8 Things You MUST Do When Visiting Bali

This was the first friend trip that I planned with one of my closest friends and I can say it was definitely a success. Our journey started as we navigated the beautiful city of Denpasar by taxi, which is also the capital of Bali and a province of Indonesia. We arrived at our lovely stay, Villa Ganesh & Bungalows, in Kuta Selatan. We were greeted with a refreshing dragon fruit smoothie and told about all the different places we could visit. Since we already had some tours planned, we tried to squeeze in as many extra things as we could throughout the trip. Our first night we took it easy as we had many adventures to explore early the next morning. Continue reading to follow the journey

1. Gates of Heaven

This is one of the most popular temples visited in Bali. In order for us to get here at a decent time we left our villa bright and early at 4:30am, keeping in mind that the drive would take an hour and a half to get there. On our way there our tour guide explained that many others that were driving on the road were also headed there, and it’s common for people to leave extremely early in the morning

Once we arrived, I understood why. There was already a crowd forming, so we quickly parked the car and walked up the steep hill leading to the temple. By the time we got in, it was close to 6:30 am and we had a number given to us in order to take the glorious picture you see above. We were number 51, so imagine if we got there any later than we did. However, it was totally worth it, especially because Balinese people were preparing for a ceremony called Galungan so the temple was decorated with bright colored umbrellas and rich fabrics.