Eat Pray Love
In the Hollywood blockbuster Eat Pray Love Julia Roberts character is transformed by her experience visiting Bali. Once you set eyes on this Indonesian island it is easy to see why. From the amazing ruins telling the island’s ancient history to the pristine sandy beaches, Bali is not short on culture or beauty.
Things to KnowIn Bali the most widely spoken language is Balinese. English is spoken in most of the tourist locales, but learning a few essential phrases in Balinese is impressive to the locals and helpful for getting around. If you will be in Bali on March 5th or 23rd note that the Balinese people observe Nyepi, which requires an entire day of absolute silence.
When to GoBali is located in the tropics, so it has an average year round temperature of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is between October and March, so the best time to visit Bali is typically through the months of April and September.
Things to DoFounded in the ninth century, the Titra Empul Holy Springs are believed to hold magical powers. They are an essential part of ceremonies and prayer and the crystal clear water looks beautiful as the scenery of the island reflects off it. The Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana has three holy temples and is located in a cool patch of dense jungle. Often called the “Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary” this place is home to a band of Balinese monkeys that are too cute to miss. Don’t forget to bring peanuts and bananas for a tip, or you might be subject to their disapproval. With live jazz some nights and a host of delicious baked goods available, Casa Luna is the perfect place to get a taste of authentic Balinese cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed and they have an extensive menu that even offers a variety of selections for children. For a more intimate meal try Waroeng Tugu. This place has a traditional Balinese kitchen complete with meals that are cooked right before your eyes on a wood-burning stove.
Things to AvoidThe trip to see the active volcano Mt Batur. The restaurants and shops are mostly run down and the only place with a good view of the volcano is inundated with locals selling souvenirs.
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