Things To Do in Canggu – Bali, Indonesia If You Don’t Surf

As per usual, I had no plans of going to Indonesia, but then I had made my way down to Malaysia and found a cheap flight to Denpasar. A few days into the new year, I found myself on this dreamy island!

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My first stop in Bali was Canggu. A friend of mine had been there and her travel photos captured me! After a long search, I booked a guesthouse/hostel not too far from the beach. When I got there, the first shock was how touristy it was. I did expect that but not as much as I actually faced it. The second shock was that there are no tuk-tuks on this island and taxis cost a fortune!

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I refused to drive a scooter as people were driving insanely and after my scooter accident on Koh Phangan, I wasn’t fully convinced. Luckily, I met a guy at my hostel who was willing to give me a lift every now and then. The first day was spent exploring Canggu and go watch the glorious sunset.

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I loved exploring the markets and riceĀ fields. Bali is a stunning island and there are lots of temples hidden away from the road that are so calming and interesting to explore. I learned that there are millions of small temples on the island and every house has at least one.

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One of my favourite trips took us to the Tanah Lot temple. It’s one of the most popular temples on Bali and I would advise going there as early as possible to avoid the crowds! We arrived around 8am and had most of the scenery to ourselves. Around an hour later, there were so many people that it was impossible to take pictures.

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The temple is located around 30 minutes by scooter from Canggu and definitely worth a visit. Apart from the actual Tanah Lot temple, there are lots of other small buildings and a nice garden were you can sit and take in the scenery.

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You can walk all around the cliffs, leadng up to another temple called Pura Batu Bolong which is smaller and less visited than Tanah Lot.

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Canggu was a lovely place to visit, however, it wasn’t for me. I knew that it was a surfer town, but it was a little too ‘hipster’ for me. It’s hard to explain but I just felt like I didn’t fit in. That’s a very subjective feeling and I’m sure others might feel like this about places that I loved.

Stay tuned for next week’s post as it’ll take you to another place in Bali that I fell utterly in love with!

Have you been to Canggu yet? What’s your favourite spot on Bali?

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