My Travel Diary: Bali

Hi y’all!
It’s so nice to be in Bali where all the people are super friendly and everywhere is beautifully chilled. On our Indochina tour there were times I felt on edge wandering around; there were masses of people everywhere, all trying to sell you something and at times the streets were slightly chaotic!Bali is, as everyone described, beautiful. 
There are statues and bright coloured flowers almost everywhere and rice fields around every corner. 
Our first few days in Bali were spent wandering the shops of Legian and Sanur, visiting the beach and chilling at the pool. Relaxation at its best! 
On our tour we visited the JatiLuwih rice terraces in Munduk. The rice fields seemed to stretch on for miles and were a vibrant green colour. We saw a few workers in the rice fields and a member of our group volunteered to help plant some seeds. It looked like a messy job – he had to work in calf high water/mud and plant each seed individually. Our tour guide explainedas so much time and effort goes into producing rice you should always try to finish the rice on your plate here in Bali as a sign of gratitude. 

The Floating Temple was another sight we opted to see. It’s actual name, Ulun Danu Temple sits on a lake in Tabanan. The Temple itself is very small in comparison to other temples we have visited however it was still very crowded and had a restaurant and shops onsite. 
One of the best things about being on a tour is that you get taken to hidden gems that you wouldn’t know was there if you were exploring by yourself. 
We took a stop to take in twin lake view; this is where you can see both Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan side by side. The view was amazing and there was also a man letting you take pictures with a bat, lizard and snake – bizarre!
We then hiked to a nearby waterfall – not as spectacular as the waterfall we saw in Laos but still, it gave us a silly photo opportunity. 
When we reached our hotel we were told there would be a traditional dance performance later that night. The dancing was great! It was traditional and some of the dancers were quite young which was really cute!

Kintamani was our next destination in Bali. On our journey there from Munduk we stopped off at the Banjar hot springs. 

These hot springs were the baths of the king and queen many years ago and are said to be sacred.

We were told there were three pools: warm, hot and cold. 

Ryan was looking forward to trying the cold spring pool but it turned out being more like bath water – not cold at all! 
We then stopped for lunch at a restaurant on the beach. We ordered our lunch and went paddling in the sea while we waited for it to cook… Did I mention food takes FOREVER over here? Not just Bali, everywhere we have been the food takes a relatively long time. They make the dishes fresh and one by one so if you get your meal you need to start eating as it will be cold by the time everyone has their orders! 

The beach was a black sand beach and was nice and peaceful, the only disruption being our call to say that our lunch was ready.

Kintamani is the home to Mt. Batur; a volcano which last erupted in the year 2000. 

Ryan and I decided we would climb to the top of the mountain to view the sunrise above the clouds. It was a tough climb (for unfit me atleast, Ryan was absolutely fine *rolls eyes*) but the view from the top was more than worth it. 

We climbed to the top along with another couple, at the top they were taking pictures together with the sunrise in the background. 

As cute as that sounds, if you had seen the state I was in when I reached the top you’d understand why I did not want any photos taken of myself. Not a good look.

We were given food at the top and a tea or coffee as a kind of celebration gift. 

The top was crowded with people; along with stray dogs and monkeys pestering the tourists for food. 

Once back from our mountain hike we helped ourselves to the hotel breakfast and sat with a beautiful view over the lake. 

Once showered and bellies full we began our bus ride to Ubud. 
We stopped along the way to visit a little spice garden that produces Luwak coffee. 

Luwak coffee is sarcastically known as Cats-poo-cino. The Luwak animal eats the coffee beans and poo’s them out (I know – eww!) The beans are thoroughly cleaned and then roasted and ground as per normal the normal coffee process.

We were given free taster teas and coffees to try. Of all the tasters my favourite was the coconut coffee and mangosteen tea – delicious!

Ryan tried some of the Luwak coffee and said it was very strong! It is the most expensive coffee, you don’t put milk with it, you can’t stir it and you only get half a small mug! So who’s the real mug here? 

We’ve still got a few more days in Bali before we move onto our next destination; hopefully we can see even more of Bali’s beauty!
‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x 

 

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