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We’ve all seen the photos on Instagram, however, not all of us have witnessed Bali, Indonesia with our own eyes. Of course, those who have seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love immediately booked their next flight to Bali and we don’t blame them. Bali has always been a traveler’s destination, however, now with the help of social media, Bali is getting more attention than ever. With the sandy white beaches and luscious jungle surroundings, any traveler, from honeymooners to backpackers will quickly fall in love with the area. Though there are endless places to see and experience in Bali, there are some definite must-see things you need to see while you’re there.

Visit the town of Ubud

Though the movie Eat, Pray, Love opened the window for tourism, it also brought along many inauthentic tourists that are just there to say they were in Bali. However, if you want to get away from the tourists and experience Bali in its nature and beauty, then you need to visit the scenic and calming town of Ubud. If Bali is where you relax and reconnect with yourself, then Ubud is exactly where you need to be. Some of the best villas in Ubud will give you stunning views and the peace you need.

Go to the temples

There are literally thousands of temples throughout Bali, with it being known as “the land of 1,000 temples”. However, that’s a low number considering there are over 20,000 temples on the island. Not only will you get a stunning photo out of it, but you’ll be able to learn more about the Balinese culture. No temple is better than the other as they’re all built in different sizes and designs.

See a local shaman

Going to a Bali shaman can be a fun and eye-opening experience. Whether you believe in it or not, it doesn’t matter, you’re in Bali! There are some famous Bali shaman’s like Ketut Liyer who was in the movie Eat, Pray, Love but that doesn’t mean you need to go to him.

Live with a local

Though you should definitely experience staying in a stunning Bali villa, you should also take a couple days to stay with a local family in Bali. This is where you’ll be able to get a true experience of the island. They’ll teach you how to cook traditional Balinese food, take you to some local places and maybe you’ll even get a couple sentences from the local language.  

Devour the local cuisine

This is the moment where you need to take advantage of all the fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood that Bali has to offer. Bali’s major religion and culture are Hindu, so you’ll be able to taste an entirely different cuisine than what’s on the mainland. And don’t forget to take a sip of the most expensive coffee in the world made right in Bali. Bali jungle cat poop coffee may not sound delicious, but, you’re in Bali, so you might as well give it a try!