Seminyak is for the more cosmopolitan backpacker. Someone looking for the perfect combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation.
Located in the southwest part of Bali, Seminyak is a popular destination for backpackers from all over the world.
You can explore ancient temples, pristine beaches, and vibrant street markets. It is home to many of the best restaurants, cafes and bars on the island.
A great mixture of traditional Bali and modern amenities, backpacking in Seminyak has something for everyone.
Why go backpacking in Seminyak?
Seminyak is a great place to meet other backpackers, explore the local culture, and create unforgettable memories.
The low prices make it an ideal choice for budget travelers. There are so many great hostels in Seminyak – all of which are clean, comfortable, and affordable. You can easily make new traveling pals and explore the island with other adventurers.
The community in Seminyak is full of locals and travelers who are eager to have fun, help each other out, and share stories.
They can provide helpful tips about the best places to stay, things to do, and places to eat! It’s always handy having someone who’s already done it all around.
Seminyak is perfect for those who want to be near the beach, shops and entertainment. Plus it is only a short drive to buzzing Canggu and Ubud!
Getting around Seminyak is incredibly easy with taxi, GO-JEKs and Grabs readily available. You can try out renting a bike, but this is recommended for newcomers, the roads in Seminyak can be pretty hectic.
Where to Backpack in Seminyak?
Seminyak is a vibrant and trendy district in Bali. It’s the perfect destination for backpackers who want to explore the culture, meet new people and experience the great nightlife.
From beach bars to local markets, there’s so much to do! These are all the best places to stay in Seminyak for backpackers.
Backpacking in Kayu Aya
Jalan Kayu Aya is one of the most popular and well known spots for travelers in Seminyak.
This vibrant street is home to endless cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops, and leads all the way to the beach with some of the most popular beach clubs.
La Favela is the most famous spot 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 tried out La Favela.
Our favorite place to eat in Seminyak is Sisterfields. It is a charming cafe that offers a mix of Australian and international dishes, including smoothie bowls, salads, burgers and craft beers, all served in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
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 accommodations are varied and affordable, with loads of amazing amenities!
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Kayu Aya:
Backpacking in Petitenget
Petitenget is a lively part of Seminyak that offers a little bit of everything.
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 beach clubs in Seminyak are some of the most well known on the island.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Petitenget:
Kamaniiya Petitenget Seminyak
Backpacking in Jalan Raya Seminyak
Jalan Raya Seminyak is a long and winding road, lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and markets.
A great combination of local and international, there are affordable options and more luxe choices for those who have the budget.
Along Jalan Raya Seminyak, you can find a variety of accommodation including hostels, guest houses, private villas and hotels.
Set yourself up right in the heart of Seminyak with all the amenities you could need just a moment away. There are supermarkets for doing your own groceries, and many amazing restaurants offering some of the island’s best local tastes.
Traffic can be a bit crazy. If you are planning to rent a motorbike, make sure you are confident and ready for chaos. 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:
Kumpul Kumpul Villa Seminyak
Backpacking in Camplung Tanduk
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. Walk from your accommodation to the beach, stopping up local markets and cafes along the way.
There is everything from budget hostels to luxurious villas in Camplung Tanduk. For those traveling with mates, check out some of the affordable villas 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 bar and Mixwell, this is where you can let loose and really have a good night!
There is also the Jalan Camplung Tanduk Art Market. A vibrant, bustling market with an authentic Balinese shopping experience. It offers an array of unique souvenirs and handmade goods from local artisans, as well as traditional Balinese items.
It is conveniently located near Legian, for even more restaurant, bar and shop options!
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Camplung Tanduk:
The Green Room Seminyak
Bali Dyana Villas
Bali Dyana Villas
Travel Tips for Backpacking Seminyak
With some careful planning and a few helpful tips, backpacking in Seminyak will be your favorite adventure yet.
Here are some top tips for backpacking in Seminyak 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.
- 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