Trekking, strolling, or just stop at any of the three places Ubud, Sideman and Samur, and you are surely will feel the greenery of these serene towns where green terraced rice fields fill your eyes, birds humming fill your ears and the refreshing smell of trees and earth are in your every breath. On this relaxing trip to the countryside of Bali, leave behind all the noise and rushing atmosphere of the busy city and indulge in a eco-friendly and picturesque of the quiet side of this famous island. Take time to visit the heritage of Bali like Gunung Kawi temple or Kerta Gosa, or meet some funny monkey of the Ubud Monkey forest.
Arrive at Ngurah Rai international airport in Denpasar. Then our guide will take you the hotel in Ubud or visit Petulu depending on the arrival time. Petulu is known as the heron heaven because at sunset everyday, droves of herons, or Kokokan birds in local dialect, fly from all over the island to settle in this small town
Spend some time at the Gunung Kawi temple which was carved out of the living rock in the 11th century. Then visit the 500-year-old Royal Palace that is still home to Ubud’s royal family, ARMA museum featuring famous painting of Balinese artists. Visit Ubud Monkey forest which houses about 300 long tailed Macaques monkeys.
Experience the special Goa Gajah elephant cave, a significant Hindu archeological cave and the nearby ancient stone relief Yeh Pulu. Enjoy the serene Penglipuran, a traditional countryside village well known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architecture.
Refresh with a morning walk through the rice paddies in Sidemen. Then go out for a trip to Tirta Gangga featuring decorative ponds and fountains, lush plant life where you can dip in the natural bathing pool. In the afternoon, cruise around on a traditional wooden boat along the coastline.
Go on an excursion at the coastal fishing village of Kusamba, where colorful fishing boats lined up all along the beach of many small salt-making huts. Later, visit Kerta Gosa, the ancient Royal Courts of Justice with an elaborately decorated ceiling featuring the “Wayang” style painting and depicts the battle of good versus evil.
Free at leisure in the morning. And in the afternoon, particularly at sunset, you will be driven to Uluwatu temple located in the headland at the westernmost tip of the peninsula. Spend the evening enjoying the epic Balinese Kecak dance in open amphitheatre.
Free at leisure until transferring to Denpasar International Airport for your departure flight.
I've always wanted to go to North Vietnam and had some ideas of areas to go but wanted to make sure I made the most out of the trip so engaged the services of Exotic Voyages instead of trying to figure out each step of the way myself. Ly of Exotic Voyages took my suggestions and customized a trip ...
I've always wanted to go to North Vietnam and had some ideas of areas to go but wanted to make sure I made the most out of the trip so engaged the services of Exotic Voyages instead of trying to figure out each step of the way myself. Ly of Exotic Voyages took my suggestions and customized a trip around what I told her I enjoyed. Great decision. Rather than try to save money and join larger groups, I decided early on that I wanted dedicated guides with me so I could take pictures at my pace.
Every hotel Ly chose was fantastic (see my reviews of most of those). The guides all spoke English well, were friendly and enthusiastic and had considerable knowledge of the area were were in (because they lived there or close by).
The two photo guides knew where to go and shared their love of photography with me. The first photo guide was responsible for introducing me to another photographer/model who I collaborated with in Hoi An to get some memorable photos there. The photo guide in Cambodia was one of the best I've worked with over years of taking photo workshops and hanging out with other photographers and I'll be taking a photo workshop from him down the road no doubt.
The extra tours are what made this trip special. These included hiking to to the top of Mt Batur in Bali for sunset, going for bike rides in Ninh Binh in the rain (the guide seemed to have as much fun as I did :) ), a cycling adventure at night in Bangkok, river boat in Ninh Binh, meals with locals and more. Since I had already been to Bangkok, Ly setup a night bike ride and boat tour- both away from the normal tourist path.
All the guides I had were flexible, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and understood I wanted to get lots of good photos. This is where a company like Exotic Voyages shines- they have relationships with guides (or they work directly for EV) so you know you'll get professionals who speak your language (literally and figuratively)
Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)
Cambodia: Siem Reap (to see Angkor Wat)
Bali: Ubud and Sanur
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