The Hindu Review
Away from the tourists, Bali's a mighty fine place to explore. Its spiritual side will leave you feeling lifted, like the Lighthouse Family song. Not sure how we just managed to reference an unfashionable 90s pop group into a trip intro, but we did.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1-2: Ubud
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Get to Ubud whenever you like because today’s the official start of your trip. Meet up with your local tour guide and fellow travellers tonight.
- Arrive in Ubud - the cultural centre of Balinese life
- Attend a Welcome Meeting at 6pm
- Explore the temples, take a ride around the paddy fields and the famous art and craft market in the centre of town
- We do not recommend visiting the Monkey Forest in Ubud due to safety reasons
Day 3-4: Lovina
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
On our way to the north coast we'll check out the temples of Taman Ayun and cool off under the Gitgit Waterfalls.
- Visit Gitgit Waterfalls and perhaps take a swim
- Drive over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south
Day 5: Kintamani
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Leave the coast and hit the slopes of Mount Batur where we stay the night near Kintamani.
- Get up early for a dolphin cruise. It's optional, but you won't want to miss this
- Leave the coast and ascend the scenic slopes of Mount (Gunung) Batur
- Stop at several viewpoints to take in views of the crater and its lake
- Stay overnight in the Kintamani area - a highland town at an altitude of 1500 metres
Day 6-7: Sanur
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Time for shopping, eating and a few Bintangs before the trip finishes.
- Transfer to Sanur
- Enjoy the afternoon shopping or relaxing
- Perhaps take an optional last night out with the group
- The trip ends today in the morning
Nuts and Bolts
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Tanah Lot Temple; temples of Taman Ayun; market at Bedugul; Gitgit Waterfalls; Mount (Gunung) Batur; Besakih Temple; and Klungkung palace and museum.
• Overnight in Kintamani and stay in bungalows near coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations, including a guided walk.
• Free time to explore Ubud, Lovina, Kintamani and Sanur.
Summary of accommodation, transport & meals
- Bicycle rickshaw
- Private aircon bus
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
- Barat Marine Park/Lovina - Snorkel Hire
- Lovina - (Menjangan) Diving
- Lovina - (Menjangan) Snorkel hire
- Lovina - Dolphin Cruise
- Sanur - Daily Surfboard Hire
- Ubud - Half day cycling tour
- Ubud - Legong Balinese Dance
- Ubud - Monkey Forest Sanctuary
- Ubud - Rudana Museum
- Ubud - Whitewater Rafting
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Monkey Forest in Ubud
Due to safety reasons, we no longer include a visit to the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Many of the monkeys are now getting very aggressive and there have been instances of people getting bitten and bags being snatched.
There are many cultural differences that you will notice whilst you visit Indonesia. For example:
- Being friendly and polite in Indonesia is considered a very high quality to have. Anger is often considered a weakness. If you find yourself in a situation remember that a smile is often your strongest weapon!
- Try not to criticize someone in front of others. This causes embarrassment, and whilst they will not show it, you will find it hard to get anything done afterwards.
- Indonesians find it difficult to give bad news. So much so that they will often postpone it to the very last minute. They will often deliver it within a beautiful story!
- If you find yourself asking for directions always best to ask a number of times. If a local has no idea what you are asking they will often provide incorrect instructions - this comes hand in hand with not wanting to pass on bad news!
- Whether you are male or female you may find yourself being greeted with "Hello Mister".
- You may find locals asking quite a number of questions, when you meet them they usually want to know where you are going (Mau Kemana), where you are from (Dari mana), whether you are married, how many children you have, how long you are wanting to stay, even how much your salary is etc. If you prefer not to answer any of these questions it's best to make up an answer!
- Indonesians are very religious, to have no religion in Indonesia is considered very strange!
- You may find yourself coming from a culture that is driven by time and money. In Indonesia this is not the case, please remember that you are on holiday and there may be times when things do not go to plan. A popular saying in Indonesia is to be on "rubber time" (Jam Karet).
- Never touch someone's head, or point with your finger (instead use your thumb). If you wish to call out to someone do so with a downward wave. It is also impolite to put your feet on a table or to point the sole of the foot towards other people!
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
12 December 2013
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