In this blog I will take you to inspiring and exotic unseen places in different countries around the world. I will give advice on what to pack for your big trip and what you should or shouldn’t do.
This first blog is about the magical unseen places in Bali. There is so much to do and see, but lately it has become quite touristic. The one thing you want to avoid is to stand in lines to see a sight, this will take away your positive experience.
Don’t stay home, go explore Bali
The first place is the area of Manggis, located in the south of the island. This area still has a few authentic Balinese villages that give you an idea of the local way of life. Do visit the places where older men and women are weaving the scarves you will see in a lot of shops. And you cannot skip a performance of an authentic Balinese dance; it is an experience itself to look at!
Another must-see is Budi, a holy man living in the area of Manggis. You will have to ask a local who speak English to go with you, because no, Budi does not speak a word of English. Also ask for directions while you are at it; otherwise there is no chance you will find his place. Budi himself is an adorable old man. He will ask you what you’d like to know about what you may expect of life and he will give you an insight in your future. I normally do not believe in clairvoyants, but Budi makes it feel very real. You will definitely have to experience this to understand!
Gianyar Sayan, in the north of the Island, houses a natural water source in the mountains where Balinese people go to bathe in the holy water. After walking down 250 steps you reach a place where sarong-cladded men and women are bathing in the holy water. After doing this they will light little sacrifices made of flowers and bamboo and prey. It is very impressive to see how important this ritual is for the locals.
Note: it is not the touristic “Titra Empul “ temple , but 15 minutes further by scooter or car.
Little things you need for Bali
Sarong – this multifunctional scarf-like could be used as a cover-up when visiting a temple, but also as a dress, or you could lie on it when going to the beach.
Rabies vaccination – is not compulsory but, there are lots and lots of stray dogs which aren’t always too friendly.
Flip flops – only footwear needed. Beach, shopping, dinner, walks; everything can be visited on slippers!
A hat – keep your head cool under the burning Bali sun to avoid headaches
Now you know a few quiet sights in Bali that you can combine with other, more touristy places. It is an enchanting island with a beautiful culture and a relaxing atmosphere despite all the deep impressions you will have.
My main goal was to inspire you to go visit some less standard sights when visiting Bali. I hope this worked. And if you liked reading my blog, don’t worry, there will be a next one with another awesome destination!
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