Wandel door het Balinese platteland en relax vervolgens met een consumptie. Dan naar de Koninklijke Tempel van Mengwi - Pura Taman Ayun - compleet met gracht, heiligdommen en bewerkte hekken. Bezoek het heilige Monkey Forest, een cluster van torenhoge bomen, waar honderden apen wonen, en ervaar de beroemde 16e-eeuwse "zonsondergangtempel" van Tanah Lot om deze heilige plek 200 meter van de kust te bewonderen.
We were picked up from the hotel then stopped first at a traditional Balinese farm for the fried tapioca and sweet potato. It was an opportunity to go to the toilet on what ended up being a lot of time spent on the road in a minibus. It was time that probably could have been better spent on the rest of the tour though as we must have been there for at least forty-five minutes. Mengwi Temple was beautiful but quite rushed. You had to chose between keeping up with the tour guide to hear what he had to say or taking photos, we opted for the latter. At the monkey forest and Tanah Lot you are left to your own devices to wander around and get a lot more time to explore. There are two monkey forests in the area and from what we heard the one we went to wasn't the better of the two. The monkeys are equally cute and mischievous. The swarms of flies were annoying. Bring lots of insect repellant. At the end of the tour there was a row of stalls and shops where it got awkward, with some particularly pushy hawkers. We got to watch the sun going down at Tanah Lot and it was beautiful, but be prepared for the fact that this is probably the most popular tourist spot on Bali and you will have to fight your way through huge crowds. Doing a guided tour in that kind of environment is impossible, so allowing people to do their own thing is the best approach. The tour guide spent most of the time talking on the minibus about local religious beliefs. I don't know if this was preplanned or because an American woman asked him a number of questions about it, but I would've liked to have learnt a bit more about the places we were visiting. Overall the trip was very light on historical detail. The driver and guide were friendly, but if you are picked up first expect to be dropped off last. By Western standards this was a cheap trip, but by Balinese it was overpriced. Make sure your bring plenty of your own water and small denomination notes to pay to use toilets. We managed to book the tour very last minute, so it was great in that regard, but if you have the time to find something a bit more personalised I'd recommend doing so.
Our guide was lovely, informative, and patient. This monkey forest we found out has the monkey temple as well which is kinda cool. It also has the only area of monkeys that are calm. A good one for kids. I understand the monkeys in the other monkey forests can be dangerous and mean (FYI)!!
Unfortunately I can only rate part of the tour as we did no get to complete the itinerary due to poor planing, bad traffic,and added stops that took time. Pickup was on time and driver and our guide were cordial and knowledgeable, but early unscheduled stops kept us from sunset at Tanah Lot. Sad!!!
The tour guide was brilliant and informative. We had a very productive day driving around with someone who knew the area. You do feel rather pressured in the first part of the day, as the shops / workshops you visit are clearly after your money and unless you have good haggling skills or know what your money can get you, it's a rather unpleasant experience as you don't want to offend but don't want to be ripped off. The food section was slightly odd, but a welcome refresher. The Coffee Plantation was great- at first sight it looks like the animals are being badly treated in cages, but I was encouraged to see a rescued bat with a broken wing being looked after. You get a platter of different coffee at the end, and you are given the hard sell- however we felt happy to purchase something as you got something from them too. The Water Temple was good to see, but if you are going to another temple on your own, there's not much need for it. The Monkey Forest isn't as I first thought the one in Ubud but further south. Here you are assigned a guide who carries a stick to ward off any angry monkeys. We were fine. However at the end, and probably the most unpleasant part of the tour, we were ushered into her closed up stall where she locked us in and tried to force us to buy something. We didn't, and felt suddenly very unwelcome. In hindsight, I would have bought something small so would advise this. Tanah Lot was great, but busy, and we made it just in time before the sun went completely.
Great view on Tanah Lot....good experience with the praying moments in the temple.The othe stops were not that great. Rice terrance is not the one in Ubud. This one you do not see the terraces...very little. The monkey forest is not the same than Ubud one.....you do not see many thing in here.
This was a nice tour, worth spending an afternoon on. At the monkey forest not the main one, one in Ubud is better by miles and a must-see a shop owner took us around maybe 15-20mins before taking us back to her shop where we were obliged to buy something. We even offered a donation, but in the end had to buy an extortionate badly-made wooden monkey! Mengwi Temple was really beautiful and our guide explained as best he could, English wasn't great a bit about what the different structures represent and some of the history. We arrived at Tanah Lot much too early to be worth staying for the sunset, so had a wander about then left. Perhaps we didn't spend enough time at other areas beforehand, but it was so busy we weren't too bothered. It is a beautiful place, and I imagine especially so at sunset, but wasn't much to actually see there and incredibly busy with other tourists. Our guide was nice, and tried to give information where he could, but the language barrier was unfortunate. He did also take us for a traditional snack at a rice field, which was a nice extra.