The true Nature & cultural capitol of East Java, Considered to have the best landscapes with mountains, forests & beaches. Very few places can boost of such sight. Here we will be welcomed to a completely different experience. It is said that the traditional dances of Banyuwangi will mesmarise you. We will try & get you a glimpse of the same Reach Banyuwangi in the morning, Take rest for the day with local sigh seeing, Move to Kawah ijen by evening for a visual spectacles of rising flames & the volcano.
As we were walking along the road, I could hear a stereo playing bollywood songs from the 90s with heavy beats. I stopped for a second to make sure I was actually listening to a Hindi song and not hallucinating. So, I crossed the road and made my way to this small food stall/shop. I really wanted to see who listens to Bollywood in the middle of a small town in Java. It turns out, the stall is run by a very sweet middle aged Indonesian lady. I introduced myself and she was very excited and happy to know that I was from India. She told me that she loves Bollywood and her favourite actors are Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan. She had tons of Bollywood video CDs. She also cooked us some amazing Nasi Goreng which is Fried Chicken Rice. As we finished the meal, I went to see her TV and the video which was playing was SRK's Phir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani. I told the other travellers what that song meant and we all had a smile about it. While I was leaving, I asked her if I could take a picture of her and she obliged. She also danced, showed us some bollywood moves and I joined her and we had a bollywood dance party for 5 minutes. It was such a great day and I wish I could see her again sometime in the future.
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UbudMassage: in Bali, this is something no one should Ignore. Rates vary between 100k to 1mn for 60 min. We found one reasonable and good in Ubud. Rate list and shop pic is attached. You can find location by calling them too. Near kafe Armain Ubud.Salt therapy:My son,11, had bad bronchitis and heavy cough with sound of bulgom. After reading lot about salt therapy we drove from Kuta to Ubud. Had one sitting of 30 min for my Son and myself in afternoon . By evening, my nose which generally remain bit blocked due to prolonged sinus issues was opened and my son throat by 80% better by evening and specially in my way back flight. I would recommend this to all even if someone is healthy. Details of that location is given in pic.Lowalk coffee:- am sure every one landing in Bali would know (if not already) about this coffee. If u don't know and have taken any travel agent package,They will certainly take u to coffee estates and show that this coffee is made their only. While that could be true, but they would attract u to buy it also. We felt cheated as we bought 150gm power at 650k from estates and when i checked later from a local, who suggested to go to 'coco super market' in Ubud. (Location attached)Found that better Lowalk coffee at 230k for 150 gm. We were told that drivers have 50% cut if u buy from estates. By careful!!!Garments and local stuff shopping: Sukawati Market Gg. Cemp. 2, Guwang, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582,(http://maps.google.com/?cid=4866094729527326196&hl=en≷=us) is best we believe. Heavy bargain available and u find items at throw away prices. Local transport in Bali:-Download blue bird taxi app or use Uber. Best is take full day taxi between 35 to 40 USD. Travel agent number same as I attached a pic up.Going to Langkawi and packing bags. We are certain of coming back to Bali next time for 7 days and staying not in Kuta to avoid crowd.
Ubud Traditional Art Market
7) Carry Indonesian currency only to a certain extent as most places accept cards there, a Forex card or a credit is a great way to be safe. Also money exchange centers are located around every corner for quick exchange for dollars and euros( preferred currencies)
Ubud is 40 km from Batur and is said to be a cultural capital of Bali. Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast. It once served as the major source of medicinal herbs and the healing tradition in still deeply ingrained in the people here. If you are looking for beads, Buddha, barong and Balinese traditional carvings, silver jewelry, pearls, handmade leather bags, Batik scarves and pashminas, Jalan Raya Ubud is the place for you. You will get some of the best deals here. The culturally rich vibe of this area is waiting to entrap you. The traditional market is from 5am until 9am. Spend some time relaxing at Bali Botanical Day Spa with a range of revitalizing treats. At night retreat to Oka Wati’s Homestay which has been sheltering tourists since 1980. Once you are here, you know you are in the right place away from all the noise. Spend a quiet night here in the middle of Ubud in the rustic charm of this house.