7 Cultural Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

7 Cultural Things To Do in Bali, Indonesia

There are more cultural things to do in Bali than you could ever accomplish in a year. Balinese culture is magical, rich, and vibrant. Experiencing festivals, food, performances, and temples are only some of the things to do in Bali. So if you’re planning a trip to this island, you have some hard choices ahead. The good news is that the cultural things to do in Bali are also amazing.

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Makepung Water Buffalo Races – Thrilling Things to Do in BaliMakepung Water Buffalo Races – Thrilling Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

One of the most unique and exciting things to do in Bali is watching water buffalo races. Despite weighing 1000 pounds or more, the buffalos can reach speeds close to 40 mph. Even the ground trembles with excitement as they thunder around the track. These have got to be the best-dressed buffalos in Bali!

You can find the races at Negara city in western Bali, about 3-4 hours from the airport at Denpasar. The most thrilling races are from June through October, during the series of Grand Prix events. The stakes are high and the local crowds go crazy.

In addition to the races, there is typically a fancy water buffalo parade. Races begin at 730 am and continue for about 5 hours. Unlike most things to do in Bali, admission to the races is free. There are also many food and drink options available at the venue.

From June to October, most races are on Sunday, but the specific schedule and location are subject to change. They use about 8 different racetracks around the city. Your best bet is to rely on local assistance. There are 2 good options.

Contact a local hotel in Negara. Let them know the general dates of your visit and that you want to see a race. It is the biggest event in the Negara, the staff will know the schedule. Book a room for that date. If there are any last minute changes, they will be able to assist you.

Book a day tour from the main tourist areas in southern Bali. These tours include several other cool attractions in western Bali.

 

Mepantigan Mud Games – Messy Things to Do in BaliMepantigan Mud Games – Messy Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

These Mud Games are one of the messiest things to do in Bali, but also one of the most fun. This is your chance to experience the lighter side of Balinese culture. You get to splash around in the mud with locals, playing traditional, silly games. Games include muddy frog catching, muddy tug-of-war, muddy pillow fights, muddy horse racing, muddy massage, and more.

The main event is (family friendly) mud wrestling in rice paddies, but there is also a fire dance, traditional music and drama, and Balinese martial arts demonstrations. Yes, you will get dirty, but they provide you with traditional Balinese clothes to wear during the festivities. Afterward, they have good shower facilities and changing rooms. They even serve a traditional Balinese meal.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Price: $40 USD
Address: 93 Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, 80582
Phone: +62 361 8461934

 

Balinese Cooking Class – Delicious Things to Do in BaliBalinese Cooking Class – Delicious Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Cooking classes are some most popular tourist activities on Bali. The island now has almost as many cooking classes as it does temples! Most classes are very convenient with hotel pickup and drop-off. They usually begin with a morning visit to a neighborhood market, where you learn to shop like a local. Then you’re in for hours of delicious instruction that culminate in grand feast of classic Balinese dishes. Here are 2 of the hottest classes and things to do in Bali.

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Balinese Farm Cooking Class 

After pick-up, this class begins with a tour of a local market, but it’s only a tour. The special feature of this class is that you get to pick ingredients right from their organic farm. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. After the cooking lesson, you share your feast under their outdoor pavilion and enjoy expansive views of the farm.

Price: $35 USD
Reservations: greentourism.ubud@gmail.com
Phone: +62 812 3953 4446

 

Paon Bali Cooking Class

This popular class is in the home Wayan and Puspa, a Balinese couple. It is now the most popular cooking class in Ubud. The hosts are warm, friendly, and great teachers. The setting is intimate. And the food is scrumptious. Make reservations well in advance.

Price: $27 USD
Reservations: subawaubud@yahoo.com
Phone: +62 813-3793-9095

 

Exotic Ancient Temples – Spiritual Things to Do in Bali

There are literally thousands of temples on the island. With so many, temple visits are one of the unavoidable things to do in Bali. But these numerous temples are also beautiful and inspiring, making them one of the unmissable things to do in Bali. No visit to Bali is complete without checking out some temples. The most spectacular ones are set in areas of stunning natural beauty. These ancient sites are not just historical relics. They are vital and vibrant spiritual centers for their communities even today. These are a just a few of the fantastic.

