10 Reasons Why Bali is a Tourist Hotspot

10 Reasons Why Bali is a Tourist Hotspot

10 Reasons Why Bali is a Tourist Hotspot

 When travellers think of paradise, Bali comes to mind straight away. It is the popular tourist hotspot that understands traveller’s desires and needs when searching for a  luxury experience. No destination in the world is perfect, Bali included, but this popular tourist hotspot get tourist from far and wide, which suggest they get it right when it comes to tourism.

When travellers seek to choose a destination that offers luxury, sun and cocktails by the pool, the popular exotic Island of Indonesia is on top of the list. Whatever the occasion, a lovers retreat or a family getaway, Bali is perfectly set up for tourist and it hardly ever disappoints in its pursuit to deliver top level hospitality and in doing so, travellers return year after year.  

Bali tourist hotspot

Bali, the tourist hotspot.


10 Reasons why Bali is a tourist hotspot 

1.        Travellers Love Bali – The stats say it all, travellers love Bali and when you love something you come back for more, as often as you possibly can. It’s like dining at a wonderful restaurant with delicious cuisines, you don’t go once, you keep going back for more and that is exactly how other traveller’s feel.

Tanjung Benoa Bali

It’s easy to see why I love Bali.


  2.       The People Rock – Do you ever get out and meet the locals, it is great to learn about the locals values, beliefs and family history. The Balinese locals are no different, they are pleasant folk to have a chat with, so next time you are in Bali, don’t forget to say “hi.”

Meet the locals

Meet great locals


  3.       So does the Culture – Like most Asian countries, the culture is obvious from the time you hit the streets. From their beliefs in family values and religion, to the laws of the country, Bali or Indonesia, have their own unique culture that needs to be admired and respected by all visitors. I know it is one thing that I certainly respect about Indonesia and their people.

Balinese dancers

Marvel at the culture and the Balinese dancers.


  4.       Great Restaurants with cheap food – The key is to choose the right restaurant and not those dodgy ones that will have you sitting on the toilet. The good news is that there are plenty of quality, affordable restaurants where it is easy on your stomach, you just need do your research using TripAdvisor reviews, or find the restaurants where other foreigners are dining, It means it will have  a decent reputation.


The Manisan Restaurant is one of Bali’s finest at Alaya Resort, Ubud.


  5.       Luxury Resorts that are affordable –  Staying in affordable quality resorts, with sparkling swimming pools and sun deck chairs is the dream for most travellers. In Bali, you are spoilt for choices in many ways, whether it is or resorts you are bound to find the perfect accommodation that suites your needs.

Sakala Resort

Lose your self at the Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa.


  6.       Fun in the sun – Shorts or singlets for the men, bikini for the women, it is fun in the sun when you make your way to Bali. Beaches, bars and plenty of swimming pools, whatever paradise it is you seek, you can bet your bottom dollar that Bali has it in droves.

Bali Beach

Weather is hot, so head to the beach.


  7.       Cocktails and Beers – Fun in the sun means the drinks come out quite early in the day than anticipated. Whether it is sunbaking at the resort while the bartenders deliver your cocktail, or sitting at pool-bar for countless hours and taking cover from the heat with a Bintang or two, you will plenty of opportunities to refresh your thirst.

Cocktails in Ubud

Ease your thirst with a cocktail.


  8.       Relax with a massage – Don’t let stereotype fool, in Bali, you will find plenty of professional, clean and relaxing massage parlours where you can shut your eyes and be pampered in style. For a ridiculous low price, you can have a professional massage that will soothe the body and the mind.


Relax with a soothing massage.


  9.       Shop till you drop – Absolutely, in some parts of Bali, you will get harassed, in a nice way, to buy some useless item that is certainly not needed, they mean well and it is all harmless. Bargains are bound to be found when wandering the streets, with plenty of souvenirs, jewellery, hats and singlets available in most market stalls. If you want to escape, head to some of the fine shopping malls, a little more expensive, but it is shopping with freedom.

