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  • OK says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris,

    I’ve been reading through your blog and I’ve found it really helpful as my wife and I plan our trip to Bali. We only have a total of 9 days. We know we’d like to spend a few days in Ubud and also try to make it out to Gili T for a couple of nights as well. Other than that we’re not sure how best to cram all the sights into such a short stay. We’re not to big on partying and we’re really looking for a more laid back experience. We enjoy hiking and snorkeling. Oh and eating.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions for places to go or where to stay.

    • Hi OK,
      thanks so much, so happy it’s helped 🙂 A few things to keep in mind with Gili T, is that it will take you half a day to get there and half a day to get back, so you would probably want at least 2 or 3 days there. When we went, we also had to take Malaria tablets at the time, so make sure to check with your doctor about the current situation. Snorkelling is great on Gili T.
      Ubud will be great, you can do some hiking in the rice fields or you could trek Mount Batur early in the morning if you are up for it! Ubud also has some great restaurants and Warungs (local casual restaurants). For something fancy try Locavore (you will need to book) and for casual warungs we loved Dewa warung and warung Biah Biah. Ibu Oka is also famous for its suckling pig.

      There are also some snorkelling spots on the East Coast of Bali like Amed, Blue lagoon beach near Padang Bai, or possibly even Pandawa Beach near Nusa Dua (I’m not 100% sure about the snorkelling but the beach is beautiful). Nusa Lembongan also has great snorkelling spots too.
      As for other areas to stay for your time in Bali, there are lots of options. Seminyak has lots of restaurants, shops, beach and bars. Jimbaran is more relaxed with less to do, but it has a delicious seafood dinner on the beach (not fancy, just local seafood restaurants serving simple seafood), local seafood markets and traditional markets. And you can do an easy trip to Uluwatu and beaches around here that are pretty nice (Bingin beach, Balangan beach, Padang Padang etc).

      If you decide not to go to Gili T due to time, Nusa Lembongan might be another option. 1 or 2 nights here would be fine, you can do snorkelling trips, and it is mostly locals, and fairly stripped back. Gili T and Nusa Lembongan are completely different besides being great for snorkelling and diving. Gili T is absolutely beautiful with clear blue waters, it’s a tiny island that you can walk around, many tourists, and also popular for partying. Nusa Lembongan is very quiet, beaches aren’t as picturesque but snorkelling trips are meant to be great, really local feel, not many tourists, very laid back, we got around mainly on moped as island is much bigger than Gili T. So just another option in case you run short of time.

      If you need anything else let us know and have a great time in Bali 🙂

  • Sandeep says:

    Hi guys..Goodreads of ur blogs..need a help..I m planning honeymoon trip to Bali Nusa Dua and Ubud which will include 3 nights stay at Nusa Dua and 2 nights at Ubud. places would like to cover Uluwatuh temple dance Jimbaran beach and dinner..tanah lot water bowl nusa dua water sports liberty shipwreck scuba ..ubud rice terraces monkey resort fields seminayak market and departure will be from Mumbai India…Can u suggest me which hotels I should try and book and other tips from your best experience you have….thanks

    • Hi Sandeep, thanks for getting in touch 🙂
      Bali has so many amazing hotels, you are spoilt for choice. For accommodation in Ubud, we have stayed and loved Alila Ubud and Padma Resort Ubud. They are both located just outside Ubud, so you will need to use their shuttle to get in, but they are in beautiful settings. As for Nusa Dua, our favourite so far is Sofitel Nusa Dua, we also had dinner at Ritz Carlton and this looked amazing.
      Some of our favourite things to do in Bali is enjoying a seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran, swimming in the Tegenungan Waterfall near Ubud, going to the traditional markets in Ubud and the seafood markets in Jimbaran, walking through the rice terraces and cycling through the villages. So many beautiful things to do in Bali, hope you have a great time 🙂

  • hi,
    we want to do a weekend in Vietnam from hongkong and we were wondering if there is a place we can visit that is not too much of a city , but a nice mix of town and nature.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Hi Simoni,
      We just spent over a month in Hoi An, and it was absolutely amazing. The old town is a UNESCO world heritage site, although filled with tourists there is still a lot of beauty. There are also beaches nearby, stunning rice fields and delicious street food. We particularly loved the Bahn Mi, Hoanh Thanh Chien, Pho and Com Ga. Hope this helps, would love to know where you decide on 🙂

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