a VirtualTourist member from Toronto
My husband and I (early 30s) will be spending 5 days in Bali, after visiting friends in Hong Kong and Singapore. We are really interested in experiencing the Balinese way, but we also want to experience the beach. Coming from Canada, we're not likely to make our way back to Bali again in the near future, so want to make the most of our stay. We are looking for a relaxing, but cultural experience.
Should we stay in one place (like Ubud) and then head to the beach for a day, or stay at a beach resort/B&B/villa and then spend a day in the monkey forest? Or can we do both with 5 nights?
Thanks in advance!
You can start out in UBUD (near Monkey forest is where we usually stay) and then head to the Beach for 3 days.
We found a wonderful all inclusive hotel: Melia Benoa: http://www.meliabenoa.com/ right on the beach.
Our lady friends who traveled with us (a group of 13 teachers) particularly enjoyed it.
Great food, wonderful hotel, entertainment and best of all, right on the beach.
UBUD has the wonderful market, shops, artists and it's central enough that you can do some day trips to visit temples, rice paddies, etc.
I hope this helps.
You'll love Bali.
We spent 6 nights in Bali chose to stay at one place.
We stayed at a Villa, located in a genuine neighbourhood, and not too far/close to places we wanted to visit. Kuta was around 15-20 minutes drive and so were Denpasar/Sanur etc. Ubud - in the North - and Uluwatu - in th South - were about 45-60 minutes drive away. Tanah lot temple and Echo beach, which we could not visit, were just 5 km away.
Keeping in view our experiences, I would recommend staying at one place and then roaming around. We had a peace of mind and a feeling that we had a home after having a long sight-seeing day, without worrying that we had to go back, pack our luggage and move on.
you may find my review of the villa we stayed in here: travbuddy.com/Dana-Guesthous...
Have a great fun trip to the magical island
so, as you can see from the first 2 replies, it is easily done either way, as Bali is so small you can travel to most other places from the beach areas; therefore, I would try to discern what are your deep/special interests as to whether just be on the beach the entire time, as of course, it is much more touristy there. (I was last there in the 70s and can't imagine how it's been taken over by now, as even then, the Europeans and Australians were all doing their thing and 'going native'.....)
> We are really interested in experiencing the Balinese way, but we also want to experience the beach.
I think where I stayed in Bali would give you exactly the experience you want! so, do look up my Bali accommodation tip? Enjoy Bali!
Thanks for the varying views :)
As we will be there in January, I still have time to do research. I'll have a look at the suggestions you've provided and let you know what I think.
If you really want to experience the Balinese way then by all means you will want to stay in Ubud at least a few nights. Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, and of that there is no doubt. You can check my home page and read all about the cycle of life ceremonies and other cultural things that might interest you are while here. If you think about it, you can do the beach scene most anywhere in the world, but there’s only one place to experience Bali. And, to be honest, Bali doesn’t really have great beaches anyway. Five days in Bali is not a lot of time.
A few tips for you considering that you’re coming in January.
Don’t bother advance booking your hotel. January is dead…very quiet and you’ll have no trouble finding GREAT deals by just showing up, cash in hand and ready to negotiate your rooms. Plus you’ll have the advantage of being able to personally check out various rooms and places before making up your mind.
Don’t go to monkey forest. The monkeys on Bali are macaques and trust me, they are nasty buggers, moreover a bite or a scratch can lead to very serious illness.
January is full on rainy season, but no worries as for the most part when it rains here during the rainy season it’s only for an hour or so, although it can be very heavy downpours.
Don’t even think about renting a motorbike or a car to self drive. There are plenty of great English speaking Balinese drivers who can take you around. I’ve lived here going on 14 years or so and I’ve never driven in Bali. There are a number of good reasons not to drive here which is why a good many expats like myself, do not drive. If you need a few recommendations, including one with his doctorate from the University of Illinois in Chicago (ethnomusicology) you are more than welcome to send me a PM.
If you take some time and look around at what I’ve written here about my home you might find some useful information. Many people have commented that they have, so I guess the effort was worth it, although there’s still a lot more I want to do.
Have a great time in Bali! Cheers, Roy
Ubud is the best place to stay, there are lot of hotel with real Bali environment, village and away from city bussines, there also easy to reach the most interesting places since ubud is located in the center Bali.
The best for your schedule to stay is start in Ubud and then stay in Seminyak before your depart. seminyak has a great place to stay, available with villa from various rate range.
2 days in ubud and 2 days in seminyak will look perfect!
hi,you are not there so long so you will find it more relaxing not to move around,you can do a day trip to ubud and monkey forest, but if you do not mind to move you can do both, ubud is not so far to go, my driver's name is puchak, his number is 0811385571, he has perfect english, clean and good transport, he is a safe driver and can help you with your cultural experience, he is a professional driver not part time, he is full of information and very happy to help and translate, if you hire him you will not be sorry.his rates are good too. have fun and stay safe.
One of the best way to experience bali is on what we call "Bali Authentique" which is hidden away from tourist activities in the south. You may send me email to : [email] for further information thanks,Christian.
Mr. Ubudian (Roy), could you please help us get in touch with the driver you speak of?
We be in Bali for 4-5 days this December. We will skip the beach. Should we stay in Ubud the whole time or would it be better if we spent a night or 2 elsewhere?
Thanks very much.
Thanks Roy.. Just read your promo for Ubud.. Issue is where to stay??.. Only have 5 nights 10-15/7... Looking for a bit of luxury and privacy not too far from the beaten track so we can enjoy some good dinners... Ambience and privacy rate high on our priority list.. Visited Bali and Ubud for first time in Jan 83 and many times since BUT not for some time as I have became disappointed and disillusioned with its modern face..and loss of its soul.. Thanks for any advice Robert
Given your preferences and need for privacy I can highly recommend two places:
A bit out of town but with regular (and free) shuttle service, The Royal Pita Maha.
In town, but you’d never know it as it’s nicely tucked away is the Komaneka resort:
In either of these places you’ll be very happy, and you might think about 3 nights at one, and 2 nights at the other.