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Here's Why You Should Visit These 3 Award-Winning Tourist Villages in Bali (& How to Get There!)

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Auli Cinantya  •  Oct 01, 2021

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Beyond their white sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets, Bali has a lot more to offer than just surfing and tanning on the beach. If you want to have a first-hand experience of what Bali is like, try visiting Bali’s most famous tourist village.   A tourism village (or ‘desa wisata’ in Indonesian) can be described as a village that has officially been designated as one that welcomes tourism. Offering an immersive experience by taking its visitors to experience the traditional lives and blending in with the locals, enrich your perspective in life by visiting tourism villages that will provide you with unforgettable memories.  If you plan to travel to Bali but want to stay away from the crowded beach, these three destinations will be perfect for you!

1. Desa Pinggan Kintamani

 Located near Mount and Lake Batur, Pinggan Village offers you a scenic mountain landscape where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset in Bali. Reaching only 21 degrees Celsius during the day, Desa Pinggan Kintamani is famous for its campsite. You could also visit Lake Batur, an earth park or global geopathic network by UNESCO or explore the Hot Springs in Bali, Toya Devasha, and Toya Bungkah. Pinggan Village is perfect for enjoying rural nature tourism, b e sure not to miss the beautiful mist view of Pinggan Kintamani village from above. Address: Kintamani sub-district, Bangli Regency, Bali province, Indonesia How to get there: If you travel from Kuta, it will take about 2 hours 15 minutes to reach Pinggan Kintamani Village using a car rental service. Entrance fee: Rp 15.000/person

2. Pemuteran Village Bali

  Located near West Bali National Park and Menjangan Island, Pemuteran Village is a small village in the northwest of the island of Bali. This village in Buleleng will spoil you with the charm of an exotic yet quiet and calm white sand beach. This tourism village is on the list of “10 Best Destinations in Asia", according to Lonely Planet. A perfect destination for diving and snorkelling, you can find a large number of clownfish, parrotfish, manta rays, and whale sharks pass the waters or observe their coral reef project. Address: Pemuteran Village, Gerokgak District, Buleleng Regency, Bali. How to get there: This village can be reached about 3.5 hours from Denpasar by car or motorbike.  If you are travelling from the south of Bali, you can take the Munduk route and pass lakes on the mountain or through Puputan with panoramic views of terraced rice fields.  Entrance fee: Free  

3. Penglipuran Village Bali

Penglipuran Village offers you an experience that will make you feel closer to nature. This tourism village is traditionally constructed by preserving the traditional methods of bamboo architecture from Bali. Almost everything you will find here is made from plants, from the house gates, kitchens, furniture, doorways, house gates, to the roofs. Many of the styles, such as the bamboo roof shingles, are distinctive to this community and cannot be found elsewhere. In 2018, Penglipuran Village was recognized among the top three cleanest villages in the world according to the readers’ choice in travel magazine CN Traveler. Address: Penglipuran Village, Kubu, Bangli District, Bangli Regency, Bali 80613 How to get there: This village is located near Kintamani, set along the countryside situated among the hills. If there’s no traffic, you could get to Penglipuran Village from Ngurah Rai Airport with a travel time of 1 hour 40 minutes. Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 25,000 (children) to Rp. 15,000 – Rp. 30,000 (adults). Don't know where to go or what to eat in Bali? Check out these articles: