Eat like a local

Jl. Ngurah Rai-Gianyar, Gianyar, Bali – Indonesia

Exciting Gianyar Night Market

Who wants to try typical Balinese food? The most famous traditional market in eastern Bali! Gianyar night market (Pasar Senggol Gianyar is what locals call this night scene) would have to be the place! Located about 30 minutes from central Ubud. 

Experience the true aspect of local life and enjoy a cheap and very tasty meal prepared in front of you, this is the place to go. The night markets have food stall after food stall lined up along the walkway that runs alongside the road. Try some traditional favourites or pick something completely new! Also  these markets have everything from clothing, homewares, and toys to the fantastic food stalls serving all types of local food and it’s so much cheaper than your usual touristy markets!

Plenty of venders who will provide a huge plate of meat for very little money! You will see the locals eating with their hands rather than utensils. It’s very cool to feel like you’re part of the day to day life of the locals, seeing how they live, bargaining like they do, and eating what they eat. You see more locals than tourists at this market, which is great! It’s best to get there early, around 5.30pm, because the food is freshest at that time. Then fill your belly full of Bali’s favourites such as Babi Guling (Roast Suckling Pig), Bakso (Meatball Soup), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Chicken and Lamb Satay, and many more!

Just so you know

Gianyar Night Market is open every day, but it gets particularly crowded on weekends. Start around 3pm until 11pm. Bring enough cash since that’s how the transactions are done here.This market is for locals and not set up for tourists so set your expectations accordingly. Knowing a little bit about the food and the names does help, as tourists are rarely here. So be prepared to be an attraction as a foreign tourist. This place is authentic for now, enjoy the calm before the tourist storm.

 

Once you master the art of bargaining, you can really pick up some great deals.


Bargaining is fun!

Besides being well known for beaches and sunshine, Bali is also a paradise of shopping centers. For those who go on vacation in Bali, it is important to spare some of the budget for shopping or to buy some souvenirs from your holiday. So don’t forget to bargain the price that fits your pocket.

It might be strange and uncomfortable for some tourists, but bargaining is part of the shopping culture in Bali.

It’s doubtful you will ever insult someone by offering a price too low. So follow these simple preparations and you’ll be haggling like a pro!

Preparation

  1. You can haggle at other local shops
  2. You can’t just walk in there and go wild, you’ve got to understand, respect, practice and finesse the art of haggling.
  3. The first price quoted is usually the “tourist price” and it is generally two times more than what the vendor is actually willing to accept.
  4. Set a price in your mind before you start. But the first thing you need to do is have a benchmark market price. You do this by asking at around 3 different (not beside each other) shops, without any intention to buy. You’re just setting the usual ‘ask.’
  5. Even though negotiations can get heated at times, just remember to always keep your cool and never, ever be rude. Their hardball tactics are just how they do business, so keep that in the back of your mind.
  6. Laughing and smiling is always good. It’s not supposed to be a life and death battle but more an exchange to reach a satisfying price you are both happy with
  7. Remember this: the more items you buy, the better deal you will get!  – Just ask..If I buy 6 (for example) what is the price then?
  8. Make a small drama by saying that you just want to buy at the price you bid, if it can’t be done, you would move to the other outlet. If you are lucky, the seller will ask you to stay and give the price as you wanted.
  9. Just one other thing – if you really like it and then you find the same item later somewhere else for less, it doesn’t really matter!
  10. If you get fair prices, remember the shop and return again should you require more goods. They will be friendly when they see you back again, opening prices will generally be much lower for repeat customers.
  11. Besides coming early, you can also come in the last hours before the market closes. Usually at the last minute before closing their shop, the sellers usually would say yes to every bargainer.

Tips

If you get down to 80,000 Rupiah and you’re happy to pay it, just pay it. It’s around one dollar more than your target, so, what do you really care!? But, if it feels like you’re getting ripped off and they’re asking you for 150,000 IDR and you really don’t want to pay that much because the shoes aren’t worth it, then don’t pay it. Just say thanks!

