I am here with another travel diaries, and this time it is BALI ! Oh btw, if you’re wondering what Om Suastiastu means, it means “hello” in Balinese language. If you follow me on my social media handles, you’d know that I went for a girls trip to Bali. I have my entire trip itinerary along with my OOTD’s in this article. I have mentioned the outfit details at the end of each day. Read on for some excitement!
DAY 1 (14th November)-
I had an overnight Air Asia flight from New Delhi to Denpasar with a lay over in between at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia for 3 hours. The flight wasn’t the best for our past experiences but it didn’t kill the vibe since we knew that Bali had a lot in store for us.
Leggings- Zara; Shirt- Vero Moda; Sneakers- StreetStyleStore
DAY 2 (15th November)-
We landed at the Ngurah Rai International Airport at 2 PM and since I had already booked our hotel cab in advance, so we didn’t face any difficulties or hassles. It was a 40 minutes drive from the airport to our hotel, which was in Seminyak, called as “Lotus Tirta”. I booked this hotel from Airbnb for a really cheap price. It’s a homely property offering affordable accommodation options for travelers wanting to be centrally located when visiting the island of Bali. It is a strategic base with a carefree ambience and its own brand of gracious Balinese hospitality. We were offered welcome drink at the time of check-in and some ice pressed towels for an instant freshness.
We were really tired to do much for that day and since it was already 4:30 PM, so we decided to unpack our suitcases, set the room as per our liking and understand the currency system of Indonesia. YES! We actually had to sit and understand the currency since it was very weird. The smallest denomination of a note is 10,000 Rupiah. It went a bit confusing because the conversion rate of INR to IDR is 188.
For dinner, we just went to adjacent street, which was full of restaurants serving international cuisines. We sat and enjoyed a sumptuous meal at the Italian restaurant of Hotel Harris and then shopped some grocery stuff on our way back to the hotel.
DAY 3 (16th November)-
We booked ourselves a day trip. The driver came to pick us up at sharp 8:30 am and after a 1.5-hour drive, we reached the Batubulan village where we saw the Barong and Kris Dance, it was a one hour show which signifies a mythological internal fight between good and bad spirit.
After which, we were headed to the Tohpati village where we visited the famous Batik factory of Bali painstakingly created by hands. I did buy one painting about the local Balinese dance.
Then we were taken to the Celuk village to see the gold and silver smith and then to the Mas Village, which is the center of wood carving.
While heading towards our lunch spot, the driver stopped for us to watch the spectacular view of the amazing rice terrace. Since it was 1:30 PM, and we were hungry, so we had our lunch at a local restaurant at Kintamani near the lake Batur, where we enjoyed the beautiful Mount Batur volcano view. I will come to the details of the “Volcano” later.
After spending more than an hour here, we were headed towards the fantastic waterfall and coffee plantation. Coffee plantation in Bali is a place to see various Tropical plantations such as coffee robusta, pineapple, Balinese snake fruite (salak), plain Balinese potatoes, fruit stars, cacao, jack fruit, durian tree and many more, experience to see how to make Balinese coffee in very traditional ways, and taste the fresh of Balinese coffee or ginger tea with green view river valley and also they sell variety of their original Balinese coffee products, herb oil and you also get to see the civet cat the most expensive coffee maker, well known as Luwak. We had the the best time while coffee tasting and also enjoyed the beautiful plantation view.
After which, we went to Tampak Spring, which is a holy spring water temple. But more then anything, I enjoyed the street shopping outside the temple. Our last stop for today’s tour was to visit the waterfall area. We drove back to the hotel and reached at around 8:30 PM. Too much for a 12-hour trip eh? We chilled at the hotel pool area and ordered “Burger King” since we were craving for some.
Shirt Dress- Marks & Spencers; Shorts- Forever 21; Belt- Zara; Shades- Vero Moda; Bag- Janpath
DAY 4 (17th November)-
The next day was planned more excitingly. We had divided our day into two different packages.
