A road trip around Bali opens up the country to the freedom of discovery on your own schedule. Before hitting the road, charge your batteries and choose your starting point at any one of the island’s paradise-like south coast resorts – popular Kuta Beach, family-friendly Jimbaran or relaxed Sanur are all fantastic options depending on the vibe you’re after. After steeling yourself with a day or two of leisure, settle into the driver's seat and get ready for the ride of your life – a Bali road trip is not for the faint hearted, but when done in the right way, it’s a wonderous exploration of the country’s copious fruitful sights.
Circumvent the frenzied roads of Denpasar and you’ll have officially earned your driving stripes; the chaos doesn’t last too long on your onward journey, so steady your steering (and your nerves), because for the rest of your circuit, Bali is yours for the taking. Tick everything off your ultimate Bali wish list: see the Hindu shrine of Tanah Lot temple, suspended between water and sky; meet talented artists in Ubud, hidden away in studios and embedded in green rice fields; gaze at the Gates of Heaven at Lempuyan Temple, an icon of Bali culture; and visit the royal water gardens of Tirta Gangga. Leave your wheels behind as you hop between the three small but perfectly formed Gili Islands, then resume your route on the black sand beaches of northern Bali: watch the sun rise at the peak of Mount Batur; get lost on treks to discover hidden waterfalls; and tingle your taste buds eating sate chicken, fried noodles and spiced duck wrapped in banana leaves at every tavern you stumble across. All roads lead to something incredible during a Bali road trip holiday.
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