| Bali Ngura Rai International Airport
Bali Ngura Rai International Airport
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight / Train.|
Arrival: Ngura Rai International Airport
The Ngura Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in Southern Bali. It’s a pretty modern-looking airport with eating areas and duty free shopping. It’s also the second-busiest airport in Indonesia, which means a lot of tourists flying in to have their own adventures in Bali.
Day 01: Get your bearings in Ubud
Arrive Ubud International Airport, On arrival you will meet our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in to your hotel.The cultural community of Ubud is surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking views. There are many trails around rice fields you can take for free. Better yet, if you have a driver, he will likely know where to go. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the main attractions in all of Bali. It treats visitors to panoramic views of rice paddy slopes. Since it’s at an elevated area, the air is cool and quite breezy, and make for a leisurely stroll. There are also many cafes around the rice fields serving local dishes, which makes it a great place to have your first meal in Bali as well. There are also several stores that sell souvenirs and local crafts. Once you’ve walked through the rice paddies, head back to Ubud and take a ride on the Ubud Swing at Zen Hideaway. It’s open from 12nn to 2pm and is considered as one of the best swings in Bali. It’s not exactly the safest thing you can do, but if you’re ready to hold on for dear life, you can soar above palm trees and more rice paddies on a wooden swing. Once you have your shopping done, stash everything in the car and head to the Monkey Forest. It’s another popular tourist attraction in Ubud where visitors enjoy the presence of hundreds of monkey roaming freely around the area. They might look cute, but they’re known to steal from the tourists. Make sure you have everything very well hidden (or better yet, just leave anything valuable in the car). These monkeys are quite crafty and can get into your pockets without you noticing. The monkeys are pretty “friendly” in the sense that they’re not afraid to approach people. However, some of them are known to bite tourists when agitated. After monkeying around, head to your hotel and check in. Another must-have experience in Bali is to get a massage in the many gorgeous spas around. Ubud is littered with spas in just about every corner, and, as with everything, services are cheap. After a long flight and lots of exploring, you deserve some rest and relaxation in some top-notch luxury. Try the riverside Tjampuhan Spa or the Maya Ubud Spa. Night stay at hotel.
Day 02: Ubud Cultural Immersion
After Breakfast Proceed for a full day tour to fun to be had in Ubud, but there’s a lot to learn about Balinese culture as well. Start your day with a serious pick-me-up and head to the Teba Sari spice and coffee plantation, about 15 minutes away from the Monkey Forest. Again, the best way to reach this place is via private car. You’ll be met with the aroma of spices and coffee as soon as you enter, and you’ll see many trees and plants where many Asian spices come from. The draw of the plantation is the Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive coffee in the world. After looking around, you’ll be treated to a tasting table of different kinds of coffee and tea for you to enjoy. There are some interesting blends such as mangos teen tea, vanilla coffee, coconut coffee, and of course the Kopi Luwak. The visit to the spice garden and the tasting table are free. The pot of Kopi Luwak Another iconic Eat, Pray, Love reference is the Tirta Empul. It sits just outside of Ubud and has several pools and fountains. It’s said that the waters are sacred, and many Hindus from all over Bali come here to bathe. Everyone is welcome to swim in the pools and stroll around the compound.
Catch some last minute sun at Balangan Beach
It only takes a 40-minute drive from Kuta to feel like you’re in a completely different world. A totally peaceful paradise, Balangan Beach boasts of pristine sands and great surf breaks. You’ll have to walk down a steep set of steps down a craggy cliff and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful and secluded beach.
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Once you’ve gotten more than your fair share of caffeine fix, bring the buzz back to Ubud central and take a stroll around the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple. The entrance is free, but you’ll be required to wear a sarong and a sash. It’s located right behind Cafe Lotus, which serves local cuisine with views of the lotus ponds at the entrance of the temple. When the sun starts to set, head over to the Ubud Royal Palace, just a stone’s throw away from the market. Also referred to as the Puri Saren Agung, this is the residence of the Ubud royal family. Most of the compound is open to the public and is regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The architecture is well-preserved and filled with beautifully landscaped gardens. Towards the evening, head back to the front of the palace and witness dramatic Balinese Legong Dance performances held throughout the evening. Night stay at hotel.
Day 03: Beach time in Kuta and Seminyak
After Breakfast go for. The central highlands of Ubud are breathtaking, but it’s high to get your feet wet! Kuta and Seminyak are popular destinations for fun activities, shopping, nightlife, and of course, the beach. Explore Semi yak even further and check out the many swanky stores for a fun afternoon of shopping. You can find trendy swimwear in stores like 69slam (which actually has several locations around Bali) or Thaikila. There’s also an abundance of quirky handicrafts and house items from the likes of Rose Avenue, or Toko Emporium. After your stroll, you can also drop by the Nyaman Gallery. Most of the artwork are created by local Balinese and Indonesian artists. At around mid-afternoon, freshen up a bit and get your Instagram game on. Depart for Pura Tanah Lot, a renowned temple dramatically perched on an offshore rock. It’s accessible via car drive. Multi-tier shrines decorate this landmark and adds to the highly mystical energy of the place. Catch the sunset here for a jaw-dropping experience of changing lights and orange glow cast over one of Bali’s most important landmarks. The temple grounds are off limits, but the surrounding area is worth the trip. Night stay at hotel
Day 04: Coastal Tours of the Bukit Peninsula
After Breakfast in the Hotel. The Bukit Peninsula is a jagged coastline that includes Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua. After your morning coffee, head to one of Bali’s holiest temples, the Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It’s another iconic landmark that sits on a rock jutting out of the Indian Ocean. The temple is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and you will observe many aquatic references and carvings throughout the structure. The surrounding coastline is beautiful and decked with limestone cliffs. At noon, head to the beaches of Nusa Dua for beachside grilling. One of the most popular lunchtime haunts is the Nusa Dua Beach Grill. It’s a secluded surf bar at a prime location, giving diners fantastic views paired with equally fantastic food. While you’re there, make sure to check out the many water sports on offer by the beach. Nusa Dua is best known for water activities like boat rides, sea walk, and even white water rafting. Night stay at hotel.
Day 05: Winding down
So you’ve seen a lot in Bali, and you have a few hours left before you have to say goodbye. How do you make the most out of your last days in the this amazing province? Here’s a quick list of things you can do last minute that won’t make you miss your flight. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It sits on the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul. It’s a beautiful temple made more majestic by the waters surrounding it. Early in the morning when the sun shines on the temple, the reflections mirrors the structure.
Energize at Yoga Barn
Complete the Eat, Pray, Love travel and find a yoga studio. They’re everywhere in Bali as the locals take relaxation and enlightenment very seriously. One of the most popular ones is Yoga Barn in Ubud. It has different studios and programs fit for different levels of ability.
Final snorkel at Amed
Wake up early in the morning and head off to Amed. It’s a quieter corner of Bali and not littered with tourists everywhere. The visibility is excellent and the reefs are lively. This can be a great final image in your memories before you head back home.
Tour a Chocolate Factory
Indonesia is one of the biggest producers of cocoa in the world, so it just makes sense to know more about this industry. Head to Pod Chocolate Factory, which also creates one of the best chocolates in all of Bali. The tour brings you around the facilities and teaches visitors about how cocoa is grown and harvested.
Return home with sweet memories of your trip…..