Bali markets

Take in the excitement of the Bali Markets.


  10.   It’s Paradise – Quite simple really, Bali is paradise, sure there are some shady places, but no destination is without its fault. Bali is designed for travellers and on most occasions, they get it right. Well, it’s hard to get it wrong when the weather is perfect all year round.

Alaya Resort Ubud

Paradise by the palms.


There you have it, 10 reasons why Bali is a tourist hotspot. I am sure there are plenty more reasons to give, but for now I’ll leave you with the ten.  Remember, if paradise in the sun, luxury resorts, cheap food and drinks and great people you seek on any adventure, Bali is waiting for you with open arms.

Heading to Bali? Check out TripAdvisor for hotels and Resorts.



See the best of this paradise island on your next visit.

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9 Things to do in Bali for a Perfect Romantic Escape

9 Things to do in Bali for a Perfect Romantic Escape

9 Things to do in Bali for a Perfect Romantic Getaway

By Jyotsna Ramani at Wander With Jo

The natural beauty of Bali is a haven for lovebirds looking for a romantic escape into the island’s many idyllic vistas amid lush green forests as well as breathtaking views from the top of the cliffs.

With a plethora of exceptional accommodation, fine dining options and plenty of places to walk hand in hand and cuddle in, Bali is a paradise for couples and honeymooners alike.

So in case you decide on the perfect vacation to Bali next time with your loved one, be sure to spend a couple of days to experience the island’s fascinating culture.

Before you tear your hair apart doing hard research work, here are some ready-made romantic suggestions which can be experienced in Bali alone and get that love tingling before you even book a flight.

romantic escape

Treat yourself in style during a romantic escape in Bali.



1. Stretch out at the mystical Tjampuhan Spa

Apart from an array of day spas in Bali situated amidst exquisite coastal splendour, the mysterious riverside spa of Tjampuhan is all about healing and rejuvenation in an entirely different sense.

Come with your loved one to feel and experience the healing effects of water gushing forth from a hot and cold spring jacuzzi, situated in a magical and exceptionally carved mythical stone cavern.

Lastly, the most unique attraction of the area is the adjoining Elephant Safari Park which allows glimpses of these gentle giants from the spa treatment rooms. How is that for a perfect view during your romantic escape?


2. Enjoy an evening of Fairytale Cuisine

Bali has many weird, wonderful and at the same time romantic dining options, but none are a match for this outlet.

This most interestingly themed restaurant, titled Frankenstein’s Laboratory, allows you to dine among zombies, pirates and even Frankenstein himself. Come darkness, and these monsters will come back from the dead to terrify you till you scream your head off.

An evening of special entertainment awaits the couple who dare to venture here. Live music, cocktails concoctions which can become creepy, monster bites, monster band with vampires and mummies all come together to provide high class fun throughout the evening.


3. Visit the sea of gold at Desa Belok

Just a quick fifteen minute drive from Bedugul to Kintamani, these stunning fields of marigold can be found by the wayside.

The marigold occupies a significant place in the culture of Bali, especially as offerings. This is due to the fact that the colour of gold is associated with the Supreme Balinese God.

The sea of gold is sure to have an electrifying effect and charm your companion with the freshness and splendour of the area.


4. Stroll along the Campuhan Ridge

The walk along the Campuhan Ridge is unusually romantic. This short trek will take the couple through rice fields and past quaint villages and villas.

An early morning walk, preferably before sunrise, makes this 3 km walk an extremely private and comfortable stroll. With butterflies as company, most of the way, the Campuhan walk, commences from the Campuhan bridge near the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villa boundary.


5. Take her for a 100 candlelight dinner

Swept Away, as the name suggests is literally the place to sweep your partner of her feet with a magical 100 candle dinner service. Dine under the stars on a secluded wooden deck, overlooking the gushing river. The surrounding palm trees and lush green vegetation will quickly melt all your blues.

