we booked a whole day tour for our second day in bali. for a fee of idr400,000, we were picked up by our driver with his apv around 9 a.m. for about nine hours of sightseeing. it was quite a tiring day but we were happy because seeing many places within a single day made us feel like we’ve been in bali for one week already.
our first stops were the art villages of tohpati to watch batik makers and weavers in action, celuk for gold and silver smiths, mas for woodcarvers, and batuan for painters. we were impressed by all their artworks but we would have appreciated it more if they let us observe the creative process longer. the acting tour guides in the centers seemed to be in a hurry to lead us to their showroom and buy something. if you are not good at bargaining, do not start asking prices. otherwise, you might end up buying without intending to. anyway, there are no entrance fees so just observe as much as you can and politely decline offers if you have no plans of making a purchase.
after visiting the art villages, we made a quick stop at the viewing deck of tegenungan waterfalls. there is an entrance fee of idr10,000 per person. we were not sure if it’s okay to trek down and go for a swim there but no one seems to be doing so during our trip.
we then headed to ubud palace, passing by the art markets. we didn’t go shopping there but decided to make a quick stop at sulawati art market for cheaper stuff. there is nothing much to see or do at the palace, either, because visitors are not allowed to go beyond this point.
next stop was the taman ayun temple or royal temple of the mengwi empire. there is an entrance fee of idr15,000 per person and parking fee of idr3,000. touring the grounds of taman ayun was a bit reminiscent of our palace tours in seoul, south korea.
after we were dropped off at the guesthouse, we freshened up for a bit and had dinner at another warung nearby. we retired early but even a good night’s sleep did not prepare us from the (mis)adventures of our third day in bali…
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