you should try the famous babi guling (roast pork) in ubud, bali if you can.
[babi guling, its essentially roasted pork stuffed with spices. the most famous would have to be ibu oka's 6-hr roasted babi guling in ubud. a pity it was closed when we got to ubud. this one was not bad which was at a roadside stall we spotted while driving to ubud and it's not bad really. slices of pork, a crisp slice of skin and some innards, served altogether with rice. taste? not bad, although a little spicy and oily.
its funny how we discovered this dish because on the first night in bali, anthony bourdain was on travel and living introducing ibu oka's babi guling. the driver who picked us from the airport also introduced this. if you're wondering why pork (like i was), was also told that bali is made up of 80% hindus, 10% christians and 10% muslims. great, i learn something new everyday. ]
we got a car at about SGD 30 a day too. its cheaper if you can drive, and its quite easy to get around. cabs in bali are really exp man...
I'll be headed there too. Sunday to Friday. If you see me walking around with my funny hat and big heavy camera, make sure you wave
below is a map I copied off Google Earth and added in some location names.
Hope it's useful for you.
Do check out Lake Bratan if you have the chance. Photo (not taken by me ) below
Taken from img2.allposters.com/images/JAPOD/TPX2633.jpg
Thinking of Babi Guling @ Ibu Oka just make me drool all over again...
I think Ibu Oka has a very big aircon restaurant somewhere outside of downtown ubud. The original one in ubud downtown is getting way way too crowded...
Last time I was in ubud, driver stopped at the big one first, I told him I like the one in downtown, and he brought me to the original one. If this is your first time, you have to eat at the original one just for the feeling. After that you can head to the big one.
me drooling too!
Was supposed to go to Bali in August, but now it's a no-go...
It's been a while.
Anyway, I brought my UWA and a tele to Bali together with my 7D.
The upper part shown on the map has a lot of photo opportunities plus traditional Balinese performances. Some attractions need entry fee and just dun get chop carrot head. Although I felt that Bali is rather safe but still keep your precious equipment close to you especially walking on the streets.
Anyway, never miss the sunset at Bali. One shot to share.
My maiden trip to Bali mid July. And to think that I initially felt that one week was too long for Bali. ( I thought it was just a beach) Just wanna say that this thread helps a lot and is useful for me.. Thanks guys!
Just a friendly note to all who are planning to travel to Bali.
There is Rabies on the island. Do not play with the animals (esp the dogs obviously).
If you have contact with an animal or worse, a bite from an animal, it is imperative to see a dr as soon as possible.
(I work in travel medicine)
Check this out
Most relevant part reproduced here-
[In the most recent previous report from Bali (dated 24 May 2010) it was stated that the rabies death toll had risen to 57. Therefore the human fatality reported above will raise the death toll to at lest 58. Professor Wilde believes that in fact the toll has now reached over 60 since the outbreak began 2 years ago. It is clear from this report that the outbreak is still far from contained, and that control of canine rabies has not been achieved. A map of the island of Bali can be accessed at <http://www.baliguide.com/bali_map.html>. The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Indonesia can be found at <http://healthmap.org/r/00bi>. - Mod.CP]
Yup..I'm planning to head north to Lovina and to the east (real east, not Kintamani).
Will let you know what I find when I get back..
I will see to that..
Originally Posted by tyhoEsther is also medically-trainedOriginally Posted by Estherfu
Looking forward to your photos!Originally Posted by Estherfu
I was treating a lady who got bitten by a monkey there and she was panicking as she also has multiple sclerosis. She needed the Human Rabies Antibody (given at TTSH) and 5 doses of the Rabies vaccine. Total cost >$2000... more than the trip to Bali.
Basically what I do not like about the Besakih experience is that they get you to pay for the entrance fee first... and as you walk up the slopes towards the main temple, you will face layers of guides stopping you right in your tracks saying the temple is holy and you have to hire them to get in. The first time we were stopped, they claimed we cannot go any further, but when we refused to hire them and announced that we are gonna just take our photos from that spot and turn back, then they suddenly say we can go further in and around the compounds.
And so we proceed further in to the compound just before the many stairs up, to meet more of them. But here, they were really persistent to not let anyone in, and I have seen them really blocking tourists who started climbing the stairs without guides. And to top it off, while loitering, taking photos and chatting with other tourists about the trap, one of them said he just need S$2 and he'll bring me up. Not much, but I was really no longer interested.
Hope you will have a better experience.
Zero, could you show me your 3D3N itinerary pls? I'm leaving day after and still quite fuzzy about how to prioritize
You may read the earlier pages of this thread, when I was offering advice to 'xhui' for suggested itinerary.Originally Posted by HougangMan
Too long ago, I can't remember!
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