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This guide is for the traveler who wants to experience everything Bali has to offer in 3 days — sun, sand, sea, mountains, temples, scenery and much more — and not so much for the traveler who wants to relax and chill.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

Day 1

Taman Ayun Temple

Religious Sites

Pasar Candi Kuning

Speciality & Gift Shops

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Religious Sites

Jatiluwih Green Land

Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Tanah Lot Temple

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Religious Sites

Echo Beach House

Restaurants

Day 2

Bamboo Shoots Cooking School

Cooking Classes

Sindhu Beach Market

Speciality & Gift Shops

Uluwatu Temple

Religious Sites

Kecak and Fire Dance

Theatre & Performances

Jimbaran Bay

Beaches, Neighbourhoods

Day 3

Tirta Gangga

Historic Sites, Gardens

Tenganan Aga Village

Historic Sites

Blue Lagoon Beach

Beaches

Pura Goa Lawah

Caverns & Caves, Religious Sites

Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bale Udang Mang Engking

Restaurants

LynnePP's City Tips

  • Hire a private car and driver for the day if traveling long distances. Use metered taxis for short distances.
  • Bargain hard for souvenirs at tourist hotspots, but remember to keep it fun.
  • Tipping is not compulsory, but appreciated for good service.
  • Do not touch the head of an Indonesian person. This includes children.
  • Do not point with your index finger or with your feet.
  • The left hand is considered unclean, so only use the right hand for giving and receiving, and for picking up food.
  • When entering a temple, please obey the rules.
  • Speak respectfully. Saving face is most important in Indonesia, so please avoid embarrassing or humiliating a person.
    Day 1
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    Taman Ayun Temple
    Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi. It is set in the middle of magnificent gardens and ponds and surrounded by a moat, with access via the bridge. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stop to notice the fish in the moat.
    • You can find clean restrooms here.
    • Look for the bale bengong gazebos overlooking the moat on the northern side.
    • As a general rule, there are usually more locals than tourists here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Mengwi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet 30/06/2015
    • Beautiful temple in a quiet location 29/06/2015
    • Taman Ayun Temple
    Address:
    Jalan Ayodya
    Mengwi, Bali
    Indonesia
    Other:
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    Pasar Candi Kuning
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pasar Candi Kuning is a traditional market selling fruit, vegetables and flowers. The produce sold here is locally grown in the rich, fertile fields which benefit from a cooler climate higher up. Here you will find all the exotic fruits of Bali (when in season), and spices in abundance.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Two doors to the left of the market is a restaurant called Boga Sari. It sells strawberry juice that's to die for, and has a clean restroom.
    • Bargaining is expected.
    • If buying vanilla beans here, make sure they are nice and plump.
    • Try some of the different traditional snack foods.
    • Sample the more unusual fruits.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Bedugul
    • Colorful local market 26/06/2015
    • Be careful about cheating 07/05/2015
    • Pasar Candi Kuning
    Address:
    Jl. Singaraja
    Bedugul, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 235600
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    Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
    Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Ulun Danau sits on the shore of Lake Bratan, and is the second most important temple complex in Bali. It actually consists of four temples: Lingga Petak, Penataran Pucak Mangu, Terate Bang and Dalem Purwa. This is a tourist hotspot and a photographer's dream!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A small but very nice market selling handicrafts lies nearby.
    • There are rowboats and paddle boats for hire here.
    • This area can get cool very fast, so bring a light jacket.
    • This lake supplies water to the surrounding rice fields.
    • Look through the mist to see if you can spot the top of the volcano in the distance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Tabanan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Setting 25/06/2015
    • Beautiful temple ... lovely setting 23/06/2015
    • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Candi Kuning-Bedugul
    Tabanan, Bali
    Indonesia
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    Jatiluwih Green Land
    Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    LynnePP Says:

