Friday, January 20, 2017

Itinerary: Bali 4 days 4 nights trip

Hello!!! It has been a long long time since I last update this blog. Caught up with work and money constraint and  hence lesser time to travel. XD Finally, I have time to update on my Bali Trip last month -- a random, 4 days 4 nights trip in November 2016 with my hostel mates. 

As one of us has pretty tight schedule, we have only 4 full days to travel. Thus, we booked a night flight on friday night and reached Bali at midnight. Trying to spare more time to travel on Saturday. Flight ticket was bought pretty last minute and it costs me RM616 for return ticket. Could be cheaper if buy during zero fare. Air Asia has sales every week anyway. 

So let's start with my journey to Bali!

Day 1: KL-Bali (Check-in hotel and sleep!)

As I'm traveling alone from Kuala Lumpur, I've decided to park my car at Bandar Tasik Selatan station and catch the KLIA Express to KLIA2 (RM38.40 one way)

Our flight got delayed for 30 minutes... The friend who flew from Singapore had to wait for an hour in Bali airport to meet us. Poor thing... We booked a driver -- Mr Bagus and he waited to pick us up from airport to hotel. Was a little sad with the delay as he had to stay up to pick us up and the next day we have a full day tour. No extra charge! Very kind of him.

Our hotel for first 3 nights -- The Kana Kuta Hotel.

Pool view from breakfast place. I love the coffee served during breakfast. Best coffee I have tried in Bali. Too bad I didn't manage to get the brand.

Day 2: Tanjung Benoa (water sports) - Lunch (Babi Guling) - Pandawa Beach - Uluwatu Temple (for sunset) - Adi Spa - Dinner @ Jimbaran Bay

We had breakfast in hotel and then proceeded with our first stop of the day with water sports activities at Tanjung Benoa. To be honest, I think that this is the spot that I don't really enjoy throughout my Bali trip. Expensive and nothing special (maybe because there's no crystal clear water, which makes me feel disappointed). We spent a lot of time waiting for our turn under the hot sun, and our parasailing was forced to cancelled due to the weather. In the end, we spent about RM260 per person for Jetski, Banana Boat and Rolling Donut. 

Tanjung Benoa

We ended our water sports activities around 2pm and we were all starving. So, we asked the driver to bring us to try Babi Guling. As we were rushing time, he suggested a shop nearby instead of going to those famous Babi Guling restaurants. We ordered nasi babi guling special to try... Was really excited to try it since it is so famous. 

While waiting for our food to be served.....

Ta-daa! My plate of nasi babi guling special (~RM10). 

It comes with pork satay, minced pork, crispy skin, etc... I don't really like the skin. Only enjoyed the satay and meat. It was served with chilies and hence quite spicy. Overall, I don't really fancy but it is a good experience trying out. Just wondering if the famous stall's would taste better or not. Ahh....

Then, we went to Pandawa Beach for a walk. Pandawa Beach is more of my kind of beach, with greenish blue sea and white sands. It was once known as secret beach due to its location, which lies behind the two cliffs with poor access. There are a lot of tourists visiting Pandawa Beach now... You may need to pick low season for a more peaceful beach. =)

I enjoyed walking on the white, soft sands. ^_^

Overview of Pandawa Beach from the cliff area (near the Pandawa statues)

After that we were supposed to go to Water Blow at Nusa Dua but our driver suggested us to skip that and go to Uluwatu Temple right away in case we missed out the sunset. Hence, to choose between Water Blow and Uluwatu Temple, of course we choose the latter.

Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu in Balinese, is a Balinese sea temple. It is one of the six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. It is known for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. Uluwatu Temple is one of the top places on the island for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, and you can watch Kecak dance performances over here too!

With such amazing view, I can't stop myself from "WOW" "WOW "WOW" while walking along the cliff walkway. The entrance fee for uluwatu temple is IDR40,000 but it is really worthy! Spamming photos taken at Uluwatu Temple as the place is too beautiful!

Look at this view! Heartmelts...

Aww... I can stay here all the long just to listen to the sound of the sea slamming on the cliff. 

Group Photo while waiting for sunset. 

Bare in mind... You have to be very be careful with your belongings here. Monkeys will just come attack anytime, anywhere. Our driver kept reminding us and we managed to escape in one piece =)

Not a perfect sunset but it is worth waiting after all. 

Heart this place very much

After that, the driver brought us to a spa place - Adi Spa. The price is really expensive and we bargained so hard to get IDR300,000 per person for an hour of Balinese massage. It is actually very over-priced but we were like stucked there with the driver (who looks pretty keen for us to try) and the workers. We looked at other spa's places for pricing and realized that we paid almost twice more than the actual price. =.= conned... 

The environment is quite peaceful actually.

After an hour of spa, we finally can go for dinner @ Jimbaran Bay. I was actually quite sad that we couldn't make it for sunset at Rock Bar. Choosing between Rock Bar and Uluwatu Temple, I decided to go for Uluwatu Temple, which is the must-see. Typical tourist thought. =)

The driver brought us to a seafood place to dine at the beach @ Jimbaran Bay. We were quite exhausted after one whole day of tour, both mentally and economically. Hence, we just ordered some simple dishes like fried rice and grilled chicken to fill up our tummy. Food here isn't cheap either. Maybe of the location I guess. However, I do enjoy the environment here. The sound of the ocean is so soothing.

