Before leaving Nepal, we had decided to visit Indonesia, and specifically, Bali. On our way, we spent a night in Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital of Malaysia.
After enjoying some time in Malaysia, we took a short flight to the island of Bali, Indonesia, and landed in the city of Denpasar. From there, we had an hour long taxi ride to Ubud.
Although all of Bali is very accommodating towards tourists, Ubud is a famous hub for yoga lovers, rice fields, and is thought of as very “spiritual.” It is also considered to be in the mountains of Bali since it sits about 2,000 feet (600m) above sea level.
Bali is a great place for tourists because everything is pretty inexpensive and it isn’t difficult to find pretty nice accommodations. This is because the tourists fund the island and are an important part of the country’s economy. With that said, Indonesia, like other 3rd world countries have sections of the country that seem luxurious, while just next door you can find small huts that some of the locals live in.
Although Bali is not necessarily well off, they greatly benefit from the business of tourists and have become more and more popular among digital nomads in recent years.
After visiting Ubud we spent most of our time just outside of Canggu, an Aussie tourist town full of digital nomads with great cafes and beaches.
Most of our stay in Canggu was just outside of the town in this beautiful house we shared with a lady named Sharka. This was by far one of our favorite accommodations while in Indonesia.
We were within walking distance to the beach and about a 15 minute moped ride to the main part of the village.
Accomodations aside, there are a lot of things that kept us busy in Bali. First off, we visited a monkey forest that was full of wild monkeys.
Besides watching monkeys, we got up at 1 am on one morning to hike to the top of a volcano by sunrise. The view did not disappoint!
On our way back from our hike, we visited a coffee farm. They actually grew all sorts of things including cinnamon and pineapples, but they were famous for harvesting one of the most expensive coffees in the world: Kopi Luwak.
Other than monkeys, volcanoes, and strange coffee, we enjoyed watching sunsets at the beach nearly every evening.
On another day, we decided to visit a beach a little ways away from Canggu called Nusa Dua.
On Thanksgiving day we went to a particularly cool restaurant that overlooked the water below.
Even though it was Winter in some parts of the world, Bali is in the southern hemisphere, which means it was actually Summer. A great way to cool off during some of the incredibly hot afternoons was to go for a ride on the moped and see the sights.
We would often stop for a meal while on our rides through the villages of Bali. Most of the locals ate out and although we would have preferred to cook a little more, it was definitely easier and cheaper to go to restaurants.
We could go on and on about the food, the sunsets, the nature, the people, the culture, and everything else that intrigued us about Bali. These were just some of our general first impressions of this beautiful island.
Hi! I'm originally from the the midwestern part of the U.S. and I love to see, experience, and learn new things as I travel around the world with my husband, Hunter. We hope you enjoy following our adventures!