The exclusive restaurant comes alive every evening, when 100 lit candles are immersed in the river creating a great flickering effect. The ambience so created is truly magical and will transform the two of you in a different world altogether.


6. Enjoy a tea session at the Metis Bali

A visit to Metis is said to be an experience for the senses. An ideal getaway for a couple looking for that luxurious and private date in a nice old restaurant is what a tea session here is all about.

This is the ultimate venue for a romantic tea for two, perched on the lush terrace of the restaurant offering a 360 degree view of the surroundings. The best part is that you can the high tea package of your choice from the large collection.


7. Pamper her for a night at the Kamuela Villas

This incredible option for couples in Seminyak at the really affordable Kamuela Villas, comes complete with a private pool, you can jump into straight from the bed, as well as a large indoor tub.

The environment is such that it encourages a couple to spend quality time in the company of each other in the luxurious villas. These rooms have a host of private amenities, specially for couples and newlyweds.


8. Have a picnic at Bukit Asah Bugbug.

This secret paradise of Bukit Adah Bugbug is an ideal place for a picnic of a different kind, along the slope of the hills overlooking the ocean.

This spot is ideal for lovers, to catch a view of the rising sun and the panorama of the Indian Ocean below with the coral reefs and islands dotting the sea.


9. Chill out at the Tamblingan Lake

If you are looking for the most romantic place, offering stunning views and serenity, the largely untouched Tamblingan Lake is the place to go.

The surrounding area also happens to be popular with couples who are about to get married because of the photography opportunities which abound here for them.

Simply rent a boat and row to the middle of the lake to take in the fresh air and enjoy the flora and fauna of the scenic place.

Alaya Resort

Experience great food during your romantic getaway in Bali.


So the next time you plan for a date, that special anniversary or decide to spend a honeymoon in Bali, keep a tab on the places highlighted here. We promise you that you will find many lovey dovey moments to enjoy together as a couple.


sunsets romantic escape

Enjoy gorgeous sunsets on your romantic escape.

roamntic getaway

Let love be the potion on your next romantic getaway.


Enjoy the culture of Bali.





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Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.


The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

K tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights


Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort


Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.


Alaya Resort.


Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.


Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.


Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.


What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali

Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali

You could spend an hour at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali and you would see more action than spending a whole day at the zoo. It all happens in Ubud, with our little money friends, as they run around in a frenzy and seemingly having a good old time in the semi-enclosed confines of the Monkey Forest.

I say a whole hour as it is about all you need to spend in the Money Forest to get the most out of the wonderful confides of this sacred little forest. But it’s not only a forest, it also comes with beautiful temples, a few market places and of course those active monkeys that are scurrying around the place. It is a bustling little attraction that is worth a visit when in the town of Ubud.

The best part about the Monkey Forest, is that it is dirt cheap. For around five dollars you can wander the sanctuary at your own pace, take pictures and videos of those active monkey’s, who will put on a show, and even get in on the feeding frenzy, but more on that later.

Monkey Forest

Relaxing high in the trees in the Monkey Forest.


Watch your back and belongings

These quick witted little friends move around at serious pace. Swinging from branch to branch or along the ground, their movements are quick. One moment they are staring at you with curiosity, then next they are on your back, trying to get into your backpack or taking your sunglasses of your head and making a run for it.

king monkey

Watch out for the King of the forest. All good if you feed him.


These monkeys have teeth, sharp teeth

Be aware when these monkeys do jump on your back. They have teeth, sharp teeth. The best practice is to let the monkey do what they do and before too long, they will jump off and leave you alone.

I was lucky, in the shock of a monkey jumping on my back the first time, I tried to nudge it off with my hand, not knowing what to do. I tried to gently force it off me, before realising this monkey tried to have a swipe at me with its teeth. Luckily, I moved my hand in time. I have though heard bad luck stories involving monkey biting incidents, so tread carefully. It is important to know that these monkeys are not fierce creatures, but they too get protective.

