Complete 5 days Itinerary for Bali

With 5 days in Bali, you would be able to some of the must visit places in Bali in your itinerary.

One important tip is that you should consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around as Bali island itself is huge and would take quite a bit of time to get from one place to another. If you don’t mind some serious moving around for some of the tourist attractions, while having a day or two for relaxation, then our suggested 5 days itinerary in Bali is best for you:

->See the Best Accomodations in Bali

Day 1 – Arrival and Kuta

Arrival at Denpasar International Airport and plan early how you would get to your hotel. If you have not thought of where to stay yet, our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali may be of help to find a suitable one. Head quickly to Kuta beach and get some suntan and swimming in. After enjoying the beautiful sunset, head to the city and check out Kuta’s vibrant nightlife. If you plan to stay in Kuta *, there are naturally lots of choices.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 2 – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temple

Uluwatu Temple and then back to Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you are in time, you should catch the famous Kecak Dance, set with the backdrop of the beautiful temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.
Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 3 – Beach day

After the hectic day from yesterday, it is a good time to check out some of the best beaches of Bali. Chooseone from the many choices and have a good relaxation. Chill on white sand beaches, swim or snorkel in clear blue sea and get some holiday tan. Few of my favourites are the Balangan beach and Padang-padang beach. Towards evening, go to Jimbaran for a romantic seaside dinner. Since you are in this area, also check out the rock bar at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA * after.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Day 4 – Explore Ubud and the rice fields

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali. Walk around the city would be a delight, there are many boutiques to shop around, spas and massages to pamper yourself and art or attractions to visit. Next, head out to the north to the neighbor town of Tegalalang to find classic rice terraces of Asia. Imagine picturesque backdrop along the way as you explore Bali whether in a car or on a bike flanking by rice fields as far as the eye can see. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is quite central to many of the attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 5 – Last minute shopping and departure

Before flying off, sneak in some last minute shopping at Seminyak and then drive to the airport for departure.

For more information check out our Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Bali when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
  • Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *

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Author: Rachel

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