I had three weeks until my visa was up. It takes a week to extend it, so that left me with two weeks to see Bali. Where should I go?
Bali is a tiny island. You can drive around it in a day. But it’s jam packed with stuff to see. Temples, volcanos, beaches, rice terraces. You could spend months here.
With only two weeks, I would have to think carefully about where I would go, and what route to take.
I wanted a good mix of culture, temples, volcanos, and beaches. I wanted to have a plan, but not be committed to a schedule by booking ahead. This is what I came up with.
These are just the places I spent the night. I visited many other places as day trips.
Bali’s cultural capital is the place to see Balinese dancing and rice terraces. It’s also a good base for seeing temples. Many sites can be seen as a day trip fro Ubud. I’d spend several nights here.
As nice as Ubud is, it’s also full of tourists. I wanted to spend a couple days away from the crowds in the rice terraces of Sidemen. It’s also a good base for climbing Mt. Agung, Bali’s highest volcano.
A beach town, with some cultural attractions nearby.
Small fishing villages with black sand beaches and views of Mt. Batur.
I wanted to visit Munduk, a remote mountain town in the North, which I could use as a base to explore the scenic lakes nearby. But the ogah-ogah came out on Nyepi, changing my plans.
That’s why it’s good to have a rough plan, but not to book it in advance.