Bali for a Weekend
If you live in Singapore, Bali will most likely be your first weekend abroad… and certainly not your last!
Quite simply, the Island of the Gods offers not only fantastic landscapes but also, and above all, a lot of things to do.
Whether you want to laze around the pool, climb a volcano, visit a temple, receive a massage at the foot of the rice fields, or take surfing lessons, there's always a good excuse to go back to Bali. As long as you explore the island, you’ll always find something new to (re)discover.
1. Learn How to Surf
Bali is one of the best places in the world to surf — and to learn! It's never too late to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
Contrary to appearances, it is relatively simple to learn how to hold on to a board. Like all sports, practice makes perfect!
2. Eating Pork Ribs at Hog Wild
The best pork ribs are in Bali. Of course, you can only do it once during your stay; otherwise, your arteries will be clogged for the next 10 years.
Just be prepared to say goodbye to your abs and your diet. Trust us, it’s worth it!
3. Swimming in the Tegenungan Waterfalls
Grab your swimsuit and try to get under the deluge of water. If the water is a bit too chilly for you, you can just take pictures from the top of the waterfall.
4. Getting Lost in the Rice Fields Around Ubud
Whether you stop at the roadside to admire the many rice fields around Ubud, or you push a little further and go for a walk in the rice fields, you will not be disappointed.
Don’t hesitate to take a few more steps and discover these rice fields, maybe even finding a new point-of-view along the way.
5. Visit a Balinese temple
Tirta Empul, Begudul, Tanah Lot, etc. — the Island of the Gods is covered with temples. Consider avoiding Tanah Lot, though, which is literally taken by storm by tourists, and instead discover the temples inside the island.
Bedugul is a temple on a lake, which is lovely, but be prepared for a more than 90 minute drive from Ubud to go and admire it.
Easier to access and also nice to visit: Tirta Empul (located not far from the Kintamani volcano, so you can do both at the same time). This temple also draws a lot of locals, so it's best to avoid going there during the weekend.
6. Having Brunch in Ku De Ta
For many, Ku De Ta is overrated, not authentic. However, it's still a great place to go if you want to have a fancy brunch in Bali (and take some nice pictures for your Instagram).
Just avoid the afternoon and early evening when the crowds make the experience much less pleasant. Another option: Visit Ku De Ta for a nightcap.
7. Stopping for Coffee at the Livingston Bakery
Over the last few years, trendy / hipster cafes have become the norm in Bali, especially on the Seminyak side. One place to try, both in terms of content and form, is Livingston Café & Bakery on Jalan Petitenget.
Not only is the coffee good, but the pastries and bread are especially excellent. It’s perfect for a snack. And don't forget to visit Buro Bali, a concept store located just above the café.
Some other good locations for cafés and restaurants: Faculty Kitchen (Seminyak), Revolver Expresso (Seminyak), Potato Head Beach Club (Seminyak), Ryoshi House of Jazz (Seminyak), Arang Satay Bar (Ubud), and Poule de Luxe (Seminyak).
Where to Stay in Bali?
In Ubud, you can try Cinta Inn, which has only 7 rooms. A well-located hotel in Ubud, the Cinta Inn has super-friendly staff and an especially fantastic hotel restaurant that serves a real, complimentary breakfast every morning — not just a buffet, like most hotels in Bali.
In Seminyak, The Light Exclusive Villas is a hotel that is not located on the beach, though it is close to the center of Seminyak. The hotel offers a nice, little villa with a private swimming pool, friendly staff, and good value for your money.