Tanah Lot Temple Tanah Lot Temple - Spiritual Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

The splendor of Tanah Lot is legendary. It is an ancient Hindu Temple carved into a massive rock that becomes an island at high tide. As if the ancient sea temple weren’t enough, the surrounding cliffs, crashing waves, and endless expanse of Indian Ocean will overwhelm your senses, especially at sunset.

Uluwatu TempleUluwatu Temple - Spiritual Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu Temple is perched on cliffs, 230 feet above the ocean. The sea views from these dizzying heights are simply staggering. You access the temple via a long paved walkway that stretches along the neighboring cliffs and offers more amazing views. On the way, you will meet hundreds of monkeys who live on these cliffs. At sunset, you can watch a Kecak Fire Dance performance with the temple, ocean, and setting sun as the backdrop. It is magical.

Taman Ayun TempleTaman Ayun Temple - Spiritual Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Taman Ayun is one of the most intricately beautiful temple complexes on Bali. For centuries, it was exclusively for the king, but now you can enjoy the regal gardens, mote, and fountains that surround the temples.

Traditional Dance and Music – Artistic Things to Do in Bali

 

Kecak Fire DanceKecak Fire Dance - Artistic Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

The centerpiece of a Kecak performance is a male chanting chorus. The haunting vocal music is rhythmic and primal and enthralling. These chants are the soundtrack for a dramatic narrative dance that culminates in the characters launches real fireballs around the stage.

There are several Kecak performances all over Bali. The best and most famous is at Uluwatu, Temple. There are daily shows at sunset. You can also see a sunset Kecak dance at Tanah Lot Temple and at many other locations. 

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Barong DanceBarong Dance - Artistic Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

The Barong dance is a religious performance depicting the eternal struggle of good versus evil. The live traditional music and elaborate costumes are some highlights of the show, but the dramatic gestures and facial expressions are the most memorable moments. The dance showcases the rich diversity of Balinese culture, which is a uniquely Balinese version of Hinduism.

The are several great Barong performances every day of the week. The best Barong Dance is at Pemaksan Barong Tegal Tamu, near Batu Bulan village. The show begins at 9:30 am and runs for about an hour.

Address: Jalan Baka, Batubulan, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 

 

Legong DanceLegong Dance - Artistic Things to do in Bali, Indonesa

Legong Dance has a long history as regal performance for the king. Like most Balinese dances, slow, delicate hand gestures and over-the-top facial expressions are the signature moments. Young girls wearing ornate costumes and full make-up traditionally perform Legong. The best performances are at the Ubud Palace. There are performances 5 days a week at 7:30 pm.

Price: 75000 rupiah ($5.50USD)
Ubud Palace Address: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

 

Traditional Villages – Historical Things to Do in Bali Traditional Villages – Historical Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

One of the most charming aspects of Bali is the way ancient art, architecture, and spirituality seamlessly blend with modern innovations. But most visitors also want to glimpse what traditional Balinese life was like. Luckily, there are a few villages that preserve some the old ways and invite us in as guests.

Tenganan Village

Tenganan is one of the oldest villages on the island, and visiting is one of the richest things to do in Bali. The locals are the remnants of the ancient Aga, Bali’s original indigenous culture. The Aga maintain a millennia-old way of life with many of the same practices, ceremonies, rituals, and rules of their ancestors. Tenganan is located in the far eastern side of Bali. Independent visits to Tenganan are possible, but many tours offer a more immersive, insightful, and rewarding visit.

Penglipuran Village

The Penglipuran Village is much more contemporary than ancient Tenganan, but it offers valuable insight into the traditional Balinese lifestyle. Penglipuran is also more accessible physically and culturally. The village is less than an hour from Ubud, and many residents speak a bit of English. Meeting locals is certainly one of the best cultural things to do in Bali. The best aspect of Penglipuran is meeting real Balinese people and spending time with them in their homes.

