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Ubud – The Tour

This is the third post of six of my Bali adventure. For parts one through six, please see below.

Travel to Bali – Cathay Pacific
Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud Bali
Ubud – The Tour
Amankila – Part One
Amankila – Part Two
Seminyak, Bali – The Legian Hotel, Shopping and Eating
Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud Bali

The main goal for our trip to Bali was really relaxation – it had been a while since our last holiday and we needed to just unwind somewhere away from our daily lives and jobs. However, since it was our first time, I really wanted to see some of the sights and decided to book a private tour for a day. If you are going to Bali, I would really recommend this route – whole day tours (including the driver) cost between $50 – $100 per car, and you can entirely customize the itinerary.

I’m like jelly on vacation – I usually don’t want to move anywhere but instead just want to sit and glutton around for the entire time. I have to admit that after I booked our tour, I wondered if I’d regret having to wake up at eight in the morning and spend the day actually learning things instead of just expanding my waistline lying by the pool. I have to say though, that I loved our day! We saw so many great sights we would have never found ourselves in Bali. We booked our tour with Bali Traditional Tours, which I’d highly recommend. Our tour guide was the owner Nyoman, and he met us at our hotel. Our first stop was a temple, so he brought sarongs for both of us!

Nyoman sarong

The temple we went to was Tirta Empul – a Hindu temple where people from all over Bali (and Indonesia) came to be purified in its holy water. When we entered, there was an area for offerings.


Then, we walked further in and found the purifying pool and fountains, which were stunning. There was a long row of fountains and each one (except for two, as they signified events around death) had a line of people in front of the spout, waiting to run their head under the water and be purified.

Water blessings

Nyoman our guide told us which each fountain stood for, but I’ve probably forgotten most of them. I remember there was “academics”, “career”, “love”, “health”, and the like. Mr. Feather was interested in hopping in and getting purified, and Nyoman helped him get changed into a sarong and guided him in! The locals in the fountain were very kind and supportive in guiding Mr. Feather along – in retrospect I wish I had worn my swimsuit so I could have gone in too. While my husband was in the pool, I entertained myself by asking Nyoman some questions that popped up in my head: Continue Reading

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Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud Bali

This post is the second part of our Bali adventure – for parts one through six, please see below. Travel to Bali – Cathay Pacific Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud Bali Ubud – The Tour Amankila – Part…