Bali Journals

Bali by Bus

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An October 1999 trip to Bali by Ishtar

The view from the Bus Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: Until now, I have largely ignored the bus tours portion of our trip , although they are necessary for an overview of the island. For history buffs, you'll get quite a bit if the English is good enough.

Bali by Bus

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Overview

The view from the Bus Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Albeit not pleasant, but a highlight was our trip to Singarajah , Bali's old capital city. The presidential election results drew severe rioting as the favored Megawati did not win. Several buildings were burned. We saw extensive damage and for safety reasons, we stayed on the bus. Along more pleasant lines, the trip to Alas Kedaton was pure joy ! Read about it here .Shopping was always great but at times, it became suffocating as the peddlers hawked the buses on arrival and departure.I enjoyed the educational aspect of the tours when I understood the guides. Another wonderful mome...Read More

Batik Factory & Showroom

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Attraction | "Batik Factory & Showroom"

Batik Factory & Showroom Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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It's quite an interesting process, except that you need to know that Batik is not a traditional method of creating colored textiles and was imported at first from Java. As Javanese came to settle here, they brought the craft with them. You want to purchase real batik prints in a place such as this one, as most of what is sold on the street by vendors is not batik, but printed cloth used mostly for tablecloths. Batik printing uses a resist method, much like marbleizing. What we witnessed here was a woman working on a wooden, hand operated loom using threads which are already dyed, and will form the design. She will weave the threads with plain warp; predominant color on almost all of the uno...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2001

Batik Factory & Showroom
Jalan Gianyar
Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot

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Attraction | "Tanah Lot - The Sea Temple"

Tanah Lot Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Tanah Lot is linked to a series of sea temples on the south coast of the island; we had already seen one other which is UluWatu . The temple here has an almost surrealistic location: separated from the mainland and built on a promontory which can be accessed during low tide. Tourists are not permitted inside the temple. Legend has it that poisonous snakes live in the caves below it so as to "guard" it while another states that peaceful snakes reside in there; or if you prefer, a single huge snake dwells inside the cave undisturbed. This only serves to further the spot’s reputation as ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 21, 2001

Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, Kediri
Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 811 602

Lake Batur (Danau Batur)

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Attraction | "Majestic Lake Batur"

Lake Batur (Danau Batur) Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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The Kintamani region is on every tour guide’s agenda. And one of the most breathtaking places to relish in the scenery is at crystal clear Lake Batur . Gunung Batur (gunung means mountain) is an active volcano and has wreaked havoc here more than once; the worst incident took place in 1926 when more than 1000 villagers died. There are tours that will take you to the top if you are ambitious, and it is recommended that you be accompanied by someone. Do you ever think of a place that you’ve been to, and immediately associate something unpleasant to it, no matter how wonderful the rest of the visit might have been? Well, I did. The area around the lake and the temple is so gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2001

Lake Batur (Danau Batur)
Batur Tengah Village
Bali, Indonesia

Klungung

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Klungung Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Klungung was the oldest kingdom on the island of Indonesia, and the former seat of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom from where the lines of royal blood emanate. It is reputed for its ceiling murals painted in the traditional wayang style: morality dictates the various punishments in hell and the rewards of going to heaven. The ceilings have been repainted at least 3 times in recent memory. All that remains of this glorious kingdom today is a floating pavilion surrounded by lotus ponds and a garden which, surprisingly, are located right in the main intersection of town. History tells us that the rest of the kingdom was desroyed to the ground in 1908 during the royal mass suicide against the Dutch invaders...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2002

Klungung
Central Bali
Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu

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Attraction

Uluwatu Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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This is a historic site built on a natural wonder. Our private guide decided to take us here and wait for us in the car; there was a very nominal fee to get in, and you must enter with your legs covered, so Chuck had a sarong put around his waist and looked hilarious. There are signs who warn against menstruating women entering the temple illegally. As we made our way up the hill, a guide attached himself to us despite our protests. He claimed that he was going to protect me against the aggressive monkeys. He picked up a stick from the ground and forged ahead. Uluwatu was not heavily visited that day, as it is in a remote area in southern Bali, but it offers the most spectacular view I have ever s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2002

Uluwatu
Uluwatu
Bali, Indonesia 80364
+62 361 756 175

About Panorama/Gray Tours

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Chuck having the complimentary coffee Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Panorama/Gray (PG) Tours’ headquarters is located in Sanur Beach which is about a 10 minute drive from Tuban . They greeted us at the airport with their very colorful bandanas and matching shirts; a vibrant mix of yellows, reds and blues. There were minor complications as we heard that some of the roads leading out of the airport had been blocked by rioters. The entire wait was a bit over an hour after landing. Not nearly soon enough, we were being shown to a small van that we boarded with another couple from South Africa. This is when it gets hilarious or frustrating, depending on your level of fatig...Read More

Breezing Through Lovina Beach

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This is called an Anemone Crab Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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I’m not sure that Lovina Beach is all that it’s cracked up to be. We had just finished our tour of Bali’s ancient capital, Singaraja, which had been the object of riots, burning of buildings, looting,-all in the name of dissatisfaction over the winner of the presidential election. About 10 miles west of there, lies Lovina Beach with its black volcanic sand, and nary a dolphin in sight, the reason for which most people come here. Our bus tour intended for us to stop here for lunch and not do any exploration of any kind; to add insult to injury, the lunch was pretty awful, despite the fact that we had an interesting view of the ocean, and eating in the open air is always a joyful experience. The ...Read More

Being Balinese

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A tug of war Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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I recommended the bus tours for the sheer amount of information you can gather if you are blessed with an intelligible guide. In most instances, we got lucky. Socio-economic conditions in Bali are less than adequate, unless you are an ex-pat, like so many Australians who now call this treasure island home. The most interesting info came to us from our guide on the first half day tour: as we make our way through Denpasar , Bali’s capital city, we learn that it is the only area which offers potable water since this is the seat of the government (aka the hell with the populace). The population here falls short of a million at about 800,000; by comparison, Indonesia boasts 300 million people whi...Read More