Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Best Pork Ribs in Bali

Besides, Nook, we heard of another one of the Best Places to Eat in Bali. And that is Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali.

I read that their barbecued pork ribs was really good. And I wondered how true could that be? An Indonesian warung (that is, a restaurant) specializing in local Balinese food could somehow create the best pork ribs?

Needless to say, we have to try this. So, during our itinerary planning before our vacation, we mentioned Warung Nia to our private tour guide. At first, it seemed he have not heard of this eating place.

When it was time to have our dinner here, the private driver began our journey here. For a while, we were a little worried that he did not know how to get here. But our concerns were unfounded.

As always, our trusty private tour guide and driver knew where Warung Nia was. And we reached there in a very short time.


Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Warung Nia
Cuisine: Indonesian, Asian Fusion, Western, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Dining Choices: Dine In, Full Bar Available, Indoor and Outdoor Seating, Take Away, Takes Reservations (highly recommended, especially during peak seasons)
Parking: Available
Family Friendly: Yes
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$

Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali Review

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Warung Nia - Delicious Barbecue Pork Ribs
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Summary

Warung Nia serves one of the Best BBQ Pork Ribs in Bali, Indonesia. The fine restaurant also offers delicious and tasty authentic Balinese cuisine, e.g. sate. You must get here and experience the food and great service.

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Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – The Video

Warm welcome sung by friendly staff. Local Balinese cuisine with western food influence. Warung Nia food and setting was enchanting. See the location, how to identify Warung Nia, the hot and exciting barbecue kitchen, the refreshing drinks and, of course, the delicious Balinese food. Local and charming. Watch the video now.

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What is Warung Nia All About?

As we walked into Kayu Aya Village, we saw there were many tables in a large open area. And there were many warungs along the side of this square. It was a little disorienting and confusing.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Dining Area
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Dining Area

This was because we expected an entire space that is Warung Nia. After looking around, we realized that Warung Nia is one of the restaurants in this village. We walked a little further into the square, and found Warung Nia.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Main Signboard
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Main Signboard

When we reached Warung Nia, we were greeted with a welcome song sung by the staff. It was very unique and awesome! It was sung in Balinese and English. Watch the video above to hear them singing their welcome song.

Another interesting fact about Warung Nia is that it is a little well known on the Internet, and yet not quite famous. It can still be considered a hidden gem in the heart of Seminyak.

As we looked around, we were deciding whether to dine indoors or outdoors. The weather was quite lovely, with a cool breeze. As such, we decided to dine outdoors.

Travel Tip: I highly recommend calling ahead to make a reservation. During peak season, the restaurant can get quite full quickly. Book a table to avoid any disappointment.


How is the Food at Warung Nia?

The warm and friendly staff showed us our table. After we ordered the food, I decided to explore the place a little. And I noticed a brilliant blue light on the right of the Warung Nia sign board.

The Barbecue Kitchen at Warung Nia

I walked closer, and discovered that it was the kitchen where they barbecued the pork ribs and sate (meat chunks skewered on sticks, seasoned with local flavorsome spices). Watch the video above to see the chef in action.

Warung Nia - Main Signboard and Barbecue Kitchen
Warung Nia – Main Signboard and Barbecue Kitchen

I managed to catch the chef just finished barbecuing sate. See the image below. They look so yummy, right? I could smell the lovely fragrance of the spices mingled with the meat. Could not wait to get my share of sate.

Warung Nia - Delicious Balinese Sate
Warung Nia – Delicious Balinese Sate

What Did We Drink at Warung Nia?

I returned to our table, and the drinks we ordered were served. They looked so colorful!

Warung Nia - Refreshing Drinks - Mango Crush and Virgin Colada
Warung Nia – Refreshing Drinks – Virgin Colada and Mango Crush

Besides the vibrant color, I liked that the drinks were also healthy. The Mango Crush had high levels of vitamin C, and rejuvenates the skin. Great drink to have after a day in the sun.

The Virgin Colada helped with stomach and blood circulation. I liked that as I believed it would help my tired body. Plus, the drinks were really refreshing and great tasting. They perfectly soothed our parched throats on that hot and humid day.

What Meal Did We Order at Warung Nia?

It was very relaxing and enjoyable to sit and enjoy the sweet drinks while we waited for our meal to arrive. And soon enough, it did. We ordered the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B.

Warung Nia - Delicious Balinese Rijsttafel
Warung Nia – Delicious Balinese Rijsttafel

We knew Warung Nia’s barbecued pork ribs was popular. And many reviews on the Internet praised how good tasting it was. But we also loved sate. So, with our kind waiter’s patience and advice, we decided to go with the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B. It had both, and few more delicious dishes.

How Was The Barbecue Pork Ribs at Warung Nia?

After we took a bite at the ribs, we realized that we should have ordered the entire rack of pork ribs. It was truly excellent!

But we already have so much food on the table. So, with regrets, we decided to have the whole rack of ribs another day.

Warung Nia - Delicious Barbecue Pork Ribs
Warung Nia – Delicious Barbecue Pork Ribs

There were two small portions of the pork ribs, and we were still happy and grateful that we had the chance to taste it. It was so tender. And each bite was filled with so much flavor from the spice and condiments.

Travel Tip: The barbecue pork ribs are the best! When in Bali, you must try this at Warung Nia.

How Was The Sate at Warung Nia?

We tried sate at other warungs. And we wanted to find out if the sate at Warung Nia was any better. We are happy to report that it was.

It looked like Warung Nia is excellent with barbecue food. While the pork ribs excelled and was still the best dish in the house, the sate came a close second.

The sate were also very piquant. The meat was soft, tender and succulent. The taste was delightful and authentic Balinese style.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Delicious Balinese Rijsttafel Focus On Mixed Sate
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Delicious Balinese Rijsttafel Focus On Mixed Sate

Travel Tip: If you are looking for authentic and great tasting sate, then you must get it at Warung Nia.

Besides pork ribs and sate, the Balinese Rijsttafel set meal included local and authentic Balinese dishes that are just as appetizing. Each of the dishes is described in the next section below.


How to Order the Food and Drinks?

It was easy to order the food and drinks at Warung Nia. We were shown our table. The waiter brought the menu to us. We looked through the menu, and asked the waiter for suggestions. After consideration, we ordered our food and drinks.

What Was Included In the Balinese Rijsttafel Set Meal at Warung Nia?

The menu at Warung Nia was easy to read. They even had photos to show you what you would be getting. Here was how the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B was shown on their menu.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Balinese Rijsttafel Menu
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Balinese Rijsttafel Menu

The Balinese Rijsttafel Set B meal included:

  • the sate mix (chicken and pork)
  • 200 grams of grilled pork ribs
  • chicken curry
  • pork in sweet soya sauce
  • green papaya salad with chicken
  • mix vegetables with peanut dressing
  • shredded chicken with shallot and lemongrass dressing
  • peanut sauce, and
  • steam and yellow rice.

As you can see, the meal consisted of mostly local and authentic Balinese dishes. They were all really palatable.

Travel Tip: Going to Warung Nia for the first time? I highly recommend the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B.

What Other Choices of Food and Set Meals Were at Warung Nia?

In case you do not want the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B, take your time to browse through the menu. They have a lot of choices.

If you like sate a lot, maybe go for the sate set meal?

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Sate Menu
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Sate Menu

The next time we visit Warung Nia, we plan to order the sate set meal, and the full rack of the pork ribs.

And here is a sample of the drinks on their menu. There are many more drink choices, too.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Warung Nia - Drinks Menu
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Warung Nia – Drinks Menu

What Else Does Warung Nia Offer?

It seems cooking classes that teach people how to create local Balinese food is very popular. And Warung Nia is one of the places that offer such classes. Given that Warung Nia produces such great tasting food, I think it is safe to say that their cooking classes will surely be valuable.

Conducted at Warung Nia, students can learn the secrets of traditional Balinese cuisine. And cook authentic and local dishes. The teacher is one of their local chefs who has years of experience.

Travel Tip: Add variety to your vacation. Join a cooking class and bring home skills to cook authentic Balinese cuisine.


Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

The barbecue pork ribs is reason enough to have at least one meal at Warung Nia.

Considering all these points, you really get great value at Warung Nia.

In addition, I like the quiet dining experience here. Although outdoors, the dining space is actually tucked away from the main roads. You can enjoy a peaceful evening, dining and catching up with your friends and family.

I highly recommend having dinner here at least once during your holiday in Bali, Indonesia.


Where is Warung Nia?

Some people have mentioned on the Internet that Warung Nia can be quite difficult to find. And after going there, I can understand why.

Warung Nia is located at the center of Seminyak. But it is not along any main road. It is tucked away in the Kayu Aya Village. So, if you are finding the place on your own, you need to look out for a small sign. Then walk a short distance to the village.

When inside the square, continue to walk past a few warungs, and you will find Warung Nia.

Alternatively, travel like me. I hired an awesome private driver and tour guide. All I needed to do was to give him the address, and he drove my friend and I to Warung Nia.

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Address

Kayu Aya Square, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 9 am to 11 pm

Telephone: +62 819 4333 9991 (as shown on Facebook). I have discovered a few other phone numbers on other sites. Try these if the Facebook number cannot be reached – +62 812 8877 4369 or Whatsapp – +62 877 6155 6688

Travel Tip: Highly recommend to book a table, especially during peak season


How to Get to Warung Nia?

Train

Nope. No train to Warung Nia. In fact, no train in Bali.

Bus

From what I have seen, it is better to take the taxi or get a private driver.

Walk

You are going to Warung Nia to enjoy a meal. Don’t walk. It is too far, and you will end up drinking more than eating. Perhaps be so exhausted that you are unable to enjoy the pretty paddy field view. Take the taxi or get a private driver.

Taxi/Grab

You can take the taxi or Grab to Warung Nia. For more information about getting about an Indonesian city, read my article about Indonesia.

Scooter/Motorcycle

Looks tempting because it is a cheap way to get around. But be careful. Wear a helmet. We did not choose this after reading about the accidents that killed many locals and tourists who rode scooters or motorcycles.

Private Driver and Tour Guide

I do find the best way to get around Bali is to hire a driver who is also a tour guide. There are so many fascinating and interesting places to visit in Bali. And it can be quite a lot of work to organize the ideal itinerary to see as many of these attractions as possible within the limited days of your vacation.

*Travel Tip: Make your vacation stress free. Get a tour guide. It is also cost efficient.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

Kadek helped us to plan the ideal itinerary. He clustered the places of interests that were in the same districts so that we do not rush from one end of Bali to another. Plus, he arranged the schedule as we desired – light and lots of time to immerse into each location.

*Travel Tip: Visiting Bali and need a reliable, trustworthy and excellent tour guide? Kadek and his team can make your vacation a truly enjoyable one. Write a comment below, and I will connect you to him.


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Tanah Lot Temple

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Tanah Lot Temple

It was a beautiful sunny day in Bali, Indonesia. The perfect kind of day to visit one of the Best Places to Visit in Bali. It is the Tanah Lot Temple. The sky was blue. The sun was bright. And there was gentle cool breeze to make sure we did not feel too warm.

You have most probably seen many photos and videos of this awesome place on the Internet. I know we did. But trust me when I say the photos and videos are nothing compared to actually being there. To immerse yourself and experience this amazing sight.

This is probably why Tanah Lot is one of the most popular temples in Bali, Indonesia. Everyone who has been to Bali, Indonesia must have visited this beautiful temple by the sea. That late morning, after a lovely a stroll along Echo Beach, we made our way here.