Also, don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag to avoid using up a lot of plastic bags!

So are you ready to bargain? Happy haggling!

Eating should be about a healthy balance. Everything in moderation. Simply listen to your body with what it needs. Eat right and cheat right 🙂

Finding delicious, wholesome vegan food is not always easy when you’re eating out at a restaurant, but it’s totally possible! There are plenty of great places for vegans to eat in Canggu,

if you’re passionate about healthy eating as well as vegan cooking, 

1# BEACH GARDEN-IN THE RAW

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 103 Canggu

Head to Beach Garden if you are anywhere near Canggu!

Beach Garden specialize in Vegetarian, Vegan and “real” organic food, when everyone else claims to sell organic vegetables Beach Garden does it for real! A really chill vibe and beautiful place. The atmosphere is amazing. Lots of vegan options available. All very fresh, yummy and really reasonable prices. Such a good place for healthy oriented people!

2# THE SHADY SHACK

Jl.Tanah Barak No 57

The Shady Shack in Canggu serves some of the best vegan food in Bali. Huge variety of vegan options! The quality of ingredients and combinations are put together so creatively. The place itself is very cute, and dimly lit which creates a nice atmosphere.  This place is rightfully so very popular and getting seats might be an issue at peak times. A healthy outside starts from the inside so be the best version of yourself and nourish your body with nutritious and delicious food 🙂

3# PELOTON SUPERSHOP

Jl.Pantai Berawa No 46

This little place is really great for vegans. One stop into Peloton Supershop will have you coming back for more… leaving the old saying “vegans only eat salad” in the dirt, you’ll find it hard to choose from their mouth-watering menu. Heaps of savoury and sweet healthy options to enjoy!

They have an incredible menu with a great balance between healthier stuff (salads, soups, smoothies), and comfort food (lasagne, burgers etc) although everything tastes fresh and amazing! Also they have menus for the kids which have really good and healthy options, the menu is super creative.

 

4# MATCHA CAFE

Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99

Such a cute little cafe in Canggu where the food is healthy, delicious and picturesque.  Everything has a matcha theme to it. Their menu is designed by a holistic and nutritionist chef known worldwide. There’s a very nice vibe in this cafe and plenty of vegan options to choose. Fluffy vegan matcha pancakes with self-made vegan nutella and caramelized bananas are so good!

 

5# PLANT CARTEL

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 38a Canggu

What do you think of having a full on vegan meal fast food style? A nice vegan fast food place, perfect to grab a burger!

All-day menu including burgers, loaded fries, tacos, hotdogs, subs and desserts plus sundaes and shakes. They use fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, along with nuts, beans and grains to make everything on their menu. Real good, Fast food

6# NALU BOWLS

Jl. Batu Mejan No 88 Canggu

Nalu Bowls have a few spots around the island and are so worth stopping by to grab one! Great for vegans and people with dietary requirements. Great place, with lovely smoothie bowls and amazing interior. Extensive range of fresh fruit and produce, meals are authentically presented. If you haven’t been there, go! Paradise for the health conscious food lover.

7# GIVE CAFE

Jl. Padang Linjong No 85 Canggu

Vegan Indonesian buffet for an affordable price with authentic local flavours. Their menu features delicious traditional Indonesian cuisine with a plant-based twist.

A few good spots for pics if you’re an instagrammer!

The most important thing is their non-profit making concept of caring for the planet, people with disabilities and animals. So by eating here you’re already helping them. How cool is that!

Do a good deed & dine with them

8# NUDE

Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No 33 Canggu

Gorgeous white wooden hut cafe.  You should definitely give Nude a try. There’s ample seating both outside and in an A/C cooled space indoors, all of which is really comfy. The seating area is really cute and filled with greenery.

Nude is focused on healthy, vibrant food and definitely doesn’t disappoint!

The portions are generous and the food is super tasty, catered to the health conscious diner. They do the best brekkie and have a good mix of healthy and tasty food!