Bali’s Rice Terraces – Natural-Cultural Things to do in Bali

Bali’s Rice Terraces – Natural-Cultural Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Bali’s rice terraces are a cultural treasure as well as a natural one. They are gorgeous, an engineering marvel, and an inspiring tradition. Imagine the genius it took to design them, the effort to build them, and the dedication to maintain them for countless generations. The rice terraces achieve a harmony with nature that is beautiful to behold.

There are several rice terraces in Bali. Tegalalang is most popular and accessible.

Be sure to also check out 9 Romantic Things to Do in Bali and 9 Adventurous Things to Do in Bali.

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112 Comments
  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 02:28h, 19 January

    What a stunning place to visit! So many new and unusual things to see and do. Those water buffalo races must be a sight to watch for sure!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:29h, 19 January

    Hi Elizabeth. It is an amazing place. Water buffalo races is definitely something you don’t see every day.

  • robin masshole mommy
    Posted at 05:29h, 19 January

    That sounds like such an exotic place to visit. I would love to get to Bali someday!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:31h, 19 January

    Hi Robin. Bali is absolutely gorgeous! Hope you get to visit in the near future.

  • neha
    Posted at 08:37h, 19 January

    The cooking class and the ancient temples are best to my liking. animal fighting is not my thing, but I like the rice terraces. they are so unique. i will definitely visit them when i go to bali

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:39h, 19 January

    Hi Neha. The cooking classes and ancient temples are amazing. Actually, the water buffalo are racing not fighting and it’s cool to see. Hope you get to Bali soon.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 09:46h, 19 January

    Bali is such a cool island. You can do as much or as little as you want to.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:48h, 19 January

    Hi Stacey. You are absolutely right! That is one of the coolest things about Bali. It has so much to offer.

  • Indrani
    Posted at 11:41h, 19 January

    I want to do them all, I just couldn’t pick a single as fav. Love the grace in the dance movement you captured .

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:45h, 19 January

    Hi Indrani. We like the way you think. Just do them all! 🙂

  • Aish Das-Padihari
    Posted at 17:08h, 19 January

    OMG!! I’m dying to go to Bali. Someday soon, hopefully.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:09h, 19 January

    Hi Aish Das-Padihari. Bali is an incredible place! Hope you get to visit in the near future.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 18:20h, 19 January

    I’m not sure I’d get into the buffaloes or the mud games – but the cooking classes sound fun and I’ve always been fascinated with the temples in the region! I’d love to see the various dance shows too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:22h, 19 January

    Hi Brandi. Bali has so much to offer. You would absolutely love it!

  • Marge
    Posted at 18:37h, 19 January

    I missed a chance to go to Indonesia last year. The only thing that’s keeping me from being bitter is the fact that I went to Japan instead. But anyways, I really hope I can go to Indonesia this year. I find all of these interesting, I am big on culture, I am quite curious about how other nations differ from my own. I am most interested to do a visit in cultural villages because I want to know how the locals live and how they do things.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:39h, 19 January

    Hi Marge. We would love to visit Japan someday too! Visiting the cultural villages were definitely a highlight. Hope you get to visit Indonesia soon.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 19:22h, 19 January

    This would all be so much fun. I’ve never been to Bali before. I’d try the cooking class, though I’d probably burn it down. I stink at cooking. But I love to eat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:39h, 19 January

    Hi Amber. LOL Don’t worry you’ll be fine. I stink at cooking too. Luckily, my meal came out fantastic thanks to the instructor! Ha

  • Nickole
    Posted at 21:16h, 19 January

    OMG – The mud games remind me of a muddy buddy race I did a few years ago! I can imagine how crazy it is over in Bali! I wouldn’t mind doing it over there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:20h, 19 January

    Hi Nickole. Oh you would surely love it in Bali!

