Bali is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Indonesia and it’s easy to see why: spectacular mountain scenery, tropical beaches, and friendly locals make for a very special vacation. But while the island’s iconic surf spots, famous temples, and serene yoga classes are no secret, there’s much more to discover than you might expect.

For starters, you should head to Sanur if you’re looking for a break from the crowds of more hectic resort areas like Seminyak and Canggu. Here, you’ll find some of the best luxury hotels on the island, and can still enjoy the balmy weather that Bali is known for, as well as gorgeous white beaches and a slower pace of life.

This is also where you’ll find the oldest piece of historical art in Bali, the Prasati Belanjong Pillar – an ancient stone bearing a 914 inscription, that was once part of the island’s royal treasury. It now stands as a memorial to the dead and is a must-see for history buffs visiting the island.

You can’t leave Bali without paying a visit to its verdant rice terraces. This glistening, green landscape is synonymous with the island and can be spotted at Tegallalang, Pejeng, and Campuhan, among others. In addition to being a source of rice, they’re a beautiful sight to behold, with a soothing, earthy aroma filling the air as you walk through them.

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