YOGI’S PLAYGROUND IN BALI

 

A lot of great ideas can come to your mind while relaxing with yoga. Bali has a rich history of yoga and the Balinese culture is known for its appreciation of combining spiritual life with nature. So attention all yogis! If you’re looking for a respite from your hectic life, look no further… Here’s the list for you 🙂

UBUD YOGA HOUSE

It is such a beautiful place in the middle of nature with the sound of the river on the rocks and can’t think of a better place to be doing yoga. They have classes for all types – beginners, advanced and meditation classes. They make the classes enjoyable, relaxing yet challenging and fun. Great yoga teachers give a more personal and friendly touch. The scenery is also amazing and adds up to the top vibes and energy. Hidden diamond in the middle of the rice fields, yoga practices with the sounds of birds and the river that runs next to it. A blessed sanctuary with a fantastic energy!

Jl. Subak Sokwayah, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571

+62(0)821-4418-1058

ubudyogahouse@gmail.com

 

THE YOGA BARN

Yoga Barn is a very tranquil place hidden away from the main road. Amidst a serene and lush setting, it’s the ideal health and wellness centre. They have a wide variety of classes available and different schedules. Classes range from different types of yoga (vinyasa, aero, gentle, yin, beginner, etc.) and also include different meditation classes. There is something for everyone from beginners to advanced. They also have special workshops and teacher trainings available for those looking for more in depth study. There is a healing spa, yoga shop, as well as a cafe and juice bar available on site. Plus accommodation is available on the property for those whose only intention visiting Ubud is to go to Yoga Barn.

 

Jl. Hanoman, Pengosekan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
+62(0)361 971236

info@theyogabarn.com                                                                

MORNING LIGHT YOGA

 

Owned by Uluwatu Surf Villas. Beautiful place to practice yoga, with the sound of the birds and the ocean in the background, the beautiful tropical forest around you with butterflies and birds flying through… It’s magical! The view out to the ocean while practicing yoga really helps to draw energy into the space.  What could be better looking over the perfect ocean and practicing with the sounds of nature surrounding you from all angles. The classes are suitable for males and females, beginners up to advanced. Just give yourself the time to enjoy this amazing yoga spot! 

 Uluwatu Surf Villas, Jl. Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364

+62 (0)817 555 421

info@uluwatusurfvillas.com

 

THE CHILLHOUSE 

Everything you wish for your vacation, you’ll find it in The Chillhouse! Chillhouse attracts predominantly single people and couples who have an interest in yoga. The whole place is set in an open plan layout next to a quiet street amongst a few traditional looking houses. The yoga is amazing, it’s safe to say you will definitely feel rejuvenated after your time here. Eat – Yoga – Surf – Sleep! All you need in one space at The Chillhouse

 

Jl. Kubu Manyar No.22, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

+62(0)361 8445463

holiday@thechillhouse.com

 

COMO SHAMBHALA

A beautiful location with sights and sounds of the surrounding jungle. The spa building is gorgeous, with a yoga deck on the roof and a private jungle garden and outdoor shower for each treatment room. Take advantage of the classes, especially the hatha and flow yoga, both taught at a rooftop pavilion with spectacular views across the mountains and rice paddies. A wonderful place to rejuvenate yourself and put yourself on a better track with your health. Como Shambhala focuses on well being, so the array of treatments on offer is outstanding and you may get support from a really expert team of nutritionists, yoga teachers, and also an ayurvedic doctor.

 

Banjar Begawan, Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80571

+62(0)361 978888

csestate@comohotels.com

 

POWER OF NOW OASIS

Just walking into the big bamboo building on the beach is a breath of fresh air. It is magical to do yoga with a sea view, sea breeze and watching the squirrels and birds in the trees.  Great instruction in a quiet beachfront location. A totally unpretentious place for anyone and everyone to practice, or even try yoga for the first time. They all have different approaches and specialties so you can experience a wide variety of types of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Karma and more yoga for you to get a taste of them all). The Power of Now Oasis has a great variety of classes every day to cater for everyone. This place has different teachers for varying tastes. They also have plenty of equipment, props etc. & encourage everyone to just work at their own pace & not to worry about what others are doing.

