Ubud was the next stop on my adventure through South East Asia and Australia. I had already fallen in love with Bali and relished the opportunity to experience a new area of the island. Ubud is one of the cultural hubs of the island with a focus on tradition, health and wellness. If you’re looking for the yoga experience and vegan cafes – this is your place!
I went on a day trip that explored Ubud and its surrounding areas. The first stop was the Blangsinga Waterfall which is quite exquisite. If you’re brave you can climb along the rocky edge for a photo (but take your shoes off so you don’t slip)! As it was rainy season when we visited the water was quite muddy but that did not lessen its beauty. However, near the base there was a lot of litter and it was disappointing to see so much pollution along the edges of the water. For those chasing waterfalls in Bali – this is a must.
The second stop was at a coffee plantation and when we arrived it was pouring rain. We were provided with these large woven hats to keep us semi dry. Fun fact: there was a giant spider in mine but I did not know this until I already had it on. We walked through the lush green forest and even saw some pineapples growing! They taught us about how the coffees and teas are made which was really interesting. Then it was time to taste test and it’s a well known fact that I don’t like coffee. BUT the Balinese make incredible coffee and tea – I loved it. I even bought some to bring home. We also got to taste some dark chocolate which was super tasty too. Plus, you can’t leave Bali without tasting luwak coffee which is made from the animal’s poop. I tried it and lived to tell the tale!
Tirta Empul Tampak Siring or the Bali Holy Spring Water Temple was the next stop. One of my favourite things about traveling is experiencing other cultures. I was humbled to visit this temple and take in the incredible architecture. It was fascinating to observe those who were practicing. It is a big tourist attraction and many flock to this location to bathe in the holy water. Personally, I did not feel adequately informed on this religious practice and decided to refrain from participating in this tradition. However, I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the spectacular views of the temple.
Last but not least was the incredible rice fields. The views absolutely blew my mind, everything was so green, rich and vibrant. We had to trudge through a little mud to get the best views but it was totally worth it. This was most definitely a highlight of Bali!
All around amazing! Bali: I will be back. You’ve stolen a piece of my heart. The people are so kind, the landscape is stunning and there’s some awesome swell on the coasts.
Thank you, Bali.