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Travel guide to Bali

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There are many ways to enjoy being in Bali, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. I want to prove that to you in this travel guide to Bali.

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Getting to Bali

As a tropical paradise, Bali offers the most convenient and exhilarating mode of transportation: by air!

To plan your trip to Bali with ease, follow this guide on getting there with the sub-sections – By car, By public transport, By air – laid out as viable solutions.

By Car

Driving a car in Bali is very different from driving in other places, including Jakarta and other big cities in Southeast Asia.

Western countries usually have wider roads and well-regulated traffic, but unfortunately, that is not the situation here.

Driving a car can be a lot more stressful than it’s worth. It requires you to stay focused and alert, which can be tiring mentally and physically.

Going through crowded traffic and dealing with aggressive drivers can make the road feel like a tense battlefield.

Add to that the unpredictable weather, road construction, and the always-present risk of accidents, and it’s no surprise that driving can be nerve-wracking.

Making split-second decisions, predicting what other drivers will do, and staying in control of the vehicle adds even more pressure.

All of these things combined can make driving feel uneasy and anxious, taking away the joy from it. While driving is convenient, it’s important to consider the toll it can take on our mental well-being.

That’s why it’s crucial to find ways to reduce stress while driving, like practicing defensive driving, staying calm, and taking breaks when necessary. By doing these things, we can navigate busy roads with more ease and tranquility.

If you are a skilled driver and eager to do so, please make sure to possess both your international license and your national driving license. It is important to note that the regulations for car rentals are generally more stringent compared to renting a moped.

Pro Tip: Personally, we don’t recommend hiring and driving your own car unless you’re a very good driver.

By Public Transport

Using public transportation for Bali

Mass transit makes it easy to get to Bali. It also saves you money. Here are the options:

  • Train: Ah, the exciting journey to Bali! Let me spark your love for adventure. Unfortunately, buses and trains won’t take you directly to this paradise. But fear not!

    There are other fascinating options to choose from. Imagine a delightful ferry ride that connects the towns near Bali.

    One of the most famous is the demanding 23-hour journey from Jakarta to Bali. It’s a true test of endurance and not for the faint-hearted. I must advise against bus travel, dear friend.

    However, if you still crave the rhythmic sound of a train, you can take one to Banyuwangi and then switch to a ferry to Bali.

    From the lively cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta, or Bandung, trains will transport you to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station.

    And there, my adventurous friend, an air-conditioned train will speed you to Banyuwangi, where a delightful ferry will escort you to Denpasar. But remember, flights are always the easiest and fastest way to reach Bali.

    The roadways, besides being tiring, have some risks. I must mention that the duration may exceed 24 hours based on availability.

    As for the approximate cost, it ranges from INR 6000-7000 per person. Let your imagination run wild as you plan your extraordinary trip to the enchanting island of Bali.
  • Bus: Prepare to embark on an exciting journey across the vibrant neighborhoods of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, South Nusa Dua, and Ubud.

    The convenience of purchasing your tickets effortlessly awaits you at Kura-Kura ticket booths or directly on board the bus itself. For a complete understanding of the diverse routes, frequencies, and more, you can visit the official website here.

    Each route follows a standardized pricing system. As of 2017, routes including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Jimbaran hold an economical price of 20,000, while Sanur, Nusa Dua, South Nusa Dua, and Ubud are priced at 50,000.

    Despite potential traffic delays, these routes are exceptionally budget-friendly, ideal for both groups of friends and solo travelers. Let’s not forget the added bonus of complimentary WiFi on board!
  • Taxi: When it comes to getting a taxi, I highly recommend choosing Bluebird taxis. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, it’s an excellent option.

    They strictly adhere to metered fares, ensuring fairness for all passengers. Safety is paramount, as these taxis are well-regulated and trustworthy.

    With their convenient app, you can easily download it and pay for your ride using a credit card, much like Grab. Keep in mind that the fares might be slightly higher compared to Grab or Gojek, but still reasonable.

