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A Quick Guide To Bali


Sometimes you see photos of a destination and think, there’s no way that’s real life. Before I travelled to Bali in Indonesia, scrolling through Pinterest, that’s exactly what I thought. The pictures were just too good to be real or so I thought until I got there.

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During my 12 day trip around the island we stayed in Canguu, Seminyak, Ubud and Gili Trawangan, with little stops on the way. Every new destination seemed more beautiful than the last, and always offered something different.

ubud - monkey forestThe main city of Bali is Ubud. For a small city, you could easily spend a week here and not get bored. The main streets of the city are U shaped. All along these streets you’ll find amazing little shops, largely owned by Western expats. The Sacred Monkey Forest is one of the most popular spots to visit, and definitely recommended just make sure you don’t have food in your pockets, the monkeys will find it!

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I also would highly suggest taking a class at Yoga Barn Bali if you like yoga, one of the most incredible things I’ve done. If you walk just outside of the city walls, you’ll be quickly immersed in the most beautiful rice paddy fields you’ve ever seen.

ubud - rice terrace

Before I had gone to Bali I heard about this place called Sari Organik, it’s an all organic restaurant that overlooks a beautiful landscape. I couldn’t even tell you how to get there because we got lost several times before we magically found it but getting lost was half the fun.

ubud - rice terrace

Ubud is also close to many different historical sites. The hotel that we stayed at arranged for us to have a day trip to temples, rice terraces, and a coffee plantation. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is that famous rice terrace you see in so many pictures. It’s really quite an unbelievable sight. The valley seems just like a picture. You can even trek through the fields if you’d like. There are several temples you can see nearby that are thousands and thousands of years old like; Elephant Cave Temple or Gunung Kawi.

ubud - elephant temple

Our last stop on the day trip was Satri Coffee Plantation and it was a great way to end the day. We were given samples of all types of coffee, shown how it’s grown and roasted and even got to help out in parts of the process as well!

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Bali is a far trip from Toronto but it was worth every ounce of jetlag that I suffered!


  1. I’m so jealous…Bali is on my bucket list. I’m torn between being happy it is just like the pictures and disappointed (if it wasn’t like the pics then maybe I wouldn’t be as disappointed if I didn’t scratch it off). 🙂

  2. Bali is one of my bucket list destinations! Beautiful photos! I want to stock up on a bunch of sterling silver Bali beads. They are my favorite type of bead to bead jewelry with!

  3. This is high on my list! This year we are knocking off the Maldives and Thailand but I think Bali is in the top 5! Your pictures are gorgeous and it looks like you had fun!


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