I landed in Bali around midnight and after 23 hours of travel and it’s safe to say that I was out once my head hit the pillow. But boy oh, boy was I in for a splendid surprise when I woke up the next morning. As I opened the door to check out my view, I was greeted by a pastel pink sky, surrounded by a sea of rice paddies. I felt like I was still dreaming. The view left me speechless and it was just the beginning of my journey in Bali with The Institute of Code on their 10 day coding retreat where I learned to code HTML and CSS and the basic skills needed to build a custom website! After long days learning how to code, we were able to explore Bali during our down time. Here’s a visual diary of Bali through my eyes.
Our villa view based in Cemgai Village near Canggu right next to the beach.
Pura Batu Ngaus
Located cliff side on Cemagi beach, this temple is one of the more underrated ones in Bali (granted, there are over 10,000 temples on the island) but if you’re near the area, this is a great spot to watch the sunset.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
If you love monkeys, you’ll never be able leave this place because it’s crawling with all sorts of them from big ones to small ones and both old and young, they are hilarious! They’re quite calm and will give you space as long as you don’t try to touch them. If you want a photo with a monkey, buy a banana but act fast and place it above your head, they will hop on your shoulder to grab it 🙂 The monkeys aren’t the only attraction here, the park grounds are gorgeous with rivers, bridges, temples and more.
Need to master the art of bargaining? This is the place to practice. Two stories of colorful sarongs, wooden art work, ceramics and more. Try to come earlier to avoid crowds and snag better deals. Open until 5pm.
Jakawana Ubud Agrotourism Coffee Luwak
Luwak coffee ismade from coffee cherries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet. The beans are then processed thoroughly and are roasted. Over 10 types of coffee and teas are available to try after the tour and all are complimentary aside from the the Luwak coffee.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Countryside located north of Ubud, one of the most incredible arrangements of rice paddies in Bali, making for perfect photo ops wherever you look. You can also observe Balinese farmers tending to the fields.
One of the six cardinal temples of Bali and one of the most scenic, this temple is known as the most visited in Bali. And boy oh boy is this true, be prepared to fight through crowds to catch a glimpse of this beautiful wonder.
Pure Tanah Lot means temple of the sea and the earth.
A hidden waterfall, Tengenungan is located in the Tegenungan Village, less than a mile south of Ubud and is basically a waterfall pool that you can easily spend hours in.
Gunung Kawi Temple
One of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments, Mount Kawi consists of 10 rock-cut candi shrines. Be prepared to climb more than 270 steps to get to this marvel but the views of the manicured rice terraces along the way make it worth it.
A smaller ancient Balinese temple dating back to the 11th century.One of the main sights to see is the intricately carved elephant cave.
An ornate local Balinese Hindu temple designed beautifully in the midst of a very peaceful setting.
Where to Eat
An authentic Balinese restaurant with stunning rice field views and gorgeous grounds.
One of the best beach bars I’ve ever been to, La Laguna‘s atmosphere is everything. Boho themed with giant pillows on the floor and long tables, it’s the perfect place for a large group of friends to hang out for dinner and drinks on the beach. It also makes for a great date place during sunset.
Loved loved loved this Australian owned gluten free Vegan cafe in Canggu with friendly staff and a breezy atmosphere.
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This trip was hosted and sponsored by Institute of Code. As always, all opinions are my own.