Sacred Money Forest

These monkeys have some sharp teeth.


Buy a bunch of bananas

Inside the Monkey Forest, there are stalls that sell old bananas. Buy a bunch for around fifty-cents and in an instant moment you will be surrounded by a bunch of new friends desperate for a banana or two. Quick tip, if the big one is close by, you’ll recognise him, give it to him first without hesitation, he is the king and he demands it.

Another fascination in the Monkey Forest is the feeding time itself. One moment you are walking in the grounds of the forest, the next you see a whole army of monkeys descending to a central location for feed time. It is quite a sight to see so many monkeys up close in large numbers waiting for a feast.

a monkey feast.

They all descend for a feast


The action can happen outside the enclosure

You don’t want to pay the small entrance fee? Remember the Monkey Forest is only semi-enclosed which means the monkeys do escape and wander the streets. Therefore, you can hang around the boundaries of the enclosure and let the monkeys come to you.

There are not too many places in the world where you can walk the streets and see monkeys crossing the road like a casual pedestrian. It can happen in Ubud, well close by to the park anyway and that is what makes it so unique and for that matter so is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Heading to Ubud, Bali, Check out TripAdvisor for hotels in the area.

Monkey Forest

Outside the grounds of the forest.

Monkey forest temple

Temple with in the forest.

A Few Travel Tips to help for your next trip to Bali

A Few Travel Tips to help for your next trip to Bali

Bali is the ideal holiday place for any type of adventure, but as always when entering the unknown in a foreign country, especially for the first time. There are a few things you need to know, such as tips for dealing with money or choosing the right food to eat.

Never fear. Below is a few handy Bali travel tips for that will hopefully get you through your vacation with a piece of mind and a clean bill of health and it should help you avoid the dreaded Bali Belly.

Bali travel tips

Bali is the ideal holiday destinations, make sure you follow some basic Bali travel tips for your trip.


A few Basic Tips for Travelling in Bali


Stand firm upon arrival at the Airport:

The Airport is probably the most daunting experience you can have in Bali, especially if you haven’t organised a transfer with the hotel. Hundreds of taxi drivers and freelance drivers will be waiting for you at the front, like you are a Rockstar arriving at an event.

Keep composed, they won’t hurt you, but they will try and tug you towards their own vehicle. Just trust your instincts and be sure to bring the price down as you can go.


Watch where you eat:

Lots of good places to eat in Bali and there is not any major need to be real concerned. Still, beware what you eat, or what restaurant you dine at, eating at the wrong place could leave you in bed for a while or worse taking a trip to the hospital.

Good tip, dine when the other tourist dine, and take a look for reviews on TripAdvisor. There is more than likely to be a review on most restaurants in Bali on the popular travel App.

Alaya Resort

Watch what you eat, although Great food like this at Alaya Resort will be fine..


Drink water only from the bottle:

Like most Southeast Asian countries, you would be nuts to drink from the tap. The good old Bali belly would keep you holed up for a few days. Most hotels will supply you with a few bottles of water, probably not enough to get through the day. Stock up at the local stores for a very cheap price and keep healthy.


Keep your belongings secure:

Most of the locals in Bali are friendly and are great socialise with. But like any country in the world and even your home town, there are a few bad eggs who get joy out of ruining your fun. When out on the streets, keep your cash and cards secure, in a money pouch or similar item attached to you.

Take the amount of cash you need only for the day and leave the rest secured in your hotel safe. Lock up your room and enjoy your day in Bali.

Keep your belongins secure on any adventure in any country.


Exchange money only at a certified dealership:

You will find no shortages of places to exchange your hard earn cash you have earned for your holiday. Some dealerships will come at an incredible rate that can seem too good to refuse.

Tread carefully. Exchange your money only at banks or proper licenced facilities, you will know what is dodgy and what is legit by the appearance of the building. No matter what, most rates are good away from the airport, so you will still be better off going with the bank.