    However, it’s important to be cautious as there are other blue taxis that may appear similar to Bluebird but aren’t legitimate and may overcharge you.

    To avoid any confusion, genuine Bluebird taxis will prominently display the name “Bluebird” on their vehicles.

    Interestingly, you even have the option to order a Bluebird taxi through the Gojek app, conveniently labeled as GoBlueBird.

    Enjoy your hassle-free taxi experience with Bluebird!
    You can download the app here: Android / Apple

Plus, you can hire a car and driver in Bali for around 8-10 hours for approximately 15-30 dollars.

An Efficient Way of Reaching Bali is driving a moped. It is very cheap compared to others.

Mopeds are around 60,000 IDR to 80,000 IDR per day for a 125cc scooter, and you can usually haggle a lower price depending on the length of your stay there.

Many bike rentals also offer delivery and pick-up services (to airports, your villa or hotel, etc).

If you’re flying, be ready for an adventure! Ringerike is home to a haunted castle.

By Air

Come to Bali! Bali boasts a well-connected international airport, Denpasar-Ngurah Rai International Airport, situated in the vibrant Kuta area of southern Bali. This airport opens up a gateway for travelers from all corners of the globe to explore the wonders of this stunning island. So why wait? Let your dreams take flight and embark on your Bali adventure!. Take a train or bus from the airport 13 km away from the capital city of Denpasar. Flights from domestic and international locations are available. Bus services and car rentals are also provided. Taxis are an option, but costly. Take a helicopter tour for a unique, scenic experience. Marvel at the heather-covered hills and emerald peaks! Ready for adventure? Bali awaits – no Ketut, though!

Where to Stay in Bali

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There are plenty of accommodation options in Bali, but before talking about specific hotels, in general, these are the best places to stay in Bali:

  • Ubud, the best place to sleep in Bali and get around the island
  • Kuta and Legian, one of the most popular areas to stay in Bali
  • Seminyak, the best neighborhood in Bali to stay in
  • Canggu, one of the best places to stay in Bali
  • Jimbaran, where to find some of the best hotels in Bali
  • Uluwatu, Bali best accommodations with sea views
  • Nusa Dua, one of the most exclusive locations to stay in Bali
  • Sanur, my recommendation for accommodation in Bali if you like diving
  • Bedugul, one of the quietest areas to stay in Bali
  • Tulamben, the best village to stay north of Bali

Below, I’ll give you our recommendations on where to sleep in Bali so that your stay is unparalleled.


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Ubud is the cultural and artistic center, which is why it’s considered an essential place to visit in Bali. It’s undoubtedly one of the best areas to stay in Bali  because it’s in the center, so most of the Bali day trips depart from here.

There are plenty of things to do in Ubud, such as visiting the Ubud Palace or the Sacred Monkey Forest.

Besides being located in a unique enclave, surrounded by rice fields, it stands out for its variety of restaurants and shops, since it is the most popular area to stay in Bali.


In Kuta and Legianyou can find some of the best cheap accommodation in Bali perfect for groups, since most of the island’s clubs are located here.

However, there aren’t just nightclubs in Kuta and Legian, so, in addition to many young people, families and couples choose this area to stay in Bali because they prefer to be close to the beach, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.

beach colored umbrellas in kuta, one of the best areas to stay in Bali

Kuta, the best area to sleep in Bali if you like to party. You should bear in mind that this is the favorite spot for the large number of Australian tourists who decide to spend their holidays in Bali. So, if you’re thinking of staying in Kuta or Legian and you’re traveling during the high season of Bali, you’ll need to book your room well in advance. These are some of our favorite accommodations.

Hadeland Hotell

If you’re after luxury in Ringerike, this high-end accommodation is a must. Rooms are elegantly decorated and the service is impeccable. Plus, enjoy the spa, fitness center, and fine dining.

