You remember that first post in which I did a travel-list-type-entry and said it wasn’t my ‘thing’? Well, it’s still not. But since no one really has time to read a full-length travelogue on my recent trip to Bali*, complete with details on ‘the porcupine incident’, ‘an ugly duckling’, and ‘yelping in a public market place after being creeped out by a demon’, I have decided to succumb to necessity — nay, laziness — and do another one of these list things.
Oh, you’re most welcome!
What was that? You didn’t say ‘Thank you’?
I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that, I’m just tired. Anyway! Without further (further) ado, I give you–
5 Bali must-dos and sees
I typically shy away from photographing people, but the atmosphere was something else here-- the scene is a temple ceremony procession. Balinese Hindus partake in an annual ceremony, "Odalan". They celebrate their local temple by presenting offerings, dressing up their idols and shrines, and feasts with food, music, dance, and puppetry. #Bali #Indonesia
I love a good beach as much as the next person, and Bali has plenty on offer. But when you’re not lounging in the sun, be sure to check out the following sights and attractions:
A scenic clifftop temple where hundreds gather to see the sunset. Crowded? Yes. Overrated? No. There are also several performances within the temple complex, including the Kecak dance, which is performed to extremely catchy tunes, can I just say? The performance itself is a juxtaposition of jazz hands (actually!) and the aforementioned catchy chant.
Traditional Balinese dance is an ancient art form with true traditional roots- the expressiveness conveyed by a dancer is seen from their eyes to their finger tips, the costumes are ornate, intricate, and eye-catching, and several variants exist. In keeping with my ‘don’t be a tourist, be a traveller’ philosophy, rather than (just) take in a show at your hotel, head somewhere else to check out a style of dance different to the one you see in-house, like the Kecak dance at the Uluwatu Temple, or the spread at the Ubud Water Palace.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
This is a cultural park that surprisingly few non-local tourists have heard of. It holds a giant bust of Wisnu (or Vishnu), and his mount, Garuda (who, by the way is bird and human in anatomy). Anyway, the park, which is fairly young, was initially planned to host the largest statue of its kind but since construction is still on-going (offsite), it might be a while until that rings true.
Tanah Lot Temple
Another one of those super ‘touristy’ temples, but boy- is it pretty at sundown. The temple is hosted on a semi-detached stack, which can only be reached during low tide. At the base of the temple is a holy spring (considered holy for a number of reasons from all I’ve heard but I believe the prevailing school of though is because it is not salty even though it originates from the sea).
Ubud Rice Terraces
Green rice paddies, palm trees, blue skies, and cafés with views of the former attractions? Yes please!
Want more on Bali? Head to http://www.triphobo.com/bali-indonesia for everything from sightseeing must-dos to itineraries. Thanks to reader Geneva@50 things to do in Bali for sending that in 🙂
* Which, in all fairness, I haven’t finished writing at present… so stay tuned.
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