Discover Bali: Day 2 – Must See
It was the first morning waking up at our hotel, Puri Anyar Heritage. The roasters were screeching just before 6am. Each room at the hotel had their own roasters. No alarms needed.
Breakfast was served on our patio at 8am. On the menu are two delicious options: the Balinese traditional breakfast and the western style breakfast. The Balinese traditional breakfast included chicken and noodles with sides of fruit and juice. The western style breakfast were eggs with toast with a side of fruits and juice. I opted for the traditional Balinese breakfast for most of my stay. The noodles had a hint of spice but not too bad that I couldn’t handle it.
After a quick bite to eat, PN and I rush to get ready for Wayan to pick us up at 9am. We had a full itinerary ahead of us.
Wayan was right on time. He waited for us in the lobby and escorted us to his vehicle.
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Barong & Kris Dane Traditional Balinese Dance
The first thing on our agenda was to watch traditional Balinese dance at Barong & Kris Dane. The venue reminded me of going to a temple back at home than to a dance theater. There were cars piled up in the front lot with a person directing people where to park. Wayan knew exactly what to do.
The show was IDR100,000 or $7USD. The show starts around 9:30am. We were running behind and missed the first few minutes of the show. The show was self seating and we were able to sit anywhere we wanted that was not in the reserved section. The performers were fantastic. The show was a classic tale of good versus evil. Pamphlets were distributed when you pay for your fare. It was a great tool to revert back to to understand what is happening in each scene. To the right of the performers were a complete live gamelan orchestra playing traditional instruments. The songs that were played could be heard all over Bali. Towards the end of the show, we were able to meet the cast and snap photos with them. In total, the performance lasted about an hour.
Next on the agenda was a quick visit to a nearby temple, Butuan Temple. Entrance fee was about IDR10,000 or $0.71. Super cheap! We checked in, grabbed a sarong to wrap around our hips. Every temple offer a sarong for their visitors. This Hindu temple is almost 1000 years old!
The next stop on our journey was what I was looking forward to, trying Luwak coffee. For those of you who do not know, luwak coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world. I am not a coffee drinker but I enjoy exotic cuisines. For this tasting, Wayan took us to Jambe Asri. Wayan arranged for a private tour for us where we could see the different vegetation around the area and how coffee is made. After the tour, we had the option to try 14 different types of teas and coffee for IDR297,250 or $20. My friend and I had this great idea of trying all the drinks than hopping on the swing that launches you over the field. This is perhaps the worst idea we’ve ever thought out. ALWAYS do the swing first…don’t try to get launch with a full belly of coffee and tea. The swing costs 125,000 or 8.85USD.
The swing was scary yet exhilarating. When you hop on, you will get cranked all the way back than the swing launches you over the field. I couldn’t stop screaming. When you think the fear is gone, there is someone at the bottom of the swing waiting to push you back into the clouds. I felt like I was just inches from kicking the tree! I never wanted to get off a swing so bad in my life.
Lunch: Batur Sari Restaurant
After our swing adventure, Wayan took us to Batur Sari Restaurant for lunch. They served individual meals but they are known for their buffet style meal for 225,000 or $16. We sat outside. We were in the clouds. Wayan said that this is the place to be on a clear day. When the day is nice, you could view the Batur Mountains. The buffet had everything from vegetarian options to authentic Balinese cuisine. I enjoyed it even though it showered for a bit. I didn’t mind the rain. The servers also offered to move us to a nearby table that had a cover.
Tagallalang Rice Fields
PN and I took it easy for the rest of the day. We weren’t feeling too well after drinking our teas and coffee than getting launched. Wayan took us to Tagallalang Rice Fields to enjoy the peaceful walk around the field. There were swings at the rice fields too. It looked less intense compared to the one that I was on. The rice field was muddy and slippery. Thankfully I didn’t embarrass myself.
After the rice field stroll, we took another nice stroll but to the Tegenungan Waterfall. To get to the waterfall, there are several steps down. You are able to bathe in the waterfall and snap candid photos at cute little photo setup spots. The waterfall was a brown color from the dirt that it picked up as it crashed on the ground.
It was quite a drive to get back to our hotel. We were famish at this point and rushed to a nearby restaurant once we got in. We decided on Mumbul. Nothing out of the ordinary in Bali but they did offer a 2 for one deal on drinks! It was much needed today.
Yea Pula Spa
After a long exhausting day, PN and I completed our day with a spa treatment at Yea Pula Spa located across the street from where we were staying. There are a lot of spas throughout Bali but it may be difficult to find a place available for walk-ins. We were fortunate that Yea Pula Spa was available during our time of need. I got a relaxing massage for only $10USD. The massage was perfect, however, there was a lot of street noise.
The hour massage went by quick. In just a blink of an eye, we were back in our room resting up for another adventure.