  • mira pstr
    Posted at 21:33h, 19 January

    this is the kind of visit that I want, I am not a big fan of visiting crowded touristic place, I want to visit those places, the deep culture , Your blog is very good thanks for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:35h, 19 January

    Hi Mira. Bali has SO much to offer! The cultural experiences are definitely unforgettable.

  • Julianne
    Posted at 22:49h, 19 January

    Bali is high up on my travel wish list, so I’m so glad I came across your post! I’m really excited about taking a cooking class, and I really appreciate that you shared specific recommendations for them – will check them out. The photo of the rice terraces is gorgeous as well. Kudos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:50h, 19 January

    Hi Julianne. Thanks for your kind words. Bali is a definite must! Hope you get to visit soon.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 23:17h, 19 January

    Balinese culture is so interesting. The temples are beautifully created and shows the highlights of history.
    Dance forms and the natural beauty looks stunning.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:19h, 19 January

    Hi Sandy. We were really intrigued by the Balinese culture.

  • Sheena
    Posted at 23:48h, 19 January

    Wow, I really didn’t realise there were this many interesting, cultural things to do in Bali. I definitely want to time a visit in the future between June to October to catch the water buffalo races in Negara city, that’s not something you get to see everyday! And I could go back time & time again to the Tegalalang rice terraces, those views are timeless 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:50h, 19 January

    Hi Sheena. Bali has SO much to offer. It’s absolutely beautiful. Hope you make it out this year!

  • Tracy Chong
    Posted at 00:35h, 20 January

    Indeed there is a lot of things to do and see in Bali. Visited there few times and still couldn’t finish it all. Even some of these cultural things I haven’t done yet such as Legong Dance performance. Would love to see one day. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:47h, 20 January

    Hi Tracy. You’re absolutely right! There is SO much. We definitely want to go back and stay even longer next time.

  • Mohita Namjoshi
    Posted at 02:03h, 20 January

    The photos are INCREDIBLE! My two best friends and I are planning to go on an all girls trip to Bali somewhere in the near future. All the do-to things are perfect for us! I personally loved the cooking class ideas and the temples. The mystical temples look like they have come straight out of a Ghibli movie!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:05h, 20 January

    Hi Mohita. OMG We’re SO EXCITED for you!! You girls are going to have an ABSOLUTE blast. Make sure to check out our other posts: Adventurous Things to Do in Bali as well as Romantic Things to Do in Bali (these are not just for couples ANYONE would enjoy these!)

  • elisa
    Posted at 02:43h, 20 January

    What a cool post! I found Bali boring (saw some temples and dances) and I ended my Bali stay on its neighbor Nusa Lembongan. Probably I would have a totally different opinion if I had seen the buffalo races and traditional villages, . .

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:53h, 20 January

    Hi Elisa. SO sorry to hear you didn’t get a chance to enjoy all that Bali has to offer. :’-( Hope you get to visit again but make sure to read our other posts: Adventurous Things to Do in Bali and Romantic Things to Do in Bali so that you have TONS of options.

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey
    Posted at 03:05h, 20 January

    I am sure I wanna see that Tanah Lot Temple and experience to be in one of our historical places in Asia. That fire dance looks terribly amazing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:15h, 20 January

    Hi Sarah. Tanah Lot Temple is absolutely mesmerizing! I hope you get to visit soon.

  • Jennie S
    Posted at 03:43h, 20 January

    Such a beautiful place. Really want to try the mud wrestling – and the cookery classes. I went a couple of years ago and found it to be so chilled out and welcoming. Gutted I didn’t know about the mud wrestling then, or I would have gone!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:46h, 20 January

    Hi Jennie. Perfect excuse to return to Bali! 🙂

  • Hra
    Posted at 07:51h, 20 January

    What o lovely list!! i love Bali and definitely this guide is so useful 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:55h, 20 January

    Hi Hra. That’s good to hear.

