That sealed the deal and I was back in Bali less than 3 months later with my dad and a cousin on a family vacation. Clearly this is a very comfortable holiday compared to my backpacking adventures and it was structured. Correction, it was VERY organised and we managed to do and see a lot in 6 days.
If you haven’t already seen my previous post on Bali, this is just an extension of that but on the other end of the scale.
Seminyak may be a place frequented by shopaholics but the extension of the area right up to Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan, are best known for food. These other districts that border Seminyak is where most of the restaurants are. One such, serving up beautiful assortment of Asian food is Mama San. The interior of this place is gorgeous, brilliant service and just beautiful food. Not far from there is a café that serves some of the best local coffee, Anomali Coffee. Mind you, it’s usually filled with people on computers and caffeine junkies, also the occasional groups of the traveling sort. Its laid back and just deliciousl local coffee!
For more up scale bars and restaurant, you might want to head to places like Ku De Ta, Potato Head and La Lucciola. Heading to these places you have to be dressed especially if you’re going for dinner, in smart casual wear. Along the way here, there are restaurants and cafés that are worth a stop too.
One of our first temple stops was Pura Tirta Empul, a temple known for its purifying water pond. The holy water comes from an underground spring where it is then channelled to watering spouts devotees bath from. After dipping myself in these waters, we stopped by Ubud. This temple is not far from Ubud hence visiting Pura Tirta Empul and the Monkey Forest temple in Ubud is possible in a day.
I normally would opt to sit out in the sun, but I think I made a wise choice by saying yes to the brolly. It was too hot and I would have been sunburnt! The tapas here are all right, nothing I would shout about but the view and ambience during sun down is beautiful. The crashing waves may spray you at times but its just amazing.
The prices for water activities are ridiculously expensive and not worth it down at Tanjong Benoa. Bottom line, tourist trap… beware.
Think we have found a new family vacation destination!
Got to thank my dad for this trip.
Next up: Mount Batur