Going for a quick getaway to Bali? Here are a few interesting things you might want to check out while you are on the Island of Gods.
One of the most famous places in Bali, Tanah Lot is a rock formation by the coast side which is a place of worship for the Balinese. The Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot Temple) is said to have been built on top of the distinctive rock formation since the 16th century, and is one of seven sea temples scattered around the Balinese coast line. An important part of Balinese mythology, the temple is a holy place for the Hindu people of the island.
Located in the Tegalalang Village of Bali’s Ubud district, the Tegalalang rice terrace is one of the most scenic and unique attractions on the island. A popular place frequented by tourists, the tiered rice terraces set on the cliff are actively farmed by the local villagers. The rice paddies are watered by traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system and are lush all-year round given the cool and breezy weather and plenty of sunshine on the tropical island.
Tourists who are interested in sampling the local cuisine are urged to try ayam betutu. The classic Balinese dish features a steamed chicken marinated in the traditional betutu spice mix which is made up of garlic, shallots, ginger, turmeric, chili, galangal and candlenuts amongst other aromatics. The chicken is commonly served with fluffy white rice and a side fish of plecing kangkung (spicy water spinah dish).
For pork lovers, a trip to one of the island’s many iga bakar (barbecued pork ribs) is a mandatory pit stop, aside from Bali’s famed babi guling. The touches of Indonesian influence for the dish is apparent in the usage of oyster sauce, gula jawa (Javanese palm sugar), chilli sauce and kecap manis in its marinade. Do tuck into a plate or two while you’re on the island, it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll make.
One of the most famous boutique coffee roasters and café in Bali, do drop by Revolver if you’re visiting the Seminyak area. The café entrance is a nondescript wooden door a short way down a side alley. Guests will find it easily enough from the aroma of the roasted coffee wafting out of the café. The house blend is full-bodied, heady and will put a spring in your step with its generous caffeine hit.
POTATO HEAD BEACH CLUB
A drink by the beach side sounds like the perfect panacea for a blazing hot day on the island paradise. While there are many beach bars, we like Potato Head Beach Club for its over-the-top dramatic décor and generous selection of tipples. Whatever cocktails tickle your fancy, the beach club’s talented team of mixologists are more than happy to accommodate. The beach club’s signature cocktails mixes come in cutesy tiki cups for you to enjoy while watching the endless waves roll in.