With just one day left in Bali, I thought it was about time I dropped in and wrote a bit of an update. I’m treating this blog as a bit of a travel journal, because I left my actual travel journal at home. It was all packed and ready to go, but then I went through a “ruthless” cull of what I’d packed, and the journal took a hit. Believe me, there were a few other victims of that culling session that I wish had actually made the cut, but oh well, that’s not the point of this post. Maybe when this trip is over I’ll do a post on how to effectively pack for a long trip.
So, Bali. We’ve had 8 full days here now. It actually feels like a lot more than that, in a good way. When we arrived, we were greeted at the airport by a taxi driver who we had pre-booked. We met him last time we were here, and the bf had kept his number. He was more than happy to pick us up from the airport, and it was quite nice to have someone waiting for us after a long day of traveling. Top tip, if you find a good driver, keep their number, and they’ll be happy to drive you around for the rest of your trip. It saves you from having to wander the streets looking for a taxi.
Our first stop was Seminyak. We visited Seminyak last time we were in Bali for a couple of brunches, and really liked it, so decided to stay here for a couple nights. To be honest, I didn’t really rate it this time around. It’s really popular with tourists, but this meant it was just really busy, and catered towards a more Western audience, which is fine, but it didn’t really float my boat. We did find a couple of cool places to eat though. Firstly, Motel Mexicola, which I believe is a bit of a party hot spot (if you stay late enough, unlike us who were in bed well before the partying kicked off). The food is delicious, and it’s a really cool atmosphere. The other place I really liked was this tiny little place called The Deck. You would barely know its there, but once you climb up the steep stairs, it’s this cozy little spot above all the hustle and bustle of the streets down below. The menu looked delicious and vegan friendly. I just wish we’d found it earlier, so we could have returned to try out more of the menu.
Next up was Ubud. Nestled in the middle of the jungle, Ubud is completely different from Seminyak. Full of relaxing spas, yoga studios and cute cafes overlooking rice paddies, this place is amazing. We hired a scooter which gave us a bit more freedom to explore the area, something I would highly recommend doing. We also checked out the monkey forest, which isn’t my thing as I’m not a huge fan of monkeys climbing on me, but still worth doing if you’re interested. A highlight for me was our visit to Cantika Zest for a massage, which was situated amongst the jungle and rice paddies, and probably the nicest massage I’ve ever had. I also loved doing the Ubud Campuhan ridge walk, which was incredibly scenic, but make sure you go early, as it gets hot out there. For dinner, my favourite was The Elephant, which had delicious vegetarian food, overlooking the jungle and the Campuhan walk. Folk is worth checking out for a drink or snack. It has a beautiful pool too, which is hard to resist on those hot days. We actually went to Folk three times as it just had really cool relaxing vibes.
The last stop of the trip was Canggu, which is where I am now. After being in tranquil Ubud for a few days, I didn’t think anything could top it, but I was wrong. I am in love with Canggu, and I wish I could stay here for much, much longer. There appear to be lots of expats who live and work here, spotted sitting with their laptops sipping coffee in cafes. I don’t blame them, it looks like the best lifestyle. I think the reason I like it is that it’s a bit quieter than the other places we’ve been, noticeably cleaner, and there’s no one trying to sell you things on the street. I feel completely safe and at ease here. It has the cool vibes of Seminyak, with amazing cafes and restaurants, but still has plenty of beautiful rice patties and spas, similar to Ubud. In the two days we’ve been here, we’ve been a bit bad of the budget front, but there’s just too many delicious places to eat, and so little time. Worth noting is Bro for delicious dumplings, The Loft for instagrammable breakfasts, and Deus for a cool place to hang out and get 2 for 1 drinks during happy hour. We’ve still got two more nights here, so, I’m sure there’s lots more to discover yet.
Alright, that’s enough about Bali, the next stop is Bangkok for a whirlwind couple of days before we head to Vietnam. If you have any recommendations, send them my way!