I've been to Bali twice. The first time was 4 years ago when I wasn't a blogger, not even as much of a traveler, more of a tourist. I didn't have two weeks in Bali then, just 5 days, and I did see some pretty spectacular places in Bali, but my experience wasn't good enough for me to want to talk about it. The second time, I was (am) both, a traveler and a blogger, so my approach to travel - be it stay, exploring, food, drink, whatever - was different, and I had SUCH a lovely time that I actually want to live there now (considering it for real).
First - It just spoke to me and accepted me as a part of itself. It's so different from India, and yet so similar. Just two weeks in Bali, and I felt like I was at home. I recognised certain elements of home and I think that made me feel really comfortable there. It also really helps that the place is gorgeous - the lush of the emerald green that surrounds you, the luminous waves that crash against the pristine sands and hypnotise you with their music, the soft puffs of white floating against a clear blue sky... The natural beauty is enough to captivate your senses and have you feeling completely immersed.
Second - it's cheap. Bali is SO cheap. I live in Mumbai. If I were to compare the cost of eating out, a normal dish in a basic restaurant in Mumbai costs the same as a meal at an expensive restaurant or cafe in Bali.
Third - the people. I found a friendly face wherever I went. The locals are some of the kindest, most helpful people I have ever met on my travels, and they go the extra mile to make you feel at home. The Balinese really, really love Bollywood, so don't be surprised if they quote a Shah Rukh Khan movie out of nowhere, or maybe even break into a bit of a jig.
So what can I do in my two weeks in Bali?
Alright, two weeks in Bali. TWO WEEKS IN BALI? Is that all you're doing?
I was faced with this question so many times by travellers I met, that I stopped saying it altogether. I saw what they meant though.
I've spent a total of 3 weeks in Bali, so this is by no means an 'ultimate guide', because if it were, you would probably need months to see everything this jewel has to offer. When I left, I left wishing I had that kind of time.
What I will put down here, though, will give you a wonderful experience in some of the best places in Bali So if you've only got two weeks in Bali, or less, you'll find everything you need right here.
Bali is pretty big, so basing yourself in one place for the entire duration of your trip and exploring from there will not make much sense - you'll spend forever traveling and won't even get enough time in each location. So pick areas you want to focus on and book your stay there for a few nights each.
Where to go
Here's how you can split your two weeks in Bali -
Kuta / Seminyak / Legian - 2 nights
Canggu - 3 nights
Nusa Lembongan / Gili - 3 nights
Ubud - 3-4 nights
Yogyakarta (Java, not Bali, but worth a visit) - 2 nights
Kuta / Seminyak / Legian
This is THE most touristy spot in Bali, but I'm mentioning it because if you're traveling to Bali for the first time, it's probably a good place for you to orient yourself. Get used to the life, the people, the food, and maybe meet some fun travellers you can get out and explore with. Being smack in the centre of the city, it is a hotspot for travellers who are looking to shop, eat, party, and chill.
My advice: If you only have two weeks in Bali, spend maybe a night in this area, or two tops.
This is where you'll find the best nightclubs, popular food spots, and some amazing shopping options.
Some great clubs -
Potatohead Beach Club - A gorgeous property in Seminyak which has a lovely pool and opens right into the beach. You will need to make a reservation, and you can do so right .
La Favela - one of the most popular nightclubs in Bali, it's a good idea to get here early, because the later it gets, the longer the line to get in. It stretched for close to 500 metres when I was there and I was glad I didn't arrive that late.