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Indonesia: 2 Days in Bali with Bali Golden Tour

After our wonderful and relaxing stay in Alila Seminyak, it was time to explore more of Bali! With our hangover from Trip of Wonders: Wonderful Indonesia still in full swing, it was a huge relief to not think of any itinerary and just go with the flow. Bali Golden Tour took care of everything and made sure that we get to know more about the Island of the Gods.

Bali Golden Tour Day 1

While motorbike/scooter is the most popular mode of transport in the island, I must say we were spoiled rotten by Indonesia in the past days. So the four of us (with Cai, Marcos, and Rona) were picked up by Mr. Wayan Paul in a car and bid adieu to Seminyak and our batchmates from Trip of Wonders.

Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)

First stop is one of Bali’s most popular temple located on the southwest tip of the island. Its cliffside location fronting the Indian Ocean makes it a perfect spot for sunset watching. It is one of Bali’s oldest temples and one of the nine directional temples that guard it against evil spirits.

Like in Batu Caves, Mt Popa, and Penang Hill, naughty monkeys are aplenty, quick to grab any belongings that they get to.

bali uluwatu temple

Address: Pecatu, Kuta, South District

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entrance Fee: 30,000 IDR

Note: Dress modestly. Guide not required.

Kecak and Fire dance

At sunset, most of the people flock to the amphitheater for the much awaited Kecak and Fire Dance. As soon as the seats were all filled up, the reason why the dance was called “Kecak” was soon revealed. This unique Balinese dance was paired with an interpretation of Ramayana. The repeated chanting has the tendency to lull one into a trance-like state while watching the scenes unfold.

bali kecak and fire dance uluwatu

Entrance fee: 100,000 IDR

Jimbaran Bay dinner at New Matahari Cafe

Apparently, it was best to eat at Jimbaran Bay while the sun sets. Since we opted to spend the sunset at Uluwatu, it became a candlelight dinner instead at New Matahari Cafe. It’s a romantic setting with plenty of ambiance and entertainment, which includes a Balinese dance, to keep you occupied. Although the seafood was freshly cooked, it was too much for us so we didn’t get to finish all of it.

Where to stay in Bali: Alila Seminyak

Bali Golden Tour Day 2

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Babi Guling for breakfast at Babi Guling Men Lari

They say you haven’t been to Bali if you haven’t tried Babi Guling. Best known as Lechon in the Philippines, this roasted suckling pig is stuffed with lots of spices and seasonings. Warungs (small family-owned restaurant) along the streets of Bali usually serve a portion of it with vegetable salad, steamed rice, and soup.
I had this with a view of the paddy fields in Babi Guling Men Lari on the way to Tanah Lot.

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Address: Br. Denkayu – Mengwi, Badung, Bali

Price: 25,000 IDR

Where else to eat in Bali? Check out Bali Foodscapades: Bebek Goreng, Babi Guling, and other eats

Tanah Lot

Another famous temple in Bali is Pura Tanah Lot, built in a rock located in the sea. Because of the crowds, I highly advise going early so you can enjoy the waves crash into the temple’s rock base peacefully.

Outside of the temple grounds though, the streets are lined with shops, making the area very touristy and quite chaotic at times. We had a hard time finding our way to the parking lot because of the crowd.

bali tanah lot

Address: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban village, Kediri district, Tabanan Regency

Opening hours: 07:00 H – 19:00 H

Entrance fee: 30,000 IDR

Monkey Forest in Alas Kedaton Temple

Since the one in Ubud was always crowded, we were delighted to have visited a quieter Monkey Forest in Alas Kedaton. I admit, just the mention of monkeys put me on high alert now, owing to my not-so-good experiences in the past in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Bagan.

bali alas kedaton

Although a lot less naughty than the ones in Uluwatu, it was still unnerving to see so many monkeys, freely moving around. Aside from the monkeys, there were also giant bats and a large snake to have your picture taken with.

We were escorted by a designated guide who later led us to her shop and urged us to buy from her display. A small price to pay I guess.

bali monkey forest alas kedaton

Address: Jalan Raya Alas Kedaton, Kutuh Village, Marga, Tabanan

Opening hours: 08:00 H – 19:00 H

Entrance fee: 15,000 IDR

Jatiluwih rice terraces

The lesser known sister of Tegalalang Rice Terraces was our next stop. Stopping by the roadside, our driver left us to stare and photograph the wide span of terraces spread out before us. Although it is indeed beautiful, I was a little bit underwhelmed compared to when I first saw Banaue Rice Terraces and Batad Rice Terraces in the homeland.

bali jatiluwih rice terraces

Address: Jalan Jatiluwih Kangin No. 2, Desa Jatiluwih, Penebel, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali

bali golden tour warung jatiluwih

with Marcos of Detourista, Cai of Travelosyo, and Rona of Travelwithmaria

After walking for a bit, we indulged our grumbling tummies in the nearby restaurant, Warung Jatiluwih 259.

For more of Bali Foodscapades: Bebek Goreng, Babi Guling, and other eats

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Lake Bratan

Reminiscent of Baguio due to its high elevation and picturesque lake views, Lake Bratan’s most photographed spot is the temple found also in 50,000 IDR, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.

As the weather is a bit cloudy and rainy that day, the mist enveloping the lake lent an eerie but beautiful atmosphere.

Address: Jl. Bedugul – Singaraja, Candikuning, Baturiti, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali

Entrance fee: 50,000 IDR

Opening hours: 08:00 H – 18:00 H

bali lake beratan

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Disclosure: We were guests of Bali Golden Tour and although the trip was sponsored, all opinions, biases, and comments are still my own. 

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.


  • Hey,

    I’ve never been to Bali, but twof colleagues from work did and your story sounds exactly like theirs “Gabriela, pack today and go to Bali!!!” Thanks for sharing

  • Dorene

    Ah! I love Bali isn’t the Kecak dance incredible? Although I saw it at a more local temple outside of Ubud. Thanks for the wonderful photos, it brings back memories!

  • It looks like you really got the chance to experience the culture while you were there good for you! Seeing the rice terraces was definitely my favourite part of travelling to Indonesia

  • Never been to Bali but always wanted to go. Thanks for adding to my intrigue.

  • So beautiful! I love Bali and can’t wait to be back later this year to visit a number of the spots you’ve mentioned 🙂

  • We went to Bali for only a day last year on a cruise, but I loved it and am dying to go back. The rice terraces are stunning.

  • Wauw this looks like such a cool trip! I have been to Bali before but really missed out on a coupled of things reading your blog! Love the pictures and advice! Can’t wait to read more blogs soon !

  • The Golden Tour looks fascinating, and I am sure I will love it as much as you did 🙂 Btw some cool pics there…

    p.s. the monkey forest looks fun too 🙂

  • sherianne

    This sounds like it was a great tour and you were able to see a lot. Would love to visit the monkey forest!

  • Bali is such a magical place. It sounds like this tour was a great compilation of Bali hotspots! I spent two weeks there a couple of years ago and managed to miss a lot of these since we were mostly in Ubud! Luckily, I’m spending a month there this winter! Can’t wait!

  • Amelie

    Ahhh man I’ve been to all those places, reading this makes me miss Bali soooo much D: Looks like you had an amazing time!

  • Your photos are amazing and your description of each area and tips for dress was so helpful. What was your favorite part of this trip?

  • I have been to Jakarta but not Bali. I wanted to go back actually. 🙂 Would love to see and do everything listed here.

  • Hannah

    I love your photos! I’ve never been to SE Asia before but I keep hearing such positive things about Bali I really want to go at some point. It’s always helpful to have a tour and itinerary for sure!

  • This is such a lovely post! I like the picture of the monkeys and the one with the rice fields most! Thanks for sharing your experience and recommendations.

  • I love love love this post! I’ve spent my honeymoon in Bali almost 6 years ago and had the best time. Although it looks like we’ve missed quite a few activities and sights along the way, judging from the list of stuff you’ve visited. Will be referring back to this post the next time I’m back in the area!

  • Agness

    Bali is an outstanding destination! I would love to experience this tour!

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