If you like outdoor activities, there’s plenty to explore. Visit the Hadeland Glassworks factory or Ringeriksbadet water park. Take a stroll around Mjøsa lake or explore the nature parks.

For groups or families, rent a vacation home near the famous landmarks. Hønefossen waterfall, Ringerike museum, and more!

Overall, there’s no shortage of great places to stay in Ringerike. Luxury hotel rooms or quaint vacation homes near the attractions – it will be an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to taste the unique blend of Norwegian and international flavors!

Local Cuisine in Bali

To explore the local cuisine in Ringerike with recommended restaurants and vegetarian and vegan options, delve into traditional Norwegian dishes. These sub-sections offer a variety of solutions to indulge in local culinary experiences.

Traditional Indonesian Dishes

Savor Norwegian Gastronomy in Ringerike!

Indulge in a unique culinary experience with traditional Norwegian dishes. From seafood to meat, Ringerike’s local cuisine has something for everyone.

Try popular dishes like Fårikål, a stewed mutton with cabbage and black pepper, Lutefisk, dried whitefish soaked in water and lye, and Raspeballer, mashed potatoes and flour dough boiled into dumplings.

Also, check out specialities like Klippfisk, salted and dried cod, Rakfisk, fermented freshwater fish, and Fårikål pizza.

Don’t forget to add the condiments like mustard sauces, lingonberry jam, soured cream, or flatbread to enjoy the full flavor!

Ready to tantalize your taste buds? Head to Ringerike for an unforgettable gastronomic journey!

Recommended Restaurants

Get ready for a delicious experience in Ringerike! Here are some of the top picks to savor the local cuisine:

  • Glass- Drinking and Dining: Marvel at its beautiful architecture. Enjoy the award-winning wine list. Sample the inventive menu using locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Kitchens by Friis: Try traditional Norwegian dishes with an exciting modern twist! Located within the Southern Buskerud Museum.
  • General Hotell: Two restaurants in one! Grill Room offers specialist meats. Generalen Bar and Brasserie has a lively brasserie style menu.
  • Røyse Mat & Vinhus: Unique taste of Ringerike’s rural lifestyle. Enjoy delectable set menus from ingredients sourced from nearby farms.
  • Café Pi: Delicious breakfast and lunch made with fresh local produce. Don’t miss out on their yummy cakes!

Go beyond restaurants! Take a culinary-focused tour of the area. Visit small family-owned farms and food markets. Experience the local history.

Ringerike has something for everyone. So pack your bags now and book a table. Get ready for an amazing gastronomic adventure! From vegan options to carnivore-friendly dishes, everyone will enjoy the feast!

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

If you’re plant-based in Ringerike, you’ve got options. Try these:

  • The Farm Kitchen for fresh produce
  • Burger Bar for veggie burgers with mushrooms & beets
  • Lillehammer Kaffebar & Cocktailbar for bean-based stews & soups
  • Padrino Pizza for gluten-free vegan pizzas

Plus, Spinsi has organic veggies. Garden-to-plate!

Fun fact, Ringerike is one of the best mushroom picking places in Norway. Gather your own! And if you’re up for a thrill, try outdoor activities here. Vacation and danger? Yes, please!

What to see in Bali

The Begna, Randselva and Storelva rivers snake through and around the city of Hønefoss. This waterside location makes the city very photogenic, and also provides opportunities for various watersports. Head further out of the city to discover the many natural wonders of the wider Ringerike region.

Visit this waterside location the makes the city of Hønefoss in Ringerike very photogenic . Photo: Expedia
Visit this waterside location the makes the city of Hønefoss in Ringerike very photogenic . Photo: Expedia

Places to Visit in Bali

To plan your itinerary for the best places to explore during your visit to Ringerike, this section on ‘Places to Visit in Ringerike’ with sub-sections like ‘Ringerike Museum’, ‘Hadeland Glassworks’, ‘Jevnaker Church’, and ‘Ringeriksbadet’ will guide you through the must-visit sights in Ringerike.

