Ubud and seminyak, bali, indonesia

Melburnian's revel in the vibrancy generated where modernity and traditionalism meet, we appreciate authenticity and simplicity, we are enriched by multiculturalism.  For these reasons I can see why so many have an affinity with Bali and given we are oft-times insular and solemn, the generous and fun-loving nature of Balinese culture is a balm to the soul. The Bali countryside is incredibly varied and travellers should absolutely spend as much time out exploring the island as enjoying all the markets have to offer. I split my time evenly between Ubud and Seminyak which I think was a good balance, Ubud was an excellent base to explore the more central regions of Bali and from Seminyak the markets, restaurants, and coastal towns.

Many spots that I visited were by recommendation but my go-to resource for the trip was The Bali Bible, absolutely the app to take with you. Of course, the truly authentic food  and community experiences were had exploring the countryside and can't be found on any website that I can link to!