Charming Bali makes me fall in love with its beauty – Indonesia Eat Pray Love

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After discovering Mt. Bromo, we spent the rest of our trip to the famous island Bali as a retreat and Bali didn’t fail us. Its unique vibes and beauty made us understand why so many people crave to be here and don’t want to leave. It is truly a heaven on earth where you can put your hair down and completely enjoy everything.

Bali and the nature beauty of the land of Gods

Bali is well known as “the land of Gods” as it has a thousand temples everywhere. The island is located between the East of Java and West of Lombok and is the only Hindu-majority province in the Muslim dominated country of Indonesia.

With this location, Bali formed itself a rich and unique culture. There is always a very extraordinary vibe when you come to Bali, I’m sure you will feel it when you step in.

Bali (not my photo. Cre: Road Travel)

If Bromo offered us a majestic view with adventurous experiences then Bali brought us to a totally different kind of place. Bali is like an opening to heaven, it’s so peaceful, so fresh, so beautiful, so spiritual and so Bali.

Staying in Bali, I woke up every morning feeling the natural and spiritual vibes. It’s really hard to not be relaxed and enjoyed here. I still remember the smell of the incense, the tropical view, and the sounds of the birds singing in those bushes, the sound of the murmuring water… It creates a kind of music and view that makes you feel like you can finally find your inner peace and nothing can ever bother you any longer.

My friend and I just stayed there for four days and our time didn’t allow us to discover the whole island but it gave us enough time to have a crush on. We spent our 1 first day in Ubud then another 2 days in Kuta. Bali keeps us amazed with its diverse culture and lifestyle. You actually can stay in one place then hire a motorbike to discover others but looking back I still choose to stay in two places I had mentioned above because each area brings out a different side of Bali. While Ubud is a peaceful place with old temples and green fields, Kuta is a fun, bustle city with a beachside.

Eat Pray Love in peaceful Ubud

Ubud wake up call

4 years ago, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous novel Eat Pray Love. In the novel, Elizabeth wrote about her journey of finding herself and balancing her life. She started in Italy eating and enjoying life (“Eat”) then she moved to India,  finding her spirituality (“Pray”), and ended her journey in Bali falling in love with a Brazilian businessman (“Love”).

I love her novel, I do. But to me, it’s still something too… unreal. However, Eat Pray Love somehow affects me on the way I look at life afterward, it also wakes up my desire to travel everywhere. I was impressed by her traveling and since then Bali is always attached to something related to her book. I know Bali is known as a “honeymoon island” but Elizabeth just made the island become somewhere you can find yourself.

“Love” in Ubud and it kinda rhymes

And she didn’t wrong. Indeed, everyone couple came here to enjoy their honeymoon, you can see it everywhere, you can feel love is in the air. But Ubud has its own vibes making you feel balanced. If you are a yoga or meditation lover, I am sure you will be in love with this place. This tropical land with perfect weather and beautiful landscape and great foods really has its powers to bring on the pacific feels.

Me chilling at the pool at our hotel in Ubud, putting porcelain flower on my hair so I can look like a Bali girl hahaha

Little cute shop on Ubud street

We were supposed to visit a lot of places but ending up going around a few spots near Ubud. If your time allows, you can visit other nice spots in Bali. We had to skip all the heaven gates as it’s too far from Ubud (1-2 hours driving, in high traffic hours, it can take even more time). Hence, my advice is to spend more time in Bali and rent a motorbike. You can rent a car for a whole day if you want to. It’s more convenient however the price is not nice and you may get stuck in a traffic jam.

Me at Ubud Art Market

Bali Swing

The funny thing I found in Bali is how people do travel services here, you actually can hire a person just to follow you guys a whole day and …. take pictures (they literally just follow you and help you take pictures and filming videos, they will use your phone @@), usually couples use this service.

Discover an urban side of Bali in bustle Kuta

We felt sad leaving Ubud as we wanted to stay longer and explore more but Kuta made it up so well that we almost forgot how much we would miss Ubud haha. Kuta and Ubud are just 1 -2 hours driving from each other but these two places are totally different from each other.

Kuta is more like an urban city full of foreigners, beach sides, restaurants, bars, and pubs. We rented a motorbike in Kuta and went around. Traffic rules in Indonesian are different from the rules in Vietnam. We drove pretty smoothly, the rent costs around 150k – 200k VND/day. 2 hours before we left for the airport on the last day in Bali, I got fined by an Indonesian policeman for not bring my Vietnamese driver’s license.

Kuta street

We visited Uluwatu, Tanah Lot Temple, and Kuta Beach. Two temples we visited are all at the shore and on the cliffs, so once you come here, you can have the whole beach and rock view. I bet it looks even prettier when it comes to sunrise or sunset.

Cliff view at Uluwatu. It was very chillaxing

When I come to Tanah Lot, the priest asked me to drink what is so-called “Holy Water” then he stuck some rice on my forehead and put a porcelain flower on my hair. This is a ceremony when you visit the temple, people there said it will bring you luck then.

Me at Tanah Lot

Selfie with 2 rices left which were sticked on my forehead by the priest at Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple, Kuta

Old man in the temple

It’s not goodbye

Now writing this blog, I still want to back to Bali and stay there for a month. I love everything in Bali. The food, the people, the culture, the view, and the vibe. EVERYTHING! I’m sure next time I’m back I will discover the whole places, eat all the must-try foods, buy every little cute thing, try all the activities. So be well prepare Bali, this little wrecker will be back soon!!!

One little reminder: Stay tuned for more blog posts about my journeys to Northern Vietnam and Taiwan?

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