We took photos and videos of this enchanting place that are shared in this article. Plus, we will mention the most Instagrammable spot here. There are also useful tips in this article. And don’t forget to read the part about the mystical and magical thing here at Tanah Lot Temple.

Tanah Lot Temple Review

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Summary

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the icons of Bali, Indonesia. When in Bali, you must visit this beautiful and enchanting place. Many Instagrammable spots.

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Video of The Tanah Lot Temple

The video takes you from the shops outside the temple, to the gates at the entrance, to Tanah Lot temple and the grounds as well as the famous Batu Bolong. While a video can never compare to actually being there, it is good enough to give you an idea what to expect. And helps you plan your visit to this wondrous place.

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What You Need To Know About The Tanah Lot Temple?

As we explored this beautiful setting, I wondered what was the meaning of the name, Tanah Lot? With research, I found that Tanah meant Earth, and Lot meant Sea. Together, the name meant Land In The Sea.

Well, that seemed very appropriate to me. When I looked at the temple, I could see that it was situated on a huge rock that was at the edge where the shore met the sea.

Tanah Lot Temple Built On Rock At Edge Where Shore Meets The Sea
Tanah Lot Temple Built On Rock At Edge Where Shore Meets The Sea

It was also called Pura Tanah Lot. Pura meant Temple. And this was one of the seven ocean temples that resided along the coast of Bali. All these seven temples were created to protect the island from bad energies.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most popular icons of Bali. And I could see why. The imagery of the Balinese temple on a large rock, facing the wide open Indian Ocean with waves crashing below was mesmerizing.


How Did The Tanah Lot Temple Get Its Name?

Back in the 16th century, a religious man named Dang Hyang Nirartha, created this three-temple system. In the north, there was a temple for Brahma. The middle of the island would have a temple for Vishnu. And in the south, a temple for Shiva.

Tanah Lot Temple Front View
Tanah Lot Temple Front View

One day, he saw little rock island. The rock was bird-shaped, and was known as Gili Beo. He decided that this is a holy place, and would build a shrine there. The villagers in that area protested. He then moved the whole rock island to the sea. And he built a temple there, naming it Tanah Lot.

His powers to move the rock amazed the villagers. They soon followed him.


What is the Dress Code at The Tanah Lot Temple?

I was quite relieved to find out that there was no dress code at Tanah Lot Temple. Not like Uluwatur Temple where we had to wear a sarong. But that was also because visitors were only allowed to explore outside Tanah Lot Temple. Access to the temple was only given to worshipers.


What to See at The Tanah Lot Temple?

The main attraction is of course, the Tanah Lot Temple. But when we first arrived, we saw the gates at the entrance, and that is a pretty nice thing to see here, too.

Tanah Lot Temple Gates at Entrance
Tanah Lot Temple Gates at Entrance

We walked to the north, and we saw Batu Bolong Temple. This was where another worship area was located. The rock is famous for its unique look. There is a hollow overpass that links the rock to the mainland.

Batu Bolong Temple
Batu Bolong Temple

As with Tanah Lot, visitors are only allowed to visit outside the temple here.

After visiting the temples, we decided to walk the huge grounds. The landscape scenery was lush and lovely. Lots of trees and flowers. And there were resting areas where visitors could sit for a while. These resting spots were also carefully planned such that you can enjoy the magnificent views.

Travel Tip – The resting spots also were great photo opportunities. Take a look at the video above to see what I mean.


What Is The Magical Spring at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Before we entered this attraction, our private tour guide looked at us very seriously, and told us that there was a small cave with a magical spring. He highly recommended that we find this cave, and drink from the spring. It was said to bless everyone who drank the water, and bring good luck and fortune, too.

Tanah Lot Mystical Fresh Water Spring
Tanah Lot Mystical Fresh Water Spring

We were intrigued, and we looked out for this spring. It was easy to spot. There were so many people queuing to be blessed. We joined the queue, and were soon blessed, given bija and a jepun flower. In return, we gave a small donation.

Another thing our tour guide highlighted to us was that the water from the spring is like fresh water. It can be drunk. And this, he mused, was the mystical part of this temple. It was surrounded by the salty Indian Ocean water. And yet, somehow, the water from the spring is not salty, and totally drinkable.

Travel Tip – If you like to get a sip of the spring water and be blessed with good luck and good fortune, make sure you arrive at Tanah Lot during low tide. The spring can only be reached when it is low tide.


Why Are There Snakes at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Opposite the temple, we saw another cave. This time, a sign proudly proclaimed that there are snakes inside that cave. I know, right? Snakes!

I did not like the idea of being anywhere near that. But I found out that the snakes were part of the temple history. They were summoned by the god to protect the temple from evil intruders.

If you are all right with snakes, you could visit them. They were also said to bring good luck to anyone who touched them.


How Are The Views at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Just like Uluwatu Temple, the Tanah Lot temple faced the Indian Ocean. As such, the views here are awesome! Here is one that is on the other side of the temple.

Tanah Lot Temple Has Many Awesome Views
Tanah Lot Temple Facing the Vast Indian Ocean

And this one is looking from Tanah Lot Temple towards Batu Bolong Temple.

More Great Scenery at Tanah Lot Temple
More Great Scenery at Tanah Lot Temple

There is a walkway where you can position yourself, and take awesome photos with Batu Bolong Temple and the Indian Ocean as the backdrop.

Great View of Batu Bolong Temple
Great View of Batu Bolong Temple
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Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at The Tanah Lot Temple?

As you can see from the photos above, there are so many awesome views at Tanah Lot Temple. Each of them is Instagram worthy. When you are there, you can see so many people taking photos at various spots there.

So, my suggestion is to walk about and take your pick. Or maybe you can take a photo at each spot, and post them all on Instagram?


The Tanah Lot Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Tanah Lot Temple is truly accurately named as one of the icons of Bali, Indonesia. The unique rock structures that the temples are built on are fascinating. The mystical spring water from an area filled with salty ocean water is enchanting. The unusual rock formation of Batu Bolong is worth visiting, and taking an Instagram pic with.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

When visiting Bali, this is another one of the places you must visit. Spend a couple of hours here. Enjoy the sea breeze. Soak in the calming sight of the waves crashing onto the shore.


Where is Tanah Lot Temple?

Tanah Lot Temple is located in Tabanan. It is 30 kilometers from Denpasar.

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What are the Operating Hours at Tanah Lot Temple?

Tanah Lot Temple is open daily 7 am to 7 pm.

Travel Tip – Avoid the crowd. Go early.
Crowd builds from 10 am.


When is the Best Time to Visit The Tanah Lot Temple?

Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple

If you like to watch the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple, then reach there after 4 pm, and before 6 pm. But please take note that this is the peak hour. It will be very busy and crowded.

Travel Tip – Wanna watch the sunset here?
Arrive after 4 pm and before 6 pm.

Low Seasons at Tanah Lot Temple

If you prefer less crowds, then it is best to visit during low seasons.

Travel Tip – Prefer less crowds?
Low season is from mid January to mid April,
and mid September to mid December

In our video, you can see that it was not too crowded, even though we were there around noon. This was because we visited in early October, when it was low season.

Odalan at Tanah Lot Temple

Odalan is celebrated every 210 days. There are rituals that are interesting to watch. Also, renowned is the way the Balinese women are beautiful dressed during this special occasion. They carry offerings on their heads gracefully, and walk to the temple for prayers.

Travel Tip – If you can, visit during Odalan.
Lots of colorful sights during this celebration.


What is the Address of The Tanah Lot Temple?

Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia


What is the Entrance Fee of Tanah Lot Temple?

It is currently (in 2019), IDR 60,000 for adult foreigners, and IDR 30,000 for child foreigners.

Travel Tip – Payment for tickets is Cash Only. So, please prepare the right amounts before you come here.


How to Get to The Tanah Lot Temple?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, there is no train service to The Tanah Lot Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

It seems there are buses to Tanah Lot Temple. But it is much easier to take a taxi or get a private driver / tour guide. See information below.

Taxi

BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab. My ultimate guide about Indonesia gives more information about this.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Tanah Lot Temple.

Private Driver / Tour Guide

I highly recommend hiring a private driver / tour guide. It saves so much time to be driven and guided by someone familiar with the island. Plus, he can plan your itinerary so that you get to visit the best places. He will also cluster the attractions that are in the same area so that you do not waste time traveling here and there unnecessarily.

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


Before the end of this post, I would like to share a few more tips:

Travel Tip – Please do not take photos directly in front of worshipers

Travel Tip – Please do not step over or tread on offerings called canang sari

Canang sari are offerings that are palm leaves woven into a small box. There are flowers, herbs, money and snacks inside. These offerings are to appease the spirits. Please be careful and watch where you are going.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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Timotheus

Best Places to Eat in Bali – Nook

Best Places To Eat in Bali - NOOK

After a lovely time strolling along Petitenget Beach, and soaking all the warmth and benefits of the sun, we were getting hungry. So, we headed off to lunch. And we chose one of the Best Places to Eat in Bali – Nook!

When we planned our Bali itinerary, our research found lots of social media posts and articles that mentioned Nook. On Instagram and Pinterest, people were taking photos of dining by rice fields. There was a rustic charm to this, and we were keen to try it.

So, we made sure our private tour guide knew of this place and would organize one of our lunches here. It turned out we did not have any concern. He was familiar with Nook.

It seemed that this restaurant was already quite well known. As he drove us to Nook, I silently hoped that it would not be a place where the hype outshone the dining experience. Would I be disappointed? Read on to find out.


Best Places to Eat in Bali – Nook – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Nook
Cuisine: Indonesian, Asian Fusion, Western
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Drinks and Cakes
Dining Choices: Dine In, Outdoor Seating,Take Away, Takes Reservations
Parking: Lots and valet parking
Family Friendly: Yes
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$

Best Places to Eat in Bali – Nook Review

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Food Standards & Quality
Service Quality
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Summary

Dine by the paddy fields. A truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience offered by Nook, Bali Indonesia. Such rustic charm that offers a quiet and peaceful meal with friends and family.

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Best Places to Eat in Bali – Nook – The Video

Imagine enjoying a scrumptious meal and drinks right next to a traditional rice field in Bali. As you enjoy the food, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the wind is gently caressing the growing padi leaves. Watch the video to see why there is all the fuss about Nook, and this unique dining experience.

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What is Nook All About?

As we left Petitenget Beach, I asked our private driver how long would it take to reach Nook? With a confident smile, he answered that it would take about 10 to 15 minutes. This surprised us as in our minds, we had this idea that Nook was far off in some local paddy field.

Well, it was. But it was only just outside the busy streets of Seminyak. When we reached there, we were pleasantly surprised. It was rather quaint. The restaurant was in structures made of wood, much like local houses in Indonesia.

Best Places to Eat in Bali - Entrance to Nook, Bali
Best Places to Eat in Bali – Entrance to Nook, Bali

I wondered how Nook came about? And it was only when I returned home that I found out that a local Indonesian entrepreneur thought of this concept.

In April 16 2013, the restaurateur created this new dining experience where customers can dine next to a rice field (also called a paddy field). It was al fresco dining where guests can enjoy fresh air, a quiet and peaceful space, and of course great food.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Dine Next to Rice Fields at Nook
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Dine Next to Rice Fields at Nook

When we were at Nook, the paddy shoots were just growing. I can only imagine how awesome it would look when the paddy is all full grown, and patrons are treated to panoramic view of lush rice fields.

