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0 Tirtha Empul (Holy Spring Temple), Bali

27 Jan 2015 | 06:30:00

Bali . 2014 . Nov 17


This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Our third stop of our third day of vacation at Bali is at Tirtha Empul, also known as the Holy Spring Temple.


Just like the Uluwatu Temple, visitors to the Holy Spring Temple had to dress conservatively to enter the holy premises.  Those with inappropriate wear of shorts and short skirts would have to put on the sarongs provided for with payment of the entrance fee.


An inscription dates the founding of the Holy Springs temple at 926 AD.  That makes the temple more than 1000 years old!  The major attraction of this temple is its source of spring water, which many locals believe to possess curative powers.


The split gates that adorn most of Bali’s buildings.


We came to the Holy Spring Temple with the intention to soak ourselves in some holy water, and was fully prepared to get all wet.  But the huge crowds and the standard of hygiene made us forfeit that plan.


Up on a hill overlooking the Holy Springs Temple is the Government Palace which was originally a place of residence for Dutch officials, but was in more recent years, used by former Indonesian President Soekarno during his frequent trips to Bali.  It is currently uninhabited.


At many places of worship, you’ll find these black and white checkered cloths draped around tree trucks and alters.  According to our tour guide, the black and white checks is considered sacred and symbolizes the natural forces of yin and yang, good and evil, right and wrong etc.  I am a huge fan of checkered prints, but I never knew that it had religious meaning in Bali!


The Holy Spring Temple also consists of individual shrines for the various Balinese deities.


Another courtyard holds another pool of spring water that is so crystal clear, we could see to the bottom of the pond.


Another courtyard holds a pond full of beautiful Koi.  Fish food are available for sale if you are interested.


Remember to have a picture taken at the exit gate.


Once we exit from the temple, we had to walk through a ‘village’ of shops selling traditional crafts and Balinese products.  Most of them sell similar items, so you are in a good position for bargaining if you spot something you fancy.  Based on our experience, slash the asking price by at least half or more, otherwise, walk away to another shop.  Chances are, the shopkeeper will voluntarily slash his price once you start walking away, and even if he doesn’t, you still will be able to find the same item in a shop downstream.


Join us next as we travel onwards to Batur Mount Volcano at Kintamani.

This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Beauty of Tegenungan Waterfalls, Bali

24 Jan 2015 | 08:33:00

Bali . 2014 . Nov 17


This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

We headed straight for the Tegenungan Waterfalls after a quick and unproductive tour of the Artisan Village.  Tegenungan Waterfalls is located in the Ubud (pronounced as wu-bood, we were told by our guide) region of Bali, a long drive from the Artisan Village.

Ubud is the place in Bali if you want to seriously get a get-away, because it is located in the centre of Bali, away from the touristy beaches and seemingly in the middle of the jungle.  This is the place you should go to for some peace and quiet and some yoga and meditation.

Finally reached the Tegenungan Waterfalls. The Tegenungan Waterfalls, like most of the other natural attractions in Bali, charges an ‘entrance fee’ at the point of vehicle entry.  If you happen to have a local guide as we do, he probably would be able to ‘negotiate’ a one-for-one deal for you (that means paying half price).  This is our first view of the Tegenungan Waterfalls at the viewing platform.


The Tegenungan Waterfalls looked very far away from the viewing platform, but we shamelessly asked our guide if he could bring us for a hike to the waterfall, despite knowing that we have a tight schedule for the day.


To our surprise, he readily agreed.  Turns out that the hike was only very short (about 10 minutes) although the distance looked far.  But there were a lot of steps and climbing to do, so a fair amount of fitness is needed.

That’s how near we got to the waterfall.  A bit of careful navigation around the rocks and slippery mud was needed to avoid falling into the water. But yes, we got there all safe and sound.


The waterfall was certainly no where near the mighty Niagara Falls, but it was still enough to warrant the hike.


That’s the little stream that the waterfalls flows off into.