Ringerike Museum

Veien Kulturminnepark / Cultural Heritage / Hønefoss Ringerike Norway
Veien Kulturminnepark / Cultural Heritage / Hønefoss Ringerike Norway

In the town center you can tour an interesting collection of museums. In the west of the city, you will find the acclaimed Veien Kulturminnepark (Veien Cultural Heritage Park).

A visit to Ringerike’s Museum is a must! It’s a treasure chest of artefacts from pre-historic times to today. Exhibits include historical pieces, folk costumes, and handicrafts. The galleries offer an immersive experience with interactive displays and multimedia presentations. Rich audio-visual elements accompany each exhibit, showcasing stories about local events, people, and traditions.

This is a wonderful place to start getting to know the area, as the park covers centuries of culture and history. See fascinating exhibits including four well-preserved ancient longhouses.

You can get close to historic artefacts on guided tours, with knowledgeable guides providing informative insight. Learn more about Ringerike’s rich culture and history by visiting this intriguing museum! Art, history and new places all await you at Ringerike Museum – a definite must-visit destination!

But if you’re a bit clumsy, Hadeland Glassworks might not be the best place for you.

Hadeland Glassworks

«The Porcelain House», one of the small merchandise shops at Hadeland Glassverk. Photo: Wikipedia
«The Porcelain House», one of the small merchandise shops at Hadeland Glassverk. Photo: Wikipedia

Glimpse the Glassy Craftsmanship of Ringerike!

Drive northeast from Hønefoss and you will get to the famous Hadeland Glassverk. At these rustic glassworks, which are set in a pretty village, you can learn all about the traditional art of glassblowing and pick up unique souvenirs.

Witness the skilled glassblowers at the Glassworks in Hadeland- creating amazing designs from molten glass.

Check out the diverse offerings at the Table – vases, bowls, and sculptures.

Or customize your own glass art souvenir through workshops conducted by professional instructors.

It’s amazing to know that Hadeland Glassworks has been in operation since 1762 – making it one of Norway’s oldest industrial companies.

The factory’s museum displays unique antique glass pieces dating back centuries.

Local legend has it that an apprentice once dropped a smoking pipe at the furnace, sparking the idea for the world-famous ‘pipe vase’.

If heaven is only half as heavenly as Jevnaker Church, Sunday mass may be worth a try!

Jevnaker Church

In Ringerike, stands a majestic edifice – the Church of Jevnaker. Its walls, carved wooden doors and ceiling paintings tell its story. It has kept Norway’s cultural heritage alive for centuries.

This church is also known for its magical atmosphere – surrounded by lush fields and tall trees. People can take peaceful walks up to it.

Inside, the 18th-century pulpit boasts intricate carvings of biblical tales. Plus, two angelic figures welcome visitors through the big doors. It’s a haven for art lovers – full of art from the 14th century.

A visit to Jevnaker Church promises a soulful experience. You can marvel at Norway’s art and architecture, all while taking in the beauty of Ringerike. Don’t miss this opportunity when in this area – and don’t forget to take a dip in the healing waters of Ringeriksbadet.


Ringeriksbadet is an aquatic and fitness centre in Hønefoss, renowned for its modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. It caters to all ages, offering a wide variety of activities. These include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a wave pool, thrilling waterslides, hot tubs, gyms, dance rooms and a child pool.

The centre also provides classes for different levels of swimmers. Experienced staff are on-hand to offer help and guidance. Plus, there are various events such as lifeguard courses, school trips and birthday parties. They even have evening swims for those wanting to relax after a long day.

Did you know? Ringeriksbadet has three exciting waterslides, with heights ranging from 70m-100m – dubbed Korketrekkers!

