Escape and just slow down, Canggu, combines the best of what thousands of Australian’s jet across to Bali to experience, beach, surf, rice fields and Instagram worthy smoothie bowls. Follow in our very own TravelSIM Australia’s Marketing Advisor Laura’s footsteps, as she shares her recent trips tips.
Traveling for me presses pause on the merry-go-round of life and brings calmness to it. I love the sense of hopping on a plane and escaping somewhere new. I chose Canggu for its expected and recommended laidback lifestyle, yoga and healthy food choices.
The coastal village of Canggu, can easily be reached from Denpasar International Airport in just over an hour’s taxi ride away, at a mere 200,000IRD or $20AUD. The new app Grab can also be used throughout Bali, with its similar concept to Uber.
Where to Stay?
Canggu is Batu Bolong and for me, my haven for a few days was ‘The Chillhouse’.
This lush tropical escape, and cost-effective retreat offers the in between to a hotel and hostel. Meeting like minded travelers, in their communal outdoor setting, The Chillhouse combines the soul of Canggu with daily yoga classes, surf lessons and healthy eating in a very insta worthy setting.
Packages at The Chillhouse include private accommodation, two daily yoga classes, breakfast, dinner with optional activities like surf lessons, soul filled treatments being organized upon arrival.
Where to Eat?
Sea view or lush green rice fields? If you’re passionate about eating well, there are so many dining options, from surfer shacks to luxe fine dining to nourish your body. Here are my favourite cafes to eat at in Canguu:
- Betelnut Café
- Cassava at The Chillhouse Surf and Yoga Retreat
- Deus Ex Machina Cafe
- Crate Café & Gallery
- Moana’s Fish Eatery
What to do?
Canggu’s popular surf spot, Echo Beach is the main beach to head for surfing, dining and nightlife all in one street. A more relaxed vibe in comparison to its neighbours, Seminyak and Legian, gather with friends or new found ones at the below beach clubs.
Prime spots, located along Batu Balong beachfront, to sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down whilst listening to resident DJs.
Besides being famous for its waves, Canggu has culminated its own authentic yogi and fitness health culture from the infamous Ubud. My stay at The Chillhouse included twice daily yoga sessions in a beautiful serene outdoor setting. Offering various options from sound healing, vinyasa flow to a relaxed yin class. Other popular yoga and pilates studios are;
A girl loves to shop, and no better place to pick up a unique piece to take back home. My favourites when visiting were Love Anchor weekend marketplace, La Laguna (an destination in itself) and boutiques such as La Laguna and Wunderlust.
Pack a Photographer
Travelling solo? Its one of the best ways to take yourself out of your comfort zone. Pushing you to meet new people, try different experiences that otherwise you may not have in a group setting.
Immerse yourself in the local scene whilst discovering hidden spots with your own photographer. Allowing a professional photographer to capture your trip memories. In my travels I used Airbnb photographer Andito, who was fantastic, we scooted around Canggu, visiting stunning scapes from rice field terraces to sandy beaches.
A regular visitor to Seminyak, I believe I have found my new holiday favourite in Canggu, Bali and will certainly be back!
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