7th – 8th June 2016
Tuesday morning we were all up early ready to start our adventures around Bali. Our first destination was Munduk, but on the way we would be stopping at a few places. It was so funny to watch the horror on everyone’s faces as they experienced the crazy driving of south east asia for the first time!
Our first stop was at a coffee plantation where they make the famous Luwak Coffee. A really lovely guy showed us around the plantation before giving us a load of coffees to try. There was a massive variety of coffees and teas including coconut, lemongrass, ginger, chocolate and mango. Mum, Mitchell and Alan tried the Luwak coffee and said it was nice but very strong! A few of us brought some teas and coffees from the shop and then it was back into the taxis onto our next stop the Jatiluwuh rice terraces.
On the way to the rice terraces our driver told us he would be taking us the scenic route and boy was he right! None of us could believe how beautiful Bali was – it is just so green!!! As we got nearer and nearer we were climbing higher and higher into the mountains, the views were incredible. By the time we arrived at the rice terraces we were roughly 700m above sea level.
Our next stop was lunch at a little restaurant with beautiful views. Unfortunately it was a bit of a tourist trap and very expensive but not wanting to put a downer on our day we grabbed some food and carried on to a little market. It wasn’t the best market that I’ve been too but we managed to get a load of fruit really cheap and a few presents too.
After the market we headed to Bratan Lake to see the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple 1200m above sea level. Within minutes of us arriving these massive black clouds had appeared from no where and it started to rain. It was a shame but we managed to get some good pics before it started!
After the temple it was time to make our way to our hotel – Atres Villa. We stopped at a viewpoint overlooking Twin Lake which was beautiful especially as we were still so high up.
We finally arrived at Atres around 4pm. On arrival we were all given homemade cake and either a tea or coffee before being shown to our beautiful typical Balinese villa next to the swimming pool. It was like a little slice of paradise sat amongst rice paddies and rolling mountains. The weather brightened up a little so we went and sat down by the pool and watched the most incredible sunset.
The next morning the sun was back so we headed down to the pool for a few hours to work on our tans. The sun really does make everything look better 🌞
As lovely as our time was in Munduk we had to check out that day and move onto our next stop … Mt Batur!