hello my wonderful readers,
this is a fresh blog post since March 2o18. sorry i have been such a lazy bum i didn’t write anything new for quite some time eh.
but i am about to change that. before i dive into my big blog post about woooonderful magical BALI i would like to say that i am doing well. as well as i can, still based in Chengdu China (but soon that’s about to be changed) and well currently in bed recovering from that same trip to BALI.
so here we go..
life in China can be dull and grey so my wonderful boyfriend decided to add some colors by taking us to Bali right on the first day of a New Year! best surprise ever!
from Chengdu we took a late nights flight to Malaysia and landed in beautiful Bali Denpasar airport after our 5 hour layover, right into the blue skies and sunshine! when arriving to Bali you can easily take one of the drivers right there at the airport to be your taxi and take you whenever you want, but bare in mind the reasonable price to pay would be 400,000 – 450,000 rp per day (also depending where you’re going) or you can download Grab taxi (bali’s uber version) and get around town or to your hotel like that. third option (and the cheapest one) is renting a motorbike for 100,000 rp which comes to about 7 dollars for a day and the highway is yours.
when we landed we got picked up by a dear friend of my boyfriends (a local driver), that took us straight to Padang Bai which is about 2h drive from the airport, towards the north on the east coast where we stayed a night to later in the morning take a fast boat straight to mini paradise called Gili islands. *note boat leaves 2 times a day morning and afternoon.
after another two hours we finally reached our destination Gili Air island, which what they call half relax/half party island. Gili in Sasak language (local language) means small, Trawangan being slightly bigger party island and Meno being small honeymoon island.
when we got to our little bungalow and settled in on the shore of the Bali Sea/Lombok Strait (connecting Java sea and Indian ocean) *Bali has complicating geography
it started to rain for seven hours straight.
now the weather in Bali divides into two seasons dry and wet, November until April is a wet season nonetheless it is still popular to come here in January to surf and enjoy the island. it is absolutely useless to check weather reports, in Indonesia weather is dictated by volcanoes and if you need to know the forecast just ask the locals!
and so we did and the next day welcomed us with beaming sunshine and good weather, and it remained like that until the very end of our trip!
crystal blue water, hot sandy beaches, washed out coral and a vivid underwater life, these islands have everything you need to relax and have plenty of adventures! snorkeling, SUP, diving, spas and bodily treatments. here is your ultimate vacationing spot!
we stayed on Gili for a while, we simply couldn’t leave earlier as planned because we wanted to enjoy the nature and those beautiful views just a tiny bit longer. good food, snorkeling trips, massages and those freshly squeezed fruit juices! mmmm paradise on earth! *for a beautiful and peaceful stay we recommend Private Slow Villas where you will be in very good hands. amazing service!
after 4 days in paradise and eating plenty of very delicious food we took an afternoon boat back to Padang Bai and from there out driver picked us up and took us straight towards Mt Batur which is located more towards north to climb 1717m to see the sunrise. the trekking starts at 3 am you get picked up and taken to have breakfast delicious banana pancake and local Bali coffee, we started to go up at about 4 am and reached the peak at about 6. 10 am, but upsi there was no sunrise, it was covered in clouds and steam which was coming out of the volcano (there are 139 active volcanoes in Indonesia) after some time it cleared out tho and we could see a breathtaking view of Batur lake and Mt Rinjani and Mt Agung (both active)
the view was amazing and experience well worth the following day leg pain!
we came down Batur and walked around local plantations taking a breathtaking car ride back to the town and then moving towards north to stay at our drivers local village. he was kind enough to let us visit his local coffee shop, dine with his family and play with his kids, we saw real local Balinese peoples lives.
each family in the village has their own little house and a yard in the middle, everyone’s living across from each other. then there’s also a temple for each family. father sleeps in the middle of the houses, outside covered with curtains around his bed. epic.
we saw traditional dancing and praying rituals, found a kitten in the jungle and had a chance to swim in the waterfall. we saw the poverty in which they live yet happiness on their faces! i think they value the fact that they live in such a magical place where nature in each corner is absolutely bewildering.
they get to eat local produce freshly picked from the fields or collected from the trees. vegetation in Bali is god damn amazing, everything grows here, from fruits to rice to vegetables and different plants to make coffee, tea and medicine from. beautiful flowers and loads of different creatures around. oh so exciting!
after spending a night sleeping on a hard floor we took about 3h car ride back to Denpasar, rented a motorbike, stayed at the local guest house (even guest houses look like palaces or some magical shrines here in Bali) and took a 40 minute drive down south to see a famous cliffside temple called Uluwatu and roam around in a search of a cool beach to soak in! again cliffs and beautiful rocky beaches, fantastic views, warm water and very calm atmosphere. for a sunset we went to a famous sunset spot (which unfortunately gets overcrowded with tourists) to watch the sunset from and had a lovely nasi goreng – fried rice with veggies.
after so much adventure we were soo exhausted, but happy to board our plane back! not because we wanted to leave, but because we have seen so much beauty we couldn’t believe that what just happened – happened to us!
BALI IS AN ULTIMATE PLACE TO RETURN TO. and not just Bali, but Indonesia itself!
there are more than 17 000 islands in Indonesia, so many things to do and see! infinite exploration possibilities!
*swim in the volcanic currents
*swim with dolphins
*learn how to surf
*trek Mt Rinjani off Lombok island
*see Toraja tribe burial ceremony
*visit lake toba
*walk through rainforest canopy in Kalimatan
*go see Komodo Dragons in Komodo National park
*visit pink beach in Komodo
*go caving in Jomblang
*go on a Safari
*visit Trunyan village
ahh guys the list is endless!
go explore TRAVEL MORE!
l o < 3,