Best Restaurants in Bali - Nook Bali Rice Field
Best Restaurants in Bali – Nook Bali Rice Field

Travel Tip: Ask for a table just next to the paddy field. It is really an enchanting dining experience.


How is the Food at Nook?

We asked for a table by the paddy fields, and facing it. The staff said they would try their best as it was dependent on availability. We were lucky, and they managed to get us a table just next to the fields.

After we sat down, they showed us the menu. We ordered some food and drinks. Thankfully, the drinks arrived first. We were so thirsty!

Best Restaurants in Bali - Mango Juice, Pineapple Juice and Wild Thing - Top View - at Nook Bali
Best Restaurants in Bali – Mango Juice, Pineapple Juice and Wild Thing – Top View – at Nook Bali

Don’t the drinks look so yummilicious!? The mango and pineapple juices were sweet and fresh. I had a drink called the Wild Thing. The name attracted me, and I felt a little wild that day. Just kidding.

The Wild Thing is a mix of apple, pineapple and watermelon. It was refreshing!

Best Restaurants in Bali - Mango Juice, Pineapple Juice and Wild Thing - at Nook Bali
Best Restaurants in Bali – Mango Juice, Pineapple Juice and Wild Thing – at Nook Bali

Travel Tip: We heard the coffee is quite good here. We were too full to try it. Maybe you can try it, and let us know?

The food soon arrived. First, the potato fries came. The private tour guide ordered it. It was so little! We kept urging him to order more food. But he politely declined, and said that was all he needed. I believe he may have been a little too shy.

Then the Special Babi Guling, which was Balinese Roasted Suckling Pig, was served. As you can see, there were rice, vegetables, satay, side dishes, and a soup that accompanied the suckling pig.

To be honest, it was mediocre in taste. The suckling pig was a little tough. They could have made it a little more tender. The satay was better than the one we had last night. But still not good enough quality.

Bali Food List - Special Babi Guling (Balinese Roasted Suckling Pig) and Potato Fries
Bali Food List – Special Babi Guling (Balinese Roasted Suckling Pig) and Potato Fries

Next was the Udang Balado, which is prawn cooked in tomato based garlic sauce, served with rice and vegetables at the side. This dish was better. The sauce was piquant, and complemented the rice. But the prawns were a little small and tough. It would have been better if the prawns were larger, and juicier.

Bali Food List - Udang Balado at Nook Bali - Prawn Cooked in a Tomato Based Garlic Sauce, served with rice
Bali Food List – Udang Balado at Nook Bali – Prawn Cooked in a Tomato Based Garlic Sauce, served with rice

I had read that some people call Nook as a warung that served a good variety of Balinese, Indonesian, and Asian-Western Fusion cuisine. In fact, some went as far as to say that the Nasi Campur is one of the best in Bali. Nasi means ‘rice’, and Campur means ‘mixed’.

I beg to differ. While I agree the food is good. In the next few days, we discovered some cafes and restaurants that served better dishes. In fact, there is a warung that is very popular with the locals. And I will blog about that later.

Bali Food List - Nasi Campur Dishes to Choose From
Bali Food List – Nasi Campur Dishes to Choose From

To be fair, we did not try the Nasi Campur. We ordered the other special dishes. And my impression of their quality of food is based on what we tried. Maybe the Nasi Campur is really good? You try it, and let us know?


How to Order the Food and Drinks?

Ordering food and drinks at Nook is about the same as ordering food and drinks at most restaurants. There is a menu. The drinks and breakfast choices are printed on one side.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Nook Drinks Menu
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Nook Drinks Menu

The new dishes, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, local favorites, pasta, dinner dishes, specialties and desserts are printed on the other side. Take your time to choose.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Nook Food Menu
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Nook Food Menu

When ready, just wave to the nearest server. And he or she will come to you to take your orders. There. Simple, right?


What Does Nook Look Like?

After the meal, I decided to walk around to see what the rest of Nook looked like. I captured it all on video. Watch the video above to see a tour of the place.

What Does Nook Bali Look Like Inside
What Does Nook Bali Look Like Inside

One thing nice about Nook is the table setting. Clean. Simple. No fuss. There is the usual displays on food and drinks they suggest for the day. Other than that, the table is clean. And the utensils arrive with the food.

Best Restaurants in Bali - Table Decor at Nook Bali
Best Restaurants in Bali – Table Decor at Nook Bali

*** Travel Tip: Ask for napkins. Strangely, they do not place them at the table until you ask for them.

As you are aware, at Nook, you are dining amidst nature. So, there would be some little birds and creatures around. There are trees, shrubs, open air, clouds, and flowers. The birds are lovely with their sweet chirping. The insects are subjective.

Best Restaurants in Bali - View of Paddy Field at Nook Bali
Best Restaurants in Bali – View of Paddy Field at Nook Bali

To me, I am all right with all types of creatures and animals moving about as we enjoy our lunch. Here is a little friendly spider that decided to visit us while we ate.

Best Restaurants in Bali - Dine with Nature's Creatures
Best Restaurants in Bali – Dine with Nature’s Creatures

Travel Tip: If you have an aversion to creatures and animals, then this is not the place for you. Consider other venues for your dining needs.


What Else is at Nook?

Besides food and beverages, Nook has a little retail going on. Check out all the nice stuff you can get here.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - Little Retail Corner at Nook Bali
Best Places To Eat in Bali – Little Retail Corner at Nook Bali

There are some things you can even get as souvenirs.

Best Places To Eat in Bali - More Retail at Nook Bali
Best Places To Eat in Bali – More Retail at Nook Bali

And of course, there are all the pretty flowers to appreciate as you take your time, and have a good breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Best Restaurants in Bali - Bougainvilleas at Nook Bali
Best Restaurants in Bali – Bougainvilleas at Nook Bali

Nook – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0

After all that I have seen on articles and social media about the unique dining experience at Nook, I must say they do have that winning factor. It was really charming to sit and enjoy the view of paddy fields.

The sun shining on the plantation, the gentle breeze teasing the leaves of the paddy, the peaceful ambience, all made the time spent here delightful.

But that very unique feature made me think – how many times will a customer have their meals at Nook? What will make a customer come back?

After all, the eating by the paddy field thing needs only be done once, and that’s it.

So, the next level of selling proposition must be the food. And to be honest, the food is not that memorable. What we have tasted have not succeed in alluring us back for another round.

Don’t get me wrong. The food is good. It is worth it to visit Nook, and enjoy a meal. But to go back again? Well, maybe not.

Still, the unique experience has saved this restaurant from a terrible three star rating. But because the food is not good enough, it does not deserve a five star rating. I give this a four star rating. And encourage you to try only to be able to have said you have tried Nook, and ate by a paddy field.


Where is Nook?

One of the saving graces of Nook is that it is not in the busy city areas. But that is also one of the inconveniences because you have to travel there by a vehicle.

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Address

Jalan Umalas I No.3, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 8 am to 11 pm

Telephone: +62 361 8475625


How to Get to Nook?

Train

Nope. No train to Nook. In fact, no train in Bali.

Bus

From what I have seen, it is better to take the taxi or get a private driver.

Walk

You are going to Nook to enjoy a meal. Don’t walk. It is too far, and you will end up drinking more than eating. Perhaps be so exhausted that you are unable to enjoy the pretty paddy field view. Take the taxi or get a private driver.

Taxi/Grab

You can take the taxi or Grab to Nook. For more information about getting about an Indonesian city, read my article about Indonesia.

Scooter/Motorcycle

Looks tempting because it is a cheap way to get around. But be careful. Wear a helmet. We did not choose this after reading about the accidents that killed many locals and tourists who rode scooters or motorcycles.

Private Driver and Tour Guide

Our choice of transport in Bali. And we will get our favorite private driver and tour guide again when we visit next time. It is so convenient.

Travel Tip: Get a private driver and tour guide. Contact me, and I will connect to ours. He is awesome!


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Going to Bali? Or know anyone who may like to visit this awesome island? Please share this article.

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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus

Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019

Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019

It’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 weekend! And there are lots of deals going on at physical stores and online sites. In this article, I will highlight the Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019!


When is Black Friday 2019?

It has already started. Black Friday 2019 began on November 29th, 2019.


How Long Does Black Friday 2019 Last?

Black Friday 2019 lasts for the whole weekend, and culminates on December 2, 2019. That day is known as Cyber Monday.

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What Are The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019 ?

There are so many Black Friday Deals online now. And I do not wish to overwhelm you. So, I found a few that are online and are the best.


FLIGHTS

What is the KLM Black Friday Deal?

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919. The established airline has since grown to be known as one of Europe’s leading groups in the airline industry. KLM now works closely with Air France when they merged in 2004.

What is the KLM Black Friday Offer?

Flights to all over the world is now having big discounts. Prices are low, and varies for each destination. To find out what special offer you may have for your choice of vacation, click the image to get this deal now! *Terms and conditions apply.

KLM Black Friday Deal 2019
KLM Black Friday Deal 2019 – Click above image to get offer now!

What is the Malaysia Airlines Black Friday Deal?

Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia. And, I know. I know. The airline has lost a lot of its reputation due to safety reasons. But a Black Friday deal is a Black Friday deal right.

And actually, this is not so much a Black Friday Deal but a promotion that happens to be going on during Black Friday. Makes me wonder if it actually is a Black Friday Deal but the airline decided not to say it is. Wonder why?

What is the Malaysia Airlines Black Friday Offer?

It is an awesome one! 50% OFF on your next business class ticket. Wow! Business class comes with lots of perks and makes the flying journey much more enjoyable. At 50% OFF, this is definitely worth checking out. Click on the image below to see the promotion. *Terms and conditions apply.

Malaysia Airlines Black Friday Deal 2019
Malaysia Airlines Black Friday Deal 2019 – Click above image to see this awesome promotion!

HOTEL ROOMS

What is the Booking .com Black Friday Deal?

Booking .com was originally founded by Priceline. It is an an excellent website for booking travel accommodations online. They find the best prices because they have hundreds of thousands of hotels and hospitality agencies to always find the best deals on where to stay. This allows you to book hotel rooms at the most affordable price.

And get this – they do not have any additional booking fee when you book through the website. There are also reviews to help you make informed decisions.

What is the Booking .com Black Friday Offer?

At least 40% OFF when you book from now till Cyber Monday, December 2, 2019. Do note that this applies only to selected stays until 31 March 2020.

Click the image below to get this deal now! *Terms and conditions apply.

Booking.com Black Friday Deal 2019
Booking .com Black Friday Deal 2019 – Click above image to get offer now!

What is the Hotels .com Black Friday Deal?

Essentially, Hotels .com is where you can compare hotel deals and offers. To help you make an informed decision, you can read the unbiased hotel reviews by guests.

What is the Hotels .com Black Friday Offer?

Save up to 60% OFF when you book with Hotels .com. When you click on the image below, you get an extra coupon that will give you an additional 11% OFF. *Terms and conditions apply.

Hotels.com Black Friday Deal 2019
Hotels .com Black Friday Deal 2019 – Click above image to get offer now!

TRAVEL ONLINE MARKETPLACES

What is Cheapoair Black Friday Deal?

There are many travel online marketplaces these days. And I am surprised to see that not many are offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals in 2019.

CheapOair is one of the such portals. And they were well known for finding cheap airline tickets. They have since expanded into hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages. They have an extensive partnership with top travel brands. So, it is worth taking a look.

What is the Cheapoair Black Friday Offer?

