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Bali is the undisputed number one must-visit travel destination of all time, right? While Bali offers travelers a well-trodden path to an island overflowing with wonders, there are always opportunities to discover something new.
Areas like party-central Canggu, classic-coastal Kuta, and the cultural cacophony of Ubud will always remain firm favorites in the common traveler’s psyche. These cornerstones create space for other areas of Bali to emerge from the background.
One such area is Bangli Regency. It may be the only land-locked Regency in Bali, but don’t let the lack of ocean put you off. Away from the busy beaches, bustling markets, and even commercialized resort districts, Bangli Regency offers a taste of the Bali of old.
Culturally proud, truly authentic, and abundant with breathtaking natural wonders. Night clubs and shopping centers can be difficult to find in Bangli, but what you will discover is the true essence of Bali.
Bangli Regency is home to the Kintamani District, where travelers will find the magnificent and sacred Mount Batur, the island’s most active volcano. Often associated as a destination for quick day trips, Bangli Regency seeks to position itself as a destination for slow travel, a home-from-home for digital nomads, and a place for cultural exchange.
With 2855 hectares of lush rice paddies and over 9000 hectares of dense jungle forest, two-thirds of the regency sits between 900 and 2150 m above sea level.
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With interest steadily growing in Bangli as a travel destination, the discerning traveler will be pleased to learn that a large landscape area sits within the UNESCO Global Geopark. This protected status means that development in the area is limited and must be aligned with the protection of the unique flora, fauna and cultural heritage of the area.
Whether you’re a culture-curious wanderer, a nature-obsessed nomad, or an intrepid explorer, Bangli Regency is the next big cultural hotspot in Bali, and you’ll want to get there ASAP!
Where to visit in Bangli Regency On Bali
You could spend months exploring the vast expanse of Bangli Regency. Here are the must-visit destinations in Bangli Regency and some hidden gems that are not to be missed.
Perhaps the most famous village of Bali, Penglipuran Village, has become the picture postcard of the island country. The village welcomes thousands of tourists every year and offers visitors from all over the world an insight into life in a traditional Balinese village. Visitors can learn about Balinese Hinduism, the communities agricultural practices, and traditional crafts.
@wonderfulid Clean and quiet. Two words that truly define #PenglipuranVillage in #Bangli Regency, #Bali. 📽️: @HIDWII #WonderfulIndonesia #tiktoktravel #fyp ♬ original sound – Althea Descutido
Mount Batur & Lake Batur
With the help of a guide you can hike Mount Batur. Yes that’s right! Sacred Mount Batur may be an active volcano, but tourists can follow the hiking trail to the summit. Although some sources online say that you can climb Mount Batur without a guide, don’t chance it. On the mountain, conditions can change quickly, and it’s best to have an expert by your side. Closer to sea level, stroll around Lake Batur, stop for a Bali coffee, and just breathe it all in.
@montanadarby One of my best travel experiences ever! 📍Mount Batur Trek #bali #mountbatur #backpacking #travelling #budgettravel ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim
Pinggan sunrise view
Another epic hike is to the Pinggan Sunrise Viewpoint. Well worth the early start, the Pinggan Sunrise Viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Kintamani landscape that are sure to make you feel grateful to be alive.
Pura Segara Ulun Danu Batur Temple
In Bangli Regency, the iconic landmarks just keep coming. The next must-visit destination is the Pura Segara Ulun Danu Batur. Located on the shores of Lake Batur, this temple is one of the most significant Balinese Hindu temples. Dedicated to the goddess Dewi Danu, the goddess of lakes and rivers. A visit to the temple gives you the opportunity to rest, reflect and appreciate the sacred landscape.
@fossythefox A floating temple called Pura Segara Ulun Danu can be found on Lake Batur, Kintamani Bali. The landscape of the mountains can be seen in the background. 📍Pura Segara Ulun Danu Batur 💵 by Donen ⏰ 0630 ~ 1730 How to get there? by car, motorbike. . . . . . . . . . . #travelphotography #travelvlog #baliindonesia #kintamani #indonesia #solotravel #outdoors #nature #travel #bali #balivlog ♬ original sound – marianne
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Bangli is full of waterfalls, the most famous of which is the Tukad Cepung waterfall. Although one of the largest waterfalls in the regency, it remains much quieter than many of the waterfalls around Ubud. Definitely worth a visit for that jungle fix. Honorable mentions for waterfalls in Bangli should also go to Air Terjun Kuning, Goa Rajo Waterfall, and Pelisan Waterfall.
2023 will be big for BangliBali
The Indonesian tourism board, Wonderful Indonesia, has announced a partnership with Airbnb titled Live and Work Anywhere Bali. The campaign is designed to encourage digital nomads to make the most of the new digital nomad visa in Bali and explore different areas of the island. You guessed it, Bangli Regency is one of the postcard destinations of the campaign. Specifically, the picturesque villages of Kintamani, which are noted as some of the most sought-after destinations on the island of the gods.
Just last week, it was confirmed that Bangli Regency would receive over USD 50,000 in resources and training to boost tourism work in the region. Even more, interestingly, the regency also received an official visit from the governor of West Java, who confidently told the media of his intentions to develop high tourism in the region with as much investment as he can throw at it.
Where to stay in Bangli
One big bonus point for Bangli Regency is the affordability of the accommodation options. As the accommodation prices in Ubud, Canggu and Kuta are increasing no end, the prices in Bangli are amazingly affordable. From luxury Airbnbs to rural campsites, from budget guesthouses to authentic homestays, Bangli has something for every budget and travel style.
The Cute Cabin with Mountain View is a super popular place on Airbnb. There are also some super luxurious private villas hidden in Kintamani.
If you’re looking for a hotel experience, check out Villa Jempana and Tira Vilanga Suites and Spa for a lavish jungle getaway.
How to maximize your time in Bangli
It is now easier than ever to stay in Bali for long periods. Whatever your budget, you can stay in Bali for up to six months. If you are visiting Bali for a short holiday, you can pay for your visa on arrival. The visa costs 500,000 IDR (about $32), and everything can be arranged in the arrival room. With this visa you can stay in Bali as a tourist for up to 30 days. You can extend this visa by another 30 days for an additional IDR 500,000.
The best option for digital nomads or anyone who wants to experience Bali is the 6-month B211a socio-cultural visa. Also known as the digital nomad visa, the B211a offers remote workers a way to relocate to Bali. The single-entry visa is valid for 60 or 180 days.
The processing time is four business days after the application and payment are completed. Everything is completed online.
If you want to stay in Bali for up to 10 years and have USD 100,000+ in your bank account, you can apply for the brand new second home visa.
Bangli Regency may be Bali’s best kept secret, but it won’t be for long. If you are traveling to Bali in 2023, be sure to explore all that Bali has to offer. Canggu, Kuta, Ubud and the Gili Islands all have unique personalities, but it is surely Bangli that steals your heart.
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