The restaurant that we dined in.
The open air seating. Too bad it was drizzling when we arrived. So we got our indoor seats instead of this romantic one. XD

Day 3: Barong & Keris Dance - Batik Shop - Kintamani (where we had lunch) - Coffee Plantation (Luwak Coffee) - Tirta Empul Temple - Tegalalang Rice Terrace - Naughty's Nuri (Dinner)

Early morning of our day 3, we heaeed out around 9am (was supposed to be 8.30am =P) to watch Barong & Keris Dance. It is a traditional dance, and they have written storyline in different languages available for your reference while watching. It really helps! Easier for me to understand the content of the show.. I wouldn't disclose any of the show content... You are suppose to come here to explore if you're planning one. haha... Entrance fee is IDR100,000 per pax.

Our group photo with the Barong. 

Then, the driver drove us to a batik shop, with some people processing batik at a side. We did not spend much time there as batik stuff are expensive and we are running out of money. Not our main interest of the trip anyway. =D
Colouring of the cloth

After that, we proceed to Kintamani for lunch at Pulu Mujung Warung. Usually, drivers or tour will opt for buffet at Kintamani.. We are trying to find something more special and hence we ended up here. I kinda like this place as they serve organic Indonesian dishes, which is nice. However, my other 2 friends who prefer heavy taste find them very tasteless. Haha... But, there's one thing that all of us like - the Mount Batur view with breezy cold wind.
Lunch with such a view - best in life!

After lunch, we had a stroll to enjoy the view of Mount Batur and the lake. So breathtaking.

Tourist photo XD

On a side note, there are a lot of ladies selling souvenirs by the roadside and if you are interested to buy some, remember to bargain. They can give discount up to 50%, without us saying a thing. In the end, we still bought quite a bit from them with different prices at different point of time. The price just getting cheaper and cheaper. Feeling conned again..

The next stop is the one that I'm looking forward to! Coffee plantation. Time for coffee tasting session =D Luwak Coffee.. Can't wait to try... 

Before coffee tasting, they brought us around to show us luwak, the process of roasting coffee beans, and etc... 

They served us various coffees (with different flavours) and some tea. We also ordered two cups of kopi luwak to try... Ermm....not as good as I expected.

After that, we went to Tirta Empul temple. A temple with holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go there for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly. Upon arrival, we can see a lot of people queuing up to the stream. However, we didn't queue with them as we didn't bring clothes to change. Wasted.....

Standing in front of the pond =)

Next, we dropped by Tegalalang rice terrace for a few photos. This is my favourite too! I love looking at greeneries. =D

Amazing view, isn't it?

To wrap up the one day trip, we had dinner at the famous Naughty Nuri's at Ubud. It is very different from Naughty Nuri's in Malaysia, where they are located at mall with air-cond. Naughty Nuri's at Bali is located by roadside, just like our usual roadside stall. But, the food they sell is of good quality. Don't look them down by the appearance.
The famous pork rib. We also ordered pork chop and some sides to try. Still, I prefer pork rib. 

Day 4: Taman Ayun Temple - Pura Ulun Danu Bratan - View of Twin Lake - Tanah Lot Temple (with sunset) - Chill at Villa

On the fourth day, we visited the famous Taman Ayun Temple. To be honest, temples in Bali are more inaccessible in the sense that you can only walk around and take a look. Can't take very close look like other temples, such as Angkor Wat, etc... However, I am still amazed by the architecture of the temples.

Taman Ayun Temple - the garden temple

We were suppose to visit the sekumpul waterfall but it was raining very heavily when we were about to reach there. And the road seems so dangerous with a lot of water flowing down the hill. So, we decided to skip that and proceed to Ulu Danu Bratan Temple. 

Taken at Ulu Danu Bratan Temple. This temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. This temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess, Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. During our visit there, it is very chill and breezy. Not sure if it is because of the rain or the area itself. Enjoy the cold temperature here. =)

Then, we had quick lunch at a restaurant opposite the entrance of Ulu Danu Bratan Temple as we have to rush to Tanah Lot Temple to catch sunset. 

Tanah Lot Temple. 
This is a must-visit place of every tourist. I enjoy my visit here a lot as the view is really amazing! I enjoy looking at the waves beating on the rock. However, it is really crowded as everyone is here for sunset.  

After that, we had dinner at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku and chill at our villa, enjoy our little private pool with some beers. 

Day 5: Morning walk at the beach nearby our villa - Beachwalk mall & Kuta - lunch at ayam tulang lunak at Maliboro - Airport (flight back to KL) 

We had breakfast served in our room during our stay at the Villa. So luxurious. =D Then, we cycled out to the beach nearby the villa (<5 min cycle) and chill. The bicycles are from the villa - free rental!! Woohoo...
Time flies...It's time to go home....
This beach has nothing much and we have no idea what's the name of it. Just walk around and enjoy our vitamin sea before our flight back. Then, we went to Beachwalk Mall at Kuta for a walk. Didn't enjoy much as we are not here to shop. 

Last lunch in Bali. Ayam Maliboro. This is a must try! First time eating the whole chicken with bones together. Crunchy soft bones.. Special texture. 

Our flight got delayed for 3 hours and we spent so much time in airport wandering. AirAsia flights all got delayed. HOW FRUSTRATING......

To conclude: Bali is a place to relax... If you want excitement, maybe this wouldn't be as good. Romantic? I think it is lower than my expectation. Or maybe it is because I am here with friends. Price? I would say the food here are quite expensive.. Expenses for other stuff as well as most of them are in USD. I spent around RM2200 for my entire trip, partly due to my last minute decision and small group. I did enjoy myself, but I don't think I will go back so soon.. More places on earth to explore! Where's my next stop??? 

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