Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Beautiful Bali

Where in the world?

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. – Wikipedia
Image shows the distance between Cape Town and Bali.
Bali is 10,093 km kilometres (6272 miles) away from Cape Town.
The capital city of Indonesia is Jakarta. The official language is Indonesian and they have over 700 regional languages. Their currency is the Indonesian rupiah. R1047,26 will get you 1000,000 rupiah.  Yes, that is one million rupiahs. About a month ago got back from the best holiday in beautiful Bali! It was a long trip but so worth it. I feel relaxed and re-energized. Read on for details of my trip. I was in the country for about 10 days and stayed at 2 different resorts. Hotel Tjampuhan And Spa for 3 nights and The Rani Hotel and Spa for 7 nights. It was definitely a holiday to remember and once again I purchased this awesome package from STA Travel. Here are the highlights!

Kuta and Ubud

Temple on the grounds of Tjampuhan resort in Ubud
There were so many beautiful areas around this resort.
I always made time for an early morning swim and my scrunchie matched my swimsuit 😛
I just loved walking around in my swimsuit and kimono 😛
Part of Kuta Square
We stayed in Kuta and Ubud for this holiday. The 2 cities have different feels to them. Kuta is more of a busy city vibe, and Ubud is more cultural and is surrounded by more nature. I love that we could experience both of these places. Hotel Tjampuhan And Spa was very green and the resort felt like it was in the middle of the jungle. Every day we could hear the sounds of nature and during the day you’d see different types of birds, as well as squirrels, jumping around from tree to tree. Walking around the place was always an adventure because we’d have to climb so many steps and pass lots of trees, flowers, fountains, and more.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

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A beautiful forest with monkeys roaming around and jumping from tree to tree. We had a repeat of Thailand where a monkey jumped on my bag and went for a packet of tissues. Only this time, I wasn’t wearing the bag and the monkey proceeded to open the packet and try to eat the tissues!

Terrace River Pool Swing

Me on one of the swings 🙂
The Rice Terraces
The Sky Bike
There are many different places with these types of swings in Bali. I remember seeing photos on Instagram and thinking that I should really do that when I go. My ticket said “extreme swing” but really there was nothing extreme about it. I’m not afraid of heights and I felt comfortable. I felt like I was flying through the forest on the swing. It was a cool and chilled out experience that made some great photo opportunities.

Mount Batur

We had a buffet lunch at this place with a beautiful view of Mount Batur. Mount Batur is an active volcano with its last eruption in 2000.
At The Amora Restaurant

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OKA Agriculture Bali

A beautiful location for some coffee and tea tasting. All the drinks are made from ingredients grown on the plantation. The Luwak coffee was it’s own experience, haha! Luwak Coffee or Poop Coffee: Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is coffee that includes partially digested coffee cherries, eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected. – Wikipedia

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I tried a sip of it. It tasted like a strong coffee! No poop aroma or anything haha!
Poop Coffee and banana chips

Nusa Dua Beach

Our favourite beach! White sand, calm waters, and no one selling things on the beach. It was such a beautiful beach to chill and soak up the sun.

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Tegenungan Waterfall

I just couldn’t wait to get closer to this waterfall. It takes a lot of walking to get to this waterfall but it is so worth it. Then when you go back to your car you realise you have to walk uphill on those stairs haha!
In a bird’s nest

Padang Padang Beach

This was a very interesting beach because first of all there are monkeys all over the place, in the trees and surrounding area. The floor of the beach is covered in hard and sharp shells which made walking around slightly painful. Even in the water, we had to walk very slowly because there were shells and stones to dodge.

Uluwatu Temple

This temple is so big and has amazing views. It is situated right on the edge of a cliff right by the sea. We were here to watch the Kecak Dance which was similar to the one we watched previously on a different tour. This one started about 30 minutes before the sun started setting. So as the show was on the sun started setting over the ocean which was so beautiful to watch. It was both a relief and a beautiful thing to witness. The sun is harsh in Bali!

3D Dream Museum

This was so much fun! The 3D Dream Museum is a building with dozens of illusionistic 3D artworks where visitors can take “trick” photos & selfies. You walk through all the rooms and take some cool photos. There are assistants in each space to help you capture the best shots.

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Hogwartz The Pub

This gem was found while walking around randomly in Kuta. If I hadn’t been convinced to keep walking in the blazing sun, I wouldn’t have gotten to see this amazing restaurant! It’s a Harry Potter themes restaurant and pub. Everything from the decor, menu, and music is Harry Potter themed. I just loved every bit of it. Everything was pricey, but it was worth it because clearly this was a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Bali was a 10/10 holiday and I would go back again any time because there is SO much to see! There is no way I could include everything about my trip in this post. Head over to my Instagram @lindseytinsey to see more photos under Bali highlights tab.
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