  • Revathi
    Posted at 07:57h, 20 January

    Such an amazing collection of activities in Bali. Beautifully photographed. I especially love the snap of the rice terraces. The cooking classes and the temples are right up alley to try 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:59h, 20 January

    Hello Revathi. Yes Bali is beautiful that getting good photos is easy.

  • Brittany
    Posted at 08:15h, 20 January

    I’m living in Australia now and Bali is so easy to get to… but I had no idea how much there is to do! I’m so in for the water buffalo races. And not sure about getting muddy, but the fire dance looks incredible!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:18h, 20 January

    Hi Brittany. Yes there are many cheap flights to Australia. Hope you make it to Bali for all the great experiences there. You can check out our other Things to do in Bali posts even more great ones.

  • Louiela
    Posted at 10:14h, 20 January

    Thanks for summarizing these 7 cultural things to do in Bali. But I guess I would feel nervous with the buffalo race and mind games… But I would surely enjoy watching the traditional dances and have a long walk along the villages…

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:15h, 20 January

    Hi Louiela. The dances on Bali are very special and shouldn’t be missed.

  • Samahria Richie
    Posted at 11:33h, 20 January

    This place looks nice. I can not imagine myself every doing the buffalo races. But I would like to take some dance classes. The flight prices look very reasonable.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:34h, 20 January

    Hi Samahria. Thanks. You might actually like the Buffalo Races. You are only a spectator and don’t have to ride yourself. That would be awesome, but they don’t allow it.

  • Sumudu
    Posted at 12:55h, 20 January

    This is on our list of places to go – we want to do South East Asia tour which is longer than two weeks, and we are hoping that this might work for us.

    Love the photos they are amazing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:57h, 20 January

    Hi Sumudu. Thats great to hear. SE Asia has so many great places and its relatively cheap to travel there. We’ve been here for over a year, exploring. If you have any questions or if we can help with any info, feel free to ask.

  • tara pittman
    Posted at 13:17h, 20 January

    Lots of fun things to do. I would do the cooking classes.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:19h, 20 January

    Hi Tara. Great choice. Bali has some awesome cooking classes.

  • Julie Porter
    Posted at 14:18h, 20 January

    Bali is beautiful and your photos are amazing! It certainly seems there are lots of great activities to do when visiting and I can’t believe they have water buffalo races! That must be incredible to see.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:22h, 20 January

    Hi Julie. Thanks for the kind words. Bali is amazing and the buffalo races are especially so.

  • Joe
    Posted at 14:26h, 20 January

    Wow, there truly is something for everyone here! The performance-related/get stuck in yourself stuff looks like a heck of a lot of fun to get involved with: watching a 1000lb buffalo sprinting at 40mph is a sight that won’t be forgotten quickly, I’m sure! And if you’re looking for more conventional sightseeing highs, I have to say that the only adjective to do justice to those temples is ‘wow’. The location of Tanah Lot is particularly dramatic!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:33h, 20 January

    Hi Joe. We totally agree. Bali really wowed us is so many ways.

  • Missy Burson
    Posted at 18:03h, 20 January

    These photos are so engaging! I love you have something for everyone in this post- adrenaline junkies, food buffs, history lovers, etc…!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:11h, 20 January

    Hi Missy. Thanks we have a variety of tastes and figure many others do too.

  • Jean
    Posted at 20:16h, 20 January

    Ok you got me at BUFFALO RACING! This looks totally amazing to see and maybe even participate in?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:20h, 20 January

    Hey Jean. Yes Buffalo Racing is a amazing event.

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 21:03h, 20 January

    There really are SO many things to do! Those rice terraces are absolutely stunning… so lush and verdant.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:09h, 20 January

    Hi Caitlin. Yes the rice terraces are amazing. They’re even Unesco world heritage sites.

  • Geo
    Posted at 21:10h, 20 January

    I can’t believe I missed the races when I was in Bali! What a shame! The mud games I had never even heard of before, but sound alike something I’d love to experience.

