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6 thoughts on “East Bali: The Part Less Traveled”

  1. I really enjoyed East Bali for the same reasons as you mentioned in this post. I loved how less touristy it was, and how peaceful the sites I visited were. However, of all the coral reefs around Bali, I’ve only seen those in the northwestern part of the island, which were so beautiful! What I don’t understand is why I haven’t been to Tenganan despite the fact that at one point I actually stayed in Candidasa. Really love this post!

    1. Haha when we were younger, we preferred the beach over a traditional village. I’m glad that you like the post, Bama!

      The visit to Tenganan is an eye-opening experience. But some tourists might disagree with me. I overheard a couple talking about how “inauthentic” the village is. Just because there is neither split gate nor Hindu temple 🙂

      I was lucky to have a guide who knows the village well. So we can understand about the buildings and can meet the artisans. He even explained to me the meaning behind some geringsing patterns.

      Next time, I will try to see the western and northern part. Honestly, Bali is much larger than I expected 😛

      1. Too bad those tourists came to Tenganan without understanding why the village is special.

        It’s always a good idea to visit places like this with a guide so you’ll be able to see things and details you would otherwise overlook if you go by yourself.

        Until recently, the central government planned to build a second airport in Bali located on the island’s north coast. I was worried that this would forever change North Bali’s charm and tranquility. But luckily a few weeks ago it was announced that they decided to scrap the plan.

      2. Such a relief! It would be catastrophic for the island if that plan wasn’t stopped. Honestly, I don’t want to see another Kuta of the North. Besides, I think the current airport is large enough.

  2. Oh I so enjoyed this. It brought back so many wonderful memories. We never went near the southern beaches. We based in Ubud for a month and had a wonderful guide who took us all over the island on day trips. We snorkelled at those eastern beaches, and yes climbed Batur for sunrise. Best of all he included us with his family in their pilgrimage to the temple during an annual festival at Besakih. Truly memorable.
    Your photos are gorgeous. I want to go back!

    1. Fantastic! It was such an honour to participate in the ceremony. My guide also showed me his clan’s temples. How was your sunrise hike? I had to cancel that hike at the last minutes due to torrential rain 🙁 It was also cloudy so there was zero chance to watch sunrise.

      I spent one afternoon in Legian, before catching the early flight. Even though I come from chaotic Saigon, this place surprised me. And that was in June 🙂

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