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This guide is for the traveler who wants to experience everything Bali has to offer in 3 days — sun, sand, sea, mountains, temples, scenery and much more — and not so much for the traveler who wants to relax and chill.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

Day 1

Taman Ayun Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Pasar Candi Kuning

Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Jatiluwih Green Land

Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Tanah Lot Temple

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites

Echo Beach Club

Restaurants

Day 2

Bamboo Shoots Cooking School

Cooking Classes

Sindhu Beach Market

Gift & Speciality Shops

Uluwatu Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Kecak and Fire Dance

Theatre & Performances

Jimbaran Bay

Beaches, Neighbourhoods

Day 3

Tirta Gangga

Historic Sites, Gardens

Tenganan Aga Village

Historic Sites

Blue Lagoon Beach

Beaches

Pura Goa Lawah

Caverns & Caves, Sacred & Religious Sites

Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bale Udang Mang Engking

Restaurants

LynnePP's City Tips

  • Bargain hard for souvenirs at tourist hotspots, but remember to keep it fun.
  • Hire a private car and driver for the day if traveling long distances. Use metered taxis for short distances.
  • Tipping is not compulsory, but appreciated for good service.
  • Do not touch the head of an Indonesian person. This includes children.
  • Do not point with your index finger or with your feet.
  • The left hand is considered unclean, so only use the right hand for giving and receiving, and for picking up food.
  • When entering a temple, please obey the rules.
  • Speak respectfully. Saving face is most important in Indonesia, so please avoid embarrassing or humiliating a person.
    Day 1
  • Taman Ayun Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi. It is set in the middle of magnificent gardens and ponds and surrounded by a moat, with access via the bridge. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • As a general rule, there are usually more locals than tourists here.
    • You can find clean restrooms here.
    • Stop to notice the fish in the moat.
    • Look for the bale bengong gazebos overlooking the moat on the northern side.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Mengwi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kodak moment for the iconic temples of Bali 23/08/2016
    • Peaceful and not so touristic! 22/08/2016
    • Taman Ayun Temple
    Address:
    Jalan Ayodya
    Mengwi
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    081338543274
    Other:
  • Pasar Candi Kuning
    Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pasar Candi Kuning is a traditional market selling fruit, vegetables and flowers. The produce sold here is locally grown in the rich, fertile fields which benefit from a cooler climate higher up. Here you will find all the exotic fruits of Bali (when in season), and spices in abundance.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Bargaining is expected.
    • Sample the more unusual fruits.
    • If buying vanilla beans here, make sure they are nice and plump.
    • Try some of the different traditional snack foods.
    • Two doors to the left of the market is a restaurant called Boga Sari. It sells strawberry juice that's to die for, and has a clean restroom.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Bedugul
    • Shopping 15/08/2016
    • Should bargain for the best price 30/07/2016
    • Pasar Candi Kuning
    Address:
    Jl. Singaraja
    Bedugul, Baturiti
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 235600
  • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Ulun Danau sits on the shore of Lake Bratan, and is the second most important temple complex in Bali. It actually consists of four temples: Lingga Petak, Penataran Pucak Mangu, Terate Bang and Dalem Purwa. This is a tourist hotspot and a photographer's dream!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are rowboats and paddle boats for hire here.
    • A small but very nice market selling handicrafts lies nearby.
    • Look through the mist to see if you can spot the top of the volcano in the distance.
    • This lake supplies water to the surrounding rice fields.
    • This area can get cool very fast, so bring a light jacket.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 59 things to do in Tabanan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place 23/08/2016
    • One of Bali Symbols! 22/08/2016
    • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Candi Kuning-Bedugul
    Tabanan
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 368 2033050
    Other:
  • Jatiluwih Green Land
    Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    LynnePP Says:

    'Jatiluwih' is the name given to the lush green rice terraces that cover Tabanan. This area is more beautiful than its better-known sister, Tegallalang, and its panoramic views with Mt. Agung and Mt. Batukaru in the background, make it a photographer's delight.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring suitable shoes to take a walk in the rice fields.
    • For a better understanding of this place, read up a little on the Subak system of irrigation.
    • Camera is a must.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Tabanan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view over rice fields 23/08/2016
    • Beautiful ricefields landscape 22/08/2016
    • Jatiluwih Green Land
    Address:
    Jatiluwih Village
    JTB Office
    Tabanan 82152
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 362 7013999
    Other:
  • Tanah Lot Temple
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage temple, is the most photographed temple in Bali. It sits a few meters offshore on a rock formation and is particularly popular late afternoon for the stunning sunset. At high tide the temple is impossible to reach, but at low tide you can walk to the base of the temple to be blessed by a priest.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the cave where the holy sea snakes live.
    • The crowds and traffic just before sunset are mind-blowing.
    • You must run the gauntlet between rows of market-style stalls to get from the car park to the viewing sites.
    • Non-Balinese cannot enter the temple.
    • Get a seat at one of best situated warungs early and have a piña colada in a coconut while you watch the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beraban
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A new experience 23/08/2016
    • Don't go for sunset if you want a spiritual atmosphere 23/08/2016
    • Tanah Lot Temple
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Echo Beach Club
    Restaurants (Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Asian, Indonesian, International, Fusion)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Echo Beach House is a great way to end a perfect day. Positioned right on the beach, it is a fun place to be, and also happens to serve really good BBQ seafood. Choose your own seafood, cooked to your requirements, and then load up at the free salad bar, complete with baked potatoes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the lobster.
    • This place is very spacious, with both indoor and outdoor seating.
    • Pick a night with live music.
    • Cocktails are good here.
    • For non-seafood eaters, there are many other food choices, including ribs, steak, and kebabs. (Not great for vegetarians!)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 147 restaurants in Canggu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food and great sunsets!!! 23/08/2016
    • Great seafood BBQ 23/08/2016
    • Echo Beach Club
    Address:
    Jl Pura Batu Mejan
    Echo Beach
    Canggu 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 851-0047-4604
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Bamboo Shoots Cooking School
    Cooking Classes
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    LynnePP Says:

