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BALI Chapter 2 & LOMBOK

Welcome back!


If you’ve just read my Bali Chapter 1 then get ready for more chilled vibes starting in Ubud. This charming town is flourishing with quirky vegan cafes, travellers whizzing around on scooters and looming waterfalls.


Hungry? Yes me too…

Check out ‘Creperie’ for a magical place to enjoy breakfast or a light snack before heading out on your adventures. I ate here twice within the three days I spent in Ubud. Try the Nutella crepe covered in chopped up strawberries and mango if you have a sweet tooth like me! With a packed menu listing mystical sounding dishes and drinks, the ceiling painted intergalactic and cute pillows for seats, what’s not to love about this hippie cafe?


Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Oh wait, yes please do!

Ubud is close by to many enchanting waterfalls and is just an hour scooter ride away from my favourite – NungNung. Type it into maps.me or google maps and it will lead you through windy roads of lush countryside, past small villages and locals waving to you. Walking to the waterfall from the car park will take around 10/15 minutes and is downhill, however, the way back up to the top is a different story as it is very steep but definitely worth breaking a sweat for. Get there early to have this magnificent product of nature to yourself…


I’ll be your Jane… swing above the jungle or hide away in a nest within the trees. This was a fun activity to do just outside of Ubud, take your scooter and ride through the rustic villages along the way to ‘BaliSwing’.


On your way back to Ubud, take a detour to the rice terraces where you’ll find beautifully crafted landscapes open to anyone who fancies taking a stroll. You can also find cute signs and photo points along the meandering walkway. I would recommend that you get here an hour before sunset so you can witness the sun shining low through the trees.


Hike up Mount Batur during the early hours of the morning to catch a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean and surrounding mountains. Pastel colours present themselves accompanied by the brisk fresh air hugging your neck and a sweeping fog running across the sky.


I woke up at around 2am to drive down to the bottom of the mountain. On arrival I was given a torch to help navigate my way through the darkness. It took two hours to hike to the top along with hundreds of other tourists flashing their lights along the way. Tip: carry water and snacks as you will find yourself tiring quickly without them!


Get creative! I took a silversmith class at a shop called ‘Studio Perak’ where I made a silver feather cuff for my beautiful mother and a crescent moon necklace for myself. The course was three hours long in which time you could make as much as you want. I definitely recommend this experience, costing £40 in including the silver!


I’m already planning my next trip to Ubud, here’s a few more photos I captured in and around this quaint town…


Next stop > Gili T

An island full of bars, restaurants, villas, hostels and a long stretch of beach! I loved staying on this tiny island. The ferries pull in straight onto the sand where people are sunbathing and enjoying the crystal clear water. The only form of transportation is if you rent a bicycle or pay to sit in a horse and carriage which I thought was quite charming.


Under the sea you’ll find turtles and statues if you swim out far enough towards Gili M. You can also pay £20 for a three island snorkelling tour lasting for around 4 hours where you’ll get dropped off at various points around the Gili islands. You’ll find turtles swimming gracefully and scuba divers exploring as you venture deeper into the blue sea.


I love the water. Coming to the Gili islands is perfect for you if you’re wanting a chilled out beach vibe but with plenty to do at night. You can relax by the beach, cycle around the whole of Gili T within 40 minutes and sip fresh coconuts whilst swaying in a hammock.


For the foodie: eat at ‘Scallywags’ for the best meal on the island! A beachside BBQ with a mouthwatering unlimited salad buffet. I ordered a fillet steak cooked medium rare with a side of fries, I then loaded my plate with crispy iceberg lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, coleslaw, breadsticks and the best dips I’ve ever tasted! I love a good buffet.


Do not leave Indonesia without visiting Lombok! This is by far my favourite beach island because it is still yet to be developed; the villages are still running off dirt tracks for roads and locals live in charming bamboo houses sitting on small stilts. I spent most of my time in Kuta, south of Lombok, where I fell in love with TanjungAn beach. As soon as I parked my scooter under a large tree, I was instantly hypnotised by the soft white sand and the crystal blue water in front of me.


I spent full days admiring the warm ocean, stunning mountains and calm waves.


For the sunset I hiked up to a viewpoint  to the right of Tanjung An beach where I could see the dark blue horizon and Lombok’s beautiful backdrop as the sun sank behind the mountains.


Make friends with the welcoming locals… I was swimming by myself when a family nearby invited me over asking for my name and where I was from. Within minutes I was teaching their children how to swim like a mermaid and dive backwards into the water over and over again. This is probably my favourite memory from Indonesia as I felt peacefully content surrounded by wonderful strangers.


Thank you for reading, if you have any questions about what I have done then please feel free to ask! Here’s some more photos I took when exploring the surrounding area of Kuta by scooter…

Happy travelling!

xoxo

Love Thy Traveller

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BALI Chapter 1

Bali. Paradise.


