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Itinerary Suggestion in Bali - 5 nights

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Hi everyone, I've finally managed to book flights and hotel to Bali. We will be staying there for 5 nights in Ubud. The reason we are staying in one place is because we have a 2 year old and it's much easier to manage rather than moving hotels.

What would be a good excursion? Is the elephant park any good? We are not looking for full on activities, maybe about 2 days of doing something and the remaining relaxing in our villa and doing nothing. If we want to go to the beach from Ubud, which is the best to head to? And is tanah lot a must do?

And should we hire a driver? I think our hotel only provides daily drop off to the central of ubud.

Just noting although we are staying 5 nights, we really only have 4 days. Our flight arrive at night and we are leaving mid day of day 6 so probably need to be at the airport at 10am?


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    Yes, you should hire a car and driver. Your hotel can suggest someone. Spend some time talking about the itineray. Don't let him take you places that don't appeal to you. I've never been to the elephant park, but it wouldn't be high on my list.

    I'd also avoid the monkey forest. There are monkeys all over Bali. Your child will like to watch them, but stay in the car. They are dangerous!

    If you like hiking you can arrange a guided tour through the rice paddies and along the river valley. You can arrange in advance for someone to carry your child, or you can hire a baby sitter.

    When my son was about the same age he really enjoyed the masked dances, especially the Barong. There are daytime Barong performances in Batubulan (which also could be combined with a trip south.) And there are many evening venues in the Ubud area of other lively dances. Try to see a Kecak performance in Janganan village.

    Your resort will have a list of performance places and times (those these are flexible). Don't worry if your child gets restless. Balinese always eat, chat and wander around during performances. It's not a formal atmosphere.

    There are always temple ceremonies and processions going on somewhere in the Ubud area. Village markets are fun too. Your guide will guide you.

    In a day trip to Ubud you could go to Seminyak or Sanur beach. Seminyak is a big wave beach good for walking and watching the surfers. Sanur is calmer and better for a little one. Depending on where you are in Ubud, I think Seminyak is closer but not measurably so.

    If you go to Seminyak you could stop at Tanah Lot on the way. It's very scenic, but not, in my opinion, a must do destination.

    I'm a sucker for sunset on the beach so I'd try to fit that in. Maybe dinner at LaLucciola, which is right on the beach? They have a big lawn that's good for kids to run around on.

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