Bali Whole Day Tour

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Whenever I travel to an unfamiliar place, I always make sure to include a tour around the area. So I've searched around the internet for a car service tour at Bali Indonesia and after all the informations gathered I've decided to booked Satabani Ways.

Rice Terraces Bali, Indonesia

The tour should have started at 8:00 in the morning but for some reason the driver came late at the resort so we started at 8:30 in the morning instead. Good thing we bought an Indonesian SIM card for Rp. 200,000.00 if not, then it would be hard for us to contact the tour driver. Praise God for technology.

I was disappointed, big time!, with the tour service I've booked. On our email I've told him to visit the following places:
  • Taman Ayun Mengwi (Garden Palace)
  • Twins Git2 Waterfall
  • Bedugul (Ulun danu temple & Bratan lake)
  • Jatiluwih rice terrace
  • Ubud Area
  • Tanah Lot (Temple on the rock) (Sunset)

but my contact change it last minute. Imagine my frustration. He even insisted to skip the Tanah Lot Temple sunset. We could have missed the beautiful sunset at Tanah Lot temple if we gave in to his demands. I was really pissed by their service. Book Sabatani Ways at your own risk!

SILVER FACTORY

The first stop for our Bali tour is at the Silver Factory, Ubud. Inside you get to see workers making jewelry. There is a jewelry shop inside incase you like to buy their finished products. 

ART SHOP

Next stop is at the art shop. This is still at Ubud Area.

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LUMBUNG SARI (HOUSE OF COFFEE)

Did you know what Indonesia sells the most expensive coffee in the world? That coffee is called the Luwak Coffee (Kopi Luwak).

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The luak, that’s a small catlike animal, gorges after dark on the most ripe, the best of our crop. It digests the fruit and expels the beans, which our farm people collect, wash, and roast, a real delicacy. Something about the natural fermentation that occurs in the luak’s stomach seems to make the difference. For Javanese, this is the best of all coffees—our Kopi luak.

—Doyo Soeyono Kertosastro, Indonesian Coffee Farmer, March 1981 National Geographic[18]

The above text above explains how luwak coffee is made. The process is very interesting if you ask me. I will be talking about this place in much detail in my next succeeding post. Stay tuned.

RICE TERRACES AT CEKING TEGALLALANG

I've always wanted to visit a rice terraces. The Philippines, where I was raised and born has the Banaue Rice Terraces. I'm glad that Bali has their very own where I'm able to visit. 

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LUNCH AT MADU SARI MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT

We are suppose to get a beautiful view of Mt. Batur Volcano from this restaurant at Kintamani. However the fog is too thick plus it's drizzling outside when we came here. The food at this restaurant is surprisingly good. It's a buffet style lunch. We paid $67 SGD for 2 pax including the drinks we've ordered and an additional of $3 SGD for the tip totalling to $70 SGD.

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Noticed the thick fog enveloping Mt. Batur. It got thicker after we had our lunch at Madu Sari Restaurant (for reference see the middle section left side of the photo above).

LAKE TEMPLE IN BATUR

We passed by a winding road running down a slope just to get here. Before we entered the temple we noticed the empty houses along the way. Our tour guide / driver told us the place is almost empty because of Mt. Batur's previous eruption. All over the ground you will noticed the scattered volcanic rocks. I also noticed that we are the only tourist there so I guess this is an off the beaten track. The lake temple here is not as impressive as that of Ulun Danu Temple in Bedugul.

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BATUR NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

Batur natural hot springs is a 10 minute drive from the Temple Lake at Batur. On our way to the natural hot spring we have a beautiful view of this mountain at the side of the lake.

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The water from the hot springs came from Mt. Batur itself. There is a fee if you want to dip into this natural wonder. It is interesting to note that the hot spring for the locals and the foreigners is separated and locals get to dip into it for free.

TAMAN AYUNG MENGWI (GARDEN PALACE)

Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and look like a drift on the water. It owns the beautiful temple building with multistoried roof and Balinese Architecture. There is a wide beautiful landscape garden in the front courtyard to welcome all visitors who came to visit the temple. Entrance is at Rp. 15,000.00 per pax.

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SUNSET AT TANAH LOT TEMPLE

Imagine what we could have missed if we didn't visited this place because our contact discouraged us to come here. We we're already very tired when we visited but it's worth it. Entrance to this temple cost Rp. 30,000.00 per pax + Rp. 5,000.00 car parking.

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Do check out my post : Sunset at Tanah Lot for more sunset views at the area.

Those are the places we visited during our Bali Tour. The tour cost cost $44 SGD good for 8 hours tour. Since our tour took 12 hours we paid an extra $5 SGD per hour. It totalled to $64 SGD plus a tip of $6 SGD to the driver.

I wouldn't recommend booking a tour with Sabatani Ways. They claimed that parking and ticket entrance to every tourism place is included in their service however we paid with our own pocket money the entrance to Taman Ayun Mengwi Temple and Tanah Lot Temple plus the parking fee. 

If you're looking for a decent driver booked Jaya instead. This is his contact number : +62 822 37567540. Tell him that Gideon referred you.

Don't miss out on my Travel Guide to Bali, Indonesia from this link.



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