With two kids age 2 and 5, a 4D3N trip is just about right. We managed to visit all the main tourist attractions in Bali with a budget of S$150 each day. Shopping is purely subjective, but personally I still think the best place to shop is Bangkok or Taipei. So just budget enough to buy some Balinese souvenirs if needed. As for food, nothing fanciful for us since we have 2 girls who are not really spice-trained. We stuck to the usual pizzas, grilled seafood and western meals. The biggest economy producer in Bali is Kuta so staying in Kuta cannot be wrong. Hotels ranges from S$27/night to S$631/night.
I’ll recommend Febri’s Hotel & Spa. It’s about S$120 per night. The room is spacious and clean. There is also a sofa bed for bigger group or family. Baby cot is available without extra charge.
What to do in Bali?
If this is your first trip like us, I would highly recommend the full day tour to Ubud. Most of the local drivers can speak English, so communication is not a big problem. This full day tour is about S$70 for 10 hours. The driver will drive you to various places on the way to the famous Kintamani Volcano area and back. The entire trip will be about 10 hours (830am-630pm). If you need any recommendation for driver, leave me a message, I’ll email to you the driver we engaged. He is very good and do not mind coming back late because we wanted to enjoy the sunset slightly longer.
Suggested itinerary for Ubud:
Balinese Traditional Legong DanceBalinese dances can divide in 2 kind the first one is the dance which is only for performance and has religious connection to traditional ceremonial day like in a temple, and the second one is the Wali Dance which is for entertainment performance.(no photos)
Gold & Silver WorkCeluk Village is the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination cause of the local residents is very proactive and full of innovation to the gold and silver crafting.(no photos)
Batik WorkshopBalinese batik is generally thought to be the original Indonesia textile. You get to witness how the locals make the batik, stroke by stroke. After that, you get a chance to purchase a few batik items.
Wood Carving ArtworkMas Village is one of the villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. You can find some exquisite wooden carvings, but mostly too big for us to bring back.
The girls didn’t know how to appreciate the art, but at least the swing was fun for them.
Kintamani/Batur VolcanoBreath-taking view of an active volcano and lake. Mount Batur has erupted for 24 times since year 1800 and is still active up to now. Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali. The best timing to visit Kintamani is during lunch, enjoy the sumptuous buffet and view all at the same time.
Remember to bring a jacket as the temperature can go down to about 20 degree Celsius.
Coffee PlantationA must stop over place for coffee addicts like myself. You will get to taste more than 5 different types of coffee. Some are free but the more famous one (Lukwa Coffee), you need to pay for about S$7.
Coffee flower and fruit
Lukwa Coffee (actually its prepared from the faeces of a cat)
Joey giving it a try to pound the coffee beans into powder. She cannot understand why Papa loves such a bitter tasting drink. Hahaaha..
Monkey ForestThis is a small rain forest dwelt by about 200 monkeys.
Jimbaran Sunset DinnerThe best place to see a beautiful sunset, coupled with having seafood dinner on the beach. It’s something you don’t get to do all the time. Reminder, don’t leave your camera behind!
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