Barter, Barter and Barter again:

Need a driver for the day? negotiate a fair price. Buying a singlet at the markets? Once again, barter that price down. Most places on the streets of Bali are open to negotiation and the storeowner, or the driver on the street, will always try and make the price higher.

Stand firm and walk away if you are not happy with the price. There is probably another store next door with the same junk items.


Take a stroll through the Markets in Bali, but don’t forget to Barter.

Need more Bali travel tips,  check out this pocket guide from Lonely Planet.

Heading to Bali anytime soon, check out some of these hotels from TripAdvisor.


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Meeting the Locals – Bali, Indonesia Edition

Meeting the Locals – Bali, Indonesia Edition

Meeting the locals is one of the best experiences you can have on any adventure in any foreign country. To me, it is right up there alongside discovering a hidden beach, coming across a raging waterfall, or hiking through famous landscapes, where the scenery is nothing short of sensational.

Travelling is more than discovering a country’s own beauty, a trait that we understandably get lost at times. A country’s own values often comes its very own people, the locals. The very same folk who make the country we visit that much more memorable.

Therefore, I ask, do you ever stop to have a good chat with the locals on vacation? Not just a basic, “g’day, how you are doing” chat. But a genuine conversation. It may surprise you what you can learn about an individual and their upbringing in the country they are from. I can guarantee you at times it will be fascinating.

In this new series of meet the locals. I will take you to different countries and introduce to the fantastic men or women I have met on my adventures. In this edition I head to Bali, where I had the privilege to meet some amazing people who made my visit that much more enjoyable.


Hari in the middle, works the bar at the Sakala.


Meeting Wadi

Wadi is a barrister at a little coffee box in Ubud, The Monkey Cave. A neat little coffee shop I was able to stumble upon on my way to the Monkey Forest. Wadi, who makes a mean coffee, had been working at the shop for over a year and it was the best coffee I had tasted in Bali, without a doubt.

Wadi travels an hour every day from his home to get to his job ad he does it without regret. He loves his work and takes great honour at meeting people all over the world and delivering  top class brew. If ever in Ubud, make sure you get to the Monkey Cave and say ‘hi’ to Wadi, the best barrister in Ubud. Maybe Bali.


Meet Wadi at the Monkey Cave.



Chatting with Hari

Hari works the pool-bar at the Sakala Resort in Tajung Benoa. An honest worker, trying to earn an honest buck. Hari likes his job at the Sakala but he longs for a different life eventually and that is working as Indonesian coast guard.

I spent a few hours chatting to Hari over a couple of days. He taught me about life growing up in Bali and on a very small wage. I learnt about customs and the strict rules applied in the country. Chatting with Hari was certainly fascinating and I wish the young man all the best in his endeavours to get into the coast guard. We also became friends on Facebook.

Meeting the locals

Catching up with a few locals on the streets


My very own personal driver – Wayan

I met old man Wayan by chance (Wayan is a popular name in Indonesia), walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa. Obviously in Bali, it is not hard to find a driver, the hurdle is negotiating a fair price. Anyway, Wayan became my driver after a brief chat and the rest became history, taking me to Ubud and then to the airport when it was time to leave the country.

Wayan was bubbly on the streets telling me about his wife of over thirty years and his two kids. Yet on the road, he was concrete and very focused on navigating the busy streets of Bali, making sure I get to my next destination safely. It was a pleasure to meet Wayan and an honour to make him my brief driver during my stay in Bali. I certainly got his contact details for future visits.

And a whole lot more

They were a few of the notable locals I met in Bali. Although meeting the locals in Bali ran deeper than that. General workers on the street who were willing for a photo, or a pretty waitress in the restaurant happy to serve you a beer. Bali is full of great people, honest people, and they are more than worth your time if you give them a chance. Happy travels.

travelling solo

meeting the locals

Meeting the locals

The pretty waitress of Black Tom’s Restaurant.


Have you met some great locals on your adventures? Please comment below and let me know and let me know about your experience when meeting the locals.

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