A few thoughts and photos from my trip to Bali with Helen last month.
Sanur and Ubud
Our first stay was right on the beach, in the resort of Sanur. It’s a quiet place, particularly compared to Denpasar (the capital) and Ubud, our second destination…
Ubud is further inland, about 40 minutes north of Sanur. It’s known for its arts scene and there were plenty of market stalls selling handcrafted goods. We of course took our chance to do a bit of bartering! (We bought a couple of kites and a small wooden owl!)
We stayed at Uma, a luxury hotel located a short distance from the centre. The whole experience was pretty amazing: the room, the food, and the pool were all top notch!
Hinduism is a huge part of Balinese life, so there are temples (Pura) and offerings everywhere. Many temples are in spectacular locations: on the edge of a cliff, on a lake, or on a rock heading out to sea.
Rice fields make up a big part of the landscape in Bali. We hired a driver who took us on a trip round some windy mountain roads to check out the Jatiluwih rice terraces, the largest in Bali. The terraces were vast, and the views spectacular (unfortunately difficult to capture on camera!).
We went on a few guided tours to various places on the island. One of my favourites was a bike ride down a mountain. It was a great chance to explore some of the mountain villages that we’d previously driven through.
The food in Bali was pretty good. Lots of rice and some really good barbecued fish and meat. Unfortunately, no matter how careful we were with what we ate, we still managed to get a bout of Bali Belly, which was rather uncomfortable for the last few days of the holiday (and plane ride!). Luckily it didn’t really stop us from doing much.
We saw quite a few of these mischievous monkeys, particularly around Uluwatu. They will grab almost anything (mostly sunglasses), even flip flops off your feet! Fortunately we had been forewarned, and left all our loose items in the car.