Love Explores Bali: A 5-Day Itinerary

Things I like about Bali: chill vibe, cheap food and accommodation, culture, and instagrammable cafes.

Hi Loves, as promised, here’s my blog about our 5-day trip in Bali last month (technically, this month cos we traveled from 30 June to 4 July). We’ve been really looking forward to this trip cos it’s gonna be a reunion with my college sisses. We haven’t seen each other for almost four years! Imagine!

Anyways, we booked a MNL to DPS flight last January (no returned ticket yet cos we booked during seat sale). One thing we learned was, airlines do not offer sale tickets for DPS-MNL flight. It’s not the same with Bangkok or Cambodia, that you can book a MNL-BKK flight then a REP-MNL return flight. Meaning, you can’t avail a discounted DPS-MNL flight alone. (Tip #1: during seat sale, book a round trip ticket. Do not wait for the next seat sale to book a return ticket cos it’s more expensive!) Anyways, we booked a round trip ticket again because it’s much cheaper than booking a one-way ticket from Bali to Manila.

More tips! Don’t expect Bali to have a transpo system that is similar to SG or HK. There are no trains in Bali which could have made the tour a lot cheaper and easier. (Tip #2: booked a private tour in advance.) The local transpos/taxis seem to be territorial as well. Thus, you cannot book Grab around Ubud. We did in Seminyak but we encountered drivers telling us to go to a certain place to avoid the local taxis. (Tip #3: If you can, rent a motorbike for 50,000 rupiah which is around 185 pesos. That’s a lot cheaper! But please be careful!)

If you can’t travel without internet, you can buy a simcard at the airport. But since we went here to relax, we opt not to buy. Besides, most cafes in Bali offer free wifi.

Now let’s go to our 5-Day Bali itinerary:

DAY 1: Ubud Part I

  • 03:55 AM: flight to Bali
  • 07:50 AM: arrival
  • 08:00 AM: travel to Ubud (we booked via Klook for 834 pesos)
  • 09:00 AM: early check-in at Sandat Bali Ubud Guest House
  • 11:00 AM: brunch at Seniman Coffee Studio
  • 12:00 PM: go back to the guest house to chill
  • 02:00 PM: start of tour (we hired a private car through our guest house for 175.000 IDR)
    • Ganung Kawi Royal Monument (15.000 IDR)
    • Tirta Empul Temple (15.000 IDR)
    • Coffee Plantation (free)
    • Tegallalang Rice Terracces (10.000 IDR)
    • Kampung Cafe
  • 05:00 PM: go back to the guest house to freshen up
  • 07:00 PM: dinner at Anomali Coffee

DAY 2: Ubud Part II

  • 06:00 AM: breakfast at the guest house
  • 07:00 AM: coffee at Atman Kafe
  • 08:00 AM: start of tour (we hired Yande of Bali Golden Tour for 550.000 IDR)
    • Taman Ayun Temple (20.000 IDR)
    • Wanagiri Hidden Hill (all nests and swing for 100.000 IDR)
    • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (50.000 IDR)
    • Tahu Cafe
    • Alas Kedaton Temple (125.000 IDR for 4 pax)
    • Tanah Lot Temple (85.000 IDR for 4 pax)
  • 06:00 PM: go back to the guest house to freshen up
  • 07:00 PM: dinner at Clear Cafe

DAY 3: East Bali 

  • 06:00 AM: breakfast at the guest house and check-out
  • 07:00 AM: coffee at Earth Cafe and Market Ubud
  • 08:00 AM: start of tour (we hired again Yande of Bali Golden Tour for 600.000 IDR)
    • Besakih Temple (60.000 IDR)
    • Taman Ujung (50.000 IDR)
    • Dewata Agung Restaurant
    • Tirta Gangga (30.000 IDR)
    • Pura Lempuyang (10.000 IDR for donation & 10.000 IDR for sarong)
      • *sarong is required in Pura Lempuyang
  • 05:00 PM: travel to Seminyak
  • 08:00 PM: arrival and check-in at The Taman Ayu Hotel Seminyak
  • 09:00 PM: dinner at Pison Coffee

DAY 4: Seminyak*

  • 08:00 AM: breakfast at KYND community
  • 10:00 AM: swimming at the hotel
  • 12:00 PM: lunch at Motel Mexicola
  • 02:00 PM: shopping around Seminyak
    • Ref Magnet (60.000 IDR)
    • Bag (200.000 IDR)
    • Pants (two for 100.000 IDR)
    • Coffee (81.801 IDR)
  • 05:00 PM: eat ice cream at Mad Pops (30.000 IDR)
  • 06:00 PM: dinner at Sisterfields

DAY 5: Seminyak + Canggu*

  • 09:00 AM: breakfast at Coffee Cartel
  • 10:00 AM: pack-up things at the hotel
  • 11:00 AM: go to Canggu to shop souvenirs at Love Anchor
  • 11:30 AM: coffee at Create Cafe
  • 01:00 PM: lunch and chill at La Laguna
  • 03:00 PM: another round of coffee at Livingstone Cafe & Bakery
  • 05:00 PM: go back to the hotel to get our luggages (we stopped by at Abaca Villas to have a photo op)
  • 06:00 PM: travel to airport
  • 01:00 AM (5 July): flight back to Manila (our flight was delayed)

*we didn’t really follow an itinerary cos we just wanted to chill

Re. the expenses, I think we spent more or less 20,000 pesos all in. Please consider also that we had to book a round trip ticket again which costs around 4,500 pesos.

It’s cheap in Bali. As you can see from our itinerary, we ate what we want, we ordered coffee three times a day (coffee addict here haha), we hired private tours, we paid entrance fees and donations, and we even shopped rattan bags and other souvenirs for 15,000 pesos. As in Loves, hindi kami nagtipid! 

So again, if you want to relax, think, and appreciate nature for a cheap amount, I highly recommend that you visit Bali soon! Don’t forget to check my IG (@loveexplores) for more pictures! Thanks for reading Loves!


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