British people will always tell you that if you’re going to Australia it’s essential to visit Bali on the way – the place is painted as an idyllic half-way point. If you’re American it’s much more difficult to get to and more exotic places like Tahiti are easier to reach if beaches are your thing. Bali is defined by the small domestic and temple structures that line every road so that the beauty of the island is constantly hidden behind a 20 metre strip of local architecture – much of it ramshackle. I can understand the attraction if you live in Australia or the UK but ultimately feel that Thailand or Vietnam has more to recommend it.
Travel Tip Bali is a volcanic island. Flip flops will work well at the beach but a long walk anywhere inland requires tougher footwear. I’d also advise a trip up to the lake at the top of the island for a different view of this intriguing place.