Jan 4, 2015

Bali Travelogue: Of Mount Batur, Padang-Padang and Petitenget Beaches (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Bali has been great; in a short trip made of days of 5, we visited the famous Puras, we had the most-craved-for Babi Guling, we discovered Kopi Luwak, and the list went on and on. As 2014 came to an end, this post would be the finale for my Bali Travelogue.

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Mount Batur View from Grand Puncak Sari
Besides Puras and Bajra Sandhi, we were here at Kintamani for the magnificent view of Mount Batur. However, luck wasn't on our side as it started to drizzle upon our arrival at Grand Puncak Sari.

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Lake Batur View from Grand Puncak Sari
Despite the lack of luck, we were rather blessed to at least caught these views from the balcony of Grand Puncak Sari. Better still, to grab a table on the balcony.

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Buffet at Grand Puncak Sari
No doubt, the buffet price per pax was on the higher end. However, I was pleased that for the price of IDR 90,000 per pax (normal price IDR 100,000++ per pax), the food was actually great (and the views too!)

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Local Food at Grand Puncak Sari
Many rounds of food we had in the presence of Mount Batur and Lake Batur, maybe the views contributed to my appetite.

Total Damage for 2 Pax: IDR 180,000 (c. RM51) for buffet lunch at Grand Puncak Sari + IDR 25,000 (c. RM8) for Kintamani entrance tickets

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Padang-Padang Beach: Stairway to Darkness
For most beach lovers, Bali has many to offer. So I heard the beaches in Bali are very different from ours in Malaysia, and I definitely agreed to that.

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It is getting a little tight there
It was not quite expected, if you asked me. I knew about the flight of stairs to beaches but not the darkness and tightness.

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Fear not, for the light is near
At certain points, you had to walk sideways and tilt your body so as to not knock your head or body against the rocks.

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Padang-Padang Beach
After the short flight of engulfing darkness, the stairways opened up to Padang-Padang beach, where tourists enjoyed their sunbathing. Not the best of beaches as rubbish was everywhere. Entrance to the ocean was rough as dead corals were washed up.

Total Damage for 2 Pax: Nil

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Locals at Petitenget Beach
Compared to Padang-Padang Beach, Petitenget Beach was not any better and rather more littered. You can find plenty of locals hanging around, old and young.

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Free Hair Blow at Petitenget Beach
As you can see at my background, litters were lining the beach, brought forward by the last crushing waves. Wind was so strong that at one point, I felt like being blew away.

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Sunset at Petitenget Beach
Despite the crushing waves and deafening wind, it was rather peaceful. You need not to talk, just let the nature did what it does best.

Total Damage for 2 Pax: Nil

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Mini Rice Terrace
For those who are keen, pay a visit to Tegallalang Rice Terraces where paddy lined the steep slope like stairways. You can imagine something like these mini rice terraces but in much grandeur manner.

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So long, Farewell!

IN SUMMARY, my personal verdict for:

  • Kintamani (Mount Batur and Lake Batur) - If I had a chance, I would like go again. 
  • Padang-Padang Beach - Interesting stairways but all-in-all, no second visit.
  • Petitenget Beach - If I stay along Petitenget Beach, would surely go for sunrise and sunset.

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