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Otherwise known as Denpasar International Airport, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is the main air transportation hub in the magical island of Bali.
As the third busiest airport in Indonesia, Ngurah Rai airport recently went under a major makeover that has taken it up to international standards.
With up to 20 million passengers coming in and out of the airport each year, the expansion and renovation was a much-needed improvement for the airport. Located only 13 km from Denpasar’s city center and only a 10-minute drive to the famed Kuta Beach, the new and improved Ngurah Rai airport now houses dozens of shops, cafes and restaurants that both domestic and international passengers will find enlightening while waiting for their next flights.
Since the 70’s, Bali has been globally popular for its surfing spots. Every year, Bali welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world exclusively to ride on Bali’s waves. One good thing about Bali is most places are safe for surfing all year long. Hence, it is for surfers’ advantage to have less crowded seaside during raining seasons. Choose any beach to suit your needs; from calm waves for beginners to more challenging coasts that enthrall pro-surfers. Here are best beaches in Bali for you to try on: Kuta Beach, Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan, Uluwatu Beach, Keramas Beach, Serangan Beach and Medewi Beach.
Bali Art Markets
Known for the locals’ artistic talents, Bali’s Art Markets give visitors a unique shopping experience that you will not find anywhere else and should be in priority in your list of what to do in Bali. A broad range of handicrafts, paintings, and traditional Balinese textiles made by talented local artists - all in bargain prices. Some of the best Bali Art Markets that you may want to visit: Ubud Art Market, Sukawati Art Market, Guwang Art Market, Kumbasari Market and Kuta Art Market.
One of the best things to do in Seminyak is the shopping trip to the lively main street or visiting shops that start off on Jalan Basangkasa, all the way to Jalan Kayu Aya and Petitenget. Seminyak’s shopping scene is mainly packed with throngs of exclusive fashion boutiques and lifestyle brands. A string of stores featuring designer labels, homeware and furniture, handicrafts and contemporary artwork line up this street - completed with shopping centers Seminyak Square and Seminyak Village. If you are in for luxurious brands with tropical collections which feature chic ethnic designs with silk fabrics embellished with beading and sequins in bold colors that will make you stand out on your trip to beach clubs - the shops on this street are the place for you. You may start your window-shopping session at Magali Pascal, the French label that puts forward easy-to-wear pieces that are perfect for hot day on the island. Then make your way to Paul Ropp for eclectic island style or Biasa Bali if simplistic beach wears is your style. You may also take a peek at Tulola Jewelry in Jalan Petitenget for exclusive selections of handmade Balinese jewelry with modern contemporary design with traditional touches.
A beach-side mall, Beachwalk Bali certainly does not look like the traditional shopping mall that you’ve seen before. If you are in Bali and happen to need one stop place to go, Beachwalk in Kuta is the place to be. Situated opposite from Kuta Beach, Beachwalk is filled with greenery and open-air space that represent Bali’s laidback island lifestyle that distinct itself from fully air-conditioned malls in other big cities like Jakarta or Surabaya. Here, you will find various spaces and places – from Eat & Eat food court to upscale restaurants, Luna Negra, Café Sardinia, and Kitchenette to name a few. As a busy shopping centre, Beachwalk takes the chance to offers its visitors learn more on Indonesia’s culture a little bit better through Museum Kain (Textile Museum) located on Alang-Alang mezzanine. Initiated by Indonesia’s renowned textile designer Obin, this museum takes you on an inspiring journey through Indonesia’s wide range of textiles which mirrors the national cultural diversity. Definitely a must thing to do in Kuta Bali.
With its wide range of furniture producers and distributors, it is no wonder how flocks of tourists visit Bali particularly to hunt for quirky one-of-a-kind ethnic pieces to decorate their homes. Hence, these recommended houseware makers are one of the best places to go in Bali: Here are some of Bali’s best houseware makers that you may want to take a look at: Kim Soo in Seminyak for chic and classy fixtures with touch of bohemian and ethnic style; Jenggala Ceramics in Uluwatu for huge range of ceramic wares; Rainbow Bali Iron Work in Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak for unique colorful wrought iron works that will add edgy element to your homes; and Nadita Dewata in Jalan Raya Kerobokan which sells vintage-inspired made-to-order light and candle holders.
Choosing vegan lifestyle, or opting not to consume and use any animal products is definitely a unique way of life. Being in Bali, vegans will be spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious places that serve vegan dishes and products. Vegan-friendly supermarkets, restaurants, and housewares are not uncommon on the island and happen to be among best restaurants in Bali, even for non vegans.. Go visit Peloton Supershop in Canggu that serves delicious food along with scenic rooftop view, or Samadi Bali in Canggu that sells freshly picked organic products at their Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning, or Alchemy in Ubud that is popular with their tasty desserts that are free from sugar, flour, and preservatives.
One thing about Bali that is for sure – the relentless party scene. Wherever you are on the island, there would always be a party nearby. A profusion of night clubs, bars and beachside lounges can be found anywhere - you’ll just need to choose what kind of crowd you want to blend in with, and the kind of music you want to dance along to. Some places that may suit your fancy: Potato Head Beach Club, La Favela, Jenja, and Mirror Bali in Seminyak; Sky Garden and Bounty Discotheque in Legian, Koh Bali in Sanur that was inspired by the nightclubs in Berlin and Old Man’s in Canggu which open-air space that are always packed with the island’s surfers.
Dear animal lovers visiting Bali, you have come to the right place! Apart from the picturesque beaches, the island’s abundance of interesting wildlife is a must see in Bali. In every area of the island, you will be able to find a great selection of outdoor sanctuaries and wildlife parks that offer you the chance to get up close and personal with your favorite wildlife creatures; from monkeys to turtles and rare exotic birds. Make sure you don’t miss these places on your animal-spotting trips: Ubud Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bird Village of Petulu, Bali Bird Park and Rimba Reptile Park in Batubulan and the penultimate Bali Safari and Marine Park in East Bali.
Even though yoga originated in India hundreds of years ago, Bali has become a preferred destination for a peaceful retreat to nurture the mind, body, and soul. Over the past two decades, the yoga community has grown exponentially along with the burgeoning of yoga establishments around the island that offer many kinds of yoga for different purposes and levels of expertise. Some of the best yoga classes you could choose from: Desa Seni in Canggu, Power of Now Oasis in Sanur, Jiwa Bikram Yoga in Seminyak, The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Samadi Bali in Canggu and Taksu Yoga in Ubud.