    'Jatiluwih' is the name given to the lush green rice terraces that cover Tabanan. This area is more beautiful than its better-known sister, Tegallalang, and its panoramic views with Mt. Agung and Mt. Batukaru in the background, make it a photographer's delight.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring suitable shoes to take a walk in the rice fields.
    • For a better understanding of this place, read up a little on the Subak system of irrigation.
    • Camera is a must.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Tabanan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning 29/06/2015
    • Bumpy road, but worth it 24/06/2015
    • Jatiluwih Green Land
    Address:
    Jatiluwih Village
    JTB Office
    Tabanan, Bali 82152
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 362 7013999
    Other:
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    Tanah Lot Temple
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage temple, is the most photographed temple in Bali. It sits a few meters offshore on a rock formation and is particularly popular late afternoon for the stunning sunset. At high tide the temple is impossible to reach, but at low tide you can walk to the base of the temple to be blessed by a priest.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Non-Balinese cannot enter the temple.
    • Get a seat at one of best situated warungs early and have a piña colada in a coconut while you watch the sunset.
    • Look out for the cave where the holy sea snakes live.
    • You must run the gauntlet between rows of market-style stalls to get from the car park to the viewing sites.
    • The crowds and traffic just before sunset are mind-blowing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beraban
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful ocean side must see 30/06/2015
    • must seen 30/06/2015
    • Tanah Lot Temple
    Address:
    Desa Beraban, Kecamatan Kediri
    Beraban, Bali
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 - 0:00
    Other:
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    Echo Beach House
    Restaurants (Seafood, International, Barbecue, Asian fusion)
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    LynnePP Says:

    Echo Beach House is a great way to end a perfect day. Positioned right on the beach, it is a fun place to be, and also happens to serve really good BBQ seafood. Choose your own seafood, cooked to your requirements, and then load up at the free salad bar, complete with baked potatoes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For non-seafood eaters, there are many other food choices, including ribs, steak, and kebabs. (Not great for vegetarians!)
    • Try the lobster.
    • Cocktails are good here.
    • This place is very spacious, with both indoor and outdoor seating.
    • Pick a night with live music.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #931 of 3,340 restaurants in Bali
    • View was amazing, food ok 30/06/2015
    • Great food. Friendly staff. Amazing view! 25/06/2015
    • Echo Beach House
    Address:
    Jl Pura Batu Mejan
    Echo Beach
    Canggu, Bali 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 851-0047-4604
    Price range:
    $5 - $50
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Bamboo Shoots Cooking School
    Cooking Classes
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    LynnePP Says:

    What better way to take a bit of Bali back home with you than through its cooking? At Bamboo Shoots you can learn to cook authentic Indonesian food through a mix of demonstrations and hands-on practice. Start with an early morning visit to the traditional local market for all the fresh ingredients you'll need, and then head back to the school to learn the different techniques involved in the food preparation and cooking. Laughs guaranteed!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Bookings are essential, as group sizes are limited.
    • Allow time for a drink by the pool at the end of class.
    • Free pick-up in Sanur is included.
    • This is a very early morning start because of the market.
    • Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Classes & Workshops in Sanur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great morning of cooking 12/06/2015
    • Super morning; great value! 25/05/2015
    • Bamboo Shoots Cooking School
    Address:
    Jl Tirta Empul No 2, Mertasari
    Sanur, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +6281237728574
    Hours:
    Tue
    7:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    7:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sindhu Beach Market
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    LynnePP Says:

    For a spot of market-style shopping, Sindhu Beach Market is the place in town to go. There are numerous shops (some fixed-price, some not) here selling clothes, bags, handicrafts, sunglasses, sarongs, shoes, wallets, cushion covers and enough souvenirs to fill a suitcase and more! There are many warungs and restaurants too, should you need a break from haggling. Put you feet in the sand, order a drink, relax and people-watch!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The quality of goods sold at this market is better than that at Kuta.
    • Bargain extremely hard in the non-fixed price shops.
    • Take a stroll along the Boardwalk.
    • The fixed price shops have fair prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 10 Shopping in Sanur
    • Cute beach market 24/06/2015
    • Lovely Beach, Lovely Restaurants BUT 24/06/2015
    • Sindhu Beach Market
    Address:
    Jl. Segara Ayu
    Sanur, Bali
    Indonesia
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    Uluwatu Temple
    Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Uluwatu sits on top of a cliff edge, 90 meters above the waves below, and the views from here across the Indian Ocean are stunning. Plus, animal lovers will enjoy the forest in front where numerous monkeys live, and who often play around the temple area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to explore the winding pathway walk, it takes around an hour from one end to the other.
    • A guide is not necessary, but guides will offer to protect you from the monkeys for a fee.
    • There are very few vendors at this temple.
    • The monkeys will steal anything that strikes their fancy — take care!
    • If attending the Kecak Dance later as an evening activity, try to be finished here by 5pm.
    • Wearing a sarong and sash is compulsory. Bring your own or hire them here for a small fee.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Pecatu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful sunset . 30/06/2015
    • A Beautiful Temple On The Cliffs at Uluwata 30/06/2015
    • Uluwatu Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Uluwatu
    Kuta Selatan
    Pecatu, Bali
    Indonesia
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    Kecak and Fire Dance
    Theatre & Performances
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    LynnePP Says:

    As it gets closer to sunset, it's time to get ready for the Kecak and Fire Dance. While this one may not the best in terms of performance quality, its backdrop — as the sun goes down during the show — is spectacular, and certainly takes some beating.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Performance starts at 6pm and goes for an hour.
    • You should arrive around 5:15pm to get your tickets and secure good seats.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Pecatu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An addition to your Uluwatu Temple trip 30/06/2015
    • Sit at the top rows is best so you are facing the ocean. The fire sessions was interesting. 29/06/2015
    • Kecak and Fire Dance
    Address:
    Kawasan Wisata Pura Uluwatu, Kab. Badung near Uluwatu Temple
    Pecatu, Bali 80361
    Indonesia
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    Jimbaran Bay
    Beaches, Neighbourhoods
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    LynnePP Says:

    40 or so warungs, cafes and International restaurants stretch across the 3 kilometer-long beach at Jimbaran Bay (otherwise known as Kedonganan Beach). There are two distinct areas; one next to the fish market and the other about 1 kilometer away to the south. Although considered a must for fresh seafood, this area is without doubt over-rated and over-priced. It is, however, a place that should still be visited for its atmosphere alone. After sunset, Balinese dancers, jazz musicians, and wandering guitarists will all appear to keep you entertained...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The BBQ corn on the cob from the seller with the cart on the beach is a must-try.
    • Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, French and Italian food are all available in the area.
    • Watch the lights of the planes as they take off and land close by.
    • Get up for a dance if you feel like it.
    • Choose a table down on the sand.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Jimbaran
    • Rubbish 30/06/2015
    • Gorgeous! 29/06/2015
    • Jimbaran Bay
  • Day 3
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    Tirta Gangga
    Historic Sites, Gardens
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    LynnePP Says:

    Tirta Gangga Water Palace in East Bali is the former Royal Palace; a beautiful complex with a maze of pools, gardens, fountains, and statues spread over 3 levels overlooking the rice fields.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Balance on the stepping stones going across the largest pool filled with fish.
    • Try to avoid going on a weekend as it is a popular retreat for locals and tourists.
    • You can bathe in one of the pools if you bring swimwear.
    • The holy spring is on the higher level under a large Banyan tree.
    • There are many photo opportunities here, so bring your camera.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Karangasem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Picturesque spot 28/06/2015
    • Unique place to see 25/06/2015
    • Tirta Gangga
    Address:
    Jl. Abang-Amlapura
    Bali 80852
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 878-6224-0233
    Other:
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    Tenganan Aga Village
    Historic Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Tenganan is one of two main isolated villages left in Bali, in which the Bali Aga traditions have been preserved, and inhabitants live today just as their ancestors once did. It's also the only place where the traditional geringsing double ikat style of weaving can still be found. Although highly commercialized, visiting this unique community of 250 people is like taking a step back in history!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The people of this community are not as outgoing as their Balinese neighbors.
    • The Bali Aga speak a very different Balinese dialect.
    • This is a good place to buy textiles, but expect the price to be inflated.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Tenganan
    • Authentic and Beautiful 27/06/2015
    • No sale, no smile 26/06/2015
    • Tenganan Aga Village
    Address:
    Jalan Raya Nyuh Tebel
    Tenganan, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 813-3834-9417
    Other:
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    Blue Lagoon Beach
    Beaches
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    LynnePP Says:

    Blue Lagoon is located at Padang Bai. It is a hidden paradise with warm, crystal clear water, and an abundance of marine life and coral, which make it the ideal place to snorkel. There are two basic warungs here where you can get a tasty if simple meal, a cold drink, hire your snorkel gear, and have a massage and a shower after your swim.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Count how many different types of fish you can spot.
    • Enter the water at the far left of the beach.
    • The coral reef is close to the beach, so you don't have to swim out far to encounter marine life.
    • Look among the coral crevices to find hidden treasures.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 13 things to do in Manggis
    • beautiful but somerubbish 30/06/2015
    • Great snorkelling 28/06/2015
    • Blue Lagoon Beach
    Address:
    Next to main Padangbai Beach
    Bali
    Indonesia
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    Pura Goa Lawah
    Caverns & Caves, Religious Sites
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    LynnePP Says:

    Pura Goa Lawah or 'Bat Cave Temple' is a holy spot that is home to thousands upon thousands of bats. The walls and ceilings are completely covered in them, all pressed so tightly together that it is hard to distinguish one from another!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The whole area is covered in bat droppings, so wear suitable shoes.
    • The cave is rather smelly, so be prepared!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #224 of 571 things to do in Bali
    • Stop on your way - avoid Sarong sellers 20/06/2015
    • Love the atmosphere 17/06/2015
    • Pura Goa Lawah
    Address:
    Between Kusamba and Padang Bai
    10 km East of Klungkung
    Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 222 387
    Other:
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    Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LynnePP Says:

    The village of Kusamba is set on volcanic black sand, and consists of a few very modest huts. Here, a group of 25 local Balinese live and farm for salt the traditional way. Learn all about the process - it can take up to two weeks of tedious work to produce just a small amount of salt — and then sample the tasty end product; delicious and noticeably better than its generic, table-salt rivals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy some salt from the farmers and try to be generous with what you pay.
    • This is also a fishing village.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 51 things to do in Gianyar
    • Not your usual tourist destination but well worth the time 26/06/2015
    • Not in the town of Kusamba 01/06/2015
    • Kusamba Traditional Salt Mining
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    Bale Udang Mang Engking
    Restaurants (Pub, Indonesian)
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    LynnePP Says:

    This restaurant is an oasis in the desert, offering seating in scattered bamboo structures (known as bales), some of which jut out into the artificial lake. The food served here is typically Sundanese (from West Java), and the unique ambiance makes it a complete experience, rather than just somewhere to dine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Do try the "Flying Gourame Fish."
    • To get a private bale over the lake, there is a minimum spend.
    • The restroom near the bales is not the best.
    • Bring mosquito spray.
    • Sit with your feet dangling over the lake and feed the fish.
    • Bookings are essential, especially for the bales.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,319 of 3,340 restaurants in Bali
    • Great food and fantastic atmosphere! 29/06/2015
    • Delicious Indonesian food 27/06/2015
    • Bale Udang Mang Engking
    Address:
    Jl. Nakula no. 88, Sunset Road
    Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    623618947120
    Price range:
    $5 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 3:00
    Other:
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