We stayed at the Tegenungan Waterfalls for only about half an hour before moving off  quickly to our next destination - Tirtha Empul (Holy Spring Temple).

This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Visit to Artisan Village in Bali

10 Jan 2015 | 20:43:00

Bali . 2014 . Nov 17


This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

The Artisan Village came as an highly recommended place to visit by our private guide, so after a relaxing breakfast at the Bhavana Private Villas, we started Day 2 of our Bali vacation with a trip to the famous Artisan Village.


The village is actually made up of workshops that produce various crafts for the country - things such as batik, wood sculptures, stone carvings, Balinese furniture and even gold and silver workshops!
Our first and only stop at the Artisan village - Batik making factory.


These women must be so used to having tourists take pictures of them that they were still engrossed in their work while the snaps keep going.


This place reminds us very much of the embroidery workshops in Hanoi.


Very soon, you will find that the workshop was only a small stage for attracting tourists.  The real deal lies in the shop that was beyond this stage.  At the shop, these hand-made batik and paintings were sold at truly exorbitant prices.  Prices range from USD $30 or more for a small piece of Batik/painting to hundreds and thousands for bigger sized ones.  No photography was allowed because obviously they do not want people to know how high their prices are.  We obviously left with nothing.


Our guide tried very hard to bring us to the gold and silver workshop after this - obviously the commissions there would be very much higher, but his commissions were the least of our priorities and we pushed ahead to continue the rest of our itinerary.

Join us next as we explore the Tegenungan Waterfalls.

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0 Bali 4 Days 3 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary (Updated)

Bali . 2014 . Nov 15-18

Bali is an island and an Indonesian province located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island. With a population of around 4 million, the island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority.

We were in Bali over the weekend for a short getaway. In our next few posts, we will review the places we stayed and visited. As a start, we would like to share our itinerary below. As we review, the links will become clickable.

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Last Updated: 10 Jan 2015

Saturday

2.00pm     Check in @ Changi Airport
2.30pm     Lunch @ Dnata SkyView Lounge Terminal 1
5.30pm     Board KLM 835 to Bali 
8.10pm     Touch down at Bali Ngurah Rai Int Airport
9.00pm     Airport Transfer to Hotel
9.30pm     Check in at EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali


Sunday

7.00am      Breakfast at EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali
8.00am      Check out Hotel - Complimentary Pick up to Bhavana Private Villas
9.00am      Check in at Bhavana Private Villas @ Seminyak
9.30am      Tour Pick up by Bali Bagus Tours
                  Visit Tanah Lot 
                  Visit Coffee Plantation (Luwak Coffee) 
                  Lunch @ Restaurant Ketupat
                  Visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park
                  Visit Blue Point Beach
                  Visit Uluwatu Temple
                  Seafood Dinner @ Jimbaran Beach
7:00pm      Back to Hotel


Monday

7.00am      Breakfast at Bhavana Private Villas @ Seminyak
8.30am     Tour Pick up by Bali Bagus Tours
                 Visit Tegenungan Waterfalls
                 Visit Tirtha Empul (Holy Spring Temple)
                 Lunch @ Batur Mount Volcano (Kintamani)
                 Visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces
5.00pm      Back to Hotel
6:00pm      Dinner at Breeze Restaurant @ Samaya Villas
8:00pm       Back to Hotel


Tuesday

8.00am      Breakfast at Bhavana Private Villas @ Seminyak
9.30am      In-Villa Massage
12.00pm    Check out Hotel
1.00pm      Visit Seminyak Square (Walk around Seminyak area)
2.00pm      Lunch at Black Canyon Cafe
4.30pm     Back to Villa
5:00pm     Airport Transfer to Bali Ngurah Rai Int Airport
6.30pm     Dinner @ Premier Lounge Bali Airport
9.30pm     KLM 836 Flight to Singapore
12:00am    Touch down in Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Bali. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) Do also check out the Best Hotel Deals of the Day in Bali now!




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