Bali

With towering volcanoes, pristine beaches, tranquil jungle lagoons, and exotic reefs, Bali has something for everyone. Whether you want to surf, dive, explore the islands, or simply soak up the sun and sea, this is a paradise.

Bali has a surprisingly luxurious side with its countless villas and resorts, many of which look over world-class surf spots or lush green rice paddies. But even though the island has a burgeoning urban centre, it still maintains its natural beauty with rainforest corridors that wind through gorges and lava fields.

There is also plenty of entertainment in the form of shows, water parks and adventure activities like hiking to volcanoes. Some are active, such as Mount Batur which has had mini eruptions recently, but they don’t pose a threat to visitors.

Other must-sees include the Uluwatu Temple that’s perched on a rocky outcrop amidst crashing waves, and Tanah Lot which is an ancient Hindu shrine set against a sunset backdrop. The locals are deeply religious, and you’ll see them putting offerings into small palm leaf baskets on the streets.

In the daytime, enjoy a range of water sports from surfing to paddle boarding. You can also get your thrills at Waterbom Bali, Circus Waterpark or try out the 5GX “reverse bungee” in Kuta. Then eat your way through Seminyak’s trendy cafes and clubs, including Bali’s first speakeasy bar. If you’re looking for souvenirs, the main souvenir market at Sukowati is packed with bright T-shirts, flip flops and creative trinkets.

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