From now till Cyber Monday, they are offering up to 50% OFF on their fees. You need to go to their website, see the Black Friday promotion code, and use that code. The site already offers really low prices for their products. Plus, this promotion, you will be enjoying a fun vacation at a very low price.

Click the image below to get this deal now! *Terms and conditions apply.

Cheapoair Black Friday 2019 Deal
Cheapoair Black Friday 2019 Deal – Click above image to get offer now!

What is Priceline Black Friday Deal?

Priceline is definitely one of the best sites to go to when you are looking to travel on a budget. They have a unique feature where you can state the price you wish to pay for hotels, flights, rental cars, and more. There are also deals on well known travel brands. And offers with savings without a bidding requirement.

What is the Priceline Black Friday Offer?

Priceline definitely know how to stand out. During Black Friday, they have Flash Black Friday Deals. So, every hour, the offer is different. The image below is one of them.

Do check out their deals regularly every hour until end of Cyber Monday. Click the image below to get this deal now! *Terms and conditions apply.

Priceline Black Friday Deal 2019
Priceline Black Friday Deal 2019 – Check out Priceline’s Flash Black Friday Deals – Click above image now!

Are These The Only Black Friday Deals Online?

Of course not. There are many more by many brands on their respective websites. Case in point, here is a Black Friday offer from Lonely Planet.

What is the Lonely Planet Black Friday Deal?

Most of us know of Lonely Planet. But many do not know that they actually have an online store selling guide books, coffee table books, e-books, kids books, food and recipes, magazines, maps, stationery and how-to books.

What is the Lonely Planet Black Friday Offer?

40% OFF everything in their online store! Hurry! The Sale lasts only until Sunday! Click the image below to enjoy the discounts now! *Terms and conditions apply.

Lonely Planet Black Friday Deal 2019
Lonely Planet Black Friday Deal 2019 – Click above image to get offer now!

These are the best deals I have found for 2019. I will do my best to bring your more deals. So, do join my mailing list to see what offers I share when I publish them here.

If you have ANY questions about this article – Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019! ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help out.

Thank you for reading this.

Best Wishes to All!
Timotheus

The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

Best Places To Visit In Bali - The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

When you visit The Uluwatu Temple, you must buy a ticket and watch The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance. That was what our private tour guide told us, and he was so right! Set against the sun setting into the Indian Ocean, the performance was one of the most memorable sights during our Bali vacation.

When we reached the temple grounds, our kind and helpful tour guide joined the long queue to buy us tickets. Eventually, it took him slightly over an hour to get the tickets to the show!

During that time, we enjoyed the awesome view of the cliff, the Indian Ocean, and the sight of the temple at the edge of a steep cliff. We were so grateful for our tour guide who queued and gave us the time to take lots of great photos and videos. Lots of magnificent scenery and beautiful memories. It is truly one of the Best Places to Visit in Bali.

Travel Tip – Get the best tour guide who can make your vacation stress free, and a truly enjoyable one. Leave a comment, and I will connect you to the best tour guide in Bali.

Soon enough, it was time to enter the amphitheater, and be thrilled by the Kecak Dance performance. Below is the video of their enchanting chants and dance.

The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance Review

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Watch The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance set against the backdrop of the famous temple, the vast and magnificent Indian Ocean, and one of the most breath taking sunset in Bali, Indonesia.

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Video of The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

As the sun sets, the dancers enter the stage with their arms raised and chants of ‘Kecak’ repeatedly. It was mesmerizing. The entire performance told of the story of the Ramayana epic. Colorful characters from the story joined the performance, and the audience were watching in silence, totally absorbed. Watch the video to see it all.

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What Is The Kecak Dance?

Before I visited Bali, I had no idea what the Kecak Dance was all about. Then I watched this cultural delight at The Uluwatu Temple, and I was mesmerized!

Of course, I had to find out what this is all about, right? And I did.

It is a very unique Balinese dance. The special part of it is that the dance is not accompanied by any musical instrument or gamelan. Note – a gamelan is the traditional music that is created using percussive instruments.

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As I sat in the audience, I was enraptured by the choir of 70 men as they raised their arms and sang ‘Kecak’. At certain parts of the performance, the 70 men got up and did the traditional dances.

I have also found out that traditionally, the sacred dance, also known as Sang Hyang, was performed with one of the dancers possessed by the spirits. This dancer was then able to communicate with the Gods or ancestors, and delivered their messages. (Don’t worry, this did not happen during The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance)

Interestingly enough, some time in the 1930s, the story of the Ramayana epic was incorporated into the dance. I felt that the story made the dance more engaging.


What Is The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance About?

The performance of The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance was about the Ramayana epic. It started with the conspiracy of Dewi Kakayi, who was the stepmother of Sri Rama. Because of that conspiracy, Sri Rama, the legitimate crown prince of the kingdo of Ayohdya, was exiled from his father’s palace, the Prabu Dasarata.

Ramayana
Ramayana

Together with his younger brother, Laksamana, and his loyal wife, Dewi Sinta, Sri Rama entered the Dandaka Forest. There, there were discovered by Prabu Dasamuka (also known as Rahwana). The latter was a despotic king. Immediately, he was captivated by the beauty of Dewi Sinta.

His lust caused him to make an attempt to kidnap Sinta. His servant, Marica, assisted him to achieve that. First, they separated Sinta from Rama and Laksamana. Then they kidnapped Sinta and took her away to Alengka Pura.

Of course, upon finding out what happened, Rama and Laksamana tried to rescue Sinta. With the help of the ape army that was under the comman of Hanoman, they succeeded in defeating Rama’s army. Sinta returend to Rama safely.

That was the story from the Ramayana epic that was told during the Kecak Dance performance. Awesome, wasn’t it? There was palace intrigue, battle, and romance.

The Kecak Dance performance was delivered with four dramatic scenes:

Scene 1 – Rama, Sinta and the Golden Deer

Rama, Sinta and Laksamana entered the stage. The Golden Deer came, and Sinta asked Rama to arrest him. Rama left to do as Sinta wanted, with Laksamana left to guard her. Suddenly, there was a scream for help.

The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance
The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

Worried, Sinta felt it must be Rama. She told Laksamana to help him. Laksamana wanted to help Rama, but was reluctant because he remembered Rama’s order to stay and protect Sinta.

He was then accused of benefiting should Rama die. Faced with such accusation, Laksamana ignored the order, and left Sinta alone.

Scene 2 – Sinta, Rahwana, Bhagawan and Garuda

In scene 2, Rahwana made his attempt to kidnap Sinta. But he failed.

Using his magic tricks, he transformed into a Bhagawan (an old man), and approached Sinta. He said he was thirsty, and asked her for water. Sinta, with her good and generous heart, gave him water.

At that moment of her weakness, Rahwana (disguised as the Bhagawan) took her away. Sinta screamed for help. Her screams were heard by a Garuda that was flying by. A Garuda is a large bird.

Garuda Giant Bird
Garuda Giant Bird

Then the Garuda helped Sinta. But its attempt was unsuccessful because Rahwana cut off it wings. Sinta was then taken away to Alengka Pura by Rahwana

Scene 3 – Sinta, Trijata and Hanoman

In the next scene, we see Sinta lamenting her fate to Trijata, Rahwana’s nephew. Suddenly, Hanoman (the White Ape) showed up, and he said that he was the envoy of the Rama. He showed Rama’s ring as proof.

Hanoman The Great White Ape
Hanoman The Great White Ape

Sinta then handed over some flowers to be handed over to Rama, with the message of asking Rama to rescue her immediately. Hanoman immediately went to Alengka Pura’s garden, and then he ruined it.

The servants of Alengka Pura were surprised by the damage done by Hanoman. They immediately ordered the giants to find the troublemaker. Soon, Hanoman was captured. He was tied and burned. But because of his power, Hanoman managed to escape safely.

Scene 4 – Tualen, Sugriwa, Rahwana, Rama and Laksamana

In the final scene, Tualen, a servant from Sugriwa, the King of the Red Ape, came to Alengka Pura to help Rama to take Sinta away from Rahwana. Knowing this, Rahwana was angry. A fierce battle ensued between Sugriwa and Rahwana.

At the right time, Hanoman, Rama and Laksamana arrived with the magic of Rama’s arrow. They defeated Rahwana. Hanoman jumped forward to take the head of Rahwana so he would not fall to the ground.

Finally, Rahwana died, and Rama and Sinta were reunited.

Cool story, right? It was even better to watch it told through The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance.

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The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

There is no doubt about it. You really must watch this awesome dance performance. It is rich in heritage and culture. Plus, its unique venue makes this a once in a lifetime experience.

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I give The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance a Thumbs Up!

As the crowd arrived, I could sense the anticipation building. The first thing everyone was looking out for was the sunset. It was truly a sight to behold.

The amphitheater was built at an elevated level such that everyone could enjoy the vast and magnificent Indian Ocean view. As we sat and basked in the rays of the setting sun, it was so peaceful to immerse in that world.

Then as the sun set, you could see people taking photos. No one was going to miss this picture perfect moment.

As soon as the sun began to set, the Kecak Dance performance began. From the second I heard the cries of ‘Kecak’ as the dancers gathered just outside the amphitheater, to the moment I left, it was a magical experience. Do watch the video to see what I mean.

I truly and highly recommend that you watch The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance.


Where is The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

To watch The Uluwatu Kecak Dance, you must go to The Uluwatu Temple. The temple is located at the far south of Bali, Indonesia.

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What is The Showtime for The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

While The Uluwatu Temple operates from 9 am to 6 pm, the performance begins as soon as the sun sets. This can be any time from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Travel Tip – Arrive early to get the best seats

As soon as it is 6 pm, do make your way to the amphitheater, and find good seats. You may be early, and have to bear the heat from the setting sun. But trust me, it is better than arriving late, and trying to find a row of seats so that you can sit together.

What is the Address of The Uluwatu Temple?

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

What is the Ticket Price for The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

This changes over time. As of October 2019, when we watched this dance, the price of a ticket for an adult was IDR100,000.


How to Get to The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

The performance is held at the amphitheater within The Uluwatu Temple. So, you need to get to the temple.

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to The Uluwatu Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

I understand that there are no buses to The Uluwatu Temple.

Taxi

As mentioned above, The Uluwatu Temple is really far south of the island. So, if you choose to take the taxi, make sure you have a way back to your hotel or villa. Once again, BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Uluwatu Temple.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

It is best to hire a private driver and tour guide. He can plan the best itinerary for you. He can help you know what time to arrive so that you have enough time to tour the temple and grounds as well as be on time for the show.

He can and will even queue for over an hour to get the tickets for you while you explore the site. If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to him.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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The Uluwatu Temple

Best Places To Visit In Bali - The Uluwatu Temple

The vacation has been awesome so far! For the past few days, we woke up to days of bright sunshine and clear blue skies. On the day we were to visit The Uluwatu Temple, mother nature rewarded us once again with the lovely weather. Perfect for the seaside and sightseeing.

Because of the nice sunny days, we were able to visit many beautiful beaches like Petitenget Beach, and temples like Tanah Lot. All the Best Places to visit in Bali, including The Uluwatu Temple.

We had seen lots of beautiful photos about this place. And were looking forward to be there in person, and experience all the beauty. Today, we will share with you all the charm of this wondrous place.

We will start from the entrance where you can get tickets and loan the sarong to adhere to their dress code. Then to the magnificent view of the cliff and Indian Ocean. And finally the enchanting Kecak Dance performance set against the most beautiful sunset.