 

Jl. Retro Beach, Sanur Kauh, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80224

+62(0) 878-6153-4535

info@powerofnowoasis.com

 

THE PRACTICE

It’s a half open studio made from bamboo and wood.  The shala is beautiful, set upstairs overlooking lush jungle surroundings and constructed from bamboo, teak and concrete, it exudes warmth and wisdom of the natural environment. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and have so much unique knowledge of the rest of the yoga world.  Doing yoga at The Practice is an opportunity to get to know your deeper self and to get in touch with what really matters, beyond the mind and ego. The chillout area with tasty tea, bean bags and gardens really adds to the overall experience. They also have many great programs, free presentations, workshops, and Kirtans as well. 

 

Jl. Batu Bolong #94A, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

+62(0)812 3670 2160

admin@thepracticebali.com

 

Too Amazing To Describe

Nusa Penida Island is something to be experienced

 

If you’re after something a little more adventurous, Nusa Penida will reward you in spades!

Nusa Penida is part of Nusa Islands, it is the biggest of the 3. The island is absolutely beautiful and still new to tourists, it’s such a stark contrast to a lot of what you will experience on the mainland of Bali.

Nusa Penida can only be reached by fast boat. It takes one hour to get to the island. Fast boat departs from Sanur Beach.

There are two main ways to explore this amazing land, motorbike or hiring a car with a driver.

Nusa Penida is a lot more rugged and less developed (that’s great!) and has a lot more cliff edges and steep stairways. It’s all part of the adventure!

The roads are a bit bumpy, which no one can control – be prepared for a little Rock & Roll. But you’ll have stunning views of the island.

The local people – friendliness and kindness are part of their culture, which makes for a hospitable environment for tourists and expats. Moreover, the local Nusa Penida residents have an innate laid-back and relaxed islander nature to them.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the most important landmarks in West Nusa Penida like Crystal Bay, Angel Billabong, Broken Beach, and Kelingking Beach or in East Nusa Penida like Thousand Island, Nusa Penida Tree House, Atuh Beach, Cave Temple, Teletubbies Hill, and Peguyangan Waterfall.

Crystal Bay – is popular for its crystal clear blue water. It’s a the best beach on the island to chill out. You’ll find bean bags, lounge chairs and some stalls selling local dishes, snacks and cold drinks while you relax in the white sand.

Kelingking Beach – Absolutely stunning and probably one of the most famous views of the Island. From the top you get an incredible view of this land that’s totally Insta-worthy. If you’re brave enough, you can take a hike down from the top to the beach. It will take 2 hours to get down. It’s very steep so be careful where you tread!

* this part is only recommended to fit people and those with proper shoes as it’s very tricky hiking with parts that involve almost vertical climbing up and down.

Angel Billabong – is a crystal clear natural pool. You can snorkel here or just spend some time marveling at the waters where manta rays swim

*Be cautious as when the tide is high, waves crash over the edge

Broken Beach – a cliff lookout over a hole in the rock. It’s stunning to see the erosion of the rock to create this archway that influenced the name Broken Beach because this cove is not fully enclosed.

Thousand Island – here you can get some shots of the gorgeous coastline! It’s down some stairs to get to the viewpoint, but nothing too crazy. Spend a moment appreciating exactly where you are!

Tree House – a famous place on Instagram. You can stay the night here and wake up to see incredible views.

Atuh Beach – to get to this beach you will need to descend down a long flight of stairs. You are in the tropics when you are here and see the bluest water with so many different hues. There are some bars where you can rent lounge chairs and sunshades. It is amazing!

Peguyangan Waterfalls – you can only reach the location by walking down some stairs attached to a cliff. But once you get there the spot is mind blowing!

However every corner is an Instagrammer’s dream. You’ll never run out of things to do and see in Nusa Penida. You can’t ask for more, just incredible and full of good vibes!

