Top Ten Places to Visit in Bali

August 18, 2010

Bali is one of the few places on Earth where you can see a lot and do a lot without using up your holiday traveling forever to get there. The Top Ten are a good indication of how well laid out Bali is for tourists.


Kuta is is the famous surfing area, and around Kuta’s fabulous beach is a host of different things to see and do. If you’re new to Bali, this is a good place to see a lot of the best of Bali in one place, and acclimatize. For a quick wind down when you’re just off the plane, there’s nothing like it.


Ubud is a region of Bali situated in the mountains to the north of Denpasar. This is a truly beautiful, ancient place, with Sumatran elephants, and traditional villages. It’s a whole new world, and one of the best chances to see the unspoiled old culture. It’s also the home of the Balinese royal family. Not to be missed.

Bali Barat National Park

Did you know Bali has its own leopards? How about the barking deer? This is yet another of Bali’s unique features, the wildlife which Bali has been protecting in the face of the last century of development.


Kintamani was once Bali’s biggest city. It’s now a smallish town in the north, right next to a lake with created by a volcanic crater. With typical Balinese understatement, the town has a mountain range and jungle around it, like a lost world. It also has beaches, and hot springs.


Denpasar is the best area for Bali accommodation and a good place to check out the shopping, find the good souvenirs, and do some pricing. You may find yourself sending a few shipping containers home, but the actual merchandise is pretty good, particularly the Balinese craftwork.


North east of Denpasar is Amlapura. This is a mix of the very modern, the not so modern, and the ancient. Amlapura includes the fabulous Water Palace, with a lot of Hindu images, and beautiful gardens. For the culture tourists, a must-see.

Mount Agung

Mount Agung is a holy site. It’s also the biggest mountain on Bali, and you can get a trekking tour. When you get to the top, you’re above the clouds. This is one of Bali’s gems, and if you’re fit, you’ll love it.

The Bali offshore islands

Bali’s satellite islands are like Bali; mysterious, fun, and there’s a lot to do. The Balinese islands are also famous scuba diving and windsurfing places. These are worth a whole day, so plan ahead and enjoy.


If you want beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and a place that doesn’t get too much attention on the tourist maps, Singaraja on the north coast is definitely it. This used to be the old colonial capital of Bali, and it’s a dream.


In the west is the real wild Bali, much less highly developed. This is a really fascinating place, with tours. It includes a 2400 metre mountain, a volcano, wildlife, and some really nice beaches.

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5 Responses to Top Ten Places to Visit in Bali

  1. Manya Singh on January 25, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    I must agree with all the places, each and tourist of Bali is Fun loving and of course must visit. It is the beauty of of nature, pleasant temperature, beaches and temples which attracts me and every Indians. Here are few destinations which I added in my Itiniraty during a trip of 2 weeks. Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana, Bali Orchid Garden, Uluwatu Temple, Karangasem Grand Palace, Kuta Beach and Ubud. All places here:

  2. manjulika pramod on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Short n crisp info about nice places in Bali.. but u missed quite a lot as well..

  3. Roger on October 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Are you serious about these comments? When was the last time you were in Bali. This a tourist island now, nothing more.

  4. bali2u on November 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    very nice hotspot explanation!

  5. Taylor on April 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    I love these travel log style posts.

    Far better than a brochure that is overly polished with marketing flare.

    I was watching a movie the other day shot in Bali and started to do some web research when I came across your site.

    Thanks for putting this together. I’m going to drill down further on some of these spots

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