The go-to spot of yester-year, Seminyak is for the more cosmopolitan Bali backpacker. It is perfect for someone looking for a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation.
Lined with beautiful beaches and 5-star resorts, and filled with world-class restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and top shopping experiences, Seminyak is a great base for those who want Western comforts while heading off to explore the island’s amazing culture.
You can explore ancient temples, pristine beaches, and vibrant street markets before heading home for a top notch meal and an evening of dancing.
For a first time visitor or repeat Bali offender, backpacking in Seminyak promises a well-rounded, fun-filled time.
Why Go Backpacking in Seminyak?
Seminyak is a great place to have a totally mixed bag of a trip. You can enjoy loads of fun activities, cultural hotspots and days of exploring the island. Lots of things around Seminyak are within easy walking distance, and neighboring Canggu and Kuta are a short drive away. Plan in day trips for places like Ubud and Uluwatu – or even further afield!
There are a load of affordable accommodations in Seminyak that make it ideal for budget travelers. You’ll find great and cheap hostels in Seminyak – all of which are clean, comfortable, and affordable, as well as the more luxe beachfront hotels and private villas. Depending on your budget and preference, you will find your tropical home.
As with everywhere in Bali, the vibes are unmatched. Not only are the locals incredibly friendly and willing to offer a helping hand however you need, the expat community is also thriving with lots of events taking place throughout the month.
If you are wanting to stay somewhere that feels like home when exploring Bali, Seminyak in a great spot!
Where to Backpack in Seminyak?
Seminyak is a super vibrant and trendy district in Bali. During a stay in Seminyak you can have a mixture of local life, interesting culture and Western comforts.
Spend your days lounging on the beach, shopping up a storm in the malls or visiting magnificent temples. Backpacking in Seminyak is affordable or totally luxe – it’s up to you 😉
Backpacking in Kayu Aya
Jalan Kayu Aya is one of the top spots for travelers backpacking in Seminyak. It is super central with TONS of restaurants, cafes, shops and easy access to the beach!
La Favela is the most famous name on Kayu Aya. It is a restaurant throughout the day, that turns into a bustling club as the night draws in. You can’t say you’ve ‘done Seminyak’ until you’ve had a night out at La Favela.
A lot of the best places to eat in Seminyak are on Kayu Aya including the mouth-watering Sisterfields. Perfect for a fresh and colorful brunch, strong coffees and mid-day pick-me-ups, its at the top of all Seminyak checklists.
Staying in Kayu Aya will give you a central base for heading out to explore the island. It is only a short drive from Canggu, a day trip distance from Uluwatu and Ubud, and close by to all the tourist hotspots.
A great option for a first timer to Bali, the places to stay are varied and affordable, with loads of amazing amenities!
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Kayu Aya:
Backpacking in Petitenget
Petitenget is another lively part of Seminyak that offers a little bit of everything, and eventually leads onto Kayu Aya.
Lined by the beach, with magnificent Petitenget Temple, amazing beach clubs and restaurants, it is a great all-rounder for those who want a little bit of culture and A LOT of fun.
The nightlife in Petitenget is legendary, with some of the best bars in Seminyak. Sip cocktails with a sunset view, get lost in another century in speakeasies and get in among the crowds of the nightclubs, Petitenget is the place to be for the partiers.
For those who want something a little more chilled, there is Potato Head Beach Club and Mano Beach House. Both are beachfront spots with pools, sun beds, incredible cocktails and full menus. Spend a day lounging in the sun ordering up a feast, and catch a beautiful sunset. The Bali beach clubs in Seminyak are some of the most well known on the island.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Petitenget:
Backpacking in Jalan Raya Seminyak
Jalan Raya Seminyak is a busy, long and winding road, lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and markets. It has a great combination of local and international, with affordable accommodations and more luxe options too.
With a stay in Jalan Raya Seminyak you’ll set yourself up right in the heart of town with all the amenities you could need just a moment away. There are supermarkets for doing your own groceries, and many amazing restaurants serving some of the island’s best local tastes.
Traffic can be a bit crazy around here. If you are planning to rent a motorbike, make sure you are confident and ready for chaos! Driving in Bali is unlike anywhere else in the world. But once you get past the crowds, it is easy to get to Canggu and beyond for amazing island adventures!
Our Favorite Places to Stay Near Jalan Raya Seminyak:
Backpacking in Double Six
Camplung Tanduk is the main street that runs through Seminyak to Double Six Beach.
It’s an easy area to walk around with loads of restaurants, shops and bars. Take a stroll from your island home to the beach, stopping up local markets and cafes along the way.
There is everything from budget hostels to luxurious villas around Double Six. For those traveling with mates, share the price of an affordable villa in Seminyak for a more luxe stay.
This area of Seminyak has some of our favorite nightlife including cabaret and drag shows. Famed for Bali Joe and Mixwell, this is where you can let loose and have a really good night out with your mates.
You’ll also find the Jalan Camplung Tanduk Art Market. It is a vibrant, bustling local market with an authentic Balinese shopping experience. It sells an array of unique souvenirs and handmade goods from local artisans, as well as traditional Balinese items.
If you carry on down, you’ll get to Legian, for even more restaurant, bar and shop options!
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Double Six:
Travel Tips for Backpacking Seminyak
With some careful planning and a few helpful tips, backpacking in Seminyak will be your best adventure yet.
For an extra helping hand, here are some top tips to help you get the most out of your experience.
- Stay in a hostel! They are a great way to save money while traveling, and also a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers. If you are solo traveling to Bali, hostels should be your number 1 choice.
- Plan your itinerary. Seminyak is a popular tourist destination and there are plenty of attractions to visit. Make sure you take the time to plan your itinerary in advance so you can make the most of your trip.
- Pack light – one of the benefits of backpacking is that you don’t need to lug around heavy suitcases. Make sure you only bring the essentials and pack light so that you can enjoy your travels without being weighed down.
- Eating local food is a great way to save money and experience a new cuisine. Seminyak has plenty of restaurants and street vendors serving up delicious local dishes.
- Be careful of pickpockets! Pickpockets are a common problem in Seminyak, so it is important to keep your valuables safe. Be sure to keep your wallet and phone in a secure bag, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
From the stunning beaches to the lively nightlife, Seminyak has something for everyone. It is packed with budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels, and luxurious resorts.
The town is teeming with amazing food, opportunities and experiences that are awaiting keen travelers.
Seminyak may not be as popular as buzzing Canggu, but it’s definitely a great base for a Bali adventure!
Featured image: Double Six Beach