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Bali is a very zen and a fantastic place to visit if you’re looking for a calm, serene vacay. Here are a few chill, affordable things to do in this amazing destination. Note: these are specific to Ubud, where I visited.
My first two days in Bali, I barely left the hotel (except for a couple nearby activities). I sat outside and let the sun hit my face, stared into the clouds, watched the tides of the river crash against the boulders, and listened to the roosters crow. Not only was unwinding within nature incredibly relaxing, but the process of being still also helped me recharge.
Drive off the main road in Ubud and you’ll quickly find yourself flanked by villages of Balinese going about their day to day lives. It’s super interesting and humbling to see how and where people of other cultures live. I highly recommend passing through the villages to see the housing structures and learn how they’re set up (Hinduism influences how the buildings in the housing compounds are constructed).
The locals are nice, open and welcoming – it won’t feel invasive. If you’re adventurous you can rent a motorbike and drive through, or simply stroll on your own (it’s safe). You could also book a tour (my hotel offered this for free).
Ubud is yogi heaven. There are a bunch of places to take single classes, packages or do a full-scale retreats My hotel offered free sunrise and sunset yoga almost daily. In fact, while I was in town, there was a major yogi festival with folks participating from all over the world. Pro-tip: Search online to see if there are cool events happening while you’re in town so you can plan in advance.
There were alot of cafes and restaurants, each with their own cool, unique vibe. Like the overall vibe in Ubud, they were mellow but contemporary and chic. Definitely try the local juices/smoothies/kombucha mixes. A few cafes I enjoyed were: Habitat, Cafe de Monyet, Clear Cafe.
Massage parlors are everywhere and are extremely affordable. Many are located in the town and easy to get to. Others are further out and, if so, may offer transportation (either a car/van, or via motorbike which is the main form of transport in Bali). The top places can book up weeks in advance so, if you want to go to any of these, make your appointment as soon as you can.
I visited Jaen’s Spa getting a 2 hour full-body relaxation massage and body scrub, plus a 1 hour foot reflexology — $35 for a 3 hour service!! SAY WHAT!?
The shopping in Bali is very impressive!! You can get unique, quality, well-crafted items for great prices. Some of the top things to get are: boho chic clothes (dresses, sandals, bracelets, accessories), rattan bags, silver jewelry, wood-crafted pieces, beaded items.