As much as I loved Gili T and Lombok, it has been great to explore some of the regions of the Balinese mainland. Despite its size, Bali is such a diverse island, with Seminyak at one end of the scale, being a modern and bustling city, and ubud being at the totally opposite end, bursting with traditional Balinese culture and picturesque scenes.
Ubud was a great place for the bucket list. You might remember from my first post that one of the things I wanted to do whilst in Bali was to climb to the summit of Mt Batur in time to watch the sunrise. Well, I did it! And it was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and breathtaking experiences (both in the literal and metaphorical sense!!). Hannah and I were both apprehensive about the 2am wake up and the long, and by no means easy, climb to the top. However, once we finally reached the summit at 6am, just as the sun was beginning to peek over the surrounding mountains and scenery, it was all worth it.
Our experience of climbing Mt Batur was made even more incredible by our sighting of macaques (Balinese long-tailed monkeys) on our way down the mountain. There were so many of them, including little baby monkeys which were adorable. They were extremely tame and so would happily jump on your back, making for an excellent selfie opportunity! As part of the trek we also visited the famous coffee plantation and rice patties of Ubud.
Later that afternoon, Hannah and I decided that we hadn’t quite had enough of monkeys and so we went to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Not only is this nature reserve full of macaques, but it is also home to a beautiful Hindu temple.
Our final day in Ubud was spent at one of Bali’s small zoos, which is home to a number of ginormous elephants and baby orangutangs. Having never seen an elephant in the flesh before, I was stunned at the size of them. It was great to get the chance to ride on top of one. However, the highlight of the day was getting to cuddle and take a selfie with a baby orang.
I would describe Canngu as a happy medium between Ubud and Seminyak; slightly bigger and more modern than Ubud, but far less developed and more relaxed than Seminyak. The highlight of Canngu for me was the food we got to try whilst there, especially the breakfasts and the traditional Indonesian dishes.
For our final couple of days in Bali we returned to Seminyak and enjoyed a relaxing day at Potato Head Beach Club, which is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Next stop, Australia!…..