10 Jan 2023
Bali Travel Guide: The Quick & Easy Guide for First Time Travellers
Posted by: Daisy Das

Beyond gorgeous beaches and mystical temples, Bali is filled with glorious mountains, iconic rice fields, breathtaking flower gardens & secret rivers and canyons.

Read our Bali guide if you are looking for the ultimate holiday experience.

What are the Best Shopping spots in Bali?

Street markets for budget-friendly shopping:

Ubud Art Market

  1. Handcrafted Masks, Pieces Of Art & Local Products

Kumbasari Art Market, Denpasar

  1. Pocket-friendly Food, Clothes & Handicrafts

Tegallalang Handicraft Centre, Ubud

  1. Handcrafted items

Kuta Art Market, Kuta

  1. Balinese Masks, Hippie Clothing & Fridge Magnets

Sukawati Art Market, Sukawati

  1. Colorful Clothes & Souvenirs

Jalan Pantai Mengiat Shopping Street, Nusa Dua

  1. Spa product, Souvenirs & clothes

Merta Nadi Art Market, Legian

  1. Shadow Puppets, Clothes, traditional Ikat & Batik

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

  1. Art & Handicrafts

What are the Local Dishes to try in Bali?

For Veg lovers:

  1. Nasi Goreng  (Stir-fried rice cooked with veggies)
  2. Gado-Gado (Raw salad with vegetables)
  3. Dadar Gulung (Coconut Stuffed Pancakes)
  4. Jus Alpukat (Indonesian Avocado Smoothie Shake)
  5. Pisang Goreng (Indonesian Banana Fritters)
  6. Lapis (Layered coconut pudding)
  7. Tempeh (Fermented Soybeans)
  8. Tahu (Tofu)

For Non-Veg lovers:

  1. Mie Goreng (Stir-fried noodles with Shrimp/ Chicken)
  2. Nasi campur (Mixed rice)
  3. Nasi Ayam (Comprising of Shredded Chicken, Satay, Roasted Peanuts, French Bean Salad, Boiled Egg, Sambal & a Bowl of Steamed Rice)
  4. Ayam Betutu (Steamed Rice, Chicken Bathed In Chilli Sambal, Salad & Peanuts)
  5. Babi Guling (Steamed Rice, Satay, Pork Skin, Lawar, Shredded Pork Meat)
  6. Nasi Campur (same dish as Nasi Ayam, but comes with a Chicken Soup)
  7. Ururtan sausages (Pork intestines)
  8. Mujair Nyatnyat (Fish dish)
  9. Don’t forget the Balinese Souvenirs for reminescence
  10. Pie Susu (Milk Pie)
  11. Pia Legong (Pastries stuffed with cheese or chocolate)
  12. Balinese wooden carved masks
  13. Kintamani Coffee
  14. Balinese batik
  15. Bracelet
  16. Paintings
  17. Kite
  18. Rattan Bag
  19. Barong shirt

What are the Best Places to explore in Bali?

  1. Ubud
  2. Kuta beach
  3. Mount Batur
  4. Uluwatu Temple
  5. Pura Luhur Uluwatu
  6. Lovina
  7. Nusa Lembongan
  8. Sanur beach
  9. Nusa Dua beach
  10. Pura Besakih
  11. Seminyak
  12. Ubud Monkey Forest
  13. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
  14. Tanah Lot
  15. Lempuyang temple complex
  16. Sidemen Valley
  17. Tirta Empul Temple

What are the Top Things to do in Bali?

  1. Go surfing in Kuta
  2. Have fun at Bali Treetop Adventure Park
  3. Go muck diving in Padang Bai
  4. Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa
  5. Spend time in Sideman
  6. Go snorkeling in Amed
  7. Experience the culture in Bali
  8. Enjoy in Bali’s best beach clubs
  9. Go island hopping
  10. Sail the sea on a local fishing boat
  11. Dip in Bali’s hot springs
  12. Make your own perfume
What should you pack for your Bali trip?

The best time to visit Bali for a beach vacation is from May to September. During these months you can enjoy snorkeling and diving as there is less rainfall and the sunshine increases visibility. So, while packing clothes do keep mind the weather.

What should you pack for your Bali trip?

You can wear anything in Bali, but while visiting the temples wear appropriate clothes, it’s important to respect the local culture.

Since, the climate here is warm and humid, wear light cotton clothes.

Packing essentials:

  1. 3 Short sleeve tops
  2. 3 Pair of shorts or skirts
  3. 1 Pair of sandals (make them hiking style and they can be your only shoes, unless you’re going dancing!)
  4. 4 Pair of underwear
  5. 1 Nice dress or collared shirt
  6. 1 Swimsuit
  7. 1 Light jacket
  8. 1 Daypack for day trips and adventures
  9. 1 Pair of yoga pants
  10. 1 Athletic shirt
  11. 1 Sarong, for a quick cover up in temples or cool evenings
  12. 1 Water bottle

Toiletries to Pack for Bali

  1. Tissues or baby wipes (small packs for easy travel access)
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Moisturizer
  4. Shampoo and conditioner
  5. Toothpaste and toothbrush       
  6. Shaving necessities
  7. Contact lens solution
  8. Insect repellent
  9. Deodorant

The Traveler Essentials!

  1. VISA
  2. Passport
  3. Vaccination
  4. Currency
  5. Phone Charger
  6. Powerbank
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. Prescription Medication
  9. Document Xerox copies

Do you need a visa to travel to Bali?

Yes, Indians need visa to travel to Bali. You can get Visa on arrival for a stay of 30 days. If your stay is more than 30 days, you have to apply for a B-211 visa.

Bali is definitely a great option if you are looking for a gorgeous tropical holiday. Take a print of this list or forward this to your email or share with a friend of yours who is planning a trip. 

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