3 March 2019
The Stopover: 48 hours in Bali
Westerners have been calling Bali a lost Eden since at least 1930, when André Roosevelt, a filmmaker and cousin of Teddy Roosevelt, chronicled a “Western invasion” of the island that he predicted would result in Bali’s “ destruction.”
Now that's a really good view.
Tourism did transform large swaths of Bali in the intervening decades, but the “Island of the Gods” still has plenty of romantic old charm: temples that are centuries old, sublime beaches, world-class diving, seafood, killer spa treatments and handicrafts at bargain prices.
Even so, the island’s most indispensable attribute is its people; their warmth, generosity and dedication to preserving their culture are what set the place apart from other tropical islands.
So here's what to do in just 48 hours:
This itinerary focuses on Bali’s more authentic, less developed east, where Old Bali is still alive and well, and concludes in bustling Seminyak, where you’ll get a taste of the good life in Bali.
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