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Stunning Bali Hot Spots for the ‘Gram

By Asyraf Naqiuddin

Stunning Bali Hot Spots for the ‘Gram

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Feast your eyes on the Island of the Gods’ breathtaking views and let the good “Likes” roll!

When it comes to perfect vacation, Bali is where dreams come alive. The large island, eight times the size of Singapore, is blessed with beautiful beaches and spectacular landscapes that exude peace and serenity.

Not only will the island float your worries away, this is the best place to up your Instagram game. But before packing those sunnies and sunblock, let’s have a look at Bali’s picture-perfect spots for holiday-makers.

Ubud

This highland town is a must-stop on any Indonesia itinerary. Located near Bali’s central upland, Ubud reveals a treasure trove of cultural landmarks from ancient temples to lush green hillsides. Start your Instagram adventure at Tegallalang Rice Terraces, famous for its traditional irrigation system called subak. The high roadside location is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot, and there are numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their ware. Entrance is free but there are donation huts scattered all over.

Located in Kapubaten Bandung, next stop is called Bali Swing where visitors get to swing up to hundreds of feet in the air. For best effect, come dressed to the nines but avoid green or you will blend in with the jungle backdrop. Other attractions here include heart rock, butterfly garden and nests, among others. Entrance fees are between USD10 and USD35.  

The best spot for panoramic green valley shots in Ubud has to be the Campuhan Ridge. The starting point of this 9km-long nature trek is the majestic Gunung Lebah Temple. On clear mornings or afternoons, enjoy a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Agung and small village houses surrounded by rice fields.

 

Hidden in the jungles near Ubud is the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall. The walking path towards the falls is already breathtaking, with impressive green valley and cascading waters as the backdrop. This place is quite the crowd puller, so best to visit earlier in the day, enjoy a dip in the plunge pool and climb back up for lunch.

Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa islands just off the southern coast of Bali. It’s all about beaches here – scenic, pristine, and far less congested than the mainland. Enter Broken Beach, a stunning natural formation on the coast of Nusa Penida. Despite the name, Broken Beach is not a beach. Instead, it’s a natural bridge that makes for an unreal setting.

Posting a photo of Angel’s Billabong will definitely get people talking. This natural infinity pool, set in the middle of volcanic rock, is located on a cliff down the path from Broken Beach. Swimming is allowed in the lagoon, but be warned that people have been swept out to sea by big waves so do practice caution.

Kelingking Beach, with all its beautiful cliffs and crystal clear waters, provides some of the most astonishing views from Nusa Penida. At the viewpoint, you can see how the cliffs form in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex! After snapping some great photos at the viewpoint, just walk down to the beautiful beach. However, just like the waves at Angel’s Billabong, it’s best for visitors who are not confident with their swimming skills to stay out of the water.

Uluwatu

Before sunset, make your way to Uluwatu Temple for a great view of the Indian Ocean. As the clock strikes six, be sure to catch the Kecak Fire dance – a dance-drama performance based on the Ramayana epic. The dance is not accompanied by any musical instrument. Instead, a group of men chants the word “kecak” throughout the performance to tell the story which revolves around two princes, an evil king, a woman stolen from her husband, and a mischievous monkey. The high-octane drama is certain to add amazing photos to your Bali album.  

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Bali from various destinations. For fares and flight info, visit airasia.com.

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Asyraf Naqiuddin

Having served various desks at Malaysia's oldest daily, Asyraf Naqiuddin believes there’s a story anywhere you turn that could inspire readers around the world. With a penchant for high-powered motorcycles, he hopes to one day get back in the saddle and cover the globe on two wheels.

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