Planning a trip to Bali in the coming months? If so, you’ll be in for a treat, as there are few (if any) places on Earth that matches the culture that can be found on this Hindu-influenced isle in Indonesia.
When you are plotting out your itinerary while taking your airport transfer in Bali to your hotel, be sure to include the following attractions during the time that you spend in this special corner of Southeast Asia…
1) Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
If there is any temple in Bali that you make the time to see, make sure you slot in a visit to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Located in the highlands of the island, this temple’s centerpiece attraction is a multi-tiered pagoda that sits along the shore of a mountain lake.
Though the area is often shrouded in cloud, it actually suits the mood here perfectly, and when does manage to break through, it will be a moment in time that you will never be able to forget.
2) Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is another temple that is held in high regard by visitors and locals alike. Situated on a rocky islet just off the south coast of Bali, non-Balinese are not allowed to enter the complex when it is accessible by a land bridge at low tide, but the views at high tide and at sunset make the lack of access an easily forgivable cultural compromise.
As the most visited cultural attraction on Bali, you will have to brace yourself for the gauntlet of trinket stalls and touts that you will have to run in order to get to the viewing area. However, don’t be dissuaded by this, as the view is worth enduring this minor inconvenience.
3) Agung Rai Museum of Art
Located in the village of Ubud, the Agung Rai Museum of Art was started by a wealthy patron of the arts bearing the same name.
Containing some of the best examples of local Balinese art and plenty of pieces from elsewhere in Indonesia in Europe, wandering around the halls of this gorgeous museum is the perfect way to escape the mid-afternoon heat and humidity that predominates in this part of the world.
Additionally, the presence of a Balinese-style garden in the courtyard is also a nice extra that makes a visit here well worth your while.
4) Attending a Tek Tok Dance
The culture of the Balinese people is a deep and enriching one. For those that want to dive in head-first, there is no better way to accomplish this than to attend the performance of a tek-tok dance.
Held four times per week in the village of Ubud, it is an elaborate performance that tells the story of an Indian Hindu epic through gaudy costumes, vivid lighting, and music done exclusively through the harmony of human voices.