A spectacular, traditional Balinese cultural show of dance and music – the Jambe Budaya Barong & Kris Dance.
A mythological story of good vs. evil comes to life on stage. Just a short 20 minute drive from Ubud, this is a piece of culture you may want to include in your list of things to see and do while visiting Bali.
This Bali highlight, Budaya Barong and Kris Dance is one of those things you will either love or hate. Mixed reviews are across the internet. Simply put, if you do not like culture, why travel? Seriously, this is a unique piece of Bali mythology passed down for generations – since the 12th century!
Time: 1 hour / 5 acts Cost: 100,000 IDR per person / USD$6.75 / €5.75
An age old story of good vs. evil; Bali Mythology through dance.
This cultural Balinese highlight included the evil witch Rangda a demon queen fighing the good lion Barong. Who wins in the end?
The Barong Kris Dance plays out through 5 acts which come to a dramatic climax before calm is restored. Sometimes a little funny, sometimes intense, always colorful and magical. Balinese dance with traditional music and great acting by professionally trained actors. This is Bali culture at it’s finest!
Where can I see it? Jl. Pasekan, Batubulan Kangin, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia How long is it? Approximately one hour Tel: (0361) 2770291 Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – call for show times
Simply because there is never enough info about this luscious area in the incredibly popular Bali.
What is it about Bali that makes everyone want to rush there and never leave? Canggu was one of my personal favourite spots in Bali and although it is not everything the hype would make you believe, it is a great place.
Here is a general outline of our experience. Please feel free to add your comments below.
Dubbed the quieter Kuta / Legian, Canggu is simply not as drunk, or I mean the tourists. The vibe here seems to be self important, I’m so pretty and do you know who I am. Heads turn the other way to avoid eye contact with non-conforming fellow travellers. Six packs, veganites, long hair, tattoos, beards, bikinis and the list goes on with the youthful beautiful wanderers. Before you tie your🙊 in a knot and starting posting nasty comments below, question whether this applies to you and if it does not, then it does not 🤘🏽 !
This wandering arrogance is so disheartening when compared with the Balinese locals who are such friendly, outgoing people pleasers with true belief and understanding of karma – the very thing the tourist masses claim to be here for.
Definition of karma: noun 1.(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. 2.Informal, destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
At the bottom, I will post links to the places we ate, happy hours and where we stayed. Again, if you have recommendations or favourite places, please post them in the comments for others to find.
Beaches: The surf is up and this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to surf or to hone your skills. The two main beaches in Canggu are Echo Beach and Old Man’s Beach. Both were nice to visit and each has it’s own vibe. I personally liked Echo Beach a little more, but I really can’t point to anything specific to say why. Is one better than the other for surfing?
The worst thing about Bali is the tourists. The best thing about Bali is the locals!
Laundry: It cost us 75,000 IDR / €5 for 2 bags and was washed, dried and pressed in 24 hours. It was located basically right across the road from La Pan Nam.
Happy Hour really varies in meaning. Sometimes it is 2 for 1, or it can be buy 3 get 1, or only beer, or only mojitos. You get the idea what you get is as varied as the times it happens! Let us know your favourite place and what they are offering. Our Happy Hour experiences is linked below.
Grab Taxi Wars – this is a very real and big problem. Our Grab app was not working when we wanted to return from Echo Beach, so we were forced to take a taxi. Our Grab to the Beach had cost 12,000 IDR / €0.71 / US$0.84; the Taxi wanted 60,000 IDR / €3.55 / US$4.20. We tried to barter, but they ALL insisted 60,000 IDR or walk. We agreed to their mafia structure and got in the cab. Not only did the cab stink, the driver asked again where to and we told him. He asked “where” again before we figured out he didn’t speak any English. Finally we fired up our phone and showed him where to go. We have never had any of those problems with Grab. What is your experience?
Which brings us to Motorbike Rental. Of course, after that experience, we decided to lower the risk and get our own transportation. Super great way to get around and very affordable at 50,000 IDR / €3 / US$3.65 per day. Freedom!
We rented the bike from our Guesthouse, but we did see places renting all over. Bring on your favourite rental places and prices in the comments!
Now you have the freedom to go where you want, but where do you go? Just touring around can be fun. Stop for a smoothie here a coffee there, check out the beaches and the surfers, take in the rice fields, but do not forget visit Tanah Lot & Batu Balong, it really has a wow factor. Again, I have the link below.
To sum it up, basically, the worst thing about Bali is the tourists. The best thing about Bali is the locals!
The most Popular Must See Ancient Hindu Temple of Indonesia
Not just another great Instagram moment, Pura Tanah Lot on the famous rock formation of the same name (Tanah Lot) and Batu Balong are something you do not want to miss if visiting Bali. It is a perfect blend of history, culture and beauty.
We hopped on our rented Motorbike and took the scenic 10 km (1/2 hour) drive from Sleepy Gecko Guest House in Canggu to the unforgettable park. Although it is not called a park, the setting is indeed a huge park area.
Also known as the floating temple, Pura Tanah Lot is a holy place where Hindus worship the Balinese sea gods and is protected by venomous sea snakes, or so the story goes.
The entrance fee is 60,000 IDR / €3.60 / US$4.40 per person and includes parking. After finding a parking spot in the motorbike designated area, we came to a second entrance where you show your ticket.
From there, you basically walk through a small “town” which is blocks of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants before finally getting to the park setting.
Cement walkways allow easy access along the cliffs above the sea. To the right is Batu Balong Temple and to the left is Pura Tanah Lot Temple. Lots of people are sitting on the grassy areas with shade trees, or on the many benches placed throughout. A huge Gazebo like building further up the hill allows for some great views and shade.
Getting to the temples was not as smooth of a walk, but certainly worth it, even with the pressing heat and the pushy tourists.
Tips: Dress respectfully, take sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.
Looking for the perfect Sunset Happy Hour Drinks combo in Canggu?
Admittedly, perfection for one can be hell for another. We have done a small list of bars for Happy Hour as well as Sunset Combos. Happy Days! Happy Nights!
I will start with our personal favorite. Cabe Cafe
Happy Hour = 3 Bintang for 50,000 IDR / €3 / US$3.50 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Sitting directly on Echo Beach, the sunsets are perfect. Watch the surfers, sip a cold one and be careful to not get splashed by the waves! Address: Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia (Echo Beach)
Second on our list is The Grass Terrace who boast an all day happy hour Mojito. This is not on the beach and you can not see the sunset unless you stare deep into your third mojito, but the vibe is awesome and the service is great! If you like mojitos, hit this place up at some point! 60,000 IDR / €3.50 / US$4.20 for 2 Mojitos Address: Jl. Munduk Catu, Canggu, Badung 80361, Indonesia
Our final spot is perfect for Hipsters, Rich, Wannabes and Instagrammers. This is where you get that perfect Sunset Instagram photo that everybody wants to see and believe Bali is all about!
The Lawn, a breezy seaside restaurant bar with a club atmosphere and pricey menu. This place is always packed with pretty people in the gorgeous lounge overlooking the beach. An infinity pool adds to the leisurely pleasures where you can watch the sunset while socializing. Address: Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Another favourite way to watch the sunset, in stark contrast to the above is the Self Made drink and watch. Hit a supermarket, buy your drinks and get to the beach. Find a good spot before someone else steals it and enjoy the views for a fraction of the cost! Happy Days!
I started the list; if you have a favourite sunset, happy hour or drinking place to add, please leave it in the comments section below!