    I’ve actually taken some cooking classes, enjoyed it very much. The rice terraces are stunning and always on my itinerary whenever I visit. I’m so glad to have found this article, as apparently I’ve missed some of Balis most thrilling activities thanks to not knowing they existed. I’ll bookmark this so that next time, thanks for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 20 January

    Hi Geo. Thanks for your kind words. Yes Bali does have so so much to see and do. We also have a few other posts on things to do in Bali if your interested. They cover other topics.

  • Vishal Vashisht
    Posted at 23:12h, 20 January

    I loved the post. I am big on cultures and love religious activities. I think I should visit Bali sooner than later.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:13h, 20 January

    Hi Vishal. Bali has so many rich cultural and spiritual events. I think you’d enjoy it. They are hindu but have mixed in some of their own island traditions as well.

  • Abigail
    Posted at 00:04h, 21 January

    Oh we love Bali at Global Girl Travels! We actually recently did a travel film about Bali and it sums up what we love about the culture. The temples look like such a nice place to explore. But I’d want to try a Balinese cooking class too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:07h, 21 January

    Hi Abigail. We’ll definitely check out your film. It sounds great.

  • Wanderlust Vegans
    Posted at 05:36h, 21 January

    The mud games look like so much fun! And that temple is beautiful

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:09h, 21 January

    Hey Wanderlust Vegans. The mud games are such a hoot. And Bali so many gorgeous temples.

  • Clare
    Posted at 09:11h, 21 January

    There are so many things that I didn’t experience when I was in Bali. I would love to see the Buffalo races, that looks like a great day out. Also playing in the mud that looks like it would be great fun. I went to many temples in Bali and they are such beautiful places. I would love to visit again 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:12h, 21 January

    Hello Clare. The Bali does require either a very a long visit or several visits to do and see it all. And even then new things will be added I’m sure.

  • Milica Momcilovic
    Posted at 15:16h, 21 January

    Everything look beyond amazing! Oh how I wish I can visit Bali one day!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:17h, 21 January

    Hi Milica. Visiting Bali is surprisingly affordable. International airfare and accommodations are so much cheaper than almost any island paradise of this caliber.

  • Bill S
    Posted at 16:04h, 21 January

    I would love to travel to Bali!!! There are so many amazing things to see and do there, would be a great vacation!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 January

    Hi Bill. There are so many awesome things to do in Bali. Hope you can visit and enjoy them all.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 17:51h, 21 January

    Wow! Bali looks amazing! I would love to visit! Thanks for all the great information. I think I would skip the mud games but everything else looks great!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:55h, 21 January

    Hey Sarah. Yeah the mud games may not be for everyone, but there are so many other great things to do on Bali.

  • Erin
    Posted at 19:03h, 21 January

    Oh wow! I had no idea racing water buffaloes was even a thing! How interesting! I bet that’s pretty fun to watch in person!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:06h, 21 January

    Hi Erin. Yeah the water buffalo races are an amazing cultural event to witness.

  • A.Antovska
    Posted at 19:09h, 21 January

    What a beautiful place! I like Bali and would love to visit some day! You have many interesting to do things mentioned here. I love adventure. You photos say there is good adventure.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:11h, 21 January

    Hello A.Antovska. Yes even the cultural things to do in Bali can be adventurous. If you want more adventure check out our list of adventurous things to do in Bali. Adventurous Things to Do in Bali

  • Debra Schroeder
    Posted at 23:54h, 21 January

    The mud games look like so much fun. I haven’t been to Bali yet. Excited to see so many fun things to do there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:00h, 22 January

    Hello Debra. Hope you make it Bali and enjoy all the awesome things there.

  • LC
    Posted at 06:18h, 22 January

    You’ve actually presented this list in the order in which I’d want to do them… love playing around in mud and am always up for anything that involves food. Looking at beautiful temples is always rewarding too. I’ve never been to Bali, bit shameful as an Aussie. Might get there one day. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:22h, 22 January

    Hey LC. Thats a cool coincidence. Hope you make it soon. It’s so cheap and easy from Australia.