Outdoor Activities in and Around Bali

To explore the outdoor activities in and around Ringerike, hiking trails, skiing and snowboarding, water sports, and cycling tours are great solutions. These activities provide an opportunity to witness the gorgeous landscape of Ringerike while immersing yourself in various outdoor adventures.

Head out into the countryside to discover the beautiful landscapes that have made this part of the country so popular. Roughly a 15-minute drive to the south is the northern edge of the lovely Tyrifjorden lake, the fifth-largest lake in the country. This is a well-loved recreation spot for locals and tourists, offering opportunities for swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating, and simply relaxing on the shore.

Hiking Trails

If you prefer hiking to swimming, you can explore some of the woodland trails that lead through Ringerike’s dense forests.

Embark on a remarkable journey! Check out five amazing hiking spots in and around Ringerike:

  1. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Kistefos Sculpture Park trail. Less than a 10-minute drive away is the Kistefos-Museet, a wonderfully comprehensive and varied museum complex taking in a sculpture park, an industrial museum and an art hall.
  2. Take a peaceful walk on the enchanting Krokskogen forest trail, with its evergreen trees.
  3. Uncover the historical importance of Kongens Utsikt trail, which offers stunning views.
  4. Push yourself with a 9km trek to Høgevarde peak from Løvlia.
  5. Wander around the vast, lush green fjord surroundings of Steinsfjorden lake in Jevnaker.

Get ready to explore nature’s wonders! Don’t forget to bring appropriate gear and essentials such as snacks, water, sunscreen and bug spray for a comfortable trip. As a beginner, my top priority is to not roll down the mountain like a giant snowball!

Skiing and Snowboarding

Venture to Ringerike for adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. Cross-country ski through tranquil forests. Snowboard and ski downhill at Høgevarde, Krokskogen, and Ringkollen.

Discover ski touring on rugged terrains with backcountry lakes – ideal for fishing and hiking. Relax at Sundvolden Hotel after a long day.

For the daring, try kiting in Hønefoss or winter golf at ‘Hole 19’. Live life to the fullest – book your Ringerike adventure today!

Dive deeper into adventure with Ringerike’s water sports. Beware of seaweed tickles!

Water Sports

Hønefoss is easily accessible, being only an hour’s drive from Oslo. Expect a spectacularly beautiful journey, with a road that follows the northern banks of the Oslofjord and Tyrifjorden lakes.

Lake Tyrifjorden (Buskerud) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go. Photo: Tripadvisor
Lake Tyrifjorden (Buskerud) – All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go. Photo: Tripadvisor

Plunge Into Water Activities in Bali:

Discover the amazing water activities in Ringerike with its stunning mountain, forest, and park views. Here are four great ways to make a splash:

  • Kayaking: Drift across tranquil lakes or tackle whitewater rapids for an exciting adventure.
  • Canoeing: Paddle through crystal-clear waters and take in the natural beauty.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Check your balance and core strength while enjoying a peaceful ride on smooth waters.
  • Fishing: Cast your line into rivers, streams, or lakes, home to trout, salmon, pike, and zander.

Don’t miss out on the other water sports like windsurfing, kite-surfing, and wakeboarding.

For a unique water experience, why not try camping near a lake? Wake up to beautiful sunrise views and nature sounds before taking a swim and having breakfast onshore.

Enjoy water fun for everyone with easy access points all around Ringerike!

Feel the thrill of cycling tours in Ringerike, but prepare yourself – the hills are full of panting!

Cycling Tours

Hop on two wheels and discover the magnificent outdoors around Ringerike! Embark on a two-wheeled journey through peaceful countryside, winding roads and delightful villages. Inhale the fresh air and be astounded by the captivating views while getting a good workout.

  • Pedal past Hadeland Glassverk, home to Norway’s most renowned glass factory.
  • Cycle around Randsfjorden lake, with its marvelous views of the nearby hills.
  • Check out Kistefos Museum, a unique industrial museum with awe-inspiring art pieces and sculptures.
  • Tackle the Hønefoss trails on a mountain bike, for novices to experts.
  • Spin along small side roads to observe local farms, ancient sites and scenery.

