglipuran village.
Well-kept and completely charming, this site is one of the world's cleanest villages. It showcases its manicured gardens and bamboo architectural houses. While you are here, do not forget to try the village’s traditional drink, loloh cemcem. Besides tasty and refreshing, it is also good for your body.
Day 5: Go on a sunrise hike at Mount Batur and chill while sipping local Kintamani coffee
A new day arrives, and it's time for a sunrise hike. One of the best places to enjoy sunrise in Bali is Mount Batur. We suggest you to go to this mount located in Kintamani, Bangli the night before or really early in the morning. The altitude of the peak of Mount Batur is 1,717 and the hiking route is suitable for beginners. Start hiking at around 3 in the morning, and you will be just in time to witness the sun rise from the east sky.
A beautiful morning view calls for a nice cup of coffee! Once you climb down the mount, you should get refreshed by sipping the famous kintamani coffee at a local café, like Kintamani Eco Bike Coffee. It offers spectacular garden views and one of the best-roasted coffees in Bali. Try and experience the process of kintamani coffee by joining a tour, too!
Day 6: Marvel at Tirta Gangga and Lempuyang temple, then enjoy Amed Beach
It's time to marvel around Bali's sacred destinations! Tirta Gangga in Karangasem, is a good start for your day six on the island. Once you enter, you should notice the intricate statues at almost every corner. One in particular is the grand Nawa Sanga fountain placed in the middle of the complex. You can visit this site from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Next, we suggest you go to Lempuyang temple. Just 10 km away from Tirta Gangga, it’s the best spot for breathtaking shots of Bali's landscape. The grand gates and majestic Mount Agung serves as "the gate of heaven". A heavenly background for your pictures!
If you still want to continue on your adventure, Amed Beach should be your next destination. Here, you can enjoy the sunset and linger on its black sand while gazing at Mount Agung. Other fun activities to do here are snorkeling and diving. Get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of Amed underwater.
Day 7: End your backpacking journey at West Bali National Park
On your last day, get ready to continue your trip to West Bali, where you can explore Blimbingsari tourist village. Of course, on top of the adventure list here is West Bali National Park! Discover the hidden beauty and exotic animals living in the national park. One of which is the endangered species, the white Bali starling. This special experience will surely capture your heart!
This island is surely a memorable place for anyone who visits. You’re probably missing Bali right now and can’t wait to go on your future trip there, right?
The island of gods has secured a safe destination for you to travel to with CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) health protocols. You must also take part in implementing these strict health protocols. First, be sure to get a PCR test result before and after you travel in Bali. Second, wear a mask during your travels. Third, always wash your hands with soap. Fourth, always keep your distance. By following and implementing these health protocols, you can make a difference!
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