Amelie’s Love of Bali

Amelie is a travel writer and photographer at mostlyamelie.com. She also works as a freelance graphic designer while on the road. Amelie has been traveling for a year now, mostly within South East Asia.

What inspires you about Bali?

In no particular order, things I love about Bali: the vegan food scene in Ubud, jamu, freediving in Amed and with the manta rays in Nusa Lembongan. Scuba diving in Nusa Lembongan and in Tulamben; stand up paddle boarding in Jemeluk; tempeh, sambal, spicy food; the offerings; the sea, the people the rice fields.

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How may times have you been to Bali?

I spent one month in Bali in September and it was my first time. I’m planning to return in the spring 2015. I had a 2 month visa for Indonesia and I barely just scratched the surface!

Where do you stay in Bali? Which Area?

I stayed in Legian, Kuta, Sanur, Uluwatu, Ubud and Amed, I think my favourite was Amed – it’s still relatively quiet and off the radar. Also, the snorkeling and free diving are just fantastic! I loved the quirky underwater mailbox. 🙂

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Favorite Places in Bali

I love the vegan food scene in Ubud! I recently did a blog post called “15 delicious vegan restaurants to discover in Ubud” and I can honestly not decide which one is my favorite!

Where Do You Relax and Retreat in Bali?

I stayed at a family compound guesthouse in Ubud called Aji Lodge and my room had a perfect little front porch facing the jungle with comfy lounges. I spend a lot of time there just reading books, working on my blog and drinking my jamu. 🙂

How do you get around in Bali ­ transport (scooter, walk, taxi, driver) / Travel tips?

Commuting around Bali can be expensive and lengthy. Being a backpacker on the long haul, I mostly go for the cheapest, most complicated option, LOL. I find myself meeting tons of locals and eating from delicious little roadside warungs – they always have the best fried tempeh and morning glory!

Shopping and Markets

I discovered the french company Karma Koma on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. I loved their clothes so much that I pretty much bought a whole new wardrobe from them! Also, just roaming the streets of Ubud, I found a lot of really nice treats: silver jewelry, laces, and natural cosmetics. I love the brand Utama Spice.

Tours, Activities, and Adventures

I took a freediv­ing class with Fusion Free­d­iv­ing and Yoga in Amed and it was pos­si­bly the most eye opening thing I have done in quite some time. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, chal­leng­ing and, at times, frustrating, but the frus­tra­tion comes from your own inter­nal battle with yourself. Once I let go and accepted the fact that I could hold my breath for a really long time and that the discomfort I was feeling wasn’t life threatening, I was in for a surprise! Freediving offers you freedom that scuba diving doesn’t and it is such a relaxing experience. It is truly magical.

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