When I tell people I love taking solo trips, they look at me like I’m nuts! Like, “Hellooo, you’re a woman and it’s not safe to be traveling alone!”
Yes, I agree there are more risks when it comes to female solo travelers and more precautions need to be taken, but I believe that if you have done a very thorough research on your destination and prepare the necessities, you’ll be more prepared should any problem arise. *touch wood
This isn’t my very first solo trip. Click here to read about my first solo in Cambodia!
Nevertheless, I still felt anxiety and nervousness about being alone in a foreign country! I was afraid that like my last solo trip, I might get severe food poisoning, which was hellish and miserable! I thought of basically every negative scenario that might happen to a woman during a solo trip!
But even still, it did not stop me from feeling a sense of excitement when I started my journey as a solo traveller.
Much as I love traveling with people, a solo trip gives me a sense of freedom. I get to go to places I want without having to worry about what the other person wants to do. Whether I want to start the day freaking early or late. Plus, I get to decide how long I wanna spend on each location visited.
I’m gonna share with you a guide to my Bali solo trip….
La Laguna Bali
The perfect place to have a nice meal while enjoying the sunset. Stepping into this gypsy inspired beach club, I felt like I wasn’t in Bali anymore. I got a very bohemian and vintage vibe when I arrived.
Located in Canggu, the bar/restaurant is pretty secluded. The venue’s ornate wooden caravans are the main attraction! Did you know you can have your palm read by a psychic in one of these caravans?
The day I visited, La Laguna Bali was holding a private movie screening and they recently held a gypsy flea market, which I’m pretty disappointed to have missed it!
The Udaya Resorts & Spa
Located within the lush greenery of Ubud, you’ll get to enjoy a sense of serenity here at Udaya.
I’ve always heard such great raves about the spa and told myself that I had to visit the next time I was in Bali.
With a wide range of traditional spa treatments, guests will be utterly spoilt!
I was completely amazed and impressed with the layout at the spa. Plus, the service was really as mentioned, top-notch! The staff treated me like a Queen, making sure I was comfortable in my own private suite, spoiling me with different choices of essential oils and omg the floral bath was out of this world!
I’ve never felt this rejuvenated and well-rested after my 2-hour treatment! Trust me when I say, I did not want to leave at all!!
If you’re keen on going to The Udaya just for a spa, I highly recommend you make a booking as early as possible, as they are pretty much always fully booked.
Ujung Water Palace
Taman Ujung Water Palace is one place in the East of Bali that you have to go visit!
Located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency, it is actually the sister site of Tirta Ganga, which I will share with you below.
It was a long drive from Seminyak to the water palace, but along the way, you get to enjoy the amazing view of Mount Agung.
Ujung Water Palace was first built by Raja l Gusti Bagus Djelantik in 1919. According to Rajux, my Bali driver/ tour guide, many of his descendants are still around and live in Indonesia.
Did you know the Water Palace is a combination of Balinese and European architecture? That’s because Bali was once occupied by the Dutch. I was pretty wonderstruck by the whole place and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Raja l Gusti Bagus Djelantik and his family.
If you’re interested in going to Ujung Water Palace and not having to deal with the crowd, I suggest being there before 10am. It gets crowded and hot around 11 in the day.
Known as the favourite retreat during the regency of Karangasem, Tirta Ganga was built in 1946 by the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem.
The famous pond is where visitors can feed the fishes.
The springs in this area are considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, as well as a source of potable water.
Like Ujung Water Palace, Tirta Gangga is usually quite crowded after 10am, and I made sure to be there earlier.
Pura Ulun Danu
This is one place I’ve been wanting to visit for a while!
The temple was built in the 17th century in worship of the main Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, as well as the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. The sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favourite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as a frequently photographed site.
Entering the temple gates, instantly noticeable are the typical Balinese architectural features and the tiered shrines. Inside the complex, the three main shrines are dedicated to the worship of god Vishnu which boasts 11 tiers, god Brahma with seven 7 tiers and Shiva with three tiers.
As the temple was built on a rather low lying side of the lake, the floating effect is thus featured when the lake’s water levels rise. Funny thing was, when I arrived, the pond was dried up and people could literally walk over!
I asked Rajux if visitors are allowed to enter the temple and he said it can only be accessed by those partaking in holy ceremonies. Visitors who want to enter the temple for prayer purposes, have to seek permission and be dressed in their traditional Balinese wear.
I hope this post will encourage you to visit Bali, be it solo or not! I was there for two weeks but felt that the period was too short. Luckily, I’ll be heading back in less than 2 weeks! Super excited to show my friend around this beautiful place, as it’s her first time!
If you’re looking for a driver in Bali, contact Rajux on Facebook, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp him at +62 853 3339 5191.