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Welcome to Bali, Indonesia – the Island of the Gods! Here's your ultimate Lonely Planet style guide to exploring this slice of paradise.

GETTING AROUND

To explore Bali, there are different modes of transport including taxis, motorbikes or scooters and car rentals. The cheapest way to get around is by motorbike/scooter, but be sure to have a valid license and be cautious on the roads. Taxis are also a convenient and affordable option for solo travelers or small groups. They are generally metered, but be sure to agree on a fare beforehand. Car rentals are also popular in Bali, but driving in Bali can be stressful due to the heavy traffic and narrow roads.

WHERE TO GO

1. UBUD – A beautiful town in the heart of Bali's rice terraces. It's the cultural center of Bali and home to temples, art galleries, yoga studios, and Balinese dance performances.

2. KUTA – Bali's bustling tourist hub with a vibrant nightlife, shopping, and a long sandy beach. It's the perfect place for those looking for a fun-filled party scene.

3. SEMINYAK – With its trendy beach clubs, stylish boutique shops, restaurants, and luxurious spa treatments, Seminyak is a traveler's paradise! One of the most popular spots is Potato Head Beach Club which offers spectacular sunsets, infinity pool, and beachfront lounges.

4. NUSA DUA – A luxurious resort town with a wide array of five-star hotels, world-class golf courses, and pristine beaches.

5. ULUWATU – Located on the southern tip of Bali, Uluwatu is famous for its beautiful beaches and stunning clifftop views, and is also home to one of Bali's most iconic temples, the Uluwatu Temple.

WHAT TO DO

1. GO SURFING – Bali is world-renowned for its surfing breaks, so if you're a surf enthusiast, this is a must-do activity. Some of the best places for surfing are Uluwatu, Canggu, and Padang Padang.

2. VISIT THE TEMPLES – Bali is home to over 10,000 temples, each with its unique beauty and importance. Some of the most popular temples are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Besakih.

3. EXPLORE THE RICE TERRACES – Bali's rice terraces offer a stunning backdrop for stunning photos, and a serene escape from the tourist hustle. Some of the most beautiful rice terraces worth visiting are Tegalalang and Jatiluwih.

4. HAVE A SPA DAY – Bali is famous for its spa culture with an array of luxurious and affordable spa treatments on offer. Indulge in a massage, facial or body treatment to rejuvenate and relax.

5. WATCH A TRADITIONAL BALINESE DANCE PERFORMANCE – Bali's traditional dance performances are a beautiful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Some popular performances are the Kecak Dance and the Legong Dance.

WHERE TO EAT

1. WARUNG NASI CAMPUR BU OKA - For authentic Balinese cuisine, Warung Nasi Campur Bu Oka serves a traditional dish of nasi campur (rice with mixed super spicy vegetables). It is also famous for its babi guling (roast pork) considered to be one of the Bali's signature dishes.

2. LA LAGUNA - La Laguna is an enchanting seaside bar and restaurant that captures the spirit of Bali with its bohemian vibe. It is perfect for a chill afternoon, sunset drinks with live music.

3. LOCICO – For coffee and brunch lovers, Locico is one of the locals' favorite eco-friendly cafes in Canggu. It offers high-quality coffee, tea, and healthy breakfast bowls.

4. GINGER MOON CANTINA – Ginger Moon Cantina is a vibrant restaurant located in Seminyak that offers a fusion of Balinese and international cuisine. It's a perfect spot to experience Bali's modern dining scene.

5. WARUNG MAKAN TEGAL - This local warung is a hidden gem that serves delicious Indonesian food at a budget price. Don't miss its famous Nasi Goreng and Satay.

Bali is a beautiful destination filled with a unique culture, beautiful natural landscapes, delicious food, and friendly people. With this guide, you're sure to have an unforgettable Bali experience. Enjoy your trip!

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