    What better way to take a bit of Bali back home with you than through its cooking? At Bamboo Shoots you can learn to cook authentic Indonesian food through a mix of demonstrations and hands-on practice. Start with an early morning visit to the traditional local market for all the fresh ingredients you'll need, and then head back to the school to learn the different techniques involved in the food preparation and cooking. Laughs guaranteed!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is a very early morning start because of the market.
    • Free pick-up in Sanur is included.
    • Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions.
    • Bookings are essential, as group sizes are limited.
    • Allow time for a drink by the pool at the end of class.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Food & Drink in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Can't recommend highly enough! 09/08/2016
    • Great experience 20/07/2016
    • Bamboo Shoots Cooking School
    Address:
    Jl Tirta Empul No 2, Mertasari
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +6281237728574
    Hours:
    Tue
    07:00 - 12:00
    Thu
    07:00 - 12:00
    Other:
  • Sindhu Beach Market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    LynnePP Says:

    For a spot of market-style shopping, Sindhu Beach Market is the place in town to go. There are numerous shops (some fixed-price, some not) here selling clothes, bags, handicrafts, sunglasses, sarongs, shoes, wallets, cushion covers and enough souvenirs to fill a suitcase and more! There are many warungs and restaurants too, should you need a break from haggling. Put you feet in the sand, order a drink, relax and people-watch!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The fixed price shops have fair prices.
    • Bargain extremely hard in the non-fixed price shops.
    • The quality of goods sold at this market is better than that at Kuta.
    • Take a stroll along the Boardwalk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 21 Shopping in Sanur
    • Concentrated collection of tourist shops 09/08/2016
    • A test of our bargaining skills! 22/06/2016
    • Sindhu Beach Market
    Address:
    Jl. Segara Ayu
    Sanur, Denpasar
    Indonesia
  • Uluwatu Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Uluwatu sits on top of a cliff edge, 90 meters above the waves below, and the views from here across the Indian Ocean are stunning. Plus, animal lovers will enjoy the forest in front where numerous monkeys live, and who often play around the temple area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to explore the winding pathway walk, it takes around an hour from one end to the other.
    • There are very few vendors at this temple.
    • Wearing a sarong and sash is compulsory. Bring your own or hire them here for a small fee.
    • If attending the Kecak Dance later as an evening activity, try to be finished here by 5pm.
    • A guide is not necessary, but guides will offer to protect you from the monkeys for a fee.
    • The monkeys will steal anything that strikes their fancy — take care!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Pecatu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nothing there really 23/08/2016
    • Great sunset views. Secure your glasses. SECURE YOUR GLASSES!!! 23/08/2016
    • Uluwatu Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Uluwatu
    Southern part of Bali
    Pecatu 80361
    Indonesia
  • Kecak and Fire Dance
    Theatre & Performances
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    LynnePP Says:

    As it gets closer to sunset, it's time to get ready for the Kecak and Fire Dance. While this one may not the best in terms of performance quality, its backdrop — as the sun goes down during the show — is spectacular, and certainly takes some beating.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You should arrive around 5:15pm to get your tickets and secure good seats.
    • Performance starts at 6pm and goes for an hour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Concerts & Shows in Pecatu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crazy bizarre funny brilliant 23/08/2016
    • Awesome! 22/08/2016
    • Kecak and Fire Dance
    Other:
  • Jimbaran Bay
    Beaches, Neighbourhoods
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    LynnePP Says:

    40 or so warungs, cafes and International restaurants stretch across the 3 kilometer-long beach at Jimbaran Bay (otherwise known as Kedonganan Beach). There are two distinct areas; one next to the fish market and the other about 1 kilometer away to the south. Although considered a must for fresh seafood, this area is without doubt over-rated and over-priced. It is, however, a place that should still be visited for its atmosphere alone. After sunset, Balinese dancers, jazz musicians, and wandering guitarists will all appear to keep you entertained...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, French and Italian food are all available in the area.
    • The BBQ corn on the cob from the seller with the cart on the beach is a must-try.
    • Watch the lights of the planes as they take off and land close by.
    • Choose a table down on the sand.
    • Get up for a dance if you feel like it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Jimbaran
    • Pleasantly surprised 21/08/2016
    • Seafood lovers paradise 20/08/2016
    • Jimbaran Bay
  • Day 3
  • Tirta Gangga
    Historic Sites, Gardens
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    LynnePP Says:

    Tirta Gangga Water Palace in East Bali is the former Royal Palace; a beautiful complex with a maze of pools, gardens, fountains, and statues spread over 3 levels overlooking the rice fields.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can bathe in one of the pools if you bring swimwear.
    • Balance on the stepping stones going across the largest pool filled with fish.
    • The holy spring is on the higher level under a large Banyan tree.
    • Try to avoid going on a weekend as it is a popular retreat for locals and tourists.
    • There are many photo opportunities here, so bring your camera.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Karangasem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Water palace in East Bali 22/08/2016
    • Magical 20/08/2016
    • Tirta Gangga
    Address:
    Jl. Abang-Amlapura
    Karangasem 80852
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 878-6224-0233
    Other:
  • Tenganan Aga Village
    Historic Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Tenganan is one of two main isolated villages left in Bali, in which the Bali Aga traditions have been preserved, and inhabitants live today just as their ancestors once did. It's also the only place where the traditional geringsing double ikat style of weaving can still be found. Although highly commercialized, visiting this unique community of 250 people is like taking a step back in history!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Bali Aga speak a very different Balinese dialect.
    • The people of this community are not as outgoing as their Balinese neighbors.
    • This is a good place to buy textiles, but expect the price to be inflated.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Tenganan
    • An opportuity to appreciate true Balinese cultural arts crafts & people 17/08/2016
    • TYPICAL FOR TOURISTS 12/08/2016
    • Tenganan Aga Village
    Address:
    Jalan Raya Nyuh Tebel
    Tenganan, Manggis
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 813-3834-9417
    Other:
  • Blue Lagoon Beach
    Beaches
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    LynnePP Says:

    Blue Lagoon is located at Padang Bai. It is a hidden paradise with warm, crystal clear water, and an abundance of marine life and coral, which make it the ideal place to snorkel. There are two basic warungs here where you can get a tasty if simple meal, a cold drink, hire your snorkel gear, and have a massage and a shower after your swim.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enter the water at the far left of the beach.
    • The coral reef is close to the beach, so you don't have to swim out far to encounter marine life.
    • Look among the coral crevices to find hidden treasures.
    • Count how many different types of fish you can spot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 16 things to do in Manggis
    • A tiny gem for snorkeling 24/07/2016
    • Lagoon without blue color... 15/07/2016
    • Blue Lagoon Beach
    Address:
    Next to main Padangbai Beach
    Manggis
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    085237100107
  • Pura Goa Lawah
    Caverns & Caves, Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Goa Lawah or 'Bat Cave Temple' is a holy spot that is home to thousands upon thousands of bats. The walls and ceilings are completely covered in them, all pressed so tightly together that it is hard to distinguish one from another!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The whole area is covered in bat droppings, so wear suitable shoes.
    • The cave is rather smelly, so be prepared!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #123 of 663 things to do in Bali
    • Very interesting temple 22/08/2016
    • Best guide ever 10/08/2016
    • Pura Goa Lawah
    Address:
    Between Kusamba and Padang Bai
    10 km East of Klungkung
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 222 387
    Other:
  • Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    LynnePP Says:

    The village of Kusamba is set on volcanic black sand, and consists of a few very modest huts. Here, a group of 25 local Balinese live and farm for salt the traditional way. Learn all about the process - it can take up to two weeks of tedious work to produce just a small amount of salt — and then sample the tasty end product; delicious and noticeably better than its generic, table-salt rivals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy some salt from the farmers and try to be generous with what you pay.
    • This is also a fishing village.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 70 things to do in Gianyar
    • INTERESTING TRADITIONAL SALT MAKERS 20/08/2016
    • Fascinating insight into an old industry 02/08/2016
    • Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining
  • Bale Udang Mang Engking
    Restaurants (Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, Halal)
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    LynnePP Says:

    This restaurant is an oasis in the desert, offering seating in scattered bamboo structures (known as bales), some of which jut out into the artificial lake. The food served here is typically Sundanese (from West Java), and the unique ambiance makes it a complete experience, rather than just somewhere to dine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • To get a private bale over the lake, there is a minimum spend.
    • Sit with your feet dangling over the lake and feed the fish.
    • Bookings are essential, especially for the bales.
    • Bring mosquito spray.
    • Do try the "Flying Gourame Fish."
    • The restroom near the bales is not the best.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 719 restaurants in Kuta
    • Great food,place and service 23/08/2016
    • No reservation 22/08/2016
    • Bale Udang Mang Engking
    Address:
    Jln. Nakula No. 88
    Sunset Road
    Kuta 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 894 7119
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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