Looking for a new thing to experience while enjoying a holiday in Bali? Give yourself some time to do quality tourism by visiting the island’s tourism villages! On The Island of Gods, you can also learn a lot about customs and culture, feel the hospitality of the locals, and explore enchanting hidden gems that have not been quite touched by many. Whether you go with your friends or family, spending a good time in a tourist village will be a moment that you'd cherish in the future! Moreover, it's also a sustainable way of traveling. These five tourism villages below are some of the best places to visit in Bali to experience local culture.
If you want to enjoy authentic cultural tourism that screams the Island of the Gods, Tenganan Pegringsingan Village can be the right answer. Here, you can have a chance to learn more about the lifestyle of the people who are still very much guided by the rules of customs and ancestral heritage. Even the craft of palm leaves carvings and Gringsing weavings are still preserved and become one of the mainstay souvenirs of the Tenganan Pegringsingan Tourism Village.
Also known as "The Historical Village," Carangsari Village is the birthplace of one of Indonesia's independence heroes, I Gusti Ngurah Rai. As you enter the village, an exotic traditional atmosphere with historical nuances closely related to the Dutch colonial era will immediately greet you. This is one of the unique experiences that you can only have here.
What's more special, you can also thrill yourself by trying whitewater rafting on the Ayung River, feeling the sensation of swinging on the LeKaja Bali Swing, and getting to know more about chocolate production on the nearest chocolate plantation!
Penglipuran Village is one of the most iconic tourist villages on the island. Can be found in Bangli Regency, this village has been named one of the Cleanest Villages in the World by the Green Destinations Foundation. The beauty and cleanliness of the village can be achieved due to the strong commitment of its residents, one of which is by implementing a ban on using motorized vehicles in the village to minimize pollution. Still adhering to ancestral traditions, this village also applies a spatial concept called Tri Mandala as a way to preserve the alluring bamboo forest near the village.
If you’d like to come here, make sure to take a walk in the morning or evening to enjoy the warm hospitality of its residents, as well as the enchanting views of the temples and surrounding plants.
Are you staying in Ubud? Don't forget to stop by Mas Tourism Village in the south! The village, which has been known since the 1930s as the village of legendary sculptors in Bali, is a must-visit for art lovers and certainly holds a high aesthetic value.
Here, you can find an art gallery named Siadja Gallery, which is the first art gallery in Bali that still exists until now since it was founded during the reign of President Soekarno in the 1950s. There is also the Njana Tilem Museum, a museum with an ancient Majapahit building style that has a statue of seven faces and a magnificent statue of Dewi Sri. In this museum, you can find a wide array of intricate carvings.
Before finishing your journey in Bali, make sure to also take some time to visit Pemuteran Village. The area that was once a fishing village has successfully transformed into one of the most charming hidden gems of the island, thanks to a tour guide named I Gusti Agung Prana.
As the village lies along the coastline, you can experience various exciting marine-related activities here. A number of snorkeling and diving spots are ready to spoil your eyes with the beauty of their underwater panorama. One of the most famous spots is the Underwater Temple Garden spot, which is known for its mysterious and exotic aura as you can find numerous ancient statues lying on the seabed. The turtle hatchery near the village is also worth visiting, especially for educational tours with the family!
Of the five villages above, which one you're going to visit first during your vacation to Bali? Before you make up your mind, do also check out several agrotourism destinations on the island you can visit to gain more knowledge about the cultivation of local produce.
During your trip in Indonesia, remember to always comply with the CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability) protocols. Never forget to wear your mask, keep your distance from others, and wash your hands from time to time.
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