And of course, there is the mention of the most Instagrammable spot here. Don’t forget to watch the video, too.

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The Uluwatu Temple at The Edge of a Cliff
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Summary

Perched on the edge of a cliff, facing the vast Indian Ocean, The Uluwatu Temple is a sight you must see when you visit Bali, Indonesia. And don’t forget the popular Kecack Dance.

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Video of The Uluwatu Temple

Before we continue, I would like to share with you a video I created featuring The Uluwatu Temple. In this video, there is the journey from the entrance to the scenic landscapes, breath taking view of the Indian Ocean, the Kecak Dance performance, and the famous sunset that everyone is talking about. Watch the video now.

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What To Do and See at The Uluwatu Temple?

It was so good to have a private car with driver and tour guide. We arrived in the late afternoon, and the car park was packed. The driver was so considerate that he alighted us near the ticket counter. This was so that he would handle finding a car park lot.

After the car was parked, he came along, and we gave him the money to buy the tickets. It was so much easier with a local speaking to the counter staff. Plus, he knew exactly what to do. After buying the tickets, he advised us on the right dress code.


What is the Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple?

To dress appropriately and according to the dress code, we had to wear a sarong with a scarf or sash tied around the waist.

Don’t have one? No worries. They do provide the sarong and sash near the ticket counter. Again, the tour guide was so helpful. He taught us how to wear the purple sarong and bright orange sash.

Travel Tip – As a sign of respect, men and women must wear the sarong with a scarf or sash tied when visiting any temples in Bali. Get the ones provided by the temple.

Sarong and Sash Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple
Sarong and Sash Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple

What to See at The Uluwatu Temple?

After getting dressed as required, we walked through the gates of The Uluwatu Temple, down a path and into the temple grounds. It was so exciting to see so many people wandering about, and soaking in the sights.

At The Uluwatu Temple, besides the superb view of the temple, cliff, and Indian Ocean, most visitors were there to see the renowned Kecak Dance performance. The dance was performed against the backdrop of the sun setting into the Indian Ocean.

Our guide informed us that he would queue and get for us the tickets to see the popular and famous Kecak Dance performance. We were so naive and said we would queue with him.

He pointed to a long queue, a very very very long queue. Then smiled and answered that our time was better spent enjoying and seeing the sights. When we saw the queue, we were so relieved to have him help us. Our guide is the best!

Additional Travel Tip – Get the best tour guide who can make your vacation stress free, and a truly enjoyable one. Leave a comment, and I will connect you to the best tour guide in Bali.


How Did The Uluwatu Temple Get Its Name?

Freed from spending over an hour queuing for the dance tickets, we explored the area. As we walked around, a thought came back to my mind. I had always wondered about the names given to each place we visit. And I had wondered how The Uluwatu Temple got its name as well as what it means?

For the past few days before writing this article, I did some research. And I found out that The Uluwatu Temple is also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. First, Ulu means ‘land’s end’, and watu is for ‘rock’. This is in the old language. So, Uluwatu means ‘the rock at land’s end’. Isn’t that so cool?

As for the traditional name – Pura Luhur Uluwatu, the word Pura is Sanskrit for ‘city’, ‘walled city’, ‘towered city’, or ‘palace’. And Luhur is ‘something of divine origin’. Put them all together and you have a name that means ‘a city of divine origin’. Such a astonishing name!


How is The View at The Uluwatu Temple?

The view at The Uluwatu Temple is Awesome!

View of Indian Ocean and Waves at The Uluwatu Temple
View of Indian Ocean and Waves at The Uluwatu Temple

There is the temple that sits at the edge of the steep cliff with the beautiful blue ocean below.

The Uluwatu Temple at The Edge of a Cliff
The Uluwatu Temple at The Edge of a Cliff

The waves of the ocean continually breaks into white froths of lines as they approach the shores.

View of Cliff and Waves at The Uluwatu-Temple
View of Cliff and Waves at The Uluwatu-Temple

There is an entire stretch of path for visitors to walk and appreciate the sights. So many places to take memorable selfies.


What is The Uluwatu Kecak Dance All About?

After about an hour of touring, we returned to the previously agreed meeting place. Our guide has our tickets for us. It was round 6 pm, and he said it was the right time to enter the amphitheater and get good seats. Off we went as he advised.

Travel Tip – There is limited seats at the amphitheater. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets or entrance fee of Kecak Dance is Uluwatu is IDR 100,000 per person can be purchased in advance, and arriving early is advised, and the stage has limit space or seating.

There were many places where you can watch the Kecak Dance. Our guide told us that the Kecak Dance at The Uluwatu Temple was the best because of the unique setting. He reminded us to watch out for the sunset that would be unforgettable.

We entered the amphitheater, and there were already quite a number of people seated.

Audience Start to Arrive for Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
Audience Start to Arrive for Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance

We decided to sit at the top row. Partly to get a bird’s eye view of the performance. Partly to be near the exit because we could imagine the number of people crowding to leave the place after the performance.

Travel Tip – Sit at the first front rows if you wish to get a close up view of the dancers and performance. Plus you can get really creative and memorable photos.

Additional Travel Tip – But if you are afraid of crowds, then sit near the exits so that you can leave easily.

In the next hour or so, more people arrived. The sun began to set. And at one point, after enduring the hot evening sun, we were rewarded with a beautiful sun setting. The entire scene with the sunset, the temple at the edge of the cliff, and the wide Indian Ocean was breath taking.

Beautiful Sunset at The Uluwatu Temple
Beautiful Sunset at The Uluwatu Temple

Travel Tip – Enjoy the sunset. Don’t forget to take some photos to remember this precious moment.

As soon as the sun set, the performance began. There were voices of ‘kecak’ chanted repeatedly. And everyone was craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the dancers as they arrived along the perimeter of the amphitheater.

Then suddenly they enter the center stage. A troupe of male dancers. Their arms extended and shaking into the air. A chorus of ‘kecak’ that filled the entire theater. It was so exciting! Set against the stunning backdrop of the sunset scene, it was spectacular!

Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
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For me, it would be my first time watching the Balinese performance art. I love the arts and culture. And what better way for me to be introduced to the Balinese art form than here. I will always remember this moment forever.

There was a story to the dance performance. A story about love and betrayal from the ancient Ramayana epic. I will share more about the Kecak Dance in another post that I would write soon. Watch for that.


Why You Must Beware of the Monkeys at The Uluwatu Temple?

A little side note here for all my readers who plan to visit this beautiful place.

As you enter the grounds of the temple, you cannot help but notice there are many monkeys around. This is because there is a forest nearby where they reside.

There are precautionary signs to warn visitors of monkeys grabbing stuff from people, such as sunglasses, cameras, phones, etc.

Cautionary Signs at The Uluwatu Temple About Monkeys
Cautionary Signs at The Uluwatu Temple About Monkeys

Caution – Do not bring valuable items or wear/carry them here. The monkeys find them attractive, and may grab them.

Heed the signs’ warnings. Be careful. Please don’t bring valuable items or wear/carry them; things like expensive sunglasses, earrings or necklaces. Naturally, you would like to bring cameras or take photos and videos with your smartphones.

Travel Tip – Keep your cameras, wallets and smartphones close to you.


Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at The Uluwatu Temple?

There are quite a few spots that are so Instagram worthy. But to me, the one view that is so awesome is the one shown below. It is the most memorable.

The view is taken from the other cliff, and faced the cliff where the amphitheater is located. You get the high cliffs, the amphitheater, the waves breaking, and the deep blue Indian Ocean.


The Uluwatu Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

When I first read about The UluWatu Temple, and saw photos and videos on the Internet about it, I did think that it would be a very interesting place to visit. What I did not count on was how awesome this attraction is.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

I loved standing and watching the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean becoming rows of white froth as they broke into the shores. The sound of the waves as I watched this made the entire scene mesmerizing.

Then I looked up and saw how wide and immense the Indian Ocean is. And I felt this emotion of love and respect for nature. Add the steep cliffs and temple perched at the edge of one of the cliffs, and you have a potent combination of the most awesome scenery.

Plus the Kecak Dance performance. It was my first experience with Balinese art, and I have full admiration for it. I thirst for more, and plan to watch more arts and culture in Bali, and any other places I visit.

I highly recommend visiting this place, and adding another memory of your lifetime.


Where is The Uluwatu Temple?

The Uluwatu Temple is at the furthest south area of Bali, Indonesia. It is in the Pecatu Village that is within the south district of Badung. We stayed at Seminyak, and it took us over an hour to reach there. Thankfully, we had a private car and driver so that we just sat back and relaxed all the way there.

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What are the Operating Hours at The Uluwatu Temple?

The Uluwatu Temple is open for visitors daily from 9 am to 6 pm. For worship, it is open 24 hours daily.


When is the Best Time to Visit The Uluwatu Temple?

We were there during the first week of October. And we were told by our guide that the rainy season was supposed to have started. We were very lucky that it did not rain while we were there.

Our guide also told us that the best time to visit Bali and The Uluwatu Temple was between March and September. These are the best month when there is a higher chance of watching the sunset with clear skies.

Travel Tip – Avoid the rainy season. Evening rain can spoil the tour and watching the Kecak Dance performance.


What is the Address of The Uluwatu Temple?

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia


What is the Entrance Fee of The Uluwatu Temple?

This changes over time. When we visited during October 2019, the entrance fee was IDR 50,000 for adult foreigners, and IDR 30,000 for child foreigners. Kindly note that the fee can change over time. Please check before going or at the ticket counter when you arrive.

Travel Tip – Payment for tickets is Cash Only. So, please prepare the right amounts before you come here.


How to Get to The Uluwatu Temple?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to The Uluwatu Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

I understand that there are no buses to The Uluwatu Temple.

Taxi

As mentioned above, The Uluwatu Temple is really far south of the island. So, if you choose to take the taxi, make sure you have a way back to your hotel or villa. Once again, BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Uluwatu Temple.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

Our awesome private driver and tour guide had an emergency on the day we were to visit here. So, he arranged for one of his team members to take over for the day. And he was just as good!

He was the one I mentioned earlier in this article, about how helpful he was, and he even stood in the queue to get us the Kecak Dance tickets.

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


Before the end of this post, I would like to share a few more tips:

Travel Tip – Please do not take photos directly in front of worshippers

Travel Tip – Please do not step over or tread on offerings called canang sari

Canang sari are offerings that are palm leaves woven into a small box. There are flowers, herbs, money and snacks inside. These offerings are to appease the spirits. Please be careful and watch where you are going.

Enchanting Evening Scene at The Uluwatu Temple
Enchanting Evening Scene at The Uluwatu Temple

We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Going to Bali? Or know anyone who may like to visit this awesome island? Please share this article.

If you have ANY questions about this post –The Uluwatu Temple, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review

Bali Hotels - La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review

I was so excited to be in Bali for a holiday! During this vacation, my friend and I stayed at a villa. That’s right! We had an entire villa all to ourselves. All at a very affordable price! It was so awesome! And here is the La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review.

Before we get to the review, I would like to share with you how we came to the idea of staying at a villa. One of my students visit Bali quite regularly. In class, during breaks, he would rave about how he enjoyed sitting on the beach and relishing an ongoing flow of beer. His type of vacation.

I asked him about accommodations. That was when he gushed about some people who stayed at villas. They had the whole place to themselves. Like a bungalow with private pool and all.

