Although you will often find advice to lose the Wi-Fi and forget your mobile phone for a while, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You can still enjoy the travelling the world and stay connected via social networks or do your job remotely. This is also recognized by the countries that may appear like havens for those looking to be free of modern technology.
Bali is certainly one of the places you want to visit for the remarkable landscapes and amazing beaches. Just being outside and surrounded by the Bali’s natural beauties can provide the sense of tranquillity that busy urban life tends to deny. Of course, amazing & affordable luxury hotels in Bali will offer the full service but spending time outside of the hotel and visiting all the beauties of this place is even better.
Along with Bali beauty, the island is also “work friendly”. You can find quite a few coworking spaces in Bali with high speed internet and plenty of amazing cafes in Bali which are usually very laptop / work friendly.
Therefore, here are some suggestions for all of you digital nomads who plan to visit Bali and still stay attached to the modern technological wonders.
Ubud is a town in Bali rich in rice paddies and with the highly developed tourist industry. It’s surrounded by 13 villages who are mostly farms enveloped in dense forest. You can visit some of the art museums like the Puri Lukisan Museum, Agung Rai Museum of Art and Blanco Renaissance Museum.
If you want to truly experience the Balinese cultural heritage, try Tek Tok dance that includes a combination of movements and sounds. This is something you can easily join in and learn at the Bali Culture Centre in Ubud.
Nature is as magnificent as it is in the whole Bali province. Here you can visit animal park Ubud Monkey Forest which is the home of 750 crab-eating macaques based on the assessment in 2017. Additionally, one of the important temples in Bali is located here called Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal. You can see the merger of two rivers Tukad Yeh Wos Kiwa and Tukad Yeh Wos Tengen from the hill you reach via the Campuhan ridge walk.
When it comes to the internet, Ubud’s situation improved significantly over the recent years. Due to the tourists coming here in greater numbers every year, the situation is getting better by the season. The Seniman coffee shop is a fine place to start your work day but sometimes the internet knows to be slow which can be annoying. If you’re not up for gambling with those odds, check Kismet café which offers high-speed internet and comfortable seating.
You can also try co-working spaces which have fibre optic internet. The most popular is Hubud where you can also meet a lot of people and enjoy the view of the rice fields. The Onion Collective is also a restaurant and in the evening you can listen to some live music performances.
On the south of Bali, you can find Bukit Peninsula which includes some of the famous landmarks. A famous temple Pura Uluwatu at Uluwatu is here positioned on top of the cliff and overlooking the ocean. This is a very popular tourist destination and one of the nine important temples in Bali. It is inhabited by monkeys so don’t be surprised if they try to snatch something from you.
Cultural Park Garuda Wisnu Kencana spreads on 240 hectares and offers many attractions like Street Theatre and Exhibition Hall. The statue of god Wisnu mounting a Garuda bird is by the Lotus Pond and is to be the highest in the world with 146 meters.
Beaches here are perfect for surfers and those who like being surrounded by hills. Green Bowl Beach is the most famous for great waves. While Balangan Beach is still unspoiled by the number of tourists so you can enjoy some peace and find tranquillity here. Bingin villas are perfect to get some work done on their high-speed internet and then go surfing. Bingin Beach is the famous location to ride the waves and take walks in the grassy fields.
A more relaxed choice to stay in Bali is Canggu a coastal village north of Kuta. Pura Mrajapati, the temple of the dead, is located here on one of Canggu streets Jalan Batu Bolong. Two main temples, Pura Batu Bolong and Pura Batu Mejan are on the beach and hundreds of years old.
Canggu is developing rapidly and is one of the most popular places for surfers. Although this area is proud of being calmer than the rest of Bali it is also a perfect place to work while on holiday. Many private villas were erected in the last years with modern accommodations fit for anyone’s preferences.
TIP: Check out this list of best cafes in Canggu for digital nomads, if you want to get some work done while sipping lovely coffee or some fresh juice!
This is an up and coming destination in Bali which attracts hipsters, vegans and digital nomads who decide to stay for a couple of months and feel the full potential of the island. The best part is that you can go on a day trip or weekend away by choosing to visit some of the places nearby like Sanur, Uluwatu, Ubud or Tirtagangga.
Indonesia and its Bali region are growing and evolving with the tourist needs. Therefore, you can rest assured that you will find everything you need there. Urban will meet rural in the most fitting combinations and as a digital nomad, you won’t have to suffer being away from the wonders of the Internet at all.