How to spend 12 days in Bali

Author: Gabriela Saldana 

So Bali has always been part of my bucket list!! Not only is it relatively cheap compared to Australia but is also a short flight (6hrs) from Sydney, plus it has amazing weather all year round so what else could you ask for??? BUT be warned! No matter how long you go for, it will never be enough! You’re just going to fall in love with its people, sceneries and how cheap everything is that you won’t want to come back home! Nevertheless, if you’re still up for the adventure and decide to go, here is a guide on how to make the most of it in 12 days J (insert smiley face emoji)

  1. Seminyak

Seminyak is the city hub of Bali, like the Sydney in Australia. I would recommend spending your first 4-5 days in here to get a feel for the city and your surroundings. This is also the best area to stay while in Bali as it’s surrounded by both street markets and boutiques to do shopping. You will also find nice restaurants or beach clubs (KU DE TA & Potato head) to lounge around and enjoy nice meals, pool views, and great sunsets. A not to missed restaurant is ‘La Plancha’ located right on the beach!! (plus amazing food!!!).

Look, Bali caters for any type of traveller and Legian and Kuta are also other areas in Bali you can stay at for a lower cost. Doesn’t matter where you stay, as the streets markets and restaurants will be everywhere!! Just make sure you are ready to bargain your life away to get the best deals!! From Seminyak, Legian or Kuta you can also do day trips to temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu or even to other surrounding beaches like Padang Padang.

This vibrant city has a lot to offer that you will never run out of things to do, however, make sure you also take your time to relax and enjoy a LOT of massages and spa days with the girls!! And be ready to submerge yourself in the culture, its people, and food!! REMEMBER you are on holidays so make the most of it!!!!!!!

  1. Ubud

How can I describe Ubud?? A mixture between country and jungle (a vivid green is what comes to mind), is a town that possesses a lot of nature, culture, and art as it is located in the mists of mountains, waterfalls, forests and rice fields. This is where many of the villages are located and where many of the locals actually live. Many of them making the roughly 2-hour commute into the city (Seminyak, Legian, Kuta) for work. In general Balinese people are very friendly and kind, but here I found the locals to be friendlier and more welcoming.

If you’re a nature fan like me then Ubud is the place to visit!! The main attractions to visit while you’re here is the Monkey Forest, the Palace, and the waterfalls! Make sure you also pay a visit to the city centre and wonder around the street art markets and take your time to mingle with the locals. If you’re an active traveller, you might also want to consider doing water rafting & ATV riding in the rice fields!! Trust me is super fun!

I would recommend 3-4 days in Ubud, but if you are short of time like I was you can stay for 2 days (you’re going to want to stay for longer, though!) or even make it a day trip from Seminyak.

  1. Gili Trawangan

You’ve seen those AMAZING photos of people on the famous swings in the middle of the ocean yea? Well Gili Trawangan (better known as Gili T) is where is at! When I decided to come to Bali, I made sure that I will have enough days to make the 2-hour trip (on fast boast) to the Gili islands. I’ve heard so many good comments about these Islands that I knew I had to come and check it out for myself.

Gili T is part of the three islands (Gili Air, Gili T and Gili Meno), I could write a whole blog just on these islands alone so I will be writing more in depth on a following up post (so don’t worry). What you need to know is that next time you come to Bali make sure you leave an extra 4-5 days to make a trip to this beautiful island and experience all it has to offer. Is an island that is still rural compare to Bali and its main mode of transport are horses, bike riding or walking!!!! And most importantly it has amazing beaches and it’s slightly cheaper than Bali itself!!

Overall Bali was a dream!! Even during its wet season, although it rained some days it was still hot and sometimes humid. All in all, I’ve fallen in love and I now understand why so many Aussies constantly visit time after time!!

Bali, I will be coming back for more don’t you worry!!

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