My family and I traveled to Bali over the summer for the first time ever. Bali is a really beautiful island in Indonesia. It’s not as well-known as some other popular vacation spots, but it is definitely worth traveling to. Bali is not only breath-taking beautiful, but is an island full of culture and new experiences. My family and I had a really great time. Here are the top four things I recommend doing if you visit Bali.

  1. Visit Pura Tirta Empul – This is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. I don’t think it’s quite as popular as Pura Besakih which is the largest Hindu temple, but I prefer this one. It has so much more culture and religious significance to it. You can cleanse yourself in its holy water just as the Hindus do as part of their religious cleaning.

  2.  Sign Up For A Batik Making Class – The Balinese are famous for making unique batiks. Batiks are special cloths made from a wax-resistance dying technique. By enrolling in a class you will get to learn the skill for yourself and take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. It will allow you to gain a better understanding and insight of the Balinese culture and work. Check with your hotel to see if they offer any classes as part of their vacation package. I was able to enroll in a Batik-making workshop through my hotel. The price was extremely reasonable and the workshop was very informative and easy to follow despite my lack of craft skills.

  3.  Visit a Rice Field – This is something I recommend doing outside of a tourist package. This experience works best if you do it on your own without a group of people. Negara City is a great place to go because it isn’t as heavily visited by tourists. You’re more likely to be able to observe how rice workers really work and run into a few locals that stay in the area. It’s one of the best ways to experience first-hand what Balinese culture is like.

  4.  Purchase Street Food – My family and I all agreed that this was one of the most fun activities we did on our trip to Bali (my son even preferred it over our elephant safari!). What made this experience so memorable is that it allowed us to really interact with the locals. It was a much more intimate and personal experience that our restaurant dining adventures. We were able to purchase fresh food directly from Bali residents. My favorite thing was the popular Balinese dish called bebek betutu which was very spicy and made with duck. My kids really appreciate the selection of desserts. In Bali one of the most popular desserts was a combination of avocado and chocolate mixed together to make a unique pudding. I’ll be honest — I was too afraid to try it. I have trouble imagining avocados mixing well with chocolate, but my children really loved it. They said it was sweet and creamy. It still sounds a little weird to me, but hey, it’s supposed to be healthier than regular pudding so I can’t complain too much, right?


These were just the 4 things that stood out the most for my family and I on our trip to Bali. In all honesty, Bali is such a beautiful and fun place to explore that I don’t see how you could go wrong with anything you choose to do.


Have any of you guys been to Bali? What were your favorite things about your trip? If you haven’t been to Bali, what would you be most excited about seeing or doing?