Bali: from Water Sports, Kecak Dance to Monkey Forest.

(China Travel Blogger trip, November 27 – December 5, 2013)

Before leaving Labuan Bajo, I got a chance to spend my morning visiting Taman Bacaan Pelangi [Rainbow Reading Gardens] in town. The Taman Bacaan Pelangi in Labuan Bajo is located behind the main church (Cathedral). When I got there, the kids were learning about how to make a mango juice! So cute. They learned all the ingredients and the process of making a mango juice in English. In the end, they got a chance to drink the mango juice, which always made them happy! Some of them even asked for more! :))

The next destination of this trip was… Bali! Of course!! Bali has been a popular destination for travellers and it seemed that everyone wanted to go to Bali, when they visited Indonesia, especially those first timers. Well, I would say, for travellers who have never been to this country yet, Bali was the safest destination to choose. All the infrastructures were already in place. Most of the people who worked in the tourism industry spoke English. A lot of tourists all around, so you wouldn’t feel alone and could always ask another tourists for some advices, and the list could go on and on. Not only that, Bali has a lot of tourist attractions, from beautiful beaches, traditional villages, surfing spots, diving spots, to cultural places and rituals. It’s like an all in 1 package. Bali has it all.

For those who love water sports, the best place to go would be Tanjung Benoa. There were a lot of options of water sports, such as: parasailing, jet ski, banana boat, flying fish, and so much more! I’ve tried them all before, including walking underwater with full suit and astronout-like helmet. But, if I gotta choose which one was my favourite… I would say… parasailing!! Woohooo! It was just so cool to be able to fly up in the sky and feeling so safe at the same time. The only down side was… the time was too short! I wish they did it longer! hahaha.. :D.

Another thing that shouldn’t be missed was… watching traditional dance performances. We chose to watch Kecak Dance performance in Uluwatu during the sunset. It was magical. Seeing those Kecak dancers performed, danced and sang with the background of beautiful sunset, it was just impressive. I loved it so much.

If you loved forests, then you could visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud. The China Travel Blogger group also got a chance to visit this forest and we took a lot of pictures of monkeys who were jumping around everywhere! I saw this cute baby monkey with her mother. I could even hear its voice! Oh so cute.

After visiting the Monkey Forest, we strolled down the roads of Ubud and did some… shopping! Yeaaayyyy!! The girls were so happy that we finally could shop! Pan Pan and Yoyo bought so much stuff from the cute boutiques and they even said, “Oooh.. can we go back to Ubud tomorrow? We want to do more shopping!” 😀 Ladies and shopping. Inseparable ;).

What I loved from the shops in Ubud were actually the jewelries stores. One could find tons of stores selling silver jewelries in a reasonable price. I bought two necklaces, an earring and a ring. All silver. Yeaaahhh!!! *happy face*

Our three days in Bali went so fast given that there were so many interesting places to see and activities to do. We spent our last afternoon having fun at Nammos Beach in Karma Kandara Resort. One of my favourite spots in Bali ;). The place was so gorgeous and the beach was private. Superb!

Seeing beautiful beach, Dajiang commented, “Owwwh.. if I knew we would be going to another beach, I would’ve brought my swim wear and snorkelling gear!”
Yup! He’s now addicted to snorkelling! :))

There were just so many places to see in Bali. Make sure you have enough time to spend here as you’d love this place! 😉

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