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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 7th 2015

Ubud / Bali Von Java aus gings mit der Fähre nach Bali, und ich verbrachte 4 Tage in Ubud bzw. hab ich wieder mal auf einem Moped die Gegend erkundet. Zu sehen gab's den Sacret Monkey Forest, viele Reisterrassen und den Vulkan Batur. Die Reisterrassen waren die Entschädigung für den braunen Sumpf in SaPa und den Regen in China 2013 :-) Mt. Batur Normalerweise braucht man für den Aufstieg auf den Mt. Batur einen Guide. Nicht weils so schwierig wäre, sondern weils eine Abzocke ist. Nachdem ich das gehört habe, hab ich mich schlau gemacht, und bin ein bisserl hinterwärts herumgefahren, um nicht am "Haupteingang" vorbeizukommen, wo die ganzen Schlawiner ihren Opfern auflauern :-P Durch diesen schlauen Schachzug hab ichs geschafft, dass ich den ganzen Berg für mich allein hatte :-) Ach ja, die ganzen Touren ... read more
Affen im Sacred Monkey Forest
Elefant im Sacred Monkey Forest
Komodo Dragon (Waran) im Sacred Monkey Forest

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 5th 2015

The island of Bali is undoubtedly one of the most visited areas in South East Asia. It is also one of the most controversial spots on Earth. While the construction boom threatens to destroy what’s left of spectacular nature, tourists fight their way through it to find their hidden corner. In the meantime, thousands of magnificent Hindu temples color the never ending urban sprawl, telling the story of the unique Balinese culture. Most of the stories I heard about Bali were quite positive. To be honest they were told by some people that visited it a decade ago or so. Things have changed dramatically. The southern half of the island is completely urbanized, with hundreds of villages connected to each other in an endless concrete jungle. The northern half still preserves an authentic natural spirit, but ... read more
Local workers
Goa Gajah
Gunung Kawi

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai March 2nd 2015

Consisting of over 17,000 islands—or more, depending on what statistics you look at—Indonesia is a beautiful and diverse country. I was lucky enough to spend a month this past winter break in Indonesia, spending my time in the islands of Bali, Lombok (Gili Air and Meno off of Lombok), and Java. Traveling the whole country was an amazing experience: people are friendly and welcoming; the food is delicious and diverse in flavor; the beaches are beautiful; the countryside is stunning; and cultural landmarks are everywhere you look. I arrived in Bali on a late afternoon, and the driver that picked up me up took me straight to Ubud. From the first hours in town, I knew I would greatly enjoy the island. My senses were inundated from all sides. The smells were amazing; incense was everywhere; ... read more
Lotus Pond
Water Temple
Statue1

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 16th 2015

It takes three days to cruise from Australia to Bali, so it is a great time to get caught up with blogs, emails and socializing. On this segment we had some very interesting guest speakers. John Stainton was the manager and friend of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter. He had many personal insights into the man and the celebrity. One night at dinner he told us about a film he made with Steve and his family which featured all of the Midwestern National Parks from North Dakota to Texas. They rented an RV and drove through the heartland of America. One night at dinner John told us that a favorite of his was the Black Hills of South Dakota. Another speaker was General Michael Hayden. He was the director of the CIA from 2006-9 and was ... read more
LUNCH WITH MIKE
STATUES...AND MORE
BALI DANCER

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 18th 2015

Ever since the book and movie “Eat, pray and Love” was released, a trip to Bali, clime up very fast in the must- see- places in my list. So here we go, I had accepted my last contract on board a cruise ship, starting my journey in Italy, had a quick stop- over in India and then three days in Bali. It was supposed to be the highlight of the contact, since actually the vessel was cruising with low occupancy and even if the Big Turn-around day was in the middle of our stay in Bali, crew were supposed to be having a lot of off- time…all crew apart of the Reception Team, which I was part of. Anyway lack of time due badly planned scheduled never stop me of going ashore and discovering the new ... read more
Seniman Cafe, Ubud
The art and craft market in Ubud
The rice terraces near Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali January 8th 2015

Well we just spent the last 4 days in Bali. It's absolutely beautiful here! I still haven't met an American on this trip! The first two nights we stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel. It had the largest and most amazing pool I've ever seen. The weather here is around 86-87 degrees. The humidity isn't so great but we always had a pool nearby to cool off. The first day we spent laying by the pool and walking around the city. We went to the beach which was across the street from our hotel. I wasn't impressed. I love the ocean but it wasn't well taken care of. There was trash laying around and you couldn't even walk two steps without someone trying to sell you something. We didn't spend much time there. later that night ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 2nd 2015

It's end of year, Kids vacation time and most important Anny’s (my wife) birthday on 20th so it was off to Bali for 6 days for the family to rest up and visit some interesting places in Bali. Through Travel BD we have completed our visa, ticket and hotel formalities in the beginning of December and planned to fly on 19thDec. On 20th Morning we reached KL from DHK and catch a flight for Denpasar Bali @ 9 AM. The waiting time at KL airport was really hectic with 2 kids Zoheb (5 years old) and Rayan (1 year old). We reached Bali at around 12:30 PM but airport to hotel transfers just made life a little easier….thanks to Travel BD! We booked in to the Kuta Playa Hotel and Villa that is right in front ... read more
Kintamani
Tirta Empul Temple1
Tirta Empul Temple2

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 22nd 2014

Ubud, Bali - Saturday, 20 December, 2014 After a not so quick ferry ride (we actually got passed by a boat that left after us) we are finally leaving the island of Java and on our way to relaxing Bali. Getting off the ferry we needed to find transportation to get to the other side of the island. After some searching we found the bus station and haggled a price for tickets. Eventually we agreed on 60K IDR each for an air conditioned bus. This seemed a little expensive but we were willing to pay for the added comfort considering the last ride. The trip took approximately five hours. What we have learned about Indonesian pubic buses is that there is one driver and one guy that sells tickets. The ticket dude on this trip was ... read more
Infinity pool at the resort
Dinner in Ubud
Missed it!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Lovina December 19th 2014

Hello to all our bloggers, After five days of being in Bali, we have finally stettled into traveling mode. Arriving in Denparsar and spending only two days in Kuta very nice but not for us It is hard to be a traveler and not a tourist, not purchasing the trinkets and the wears of the very talented Balineese people. But as we live by the rule if you buy it you have to carry it,and someone's put a brick in my back pack. We traveled on to Ubud which is North of Kuta for those who haven't travel to Ubud. Well how I would best describe it would be little yuppie hippie yoga spa arty layback place We loved it. Cafes and resturaunts line the streets with mixture of spas and assortment of little shops.Set in ... read more
Niks home stay in Ubud
Rice paddie walk 12klm  ubud
Restaurant in Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali November 19th 2014

Hello from Bali! We've enjoyed every second of our last 2 weeks on the large island which is home to approximately 4 million Balinese people who "never move from Bali". First we spent a fulfilling week in the city of Ubud. Ubud is a relatively big city in the center of Bali. In my mind what makes Ubud unique is that there is so much Balinese culture everywhere you look, including temples on every corner, even though the town is buzzing with tourists and shopping. We explored the Holy Water Temple, The Rocky Temple, and The Elephant Cave temple - just to name a few. Temples are very important to the Balinese people, so much so that every home has its own temple in it, no matter the size or condition of the home. Most Balinese ... read more
Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali




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