Starting early from your hotel, drive to north Bali and stop at a high point where you can see panoramic view of Lake Buyan and Tamblingan below you with Mount Batukaru at the background. Start trekking with our local trekking guide, our partner who live nearby the area. For the first 20 minutes we will walk down the path that will lead us to the northern shore of Lake Buyan. Our stop point here is the first lake temple. Our hike continues to more dense part of the forest where more big trees , most of them will be ficus trees. Few of them has holes that big enough for us to enter. Some of them has long string that we can swing on. Feel free to be like Tarzan. We will hear a lot of birds during the trek but we can only very few of them. More temple will be seen like: Temple for Chinese ancestors, village temple of Dalem and Temple for ‘smith /artisan clan. The last two temple is located in the eastern shore of the Tamblingan lake. Our dug out wooden boat is await for us here to take us across to the west part of the lake. You will need to paddle to help the boat roar faster. We may see fishermen hunting and fishing the fresh water fish. The boat ride will be about 30 minutes. In the west shor,e there will be another temple, Temple for the farmers. Our car will fetch you around here, to take you to lunch place. After lunch is refreshing time in secluded waterfall. A small hike to get to the waterfall from the car park.
Bali textile tour is special design tour for you who interested in knowing the diversity of different style of textile that Bali has.
The tour starting by a visit to traditional village of Tenganan. The village has a unique textile weaving called Geringsing. It is a double ‘ikat’ weaving technique that has been pass down from many generation. The patterns are also very unique. The color used are natural dyes. The textile it self used to be only use for people of Tenganan during their festival activities. Now, however, they allow textile collector to have for their collection.
After Tenganan, we proceed going further east to Seraya Village. Seraya village is believed to be the first village that make the original black and white cloth . Now days, after revitalization effort done by some people in the village,they also make other pattern but still using traditional weaving method and natural dyes. In here you can see the plantation that they grow for the dyes, the process to make the dyes ready for coloring the tread.
Next place is Sideman. Located in the beautiful valley under mount Agung, we will see the making of elaborate ‘songket’ weaving. These golden and silver tread cloth are commonly use for special ceremony like wedding as they colorful. In the same village we will also see the the single ikat ‘endek’ weaving process, from making the pattern to the weaving itself.
Klungkung market is our next destination. It is the biggest textile market in Bali where most Balinese people will go for their need for textile especially endek and songket. The shop owner from other part of Indonesia also come here to buy weaving textile in bulk volume. The place also has batik that mainly already cut in sarong.
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With an early start and after a long two hours drive from south Bali, we finally arrive at this beautiful scenes, Belimbing, in west Bali. To me this is the most photogenic rice terrace in Bali. The angles are abundant almost at every corner. Not just terrace but also the curve. Well , I will just let the photos to speak the rest.
The beach that has been visited by westerners since the beginning of tourism started in Bali. Still charming and attractive amongst both local and westerners up to these days. For photographers this place is sunrise spots that never make them boring as everyday cloud and the color never be the same.