I thought it sounded awesome. So, I suggested to my friend, and we agreed to book and stay at a villa in Bali. And after months of searching, we found this one.


La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – The Overview & Rankings:

Hotel: La Villais Kamojang Seminyak
Room Rates: SGD 140.72 (USD 103.59) per night (as at October 2019)
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: Jl. Pangkung Sari, Banjar Taman, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361
Hotel Rooms:

  1. Superior Room with City View
  2. Deluxe Room with Pool View
  3. Deluxe Lagoon with Pool Access

Villas:

  1. One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  2. Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  3. Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review

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La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Villa Private Pool
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Amenities
Facilities
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Sleep Quality
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Summary

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak offers an entire villa with private pool all to yourselves. Excellent and spacious for you and friends or family. Read the review for more details.

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La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – The Video 

It was so nice to have an entire villa to ourselves. It made filming the place so much easier. The pathway to the villa, filled with lush greenery, was so peaceful. We had so much fun time at the private pool. The bedroom and bathroom were heavenly, especially after a day of touring. You got to see it to believe it. Watch the Video Now.

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About La Villais Kamojang Seminyak

When we arrived at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak, I only thought of the villa where we will be staying at. And for that moment, I totally forgot that this establishment actually has a hotel too.

View of Fascinating Sculpture and Hotel at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak
View of Fascinating Sculpture and Hotel at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak

At the lobby, you can see their restaurant, and the main pool (where every guest can enjoy a swim). Surrounding the pool are the hotel rooms.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Main Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Main Pool

We were shown past the main pool, and there was a beautiful path to our villa. The path was filled with lush plants, trees and beautiful flowers.

Beautiful Flowers and Lush Greenery along Pathway to Villa
Beautiful Flowers and Lush Greenery along Pathway to Villa

We arrived at our villa, and it was awesome! A whole villa to ourselves, and a private pool. While the main pool was nice, a private pool was better.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Villa Private Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Villa Private Pool

The villa also has a traditional-style Balinese entrance gate, living area, pavilion, dining area and kitchenette. More about the amenities and facilities further down this article. Or you can watch the video above to see everything about the villa.

This hotel is at the heart of Seminyak. So, it was very convenient to walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment areas. Later, during our stay, our tour guide showed us how close we were to the night life scene.


Rooms

One of the nice points about this place is that they offered both hotel rooms and villas. So, you get to choose which option you like. For hotel rooms, here are the following types:

Hotel Rooms:

  1. Superior Room with City View
  2. Deluxe Room with Pool View
  3. Deluxe Lagoon with Pool Access

I have seen the hotel area from outside. While it was nice that all rooms faced the main pool, I did not want to stay at a hotel room. It was something I normally did. I wanted something different for this vacation, and the villas were a superb choice.

Villas:

  1. One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  2. Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  3. Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

We eventually chose the One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool. And we were so happy we did. When we stepped in to the villa for the first time, the feeling was super! The first thing that caught my eye was the private pool. For the next few nights, we had fun playing and enjoying at the pool, under the stars and moon.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak One Bedroom Villa
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak One Bedroom Villa

There was a living room next to the pool should you like to have a drink, watch the TV or simply relax and zone out as you gaze at the water in the pool. The kitchenette was complete but we hardly used it since we dined out for every meal.

The bedroom was spacious, and the king size bed was large and comfy. There was even a mosquito net that we could lower and cover the bed at night to keep the mozzies away. And we did that every night.

*Travel Tip: No worries about mosquitoes. Bali does a great job at controlling this insect. But if you feel you need some repellents, you can ask for anti-mosquito spray, lotion and coil from the front desk. They provide all these for FREE here.

Honestly, there need not be any concern for mosquitoes or any other insects. I believe the hotel is excellent at keeping these away. There was only one night where I heard a mosquito buzzing around my right ear. A smack at that area and use of the anti-mosquito spray soon dealt with that problem.

Bed with Mosquito Net
Bed with Mosquito Net

Continuing on about the villa, there was a work desk with a mirror in the bedroom. It ended up as a place to charge our phones and devices.

*Travel Tip: Speaking of charging electronic devices, the type of power sockets used in Bali are Types C and F. The voltage used is 230V and Frequency is 50 Hz. Make sure your equipment like phones use the same type. If not, remember to bring an adapter.

Travel Adapter to Use in Bali
Travel Adapter to Use in Bali

One of the side tables had a tray of fruits to welcome us on the first day. We kept them in the refrigerator, and enjoyed them by the pool for the next few days.

Welcome Platter of Fruits
Welcome Platter of Fruits

The bathroom was also very spacious. There was a bath tub and shower. Also, the usual bathroom sink and toilet. Watch the video to see how huge it was.


Amenities

With different types of rooms and villas, there are different range of amenities. Sure, this makes sense, right? So, here they are.

Superior Room with City View, Deluxe Room with Pool View, Deluxe Room with Pool Access

  • Hot and cold shower
  • Telephone
  • LED Television
  • Air conditioner
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool, Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool , Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

  • Private swimming pool
  • King size bed
  • Pool gazebo and long chair
  • Living room
  • Kitchenette
  • Hot and cold shower
  • Bath tub
  • Refrigerator
  • LED Television
  • Air conditioner
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Work desk

*Travel Tip: Besides the bottles of water provided, there is a water dispenser at the kitchenette. Free flow of drinking water.

Common amenities for all rooms and villas include:

  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Baby sitter service
  • Money exchange
  • Buggy ride to villa
  • 24-hour security
  • Free WIFI
  • Car rental
  • Doctor on call
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour front office

Facilities

When we were there, we noticed that on the ground floor there were a restaurant and bar next to the main pool. Also, from our villa, we could see that there was a rooftop dining area. More about these dining and entertainment places in the Food section below.

Just like our villa that has a private pool, each villa has one, too. It is not a really big pool. Then again, it is not a small pool either. I found the size just right. And the cool waters a delight whenever we took a break from touring.

For those who stayed at the hotel, there was the main pool. Not many people swim here. We only witnessed a few people once or twice. It could be that people are more keen to explore the city or bask in the sun at the beaches. We know we did have loads of fun at Petitenget Beach, nearest beach to our villa.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Deck Chairs at Main Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Deck Chairs at Main Pool

If you need to rejuvenate and recharge, there is the Adella Spa at this location. It is one of the luxuries offered here. Actually, we did not had any massage during this vacation. We always ended up relaxing at our own private pool.

When I returned to Singapore, I learned from my colleagues and students that the Balinese massage is one of the must-do pleasures in Bali. They said it was very different from other forms of massage. It truly relaxes and recharges you. Next time, I visit Bali, I will definitely try their massage!

*Travel Tip: The spa at hotels charge premium prices for high quality massages. But I heard that the massages outside are just as good. And at lower rates. Explore and find out more before deciding on which spa to get your special treat.


Service Quality

I found the service quality of La Villais Kamojang Seminyak to be erratic. Some of their staff were friendly, always with a smile, and ready to assist and help. Some never smiled and were simply cold. They even looked like they would rather run away than be present to assist us.

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For example, when we approached the front desk, there were times when the staff looked unhappy that we were there. They did not greet us, and never smiled. And when we requested for stuff (which they should have provided or done; e.g. housekeeping), they answered they would look into it in a very robotic manner.

We requested for housekeeping because they did not do that for us on the second day. After check-in on first day, and having slept in the first night, the beds and items in the bedroom are in a disarray. We left for our tour on the second day, and expected the room to be all clean and tidy when we returned. To our horror, it was not.

To their credit, when we called for housekeeping to be done, the team came and have it all sorted out very quickly. They were great! They were friendly as they did their work. Even when they forgot to replace the used shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and had to return to give the new ones, they did it all with apologies and great smiles.

Hence, on the third day, we decided to give them a gentle reminder to make sure housekeeping was done. And that was another one of the times when we encountered bad service (the unhappy face and robotic response mentioned above).


Sleep Quality

Sleep is always important during any travel. And, if you read all my hotel reviews, you would know this is one ranking factor that is very important to me. I am sure it is important to you, too. After all, a good night’s sleep can make the next day a great day and fun.

We had very good sleep on the king size bed. It was just the right level of firmness. Not too soft until you sink into the bed and feel ‘trapped’ and unsupported. And not too hard that you would rather sleep on the floor.

Large King Sized Bed at One Bedroom Villa
Large King Sized Bed at One Bedroom Villa

The pillows were firm yet soft enough to rest and support your head. They were thick enough to cater to side sleepers. But as I slept, I did found the pillow started to sink a little. As such, the loft of the pillow did not support the distance between my head and outside shoulders enough. Overall, they were comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep. I believe being extremely tired after a full day’s tour helped.

Comfortable Pillows and Mattress at One Bedroom Villa
Comfortable Pillows and Mattress at One Bedroom Villa

Services Near the Hotel

We found that there are many convenience stores and mini marts along the road, outside the hotel. Every ten to twenty meters, there is a convenience store or mini mart. So, there is no worries to get snacks, drinks, suntan lotion, many personal items and needs, and even a hot meal like instant noodles.

There was even a convenience store just opposite the hotel. That was where we bought most of our snacks and drinks. And yes, ice cream. I bought the Magnum ice creams that usually cost nearly SGD 4 in Singapore. In Bali, they were only SGD 1 plus!


Good Food Nearby

We did not need to go far for meals. At the villa itself, there was the Teripta Restaurant and Cafe and the View Rooftop Bar Seminyak. But we did not patronize either because we preferred to explore the cafes and restaurants outside. We heard of some really good Bali Food, and we were intent on having that.

The Teripta Restaurant and Cafe was at the main lobby area. They served western dishes with Asian touch. Every morning, we glanced at the breakfast buffet spread, and we were unimpressed. We were so glad we chose to have breakfast at places like the Cafe Bali, and the Junction House.

The View Rooftop Bar Seminyak was located at the rooftop (duh) of the hotel. Buildings in Bali are not tall. The bar was at the top of a six-storey hotel. Not too high. So, don’t expect any magnificent panoramic view of the city like the hotel claimed. The hotel did boast of weddings held there. There were also cooking classes if that is something you like to experience.

Around the hotel, and nearby, about 10 to 15 minutes walk, there were many cafes and restaurants. From the entrance of the hotel, turn right and you can find decent dining sprinkled along the way. Turn left, and walk to Jl. Kayu Aya for plenty of cafes and restaurants along the entire stretch of the road.

For breakfast, the choices were few. Perhaps that was why most hotels offer breakfast? We did manage to find a few breakfast places like Cafe Bali and the Junction House. Both offer really tasty breakfast.

We knew that there were many local eating places that offer breakfast, but they were a little far from our hotel. Our tour usually started around 10 am because we wanted a slow, easy and relaxing vacation. Should your itinerary include local breakfast, we highly recommend you try it.

For lunch and dinner, we dined mostly wherever we were during the tour. But just for your info, when near lunch time and later, the food places in the areas mentioned above would have even more choices as more food and beverage places open for business.


Attractions Nearby

The attractions are nearby but not so near that you could walk to the sites within minutes. It is a better option to drive or be driven. We had an excellent tour guide (read more about him further down in How to Get Around Bali? section).

On our first day of tour, it took us about 30 minutes, by car, to Petitenget Beach. Our tour guide informed us that this was the beach nearest to our hotel. Near our hotel, there were also the famed Ku De Ta Restaurant, Potato Head Beach Club, Oberoi Street of Seminyak.


Where is La Villais Kamojang Seminyak?

