Everything in Bali is just so beautiful but for me the North tour was the most stunning. This may well be because several of the quintessential Bali sites were incorporated which made me a very happy photographer! As with the South tour, we visited these places whilst staying in Legian/Seminyak although staying further east is certainly not obstructive for this tour if you get started early. Again, our driver was instrumental with some excellent suggestions, combined with our own requests.
Pura Taman Ayun
Built in 1634 this very picturesque royal water temple is unique in that it is surrounded by a moat.
This was a stop suggested by our driver and although it was a whistle-stop I was pretty pleased we visited. We stopped to see the orchid, cactus and bamboo collections but the real highlight of the visit was this centuries old tree with the most incredible root structure.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Lake Bratan
Of all of the temples we visited in Bali this was by far my favourite. It was made all the more atmospheric by the fact that a fog had descended over the lake and for the only time during our trip we felt temperatures drop to almost UK levels and enjoyed a very welcome cool breeze. This was a place I had really wanted to visit having seen how beautiful it was in photos. Evidently my hair had its own ideas that day.
Largest rice terrace protected by UNESCO
This was another stop suggested by the driver and was one we hadn’t thought of as we’d already seen the rice terraces at Tegalalang. We were able to actually trek through the rice fields here which we hadn’t done previously.
Tanah Lot Temple
This was the temple I had seen and heard the most about before arriving and whilst it was just as great as I had anticipated, there were hoardes of people there. We were considering staying to watch the sunset but as the temple got busier and busier and we had been warned about ‘sunset traffic’ heading back to Seminyak from the area, we decided against a potentially 3 hour journey home that could otherwise be done in half an hour!
Have you been to Bali? What did you get up to?