Today marks one month since our honeymoon trip to Bali (time flies!) and I haven’t finish the series yet. Been procrastinated and chose to read about Lipovox story like I want to be a science-researcher. Ugh. Let’s resume back.
Saturday, May 8 Visiting Balinese temples is our main agenda and today is the day to fulfill those. Not many but we get to visit the famous and must-visit one; floating temple at Bedugul and Tanah Lot.
Leave Ubud // Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi // Pura Ulun Danu Bratan a.k.a floating temple, Bedugul // Alas Kedaton // Tanah Lot // Back to Kuta
#1 Leave Ubud
We informed the driver to pick us at 11am, but he already arrive one hour earlier when we are just about to have breakfast. So we quickly finish our meal, back to our room to grab our luggages and check out from Jati 3 Bungalows. We can see the surprise face from the driver as we told him about our plan to stay in Ubud for 3 nights.
#2 Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi – IDR3,000/person
This is one of Bali’s royal temples. Large, wide, spacious, you name it.
#3 Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan, Bedugul – IDR10,000/person
It is raining quite heavy when we are on the way to Bedugul. Luckily the rain stops when we arrive, but it’s still gloomy and weather is pretty cool. Despite the weather, the place is oh so crowded. Not only foreign tourists but there is so many local and Indonesian too.
I have always see this floating temple picture in calendars and postcards. My boy himself has always see this image while he was updating his previous company’s website. So being able to see it from near is… Wow-ing.
#4 Buffet lunch at Mentari Restaurant, Bedugul – IDR80,000/person
We have a buffet lunch at this restaurant nearby Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. The menu is about the same with the restaurant in Kintamani. Price also the same, IDR80,000/person. After 20% tax, it’s IDR192,000. Again, they also ask which country are we from. It is raining when we are about to leave.
#5 Alas Kedaton – IDR10,000/person
This is just another monkey forest with a Balinese temple inside. Besides tonnes of monkeys, we also get to see bats family hanging around the huge trees. Get to take picture with the bat too (still alive!). During the walk, we hear a little girl crying out loud cause the naughty monkey just grabs her cute hair ribbon. That’s why I dare not wear hat or tie up my hair with ribbon. Nothing much to see from here, except the bat.
#6 Tanah Lot – IDR10,000/person (cheaper price for domestic visitors), IDR5,000/car
Tanah Lot is probably the most photographed tourist destination in Bali, especially the sunset view. Being able to see it from near is another wow-ing experience. But too bad, we arrive quite early around 4pm and the weather is rather gloomy. So we don’t get to see the beautiful sunset along with the crowds. Ugh.
Enough of exploring the area and taking pics, we have a walk to the market with tonnes of souvenir shops and coffee shops along the street. We stop by to have coconut drink, large in size but too old and not nice at all.
#7 Back to Kuta
We check-in again at Taman Ayu Legian, Kuta. After several buffet and cafe kind of foods, I am craving for some local authentic Indonesia food (read: nasi padang). Lucky there is nasi padang restaurant nearby our hotel. They serve several dishes on the table and we take what we want to eat. It makes me feel at home, although the dishes doesn’t taste as good as what we have in Medan. But Teh Botol fills in the gap.