As the name of the villa indicated, it is located in Seminyak. More accurately, it is in the district of Kerobokan.

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Address: Jl. Pangkung Sari, Banjar Taman, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361

Phone: +62 361 739118, +62 361 737 975

Email: reservation@lavillais.com

*Travel Tip: Rather than book direct, it is better to book via Booking.com. You can compare prices and get the best deals. I have also noticed that prices on Booking.com are lower than the rates offered at their website.


How To Get There?

By Train

There are no trains to get to this villa. Everyone takes a cab or already have transport arrangement with hotel or tour guide.

By Private Car with Driver and Tour Guide

Most people choose this option. You can contact the driver/tour guide before your vacation. And arrange for them to pick you up from the airport when you arrive.

The rate is included in the package, and I have found that it is very affordable. In fact, if you take a cab or the airport taxi, you will be charged more. I discovered this the hard way when we had to pay around USD 18 for a one way trip from the airport to the villa. And this was in a bluebird taxi.

Also, with a private car, it is more comfortable. Again, the bluebird cab that we took was a little cramped. If you travel with your family, a private car will be very comfortable. The tour guide we had, Kadek, drove a car that could easily accommodate a family or 6 people. In addition, he was an excellent tour guide.

*Travel Tip: The ride to the villa was around 40 minutes. Depending on where you stay, the ride can take quite a while. Make sure you get a drink, sit comfortably, and enjoy the view from the ride. P.S. Kadek makes sure there is a 1.5 litre of water for every passenger.

By Airport Taxi

Do not take this option. They have bad reputation. And the price is the same as a Bluebird taxi (USD 18), which is a better choice than this. Still, the private car with driver and tour guide is the best option.

By Public Taxi

The best of this option is the Bluebird taxi. You can try to ask them to go by meter, but usually they will charge a fixed rate. As mentioned, ours was USD 18. Again, the best choice is the private car with driver and tour guide.

By Public Bus

There are buses to different parts of Bali. Unless you are very familiar with the routes, I suggest you take the Bluebird taxi or the better choice of private car with driver and tour guide. Especially if you are traveling with family, do not take this transportation.

Should you wish to try the public bus, look for the terminal that is on the ground floor. Follow the signs or ask around.

By Hotel Transfer

Some hotels, like La Villais Kamojang Seminyak, offer airport transfers. Depending on your hotel package, you may get it for free.

There are those that offer this at a price. It is worthwhile asking the rate, just to compare prices.

By Motorbike Taxi or Gojek

This can be a choice if you are traveling alone or with friends who are ok with this mode of transport. But you cannot have luggage. Best is you have only a backpack.

You can find the Motorbike taxi riders hanging around the Starbucks or Burger King. Agree on a price before you hire the ride. One thing to note, the prices can be not much better than taking a taxi or Grab.

For Gojek, you need to get the app installed on your smartphone in order to book a ride. You need to book this in advance. Or you will have to wait for your driver to get to where you are, and that can take a while.

*Travel Tip: Not recommended. Only choose this if you travel light and are familiar with Bali.

By Grab

Uber has exited Asia. There is a similar service called Grab. It works just like Uber where you download the app on your smartphone, set up an account, and make bookings via the app. The prices are confirmed when you book, and payment can be cash or credit card.

Although I like taking Grab when I travel, Bali is one place where I do not like to use this app. I find it better to hire a private car with driver and tour guide.


Getting Around Bali

You can read all about how to get around in my article about Indonesia. In that article, I explained about the various modes of transportation available in the various cities like Bali.

I do find the best way to get around Bali is to hire a driver who is also a tour guide. There are so many fascinating and interesting places to visit in Bali. And it can be quite a lot of work to organize the ideal itinerary to see as many of these attractions as possible within the limited days of your vacation.

*Travel Tip: Make your vacation stress free. Get a tour guide. It is also cost efficient.

When we were planning our Bali vacation, we did some research and found some places we would like to visit. At the same time, we wanted a relaxing vacation and take our time to explore and enjoy our time there.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

Kadek helped us to plan the ideal itinerary. He clustered the places of interests that were in the same districts so that we do not rush from one end of Bali to another. Plus, he arranged the schedule as we desired – light and lots of time to immerse into each location.

*Travel Tip: Visiting Bali and need a reliable, trustworthy and excellent tour guide? Kadek and his team can make your vacation a truly enjoyable one. Write a comment below, and I will connect you to him.


La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When you search on the Internet, you will see photos of La Villais Kamojang Seminyak where the rooms, villas and amenities look really nice. That is, looking clean and well maintained. Don’t trust those photos.

As you can see my photos and videos, generally the entire place is quite lovely. But the furniture and furnishings are not well maintained. In fact, they look quite run down.

Some people may find this charming. I do not deny that. For example, when you watch the video, you can see the awnings looking very old and worn down. But some people may say they have character.

Sure. I get that. But when the furniture has cracks and looks like the it is at the point of falling apart, the charm flies out the villa. For example, we found the side tables have cracks. It could collapse at any time. In fact, the mosquito net fell apart on our last night of stay.

Another reason for the low rating is because of the inconsistent service quality. They should train all the staff to be friendly, helpful and with a sincere smile. After all, they are in the hospitality trade. Plus, there are many other choices out there.

This is not to say this hotel is a total failure and you should give it a miss. I do find that there is some value for money. And the villas are nice. With the 3 bedroom villa option, I can imagine an entire family or large group of friends bonding and having a great time there.

Plus the convenience of excellent dining and entertainment within easy access. And good quality sleep, lush greenery, and awesome private pool. These points saved this place from getting a poor 2.0 or even a 1.5 rating.


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Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Best Beaches in Bali - Petitenget Beach

It was the second day after we arrived in Bali. A beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. Perfect start to our tour and vacation. Our awesome tour guide, Kadek, had arrived to pick us up, and take us to our first stop on today’s adventure – one of the Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach.

As mentioned above, we had arrived a day earlier in the late afternoon. We decided to take things easy on our first day in Bali. And we were glad we did. We had a good rest at our hotel, had a nice swim in our private pool, explored the shops, cafes and restaurants around the hotel, and then rested some more.

Being rested, we were very excited to start our tour of Bali. We had planned to visit temples, museums, and beaches this time round. We will save Ubud for the next time.

The sun was shining. The air was cool. Come join me and my friend on this lovely visit to Petitenget Beach, definitely one of the Best Places To Visit in Bali.

Petitenget Beach Review

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Petitenget Beach is unlike many of the other beaches in Bali, Indonesia. It is less crowded and quieter, giving you space, peace with plenty of natural beauty and nature.

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Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach – The Video

I know many people now prefer photos and videos. So, I took a lot of photos and videos of all the places I visited in Bali. In this video, you will see the entrance of Petitenget Beach, the sweet swing that is the perfect Instagrammable spot, and lots of sun, sand and sea where people have fun swimming and surfing. Watch the video below.

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What Is At Petitenget Beach in Bali?

Before I traveled anywhere, I would be so curious about a place, and I would do research to find out more about the place before I arrived. For Bali, I was so busy with work that I did not do enough research. So, I visited many of the places without much idea of what it was all about, what to look out for, and what key points to take note as well as take photos and videos.

And I am so glad it happened that way.

Knowing a just a bit made the discovery and exploration of each site we visited so much more fascinating! When the tour guide dropped us off at Petitenget Beach, I did not know what to expect.

I filmed the journey from the car park to the entrance, and then to this very interesting swing that is also a sign to say that we have arrived at Petitenget Beach.

Isn’t it quite a sight to behold? Imagine sitting on the swing, facing the sea, and simply swing and enjoy the view. That was what my friend and I did exactly. Just be in the moment. Breathe the sea air. And soak in the magnificent view.

Of course, I have to share the bit of research I did about the place, right? So here it is.

Petitenget Beach is considered the main beach of Seminyak. It is named after the Petitenget Temple that is near the entrance of the beach. You can see the large parking space outside the temple in the video above.

Sadly, on the day we arrived, we were unable to visit the temple. Our tour guide, Kadek, informed us that there was a holy ceremony that day, and no outside visitors were allowed.

One of the things I noted about the beach was that the sand was of a light brown color. I thought it would be white in color. But light brown is still OK. At least it was soft and fine.

Travel Tip – Do not believe what many other websites claim – that the sand here is white. I have been there, and I can tell you it is light brown.

The nice thing about Petitenget Beach is that it is not as crowded as the other beaches, for example in Kuta and Legian. We visited the other beaches later that day, and for the next two days. Look out for the posts about these beaches, and you will see what I mean by crowded.

Also, take a look at the video above, and you can see how quiet this beach is. If you like less crowded and quiet beaches, this is a good one for you.

In addition, if you like large waves and surfing, this is also a good choice. You can see people surfing in the video above. In the photo below, you can see a couple of men going out to sail in the sea. Brave men.

The beach is quite a long stretch, and there are few places to enjoy a drink or dinner or both while you watch sunsets. You can look for La Lucciola, Mano Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club or Woobar. We didn’t get to watch the sunset here. We went to Double Six Beach for that.

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Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at Petitenget Beach?

As I mentioned above, there is an Instagrammable Spot here at Petitenget Beach. It is the swing and sign at the entrance of the beach. That’s me below, enjoying the view on the swing, and also getting a photo for Asia Travel Gem’s Instagram account.


Petitenget Beach – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

While we do appreciate a crowded beach because the people make it all very exciting, we were looking forward to a quiet and relaxing vacation. Months of hard work can make you want that.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

So, Petitenget Beach was perfect with offering exactly what we wanted. If you, like us, prefer a quieter seaside, this is the one for you.

On top of that plus point, the seaside was lovely. There are people walking or jogging on the sand. Some were surfing or sailing. Not too many. Just the right amount of people.

Plus, there are a few drinking holes for you to enjoy a drink while you sit and appreciate the view. For me, I love watching the waves. Especially large and strong waves. It was really nice seeing crystal clear waters. Even nicer to feel the cool waters.


Where is Petitenget Beach?

Petitenget Beach is near the hotel where we stayed. We realized that when it was the first stop of our tour, and we arrived in less than 30 minutes.

So, it is actually in Seminyak, Bali. And in the Kerobokan Kelod area, same area as our hotel. I also found out that it is located at the north coast of Mesari Beach, Seminyak.

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Operating Hours

It is a public beach. So, technically it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. But you would not want to swim during the night. Too dark. Too dangerous because of the waves and strong undercurrents.

Address

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Entrance Fee

Some beaches in Bali require an entrance fee. I know. Unbelievable right?But it is what it is.

The good news is that there is no entrance fee to this beach. Do not believe anyone who asks you for entrance fee.


How to Get to Petitenget Beach?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to Petitenget Beach. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

The public buses are more mini-buses. Unless you are familiar with Bali and the bus routes, I suggest you take the taxi, Grab or get a private driver who can also double as your tour guide.

Taxi

This is one of the best ways to go to Petitenget Beach. Look for the BlueBird taxis. They are more reliable. And always go by meter.

If you encounter a driver who demands a standard fee, then bargain and agree to the rate before you get into the cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

We hired a private driver and tour guide. And he was Awesome!

It was so convenient. Wherever we wanted to go, he would take us there. Plus, he would share info about each place we visited. Even local tips about them.

