Bali has been home to people for about 3,000 years now, the earliest records being the stone inscriptions that date back to those times.
When King Airlangga came to Bali and reigned from 1019 to 1042, Hinduism began to be a major influence on the people there. Over the next few centuries, Hindu Kings took over, one after another and Hindu Java was what the people of Bali followed until 1478.
In the year 1597, the Europeans landed in Bali in the form of Dutch sailors and they loved the place at first sight. When the captain of the ship wanted to return home after the visit, the sailors refused to leave as they wanted to live in Bali itself.
The Dutch began to move into Bali in the year 1710 and by 1846, they used Balinese salvage claims to get the military forces of Bali. Most of the existing kingdoms were overthrown and ruled by the Dutch. The best places to see in Bali usually include the historic ruins of the kingdoms and even if you are staying within the city at the hotel like Bali International Convention Centre, these sites are just a short bus or train ride away.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.