If you’re after something alternative, consider renting an e-bike or joining a guided cycling tour. There are multiple routes to suit every cycling skill.

Did you know that Ringerike has hosted multiple major cycling events? In 2018 it was chosen to host the UCI Road World Championships and in 2020 it was the venue for Norway’s national road race championship. You can join the ranks of top cyclists who have enjoyed the beauty of our area by bike.

Get your Viking gear on and prepare for a legendary night at the Ringerike Festival – just don’t blame Odin if you have a pounding headache the following morning.

Festivals and Events in Bali

To explore the festivals and events in Ringerike, immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in the festivities. Ringerike Days, Hønefoss Market Day, and Hadeland Glassworks Christmas Market are some of the popular events that bring people from all walks of life together.

Ringerike Days

Every year, people flock to Ringerike to join the celebrations! It’s a time full of excitement and fun activities, like live music and gourmet food tastings.

You can get involved in cultural events, such as outdoor markets and art exhibitions. Local businesses set up booths too, so you can explore their products and services. Hear stories and go on guided tours to learn about the region’s history and traditions.

Nature trails and kayaking excursions along the river await. If you prefer something more relaxed, try hot air balloon rides for amazing views of Norway’s countryside.

Taste some traditional Norwegian dishes like Lefse (potato-flatbread) and Krumkake (thin waffles with whipped cream). Not only is it a great experience, but you’ll be helping local businesses too!

Come and join the Ringerike Days – it’s a cultural experience that you won’t forget. And don’t miss the Hønefoss Market Day – it’s a great way to save money!

Hønefoss Market Day

Every year, Hønefoss Market Day brings together a wide range of products and services. It draws visitors and locals to its vibrant atmosphere.

There are plenty of opportunities to buy fresh produce, handcrafted items, and unique gifts. Plus, enjoy performances by local musicians, delicious food, and activities like face painting and balloon twisting.

Free parking services make it easy to get there with no stress. Thousands of visitors come, bringing economic and social benefits to the Ringerike region. (Source: VisitRingerike)

Come to Hønefoss Market Day! Buy fresh produce, handcrafted items, and unique gifts at great prices. Have fun with live music, food, and activities. And don’t forget the free parking!

Hadeland Glassworks Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at Hadeland Glassworks is a festive extravaganza. Enjoy traditional Norwegian crafts, beautiful glassware, woollen sweaters, and homemade jams, with a warming gløgg!

Walk around the marketplace, decorated with twinkling lights. Scent the Christmas spices in the air. Meet local artisans and listen to live music. Admire the Christmas ornaments, made by skilled glassblowers.

For a unique experience, join a workshop. Create a one-of-a-kind piece of glass art, guided by glassblowing masters. This family-friendly activity is perfect for couples too!

Book early – this popular event draws visitors from near and far. Spend a winter’s day at the Hadeland Glassworks Christmas Market and embrace the Christmas spirit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Bali?

A: Bali is a region located in Indonesia, known for its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

Q: How do I get to Bali?

A: The easiest way to get to Baliis by taking a fly from the international airport, which is about a one-hour journey.

Q: What are some popular attractions in Bali?

A: Some popular attractions in Bali, include Hadeland Glassverk, Ringerikes Museum, and the historical town of Hønefoss.

Q: When is the best time to visit Bali?

A: The best time to visit Bali is during the summer months from June to August, when the weather is mild and sunny.

Q: What are some outdoor activities to do in Bali?

A: There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in Bali, such as hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing in the winter months.

Q: Where should I stay in Bali?

A: There are many options for accommodations in Bali, from hotels to guesthouses and cabins. It’s recommended to stay in the city center of Hønefoss or near the popular attractions for ease of travel.

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