|Travel To Bali | 5 Must Go Places For Vacation|
|Saturday, 23 November 2013 02:20|
Scenic Kintamani: Volcanic Mount Batur Hike/VisitFor a physically fit wanderer, take up the challenge to hike Mount Batur that made the iconic peak of Batur volcanic caldera in Kintamani. To steal the first ray of sunrise at the summit of 1700 meters, climbers usually start at 3 or 4 am. The hike of 2-3 hours is relatively easy to moderate, paths are well marked. A word of caution though, Mount Batur is an active volcano, thus the hike is certainly an ultimate experience of a life time. At the peak, the panoramic view is unimaginably breathtaking with sights of clouds, Mount Agung on the east and of course the vast land of greenery down under!
For less fit folks or constraint travelers that arrive with young children or babies, you still can enjoy the virgin view of Mount Batur caldera in Kintamani at Penelakan. Penelokan is one of the highest spots in Kintamani highland, designed with a row of tourist restaurants. Most are built with open patio or viewing deck, overlooking the view of Lake Batur, Mount Batur and Mount Agung. Here is the place to be if all you wish for is the freshest air, fantastic view of volcanic caldera and a taste of outback though the food served is certainly not .
Best Bali Temple Visit: Pura Luhur Uluwatu & Pura Tanah Lot Despite most people say that Besakih is the mother of all temples in Bali and a must visit, personally I would recommend Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Luhur Uluwatu. To be frank, the architecture of Balinese temple is more or less the same so it means if you're up for the architecture, visiting one is equivalent to many. Vertical split of a symmetrical gate, that's the symbolic greeting for pilgrimage. Taking about 1.5 hours by road from Kuta/Legian, Tanah Lot Temple is isolated thus the journey of country side, paddy fields and local activities are rewarding.
Steep in history, Pura Tanah Lot was originally situated by the waterfront. Sea waves, erosion, time and tide however had carved out this sacred place as if it is a floating temple. Surrounded by water, nowadays visitors are not advised to climb over the rocks to reach the temple anymore despite it looks near. An extremely popular tourist destination in the evening, it is a great place to catch sunset while feasting and watching Kecak - Balinese traditional fire dance. If you wish to avoid the crowd, visit in the morning. It is equally fantastic particularly for nature enthusiasts who are after the majestic, jagged outcrop of rocks and roaring, endless expanse of ocean. Shopping is a bonus. Everything that you see in Kuta/Legian, they also have them here at the vast Tanah Lot shopping street or bazaar.
Gunung Kawi Bali Trip Not far away from Kintamani highland is the famed Gunung Kawi Temple. For history buff, Gunung Kawi certainly has a lot of stories to uncover. An ancient shrine or fondly known as Candi in local lingo, Gunung Kawi Temple was built in 11th century during Udayana Dynasty or King Anak Wungsu. A sacred place for Buddhists, it was also the royal shrine and administrative complex. Inspiring remains not to miss are the rock carving shrines on the wall of cliff on both side of Pakerisan River, almost looking at each others.
The inroad into the heart of this ancient temple are narrow concrete steps, so make sure you go with a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Quaint and Rustic Ubud If ancient tomb is not your scene, make a trip to Ubud. Not straight to Ubud market but places outskirts of this rustic town. No thanks to Eat, Pray, Love filmed by Julie Roberts, it had lifted each dollar that visitors could stretch at Ubud these days.
That's said, rice terrace field at Tegalallang, 15 minutes drive from Ubud can offer a wanderer an experience of a walk on rice field, seeing rice plant and planting process in up close. Depending on the season, this Bali trip can perhaps shows a scenic cascading patches of emerald green or a cascading pools of still water!
For coffee babes, one should never miss a visit to Luwak Coffee farm. Plenty on the island, Bali Pudina Coffee Farm that sits 5 minutes away from Tegalallang can be a good option. A tour that shows you civet cats, coffee trees and the end-to-end process of Kopi Luwak (kopi = coffee in Indonesian lingo). Reckon as premium, Luwak is one of the most expensive coffee in the world. This posh coffee is actually produced from the poo of civet cats. Aside from Luwak Coffee, Bali Pudina also offers other variety of coffee and beverages to sample as one gets loose and relax blending into enormous scenes of nature.
And Ubud can perhaps be one of the better places to sample authentic Balinese cuisine such as Babi Guling (roasted suckling pig), Sate Lilit (spiced, minced meat on stick) and Betutu (roasted or steamed of marinated chicken/ducks). Most visitors would consider Warung Wayan or Wayan Cafe along Jl Monkey Forest, within walking distance from Ubud Ancient Museum.
Best Beaches of Bali Although the last of the list, a trip to Bali is never complete without seeing the beaches. Kuta Beach that stretch from Kuta to Legian, is no doubt the most popular one of the island. Flocked by back-packers and those young at heart, this beach is mainly the place to party, socialize and surfing. If you're looking for a more private, quiet beaches, then head south of Kuta, to Nusa Dua area. Resorts and hotels are aimed for splurge thus most own their beach strips privately but there are some free public beaches such as Pantai Geger.
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