The world's best holiday destination?

TripAdvisor has named Bali in Indonesia as the number one country to visit


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

Bali in Indonesia has always been a firm favourite amongst travellers looking to explore its superb tropical jungle landscapes, exceptional temples and pristine white sandy beaches.

See also: Best beaches in the world 2017

So it comes as no surprise that the idyllic island has been named the best holiday destination in the world by TripAdvisor, topping a list of 25 popular locations that includes Bora Bora, Jamaica, Hoi An in Vietnam and Phuket in Thailand.

We take a look at the top 10 most beautiful places you need to go and visit next time you take a trip to the Indonesian paradise.

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1. Uluwatu Temple (pictured, top)

The walk to this sea temple is as pretty as the building itself. Take a stroll during the sunset for views that are sure to take your breath away, then head down to Jimbaran Bay and dine on delicious seafood dishes at one of the many restaurants and cafés overlooking the Indian ocean.

2. Sekumpul Waterfalls

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Hailed by many as the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, it's well worth the trek into the heart of the jungle to discover this magnificent natural highlight.

There are plenty of tours and guides on hand to share some tidbits of local culture, but we recommend a private tour where you can also discover the surrounding area and taste local coffee such as this one on TripAdvisor.

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

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Located in the region of Ubud, this sanctuary never fails to be a hit with tourists. You can walk through the impressive complex that's home to a large variety of monkeys who roam freely around the area. There are full day tours, but you're short on time just a few hours is enough to explore.

4. Besakih Temple

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Besakih Temple is also known as Bali's 'Mother Temple', sitting 1,000 metres high on Mount Agung.

It's an impressive complex that's actually home to around 86 temples, including the impressive Pura Penataran Agung.

5. Tirta Gangga Water Palace

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Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace which boasts charming water gardens which you can explore.

You can swim in some of the pools, or wander around the tranquil settings - look out for the thousands of colourful koi fish that inhabit the waters!

6. Tegallalang Rice Terraces

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You can learn a lot about Bali's rich history and culture during a tour of these traditional rice paddies, which use 'Subak', an ancient irrigation system said to be passed down from the eighth century.

Art fans will also want to check out the nearby art kiosks and cafés where you can see and buy artwork from locals.

7. Tanah Lot Temple

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This temple is unique for its offshore location, and when the tide is low you can get a closer look and walk around it - however, non-Balinese visitors are not allowed inside.

Try and head there early to avoid the hordes of tourists who descend upon the area to get photos of the temple during sunset hours.

8. Goa Gajah

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Goa Gajah is nicknamed 'The Elephant Cave' - but you won't see elephants roaming around.

Instead when you head through the entrance, what you will discover a picturesque courtyard with impressive stone carvings and pools. Just six kilometres away from Ubud, it's so easy to get to if you want to while away an hour or two.

9. Mount Batur

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It's difficult to miss this grandiose active volcano which towers above the rolling hills and mountains. For the more adventurous, it's well worth joining a hike and trekking up the volcanic rocks to catch the sunrise for exceptional panoramic views of the island.

10. Bamboo Forest

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Cyclists flock to this lusciously green forest consisting of giant bamboo shoots that form its dense canopy. There are plenty of tours and trails to follow while exploring - or if you're short on time, you can also drive past it on the nearby main roads for a glimpse of the incomparable greenery.

TripAdvisor's best landmarks in the world 2017

TripAdvisor's best landmarks in the world 2017

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