In addition, before we arrived, we discussed the itinerary. We told him how many days we wanted to tour, and he would suggest an itinerary. And he was so accommodating, so willing to change the itinerary to our liking.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


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Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Ani-Com Park@Harbour "Fun"

I was at the Forever Flowering Golden Bauhinia square where I watched the interesting flag raising ceremony. After the ceremony, I decided to hang around. At first, it was to enjoy the magnificent sea view of Victoria Harbour. While I was there I found another awesome Thing To Do In Hong Kong. And that is to enjoy the Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN”.

Somehow, during my research on places to visit, I was so enamoured by the Golden Bauhinia Sculpture that I missed this fun & entertaining park. It is filled with statues of famous local comic characters. When you visit this square, do not miss this sight.

Join me in this awesome adventure!

Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” Review

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Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Hong Kong! Visit here and take plenty of memorable selfies with life size sculptures of famous local comic characters!

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Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – The Video

Imagine meeting your favorite childhood cartoon characters like Old Master Q, Miss 13 Dots, K, Q Boy, Andy Chan, Din-Dong, Shau Sing Chai, On On, Cloud & Bruce Lee (comic version), and more in person. This is the next closest thing to that! Watch the video to see life size sculptures doing all sorts of fun poses in brilliant colors. And playing local games like hop scotch and mahjong. You have to see it to believe it.

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What is Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” All About?

At first glance, when I saw the famous local comic characters here, I thought this is another Avenue of Comic Stars. And just a variation. But I was mistaken.

This park features 30 classic popular Ani-Com characters in various poses as well as in action. The action poses reflect the Hong Kong culture and way of life. For example, Liao Yuan Huo and On On playing the local favorite pastime that is mahjong.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - See On On and Liao Yuan Huo play mahjong
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – See On On and Liao Yuan Huo play mahjong

The core theme of the park is also to encourage visitors to pose with the sculptures and take selfies. Immerse your friends and you in the world of Ani-Com characters. Better still, if taking with their favorite cartoon characters.

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Take Selfies at Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun"
Take Selfies at Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”

There are many characters to choose from. There is Old Master Q who has not only been in comics but also made into a live action movie. And there are Cloud, Tiger, On On, Miss 13 Dots, Sau Nga Chun, Little Horse, Q Boy and many more to take selfies with.

Travel Tip – This is definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots in Hong Kong! Take plenty of memorable selfies!


Who are the Famous Local Comic Characters at Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun?

There are many famous and popular comic characters in Hong Kong. This is because comics and animation with local themes are much loved here. And it is noticed that the stories often reflect the lifestyle, values and spirit of the people and society in this city.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - Smell the flowers with Old Master Q
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Smell the flowers with Old Master Q

At the same time, many of the beloved characters such as Old Master Q, McDull, Miss 13 Dots and many more are now part of many Hong Kong people’s childhood memories.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - Have a seat with Cloud by the sea
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Have a seat with Cloud by the sea

I have previously featured many of the sculptures of these cartoons in an article about Avenue of Comic Stars. Go read that article to see more of these life sized statues.


Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

While I have sort of accidentally stumbled upon this fun place, I must say I fully enjoyed my time here.

It is so cool to see all the comic characters in life size sculpture. It is almost like meeting them in real life. Plus, they are all created to look as if they are in the middle of a popular local activity makes it all the more interesting.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

And I won’t justify much more. Rather, I would highly suggest you watch the video above. I am sure you will see that this is truly an awesome place to visit, and will add this to your Hong Kong holiday itinerary.


Where is Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”?

This attraction is actually situation at the same location as the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. It is at the same open space but at the other end of the square.

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Operating Hours

Since this site is at the Golden Bauhinia Square, the opening hours are the same. It is found outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Telephone: There really is not any one to contact since this is an installation in an open space outside the exhibition center. If you like, you can call the exhibition center should you have anything to ask.


How to Get to Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” ?

MTR

Take the convenient MTR to Wan Chai Station. The look for Exit A5, and head towards there. Exit the station at Exit A5.

Walk along the foot bridge of O’Brien Road. Pass through the Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to get to the Convention Plaza.

Then turn right and head straight for the foot bridge to Great Eagle Centre. Take the first exit from the foot bridge to Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” through Fleming Road and Expo Drive East. Whenever you are unsure, follow the signs.

Bus

If you decide to take the bus, note that these are the buses to this place – 25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, or 978b.

Take the bus to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and then walk north to the square.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to the Golden Bauhinia Square. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

If you are staying at a hotel that is near to this site, just like me, you can walk over here. Simply ask your hotel concierge for directions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Travel Tip: Don’t make the same mistake that I did and use Google Map or ask for directions to the Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” . It is better to aim for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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Golden Bauhinia Square

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While I was teaching at the university in Hong Kong, I would have some off hours, before and after teaching my class. On my first day of class, my colleagues asked me if I planned to see any sights during the free time. I had heard about the flag raising ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square, and I named that as one of the Things To Do in Hong Kong.

To my surprise, my colleagues said that even they were not aware of such a daily event. We agreed that the Golden Bauhinia is quite a sight to behold, and I should go take a look. So, off I went during one of the mornings, before breakfast, because the flag raising ceremony was early in the morning.

In this post, I share with you about the beautiful Golden Bauhinia, the daily flag raising ceremony, a video of the place and the ceremony, what time is the ceremony, what to expect, plus how to get there.

Golden Bauhinia Square Review

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The lovely Forever Flowering Bauhinia Sculpture and the Flag Raising Ceremony against the magnificent backdrop of the Victoria Harbour is worth a visit when you are in Hong Kong.

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Golden Bauhinia Square – The Video

The Golden Bauhinia is located right next to one of the shores of Victoria Harbor. In this video, you will see the magnificent beauty of the waters, the pathway along the shore where people walk, jog and exercise, the awesome and huge Gold Bauhinia statue as well as the very cool flag raising ceremony by the lovely Hong Kong policewomen.

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How I Got to Golden Bauhinia Square – Don’t Make the Same Mistake as I Did

I had it all planned out. The Flag Raising Ceremony would commenced at 7.50 am sharp. According to Google Map, it would take about 20 minutes from Butterfly on Morrison, where I was staying at, to the square by foot.

So, the plan was to wake at 6.30 am. Get ready by 7.20 am. Then walk to the Golden Bauhinia Square in time for the flag raising ceremony. After that, I would have time to explore the area a little bit before going for a delicious and nutritious breakfast at The Flying Pan.

Boy, was I wrong. haha

Travel Tip: Do not trust Google Maps

My first advice – Do not trust Google Maps so much. The suggested route was not an easy journey. It was also a less scenic route. I had to climb up and down lots of steps. And navigate alongside a huge construction site.

It was only after the ceremony and exploration of what was around the convention and exhibition centre, when I was navigating from the square to The Flying Pan that I realized that there is a better way to get to this popular attraction.

Travel Tip: See the How To Get to Golden Bauhinia Square info (further down this article)

Do not repeat my mistake. Go to the How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square section below. There is an easier way to reach this place.

Due to the misleading info from Google Maps, I had to hurry my steps. I did not want to miss the flag raising ceremony. As I hurried to be on time, I thought back about my research on this famous attraction. See the next section to read about what I discovered about this interesting site.


About Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Sculpture
Golden Bauhinia Sculpture

The Golden Bauhinia Square is named after the brilliant giant statue of a golden Bauhinia Blakeana that is placed here. It is located in an open area in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, just outside of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. Here is a photo of the flower.

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower

It looks familiar to me. There are small trees near my home with such flowers. Do they look like Bauhinia to you?

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home

The sculpture at this square is six metres high. It is called the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture. It was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover as a symbol of reunification.

This attraction is very popular with Chinese visitors. The statue has inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin. He was the China representative at the Handover Ceremony.

The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign
The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign

Travel Tip: Visit this famous and popular attraction and watch the Flag Raising Ceremony
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Daily Flag-raising Ceremony

One of the reasons I decided to visit this place of interest is also because of the flag raising ceremony. It is conducted every day by the Hong Kong Police Force. I simply enjoyed the pomp and grandeur of this event. Plus it is done against the beautiful Victoria Harbor as a backdrop.

Travel Tip: Do Take Note – The Flag Raising Ceremony is conducted every day except the first day of each month

It starts at 7.50 and ends at 8.03 am.

Travel Tip: Be there at least 10 minutes before. They start on time!

I would advise you to be there at least 10 minutes earlier. I somehow managed to arrive there much earlier. And was able to go about capturing photos and videos of the sights around this place.

Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony
Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony

As you can see from the photos, the officers are in their uniform. You may not be able to hear it in the video, but there is the national anthem being played during this event.

Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony

There is also the enhanced flag raising ceremony. This is done on the first day of every month. It starts at 7.45 am and ends at 8.13 am.

There is more time allocated for this special ceremony because there will also be a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band. They also play the national anthem instead of a recorded playback.

Another unique feature of this special event is that the rifle unit will accompany the officers during the ceremony.

Special Flag Raising Ceremony

This is another version of this ceremony, and it is held on the first day of July and October.

Travel Tip: The Flag Raising Ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. Check with your hotel concierge before visiting this site.


Golden Bauhinia Square – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When I researched about this attraction, I read all the information with interest. And looked at all the photos and videos with fascination. It must be so cool to watch the ceremony and look at the Golden Bauhinia statue first hand.

And I was so right. I enjoyed every moment.

The statue was so beautiful to behold. No photo or video can replace seeing it in real life. The gold colors are breathtaking. And the size and importance of it is awesome.

Reading Tip: Watch the video to see all the action

I especially appreciated the officers performing the ceremony. You can see they take such pride in doing it. When I was there, their family and friends were there to support them.

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You can see how proud the parents were. And friends were smiling with such joy for their friends who are the officers, who have been specially selected for this role and event.

Nothing beats being there and seeing all that. I highly recommend waking a little early, and taking time to experience all this at the Golden Bauhinia Square.


Where is Golden Bauhinia Square?

As mentioned earlier, the Golden Bauhinia Square is located at the open space outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). I didn’t really notice this fact earlier when I decided to visit this site. Had I been more observant, I would have made my way to the centre, and my journey would have been more pleasant.

Here is a map showing where this square is located. After the map, I have provided info about the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

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What is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)?

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Fans of the famous Hong Kong actor, Jackie Chan, will remember this building. It was the setting for the dramatic grand finale of his popular movie, New Police Story. And no wonder they chose this centre.

It has a vast curtain of glass. The 40,000 square metre aluminium roof is created to echo a seabird soaring in flight. As such, it is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline.

It is also known internationally as a world class convention and exhibition centre. To its credit, it has been voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia 13 times by industry awards.

Travel Tip: Have fun at this site. Check out the Ani-Com Park @ Harbour Fun

Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters
Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters

Near the Golden Bauhinia statue, and also outside the centre, there is the Ani-Com Park@Harbour Fun. You can find life like statues of popular local comic characters here.

Operating Hours

As the statue is outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, it is literally open 24 hours, and 7 days a week.

More importantly, note the flag raising ceremony (hours given above).

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 2582 8888


How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square?

MTR

In Hong Kong, one of the best ways to get to famous attractions is by MTR. This place is no exception. Take the MTR to the Wan Chai Station. Then go to Exit A5.

Walk along the footbridge of O’Brien Road. Then pass through the Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to get to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Bus

If you decide to take the bus, note that these are the buses to this place – 25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, or 978b.

Take the bus to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and then walk north to the square.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to the Golden Bauhinia Square. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

If you are staying at a hotel that is near to this site, just like me, you can walk over here. Simply ask your hotel concierge for directions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Travel Tip: Don’t make the same mistake that I did and use Google Map or ask for directions to the Golden Bauhinia Square. It is better to aim for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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