From the zen tea gardens in Ubud, to the extremely inexpensive yoga classes, to the unreal vegan food, Indonesia is by far my favorite place I have traveled and a necessary check off the bucket list. The energy that Bali offers has the ability to fully bring one into the present moment. I remember during my travels throughout Indonesia, I felt so at peace and so aware of the present moment. I did not want anything to change— I was perfectly content and so happy to explore this beautiful country. I wanted to share the highlights of my journey, including cafes, temples, hikes, and must-sees.
Tegalaland Rice Terrace
This is a classic go-to throughout all of South East Asai. There is something so serene and calming about walking through the rice paddies. It brings such an appreciation to the staple crop. The greenery of the terraces (and Indonesia in general) is one of my favorite parts. There are multiple cafes that overlook the terrace (Bali Pulina is my favorite & I will discuss it later).
This coffee plantation offers some of the best (and most interesting) coffees and teas that my palette has tasted. This plantation offers the coffee roasting process as well as tasting. The view overlooks a rice terrance and you are serves your coffee in a peaceful and secluded area. When you go here, you must ask for the sampling tray (yes the picture below is actually a sampler and completely free…). They also make amazing perfumes!
Pura Tira Empul
Getting to immerse myself in a religion that I do not practice, allowed me to witness how welcoming the Indonesian people truly are. Visiting this water temple allowed me to open myself up and connect myself to the Hindu religion. I got to pray under the fresh water streams and give offerings. It was amazing to feel so welcomed by locals and accepted into a place of such sacred worship.
If you are willing to go hiking at 2 AM to watch the sunrise above the clouds, then this trek is for you. In order to do this hike, you will need a guide— you can ask locals and they will be able to find one for you. This active volcano makes for the perfect backdrop at 5:30 AM, while the sun rises for another beautiful day. Not to mention, after the sun comes up, the monkeys come out too! They are the cutest little creatures.
Vegan Food— EVERYWHERE
One of my favorite parts about Indonesia was the variety of vegan food that it had to offer. Everything from the best tempeh curry to acai bowls out of this world, veganism is indeed a huge part of both Indonesian culture and religion. My favorite places that I would continuously re-vist day after day include:
- Nalu Bowls
- Yoga Barn Garden
- The Seeds of Life
The Airbnb’s are beyond inexpensive— my traveling recommendation would be to book as you go! Do NOT book in advance! That way you can discover local secrets and find the best places to stay in your favorite areas!
- Take a yoga class at Yoga Barn
- Go to the full moon party
- Take advantage of the cheap massages they have to offer (1 hour for $4 USD)
- Uber everywhere (it’s so cheap!)
- Visit the islands off of the coast (Gili Trawangan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan)
I will be posting a separate blog on the islands off of the Indonesian coast, here.
Happy & safe travels.
Love & light,