Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bali Day 4 - Ubud & Tanah Lot

[20 March 2011]

Today we'll going for local full day trip with private driver and tour guide. Whole package costs IDR 400,000 (approximately S$ 52) for 2 person. We have pre-booked the tour package through this WEBSITE before we flew over. Mr Wayan Sudiana (our driver of the day) fetched us from villa at 8.30am. Here we go for our first destination in Bali - Barong & Keris Dance at Batubulan village! ^__^ 
Since it was still early for the show, we stopped at Ubud Art Village and learned how's the people making Batik. It is really amazing! They make it by their own hands. It is real hand-made.
Barong & Keris Dance starts at 9.30am. The entrance fee costs IDR 100,000 (Approximately  S$12) per person. The Barong play represents an enternal fight between good and evil spirit. A Barong (a mythological animal) represents good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represents evil one. Balinese people also believed that the Barong is symbol of protector. There are many kinds of Barong, mostly is Barong cat, Barong Landung, Barong Macan (tiger face) Barong celeng (pig face)
It is common to see offerings on the roadside or on the floor.
Next we went to Ubud MarketThe Ubud market has two different parts - the traditional market located in the west of arts market, which sell daily food and open earlier. The arts market sell various of handicrafts, arts and textiles. I noticed that the selling price here even more higher to other places in Bali. Thus remember to negotiate the price before you pay. 
Headed to rice terraces at Tegallalang Village. This rice terraces has beautiful view with coconut trees and river valley. Tegallalang Village well known with the village of handicrafts center specially for wholesale and export. Along the road, they sell variety of painted woodcarving with colorful designed.
We came to Batur Mount Volcano. This is my favorite place because I can enjoy cooling weather here. It located in Kintamani District - Bangli Regency. This is still active Volcano smoking all the time. There are many restaurant built surround the crater especially for lunch time.
What is the best coffee you can find in Indonesia? Of course Coffee Luwak (Chivet Cat Coffee). Now we able to stop a while at Bali Coffee Agrotourism for a few cup of free samples. You would be able to see various of plantation such as coffee arabica, coffee robusta, pineapple, Balinese snake fruite (salak), plain Balinese potatoes, star fruit, cacao, jack fruit, durian tree and etc.

This is Taman Ayun Temple. It is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub district, Badung regency and about 18km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located beside of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. Entrance fee is IDR 15,000 (Approximately S$ 2) per person.
The last destination of the trip is Tanah Lot TempleThe temple perched on a little rocky islet. This temple was built in 16th century by the Javanese priest Danghyang Nirartha who built many temple near the sea around the island such as Rambut Siwi Temple in west of Bali, Pulaki Temple and Ponjok Batu Temple in North of Bali. 
To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a carefully planned set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.
We returned to villa for our complementary body massage (which is already included in the package) after a long day trip. We felt so much relaxing and contented after massage. The massage ladies even prepare us a pool of floral bath. That's really great for my sore legs after the Ubud trip. ^__^
After massage we walked to La Sal Spanish restaurantThe ambiance is loungy, calm,  and amorous.  You'll dine by candle light. We really enjoyed our dinner here especially squid ink paellas. What a wonderful night we had!
This is really a memorable trip for us. We were so much relaxing and indeed enjoying every moment. Would love to visit Bali again! 

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