The Badung Regency Tourism Office recorded a 10.1 percent increase in the number of arrivals at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali in 2018, which shows that the tourism industry of the country's prime beach destination continues to be a popular vacation destination for tourists all over the world. But aside from the picturesque shorelines, serene but breathtaking roadside views, and first-class hospitality, Bali is also known as one of the top bargain shopping havens in Asia. If you're fortunate to be able to spend a few days in this paradise, here are some of the must-have items that you need to include in your Bali shopping list and where to find them.
One of the most flocked-to areas in Bali is the famous Ubud Art Market, located right in front of the Royal Palace. It is known for selling numerous art products, and unique accessories and souvenirs, as well as other handmade items that came from nearby villages such as Payangan, Tegallalang, Pengosekan and Peliatan. Must-have items to purchase at the Ubud Art Market include lightweight shirts, silk scarves, hats or baskets, as well as handmade woven bags. Make sure you're prepared for your shopping extravaganza and have your credit card handy, as well as some cash for stalls that require it: you're bound to find something you want to take home.
Whether you're looking for a few trendy pieces of island wear or planning to bring home several batik fabrics for your friends, you will definitely find something in this touristy shopping street. The Jalan Pantai Mengiat shopping district is situated in the upscale neighborhood of Nusa Dua. Yet despite its chic location, the shops that you will find in this street offer reasonably priced items like Balinese sarongs, batiks, flashy jewellery and wood carvings that are cheaper than the ones offered in the area's posh boutiques.
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Aside from the unforgettable beaches, another reason why tourists choose to spend their holidays in Bali is because of their incredible tropical fruit selections. Some of the most popular variants include rambutan, snakeskin fruit, soursop, Javanese plum and mangosteen, as well as the infamous durian fruit. So if you're craving for something unique, then head towards this wet market one hour away from Ubud.
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If being surrounded by the remarkable natural beauty of Bali is not enough, you can still put yourself in the middle of a charming market along Jalan Batu Balong at night for some retail therapy under a string of fairy lights. You can get hold of interesting island fashion pieces, accessories and dreamcatchers, as well as traditional Balinese artwork. On Sundays, this Instagrammable spot turns into one of the island's most happening marketplaces.
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Calling Bali a shopper's paradise is an understatement. A trip to this tropical island will definitely fill up your senses with incredible sights and one-of-a-kind market finds. So the next time you find yourself heading towards this Indonesian island, prepare to open up your wallet and shop till you drop.