Experiencing Bali: Exotic & Enticing Jewel of the East

Bali: an exotic and enticing jewel of the East. A humid getaway filled with beautiful places to explore, from the forests to the farms to the temples and the beaches. The Balinese are not only genuine and welcoming but talented craftsmen with interesting skills to showcase. Michelle du Toit visited Bali and shares her experiences, travel tips and photographs with us. 


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Beautiful Bali: My Experience

I love looking back at these photos from my trip to Bali because it really does bring back every sensation I experienced in those moments. It really gives people a feeling of what Bali feels, sounds, looks and smells like. It also showcases some hidden gems and authentic spots to visit when going to Bali – instead of the usual tourist spots and beaches. 

We visited Seminyak and Ubud (where they filmed the movie Eat, Pray, Love) for 4 days. Our accommodation, Droganfly Village was amazingly beautiful with a rural feeling. There you are surrounded with rice paddies, trees and flowers.

Highlights? Touching an elephant and drinking Kopi Luwak coffee overlooking the rice paddies. Walking through the breathtaking Monkey Forest also shouldn’t be missed. ~ Michelle 


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The Food 

Bali has amazing restaurants. They are also beautiful and tropical. The food is affordable (similar pricing to South Africa) and you can eat like a king for a good price.

We tried the signature dish in a very scruffy local shop in a small,rural village. It’s called “Babi Guling” and it is suckling pig roasted on a spit. The food is fresh and very tasty in Bali – especially the spicier dishes.

Tips & Advice 

Walk around in the smaller villages and experience the culture. Get a guide to drive you around and give you advice.

Don’t be scared to walk around and get lost, it’s safe and you’ll find some great, authentic experiences. Visit the rice paddies at sunset, but go earlier as it is very hard to find parking close to it. Oh and don’t have drinks with ice in it when you’re at a restaurant – or drink water out of the tap as it’s easy to pick up a bug. 

What to Pack

Mosquito repellent is a must. Very comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a comfortable bag handbag. You do lots of walking.