Bali is most known for its famous rice terraces, enchanting waters, white beaches and for being a surfer’s haven. This island is buzzing with tourists seeking adventure, backpackers exploring active volcanoes and travellers chasing waterfalls.

Good to know:

100,000 Indonesian Dong = 5.6 British pounds

The Indonesians don’t really approve of Grab and Uber so when using transportation apps it’s probably a good idea to be discreet about it. I would definitely recommend you using a Grab bike around Bali as it is the cheapest way of getting around if you do not want to invest in renting a scooter (ranges from 40,000 – 80,000 so put your bartering skills to the test).

Seminyak & Canggu


Party people… you will never be as young as now! Ultra Bali festival was held at the well known club, ‘Potato Head Beach Cub Seminyak’ where we saw the names of Kygo, Ricky Romero and Hardwell perform live as the sun was setting behind the horizon. We danced and sung the night away with no care in the world. What a way to start off my Bali trip!


Mrs Sippy Beach Club is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Seminyak’s busy streets. Rewind with a frozen passionfruit daiquiri by the pool or test your guts by jumping from the diving platforms. Either way, enjoy the beach vibes while listening to chilled music. There’s a 5 pound entrance fee but you’ll spend half of that on a lounger and then the rest on a drink but if you don’t spend that much you can claim it back on leaving.


La Favela – what a place! Everyone you meet will tell you what a good night they had at this club. Be compelled by this club’s enchanted forest and dance the night away to the DJ’s magic. This was my favourite night out in Bali; the people were amazing, the music was great and the club itself was an experience to remember.

Let’s talk food.

Here’s just a few of my favourite spots nearby starting with my absolute favourite:


KYND COMMUNITY – a delicious vegan restaurant serving healthy smoothie bowls, carefully selected salads, scrumptious plant-based dishes served every day from 6am-4pm.


MAD POP’S – a cosy vegan ice cream shop selling homemade ice cream and lollypops. My favourite flavours are the salted caramel and coconut rainbow! Open 10am-11pm, so treat yo’self…


PELOTON FOODSHOP – a plant base cafe and restaurant just outside of seminyak (15 minute scooter drive) serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day 7:30am – 9:30pm.


REVOLVER – a hipster restaurant tucked away down a side street off the main road in Seminyak. I love the edgy interior but out of all I love the food! I stil think abut their smashed avocado on toast with feta cheese and tomatoes, drank with a freshly squeezed orange juice.


MEXICOLA – a lively Mexican restaurant serving delicious tapas and extravagant cocktails. Laced with neon lighting, ceramic tiles and palm tree wallpaper.


Sleep here…

Capsule Hostel Seminyak (£6 per night)- a great hostel if you’re travelling solo as it is quite social and close by to La Favela. It has a small pool and a great bar to hang out at serving cheap food and drinks.

Umahku Apartments Seminyak (£6.50 per night) – next to Fat Buddha restaurant. I loved this hostel, the downstairs showers were better than my own at home! A cheap price for Seminyak with the use of the restaurant’s pool next door and discounted food, you can’t go wrong!

Kudu Andrew Tom and Villa Managed by Tinggal (£16 per night) – if you fancied a change from hostels and want something a little nicer, then this hotel is perfect for you. It has the pleasure of being close by to Seminyak Square and a 15 minute walk to Seminyak Beach. A spacious, clean room fitted with a cooker and hot water.

The Jungle House (£4.70 per night) a newly opened hostel in the hippie town of Canggu. A chilled a six bed dorm including an outdoor shared bathroom and a small pool to cool down in. The owner will let you use the kitchen facilities too if you fancied cooking for a change.

Temple run… if you’re feeling a Temple vibe then head down to Petitenget Temple for just that but remember to bring money as it costs 50,000 dong!


Get wet…
Let’s go to the beach! Take a scooter to the Double Six beach (my favourite) where you’ll find waves whipping into the ocean, soft sand carrying thousands of sunbathers sizzling in the strong fire ball of heat hanging in the bright blue Balinese sky. Stroll along the water’s edge as you feel the refreshing touch of the ocean and warm breeze stroking your face.

Surf’s up! If you’re wanting to try your hand at surfing then I recommend ‘Bali Green Surf School’ which also doubles as a hostel. Alternatively you can walk right onto Double Six beach and ask for a surf lesson from one of the guys renting out surf boards. The experience is as equally if not better and for a cheaper price you can pay 300,000 Indonesian dong for 2 hours whereas Bali Green charges 600,000 for 3 hours which includes a break.


I’m hoping that you have found reading about my personal experience most useful.

Happy travelling…

Next stop > Ubud

Xoxo

Love Thy Traveller