If you’re looking for the ultimate Bali experience, look no further than the stunning Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park. You’ll find the sky-scraping GWK statue, which depicts Balinese legend of Wisnu riding the giant bird Garuda, as well as an ancient temple complex, stone carvings, and cultural events like the nightly Kecak dance and a parade with a gigantic Garuda puppet.
The best time to visit Bali is the low season, which runs from April through September or October. The weather is drier, and flights and hotels are cheaper than during the peak season. Plus, there are fewer people on the beaches, in the temples, and at those popular Canggu brunch shacks, so it’s much easier to nab that turmeric latte or Eat Pray Love-style yoga mat.
One of our favourite things to do in Bali is to head to the mystical Lake Beratan and check out the eerily perfect reflections at Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, a temple that looks like it’s floating on the water. It’s especially magical in the early morning or late afternoon when mountain fog creeps over and creates this unreal scene.
After taking it all in, stroll through the Ubud Art Market and feast your eyes on intricate craftsmanship. It’s a great spot to pick up souvenirs like woven hats, rattan bags, handmade dreamcatchers, and floaty beachwear. Then, end the day with a sunset in Uluwatu and a performance of the famous Kecak dance.