bali

In early September, we took a two week family vacation trip to Bali. It had always been on my bucket list of places to visit, and if it weren’t for us living in South Korea it wouldn’t have been possible during this phase of our lives. We looked at travel blogs, asked friends for advice, and read up on everything we needed to see on this once in a lifetime trip.

Here are some highlights and favorites from our time Bali:

One of the best decisions we made for our family traveling with two small children was booking a private villa. We were able to relax, cook food we knew our kids would eat, and enjoy this amazing pool while our baby napped. Winning! An added bonus: we weren’t staying at a resort so we purchased everything at cost and helped saved us money.

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A view of the pool from our private villa, it was amazing.

When I think of Bali, I think of beautiful beaches, tropical drinks, and feeding monkeys. I had seen pictures of our friends feeding monkeys in Bali and knew that had to be one of the things we did. The Sacred Monkey Sanctuary Forest was an experience that will not soon be forgotten. Monkeys were everywhere. You can buy bunches of bananas to feed them, so be sure to bring cash. There are monkeys running, jumping, climbing, and snoozing all over the forest. They are free to roam and seem to be loving life. Check out this guy, just napping away without a care in the world.

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The monkeys loved D. I lost count on how many landed on him, wanting to be fed, play with our backpack, or just hang out.

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We had a phenomenal driver that we booked through our villa. He is a native and drives tourists all of over the island and knows some of the best places on the island, including wonderful restaurants. The best meal we had in Bali was at Gana Villas in Ubud. It was FANTASTIC.

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Black pepper basil beef
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Chicken satay

Another place our driver recommended was the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. We didn’t know what we were in for, it was a hike, especially with an 8 month old baby strapped to your chest, but the view was worth it.

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Some of the top sightseeing destinations in Bali are temples. Every travel app/website had lists of temple after temple, and our two favorite were Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple because of their breath taking views.

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Tanah Lot Temple
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The view from Uluwatu Temple
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View of the Uluwatu Temple

Our favorite beach was Kuta beach. It is full of tourists, shops, and restaurants galore, but the beach is clean and the water is calm, perfect for our little girl to dip her toes in the water and collect seashells along the shore. Other beaches we went to, including Canggu, were a surfer’s dream, but not suitable for young children or inexperienced swimmers due to the strong current and large waves.

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Kuta Beach

Lastly, a fun and educational experience we had was visiting a turtle conservation. Entrance is free, and the people who work there are passionate about what they do. You can tour the grounds and learn about the whole process from rescuing turtle eggs to their release back into the ocean. For a small donation, you can adopt a turtle to set free.

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Baby turtle love
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We adopted two turtles to release. Emily named her turtle, Ella, after her friend from school, and we named our second turtle, Chex, after our dear friend that we lost last year.

If you ever get the chance to go to Bali, you need to go! I am so happy I was able to check it off of my travel bucket list and make these memories with my family. xoxo

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