Bali is the place where you will be first stormed by an abundance of impressions, noise and smells, just to find bliss shortly thereafter. Being referred to as the "island of gods", it holds many secrets in store about ancient temples, mighty deities and traditional life which evolved during the rise and fall of the different kingdoms being once in charge. Today, Bali welcomes travelers from all over the world, keeping different promises depending on the kind of tourist addressed to. The lovely Indonesian island has it all: a thrilling nightlife for the sleepless party tourists alongside peaceful oases to relax and immerse yourself in local life. We spent 1 month in Bali, turning it upside down in the search of bliss and adventure. Get ready to … (Continue reading)
Bali is the perfect place for urban exploration freaks like us. One of our blog's focus is abandoned places. We call it time machine because visiting these places feels like traveling back in time. We visited 3 abandoned sites in Bali, although there are a lot more. If you're looking for a full list, there is one from tripcanvas. Follow us on the ghost trail through bewildered gardens and spooky buildings. Even planes that didn't take off for a very long time. Two planes resembling each other. One freely accessible next to a Dunkin Donuts along a highway. The other is in a valley, not free to access. Locals, charging some money to see the plane, closed off the area with containers and corrugated sheets. You can just catch a … (Continue reading)
For the unlucky ones, Balinese food can become a nightmare with the name Bali Belly. We don't know exactly what it is that causes this sick feeling but we guess it's the change in diet together with the prevalent spicy food and non-drinkable tap water. Yakult, guava juice and raspberry are recommended when suffering from Bali Belly.
While in Bali, we kept track of all our spendings and in this article we will show exactly how much it cost us to travel Bali. Kuta is a place we like to avoid, at least when it comes to accommodation and eating out. Ubud is also a bit more expensive than the rest of the island and we have another, more in-depth guide to Ubud as well. All prices mentioned in Indonesian rupiah (€1 was worth approximately 15,133 IDR (exchange rate on 21/01/2016) during our trip). Total costs: 7,762,890 rupiah. Currently, this worth €513 or €256.48 per person. This is a bit more than €8 per person per day. (The total costs exclude changing money and the plane tickets.) Without paying for medical costs, scooter repairs and … (Continue reading)
In our last week, we spent new year's eve in Ubud. All the big festivities would be organized in Kuta but it would be impossible to get into town with all the traffic. Besides, we wouldn't be able to drink before driving back. The expensive hotels had their own parties but there didn't seem to be much going on outside until we found the big temples in the center. People there seemed to be waiting for something. It was almost midnight and we found a second floor of a small restaurant where nobody else was sitting. We didn't have to wait long for the fireworks to start. We had the best view from the terrace – the fireworks exploded right above us. On our last day … (Continue reading)
Heat can become a real burden in Bali. In combination with the high humidity it can literally drag one down, making it tiring to set a step out of the air-conditioned coffee shop. While staying in Ubud, we tried to beat the load of heat rays by looking for cool water spots. Air Terjun or Waterfalls are the best refreshment on hot and sticky days Ubud is quite far from the beach or any place to go for a swim but there are some waterfalls nearby. The waterfalls are great for cooling down in the heat, especially in the rainy season when the waterfalls look more impressive and they are less crowded. We decided to research all of Bali's waterfalls and visited some of them. Most of Bali's waterfalls … (Continue reading)
Although the majority of the waterfalls around Bali are turned into a profit machine – local supervisors charging entrance fees – there are still some that can be accessed for free. One of them is Air Terjun Pengempu waterfall located close to Ubud, in the area of Tabanan. The falling water streams into a pool with some spots deep enough to swim in. The highlight of local and foreign visitors is a liana, hanging down from a tree, which is used as a natural swing. It's great to watch Indonesian kids doing acrobatics on it.
Ubud is said to be the cultural heart of Bali after famous artists and spiritualists visited this place and got inspired by the creative environment. Since then, hordes of travelers set out for the town located in the midst of lush green rice fields. Ubud is praised to be the paradise for yoga fans and people with an alternative lifestyle. In the beginning of the 21st century Ubud became known as a popular backpacking destination. We wanted to prove if this still applies to the current situation. It turned out that Ubud is no longer the backpacker destination it once was. The past picture of the destination vanished in favor of profit makers and to the disadvantage of budget travelers. The streets are full of fancy hotels and expensive … (Continue reading)
Today, adults get into a hurry, while meeting the preparations for the big celebration in the eve. Today, children eyes sparkle in expectation of the presents they will receive. Today, Christians from different cultures, in different parts of the world gather with their families and friends to ignite the spirit of Jesus' birth. Today, we hope and pray that love and peace surround all those who are involved in Christmas festivities – in private as well as in public places. Today, we want to spread the light and be the light for all the religious minorities, fearing to live their religious believes due to harassment, persecution and violence. Merry Christmas, Selamat Hari Natal Although Christmas is celebrated only by a minority of Indonesians, the public interest is big. Christmas decoration in shopping malls, like Lippo … (Continue reading)
Finding a scooter rental for a decent price as a foreigner on Bali isn't as easy any more. Prices are going up a lot. For Australians it's very cheap to fly here; for them everything is cheap and they are willing to pay the price. Salesmen will often translate the price – "Only 5 Australian dollars" to rent a scooter for a day. Especially when staying for a month, this is not cheap. Luckily, we got a decent price: around € 2 a day, although it would be possible to find it even cheaper. We got it through a friend who doesn't normally rent to foreigners. "They drive like crazy." This is one thing you will recognize, especially in the Kuta area. Drivers cutting people off, … (Continue reading)