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Best time to visit Nusa Penida is during the dry season, but it’s possible to visit all year around. I recommend to avoid weekend traveling in the island if you want to visit the island in peace.
  • Bring enough cash as most things in Nusa Penida are paid in cash. And less ATM machines here.
  • If you’re planning to stay a few nights, there are some great hotels and hostels. So you can explore and get what you need to see in this island.
  • One day is not enough to explore around the island. So you should be able to choose between west or east areas if you only have a day to go
  • Keep in your mind : Make sure your phone and camera fully charged before you’re heading there! So you won’t be regrets as you will have the memories stay with you

IT’S TIME!

Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure! An unforgettable peaceful yet adventurous experience awaits you in Nusa Penida

It was the first time but definitely not the last

As a normal human, I was nervous to ride it for the first time. It seemed like it would be easy but when I saw a giant bike right in front of me, I wasn’t sure if I’d like to do it. But then, you won’t be wanting to stop once you ride and feel the power.

Preparation before you’re going crazy!

I was going to do quad bike riding with my friends. We chose a company based in Ubud called Kuber Bali ATV.

We booked via Krisna Tours Bali as they have a special price on it. Once we made a booking (which is so easy to get confirmed by them) and on the day they picked us up from our office in the morning  as a meeting point. We met a friendly driver to take us to the location.

When we arrived, they welcomed us with a unique drink (I think it was a traditional drink and the taste was great!). After we finished the drink it was time to gear  up and go through the pre-ride safety briefing and some practice training on a nice easy track next to the camp supervised by our guide. 

And now we were ready to enjoy the ride on the dirty and muddy areas!

What to expect

It doesn’t take long to feel comfortable with the bike.

It’s an exciting and different way to enjoy Bali’s bush. Ride and explore the wonderlands of farms, rivers, jungles and waterfalls on your choice of a 1 or a 2 hour guided tour! 

We absolutely loved the thrill of cruising through beautiful scenic off-road tracks and also going full throttle around shallow rivers, past waterfalls and across muddier sections. Our guides were very thorough in making sure we were safely getting up and down the trickier bits.

We were covered in mud after 2 hours! But the mud actually added to the experience. Then back to the camp for refreshments and enjoy yummy Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng to fill our hungry bellies for lunch. And yeah, it was included!

After that our driver was waiting for us, smiling as always, and took us back to our office.

 

Heaps of fun experience 

The quad bikes were well maintained and rider safety was a priority.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who would want to try something new and a little out of their comfort zone. Because it was exhilaratingly!

Yaaas! Looking for an exciting new adventure? Rafting just may be what you’re looking for. This watersport is guaranteed to get the heart pumping and everybody laughing. If you’re cool enough to try this, surely it will put your stress level down.

Ayung River, located in north Ubud – Bali with luscious tropical rainforest along the river’s edge, is the most popular water activity area you could choose for rafting. You will also enjoy the scenery of waterfalls and the stone carving on the cliffs that will amaze you!

The rapid levels at Ayung River are very easy to access and it can be considered as a family friendly white water river rafting location, so you don’t need to worry if you’re a first timer to try this! Normally the guide will provide great safety equipment, a safety talk, and give you basic paddle instructions before you start rafting.

Did you know, people who think rafting is only suited for clear sky days are SURELY MISTAKEN! Rainy days can be a memorable and worthwhile experience. The rainfall naturally causes an upsurge in the river flow, making for larger rapids that are more in line with your expectations. Which is great news, right? So rainy days are not gonna ruin the day. Also, your guide always gauges the daily forecast prior to launching a tour, then they will make a decision before anything else to ensure the safety of the rafters.

Bring your family or friends for rafting! And you will have loads of fun. Experience and enjoy the rush!!!

Kuber Bali ATV Adventure – For those who like to try adventurous tours and want to test your adrenaline, go and try this one, Quadbike ATV ride. Quadbike ATV ride is an adventure tour with special motorcycle riding. If you would like to enjoy Bali’s nature in a different way, a quadbike ride might just be an interesting alternative. ATV is actually an extension of all terrain vehicle. Perhaps it’s because it has a similar shape tractor, some Russian tourists often call it a mini tractor. hahaha … As the name implies, quadbike ATV can be through a variety of terrain.

Quadbike bali activity is one of the most favourite trip by some domestic or foreign tourists who really want to pit your balls in Bali!! This kind of ATV ride adventure now very much to be found in Bali. There are many company agents in Bali that provide Quadbike tours. One of the best agents in Bali that provides ATV quadbike service is Krisna Tours Bali, which works together with one of the renowned company in ubud.

The price offered is very affordable, you can just click : Best Bali Quadbike Adventure. Adventure path that will be taken as far as 4.5 km, able to satisfy the tourists who visit this tour located in Payangan village of Bali. Evidently, every day there are dozens of foreign tourists choose to spur quadbike vehicle with a capacity of 250 cc at this location. The time spent on playing ATV is usually about 1, 5 to 2 hours.

The path is very challenging, starting from the sloping dirt roads, over steep cliffs, over rivers, waterfalls, and a cave that is approximately 10 meters long. the most challenging here is when crossing the irrigation system or aungan and flow Tukad Wos or Wos river. This is going to be the interesting one, because the scenery along the Wos river is very exotic. To cross the path, tourists can spend more or less 30 minutes more, and will revolve around there. The tourists will get a chance to rest in a little tent, and they can buy soft drinks, or other beverages. After completing this trip, the tourists will be served with delicious food by enjoying a vast view of rice fields. 

Cycling nowadays is not only one of the sports that interest and become a lifestyle trend among local people, but cycling activity also become one of alternative tourism activity in Bali. For this tour activity, foreign or local tourists will be invited to enjoy the nature of Bali Island while pedaling bicycle. Usually this activity is done in rural areas in Bali, such as in Kintamani, Karangasem, or Ubud. One of the Cycling Tour Operators in Bali that provides this facility, Bali Cyling Tours says, Cycling activity has become a lifestyle trend for tourists visiting Bali. So when in Bali they are offered cycling activity while enjoying the natural beauty of Bali, they will welcome with enthusiasm. 

For this cycling activity, it is designed as one of the outdoor activities that not only able to provide physical benefits for the tourists, but this activity is also able to provide the experience of cycling in rural road Bali to tourists. In addition to the natural beauty, tourists are also given the experience to see firsthand the cultural activities undertaken by the people of Bali, because cycling activity is done in bebrapa rural areas in Bali.

One of the cycling trends provided by Bali Cycling Tours is Batur volcano and Ubud bike tracks. On this track, tourists will not only be introduced to the traditional agrarian activities of rural communities, ie farming activities as the main livelihoods of nearby communities, but tourists will also be introduced on some cultural activities of Ubud community.

This is because the cycling path has been adjusted and combined by the organizers between the natural path and cultural path. So that tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of Bali but tourists will also be introduced to cultural activities, because tourists will be invited to stop for a moment in a place that elements of Balinese culture is still maintained.

For this cycling tour activity in Ubud, it will really become the most popular spot by foreign tourists, since Ubud is one of the arts and cultural centers in Bali, of course every side of Ubud has many uniqueness that can be enjoyed by tourists directly. And also the tourists will see the beautiful view of Mount Batur and see the caldera. Starting from the curving road contours through the rice fields of alang-alang to the plantation area owned by local residents such as coffee, chocolate, and many other beautiful scenery that can be explored by tourists. With a highly committed guide, tourists will understand the culture and nature of Bali in which the majority of the population is Hindu.

Bali Rafting activity or Bali white water rafting seem quite scary to those who have never tried, specially for those who can not swim. But the rafting activity in Ayung River, Bali, it feels too dear not to be tested. Located not far from the center of Ubud village, our Ubud Rafting Company has the longest rafting route on the island.

The nine-kilometer route is also the oldest rafting route that has existed since 1989. With modern facilities and adequate, this adrenaline activity is guaranteed safe for ages five to 65 years. The starting point of preparation is at headquarters located on Jalan Raya Kedawatan, Ubud. The rafting participants will be given lockers along with different electrical locks between lockers. After changing the ready-made clothes, participants will be grouped and then escorted to the point of departure for miles in the north. After entering the village with left-right road in the form of rice field scenery nan awake, arrived at the place of departure rafting in the upstream Ayung River. Ayung River spring itself comes from Mount Batur and Lake Kintamani.

At the point of departure, passengers will be given a set of rafting completeness in the form of rowing, buoys, and helmets. Do not forget the safety insurance administration procedure was implemented. With the guide, the participants are accompanied down about 600 steps to the river bank. As long as the decline of stairs that have been neat and equipped with the handle, natural scenery of the Ayung River forest faithfully accompany step by step. Be careful in descending these steps. In addition to the humid conditions, down hundreds of stairs enough to make the condition of the legs shaking or the view becomes less alert.

It’s good to take a break or warm up the leg muscles and hands before descending the stairs. Once arrived at the riverbank, the guides in charge of accompanying the rubber boats will be ready to help prepare passengers to wade the rafting of the Ayung River. Although it looks calm, it’s good to prepare mentally as possible, and do not forget to entrust the water-susceptible electronics to the guide to be stored in a waterproof bag.

Starting a day for beginners may be a bit awkward. The weight of thrust against the flow of river water is enough to make the base of the arm becomes sore. But the guide who has been going through the river current, and also has an international certificate, enough to make the lazy passenger’s burden to paddle into light. Along the way, various types of rapids will be encountered, ranging from mild to demanding co-operation and command compliance from the guide. One-one, the boat will be overturned due to caught or careless act of passengers.

But the guides seem to have been very well trained to be worry of it, sometimes even they make a lot of joke that relaxes the nerves that are strained by adrenaline. The guides were quite interactive and very friendly, just like their own friends. But, do not be surprised if when the middle of fun rowing will be splashed water, either by other rafting groups, or a nosy guide. Playing water in the middle of the river is always exciting.

Incomplete it feels sailing rafting without enjoying the scenery around. Ayung River located in the area of ​​Ubud is surrounded by cliffs that are still covered by dense forest. When lucky, the visitors will find a herd of monkeys who live in this region. The cliffs along the river were adorned with small waterfalls or tree roots that form like an abstract painting that creates the atmosphere as in a movie through the Amazon jungle. What is interesting is, there is a stone wall on the edge of the river carved reliefs like in the temple. The length of the relief itself is quite long, can reach tens of meters. This carving was made many years ago, deliberately carved out telling the story of Ramayana. Although it was made and not too long, but the moss attached to make this relief seemed relics before century.

Surprises have not stopped there yet. The Ayung River, home to some of these adventure tours, has an unusually large waterfall, its constellation stones look like black boxed granite boxes. The rafting participants, most of whom are foreign tourists, do not want to waste the opportunity to ‘bathe’ under the excitement of a fairly heavy waterfall. In locations that also become a place of rest, visitors can take pictures ria memorize the moment or want to show off in social media.

In addition to feeling the natural beauty and the adventure of wading the Ayung River, the rowing participants will also see black sand mining done traditionally in some places in this river. Volcanic sand from Mount Batur is a material for the manufacture of buildings or temples. Ayung River beauty makes two hours drive from the bottom of the canyon will not be felt.

Unwittingly, the participants had arrived at the last post. Although it will no longer wet, but the adventure is not over. To reach the location where the goods are stored and out of the Ayung River canyon, participants must climb approximately 300 steps leading to the path above the canyon. When the unaccustomed and tired due to rafting, no need to hurry. Rest for a moment so that the thigh does not hurt from this adventure.

“We chose Ayung River because of the beautiful and natural scenery of Ubud, this river is a safe category for beginners in rafting”. In addition, the rafting schedule will be adjusted to the natural conditions of the river, from water discharge to the weather, for the safety of passengers.” After rafting, passengers can take documentation taken by photographers hiding among the bushes along the river route. At least after rushing and shouting as much as the heart because of the ‘boom’ white water rafting, the lips can smile to see your own facial expressions while wading through the rapids that test the adrenaline.