In the morning, we were picked up at around 9 AM from our hotel, for water sports at Nusa Dua. Our package included flying fish, parasailing, Jet Ski and banana boat. My favorite has to be Jet Ski, it was crazy!! The water sports weren’t too thrilling, but they were a lot of fun! After a light lunch, we went to our hotel to get ready for our second package.
The early evening started from Uluwatu temple, perched at 250 feet above the water, it’s the perfect vintage point below one the best for surfing on the island. Keep an eye out for monkeys, as they would to tease and play with you. It’s a religious thing for Balinese people to make people wear their traditional sarongs before entering the temple. I enjoyed the beautiful picturesque view at the temple’s sunset point.
After here, we went to the dreamland beach, which has crystal clear water, famous for surfing. Its claimed to be one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches and I have no doubts about it. We relaxed at the beach restaurant there and enjoyed a pint of beer.
The last stop was to see the sunset at the Jimbaran Beach. SPECTACULAR!
We got dropped at the hotel at 7 PM and then had dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant. We slept a little early as we had an early morning the next day.
Maxi- Janpath; Shades- H&M; Earrings; Lajpath Nagar; Bag- Chandni Chowk
DAY 5 (18th November)-
We were picked up from our hotel at 2 AM. YES! 2 ‘o’ clock in the night. We drove for about 2 hours to reach mount Batur, 1717 meters above sea level. We had planned this adventurous mountain climbing to see the sunrise. It took as 2 hours to trek half way up and then clim the mountain the rest of the way to reach the top of the mountain. Once up, we walked around the rim of the volcano cone, erupted in 1017, followed by the second eruption in 1926, both of which have left a huge crater at the top. The breakfast experience was unique, with boiled eggs and sandwich made of mashed banana’s. After the breakfast, we started descending from the crater, down the land. We were in the car at 9 PM. It was a long night, a hectic one. We deserved some pampering, which is why we headed for an extremely relaxing 2 hour Balinese spa session straight from here. After the spa, we were hungry so we chose for some Mexican food this time. We were in the hotel at 4 PM.
After resting for an hour, we were headed to the nearby open beach. Had an amazing time being a beach baby! In the night, we planned on hitting the party street of Seminyak, we went to “Potato head”, the best of all in Bali. I cant express how amazing the view was. We had a private bed next to an infinity pool and right in front was the open beach attached. We went back to the hotel on a scooter ride.
Outfit 1: Shorts- H&M; Shirt- Bershka; Sneakers- StreetStyleStore; Backpack- A&F
Outfit 2: Maxi- Forever 21; Hat- Goa; Crochet Cape- Westside; Shades- H&M; Tote- Bewkoof; Slippers- Aeropostale
Outfit 3: Pink Tube Top- ; Pink Palazzo Pants- Zara; Flats- H&M; Bag- Janpath; Ring- Forever 21
DAY 6 (19th November)-
Technically the last day in Bali, but not of the trip!
We woke up at 10 am. Swimmed in the pool and enjoyed the breakfast at a tree house that our hotel has created for breakfast servings. We planned our day to be very relaxing and calm. In the evening, we went to the local street market to shop some stuff and had an amazing Phad Thai as a late lunch. The restaurant was on the way to the open beach. After shopping, we landed at the beach yet again! I loved the life at the beach shacks there! We watched the sun setting down. Since it was the last night in Bali, we went for a little crazy party at a club called “Ku De Ta” and then pub hopped on the street.
Outfit 1: Bikini Set- H&M; Kimono- AliExpress; Shades- Veromoda
Outfit 2: Bralette- Kraftly; Jacket- Janpath; Black Skirt- Forever 21; Choker- DIY; Ring- H&M; Slippers- Aeropostale
DAY 7 (20th November)-
Woke up at 4 AM to catch a 8 AM flight back to Kuala Lampur and then New Delhi. And the trip ended.
Having said that, it was indeed an amazing experience! We covered almost everything in Bali. Our trip was inexpensive and Bali should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list! If any queries, do let me know! Enjoy the pictures xx