  • Ave
    Posted at 11:28h, 22 January

    Wow! So many interesting things to do! I think I’d love to take some cooking classes and visit some temples too! Those mud games sound super dun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:29h, 22 January

    Hi Ave. Your top picks are all amazing and fun for sure.

  • Meeta
    Posted at 11:57h, 22 January

    Actually we have Bali on our list for possible places to visit this year so this is great. I am the big supporter of Bali and am looking forward to using your list to support my arguments!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:58h, 22 January

    Hi Meeta. That’s great to hear. Hope you enjoy Bali. Let us know if you’d like any more info on visiting.

  • emma white
    Posted at 12:22h, 22 January

    It is not a place I have ever had the pleasure to visit as of yet but it sure would be one that would be put onto my bucket list

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:23h, 22 January

    Hello Emma. Yes Bali is a definite bucket list destination. Flights to Bali and hotels inside are so much cheaper than most people expect. It’s probably one of the most affordable paradises around.

  • Rosey
    Posted at 12:32h, 22 January

    Everyone who has been to Bali says they love it. I think it would be a nice experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 22 January

    Hi Rosey. We love Bali. Hope you try it for yourself too.

  • Violeta
    Posted at 16:30h, 22 January

    I would definitely go for a cooking class to start with. Bali is high on my to do list, so I might be able to get there soon. I’ll bookmark your article, as I intend to do as much as possible during my stay.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:33h, 22 January

    Hi Violeta. Yes cooking classes on Bali are so famous and well-loved by all. You have to try it.

  • Heather Pfingsten
    Posted at 17:40h, 22 January

    Holy wow, there is so much beauty surrounding this area. The Temples, food, area … it looks absolutely amazing. I can’t even imagine traveling to this area ans seeing it BUT I hope to one day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:44h, 22 January

    hi Heather. We hope you do make it to Bali. It’s a paradise.

  • Wendy
    Posted at 19:25h, 22 January

    With the amazing views, food, and fun activities, no one would want to come home again! I would love to visit one day, absolutely beautiful! Bali is now on my bucket list.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:27h, 22 January

    Hi Wendy. Great to hear. Yes it was tough to leave this paradise.

  • Melanie Smith
    Posted at 21:28h, 22 January

    Awwww, I reeally want to go to Indonesia!! It is one of my biggest dreams. Lots of great things to do. Love your post <3

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:29h, 22 January

    Hello Melanie. Thank you. Bali is a dream come true kinda place. Hope you can make it soon.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 06:11h, 23 January

    I’ve never been to Bali before. They have so many beautiful sights! I think the temples are what I’ll enjoy the most, I appreciate that you included the ticket prices and the accommodations too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:12h, 23 January

    Hello Elizabeth. Thanks. We have more posts about Bali coming soon that will cover more of the questions you raised.

  • aziel morte
    Posted at 18:57h, 23 January

    Looks like I want to go in Bali such a nice place to visit and I want to try their food. Glad you share this post

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:00h, 23 January

    Hey Aziel. Bali is a great place to visit with great food.

  • Ami
    Posted at 00:24h, 26 January

    I am so glad that you touched on the cultural aspect of Bali. It makes it so much more immersive than just the beaches. Thanks for all those contacts for the cookery classes and other cultural events. Will make it easier whenever I decide to make time for those.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:25h, 26 January

    Hi Ami. Yes Bali’s culture is so rich and captivating. It’s definitely as good as the beaches.

  • Alessandra
    Posted at 09:41h, 27 January

    Mud and water buffalo races? I have never thought about doing those in Indonesia. If we follow your tips we would definitely be immersing and having such an awesome cultural experience 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:44h, 27 January

    Hey Alessandra. Thanks. Bali does offer so much more than most of us would expect.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 13:35h, 03 February

    Those photos are amazing! Visiting Bali is a dream of mine. Thanks for such a great list.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:33h, 04 February

    Hello Samantha. Thanks. Bali is a dream holiday. Hope you make it one day.