One of the world’s most popular tropical island getaways, the Indonesian island of Bali is everything you’d expect from a destination of its kind. The beaches are pristine and untouched, the food is delicious, the environment is bio diverse and wildlife proliferates abundantly. It is no wonder then that Bali and its few neighbouring islands between Java and Lombok are such popular tourist destinations. In fact, they have been so for the past several decades, with the influx of tourists on a steady rise. If you love the sun, sand and surf, then Bali tours are just your thing. Here is a brief list of all that you can do during your exotic tropical vacation to Bali. |
• Sample some Balinese food.
The cuisine in and around Bali consists of a unique twist on Indonesian cuisine, and despite its largely Hindu population, meat is served (and eaten) on Bali in abundance. In fact, Balinese cuisine, unlike the rest of Indonesia, lays special emphasis on pork dishes, the roast suckling pig being a must try for meat eaters. If you’d rather stick to something tried and tested though, you will also find several global chains such as Starbucks and Kentucky Fried Chicken in the southern parts of the island.
• Go shopping.
Over the years, with more and more tourists coming to visit, Bali has slowly turned itself into a shopper’s haven, and you will find everything here from little stalls selling small trinkets and souvenirs to upmarket boutiques that cater to an extremely privileged clientele. Arts and crafts a popular commodity, as are clothes, coffee and spices. Whether it is stuff you want to take back home, or something you need for immediate use during your stay in Bali, you can be assured of finding it at any hour of the day.
• Indulge in a day at the spa.
If you love chilling in a hot spring, enjoying a therapeutic massage or bathing with scented oils, chances are you will fall in love in Bali’s spa culture, not just because of how widespread it is, but also because of how affordable spa treatments in Bali are when compared to prices in the West. There are several spas on the island of Bali, each offering its own variation of the now famous Balinese massage. Other services include the usual facials, scrubs and also the ‘creambath’, a kind of shoulder and /or scalp massage conducted using a thick conditioning cream that is worked into your scalp. Hot springs can be found in both Lovina and ToyaBungkah, and are immensely popular among visitors. Oh, and yet another speciality is called ‘lulur’, which is a Balinese body scrub consisting of herbs and spices. Traditionally carried out before weddings, tourists can now purchase these at any reputed spa.
Vacations in Bali are among the most relaxing and effortless kind of holidays one could possibly take. Everyone deserves to let loose and unwind once in a while, including you, and it’s about time you started selecting from those holiday packages to Bali.
Ninad Chaudhari works as a Web UI Designer / Developer with Cox & Kings. In his spare time, Ninad is an ardent photographer and loves the opportunities that holiday packages to international destinations give him time to pursue his passion. His albums are replete with amazing pictures of his recent tours to Bali.
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