Kamis, 25 Mei 2017

Balinese Water Palace, Fit for a King with English Speaking Guide and Driver

Taman Ujung, known also as Ujung Water Palace was created by the King of Karangasem in 1919 to be the resting place for the royal family.  It was also used as a place to welcome and entertain visitors and state guests.

The design is magnificent, showing a blend of Balinese and European architecture.  The building shown in this photo is of the King's bedroom, family room, and visiting room.

Near the blue ocean water of eastern Bali, this amazing tourist site allows visitors to see mount Agung while enjoying a restive and awe inspiring experience in the royal setting.

I'd love to show you around Bali.  Contact me for more information about sites all visitors should definitely see while here.


Rabu, 26 April 2017

Bali's Best Waterfall: Gitgit, a Must See for Tourists

This is a photo of the waterfall I think is the best in Bali.  It is called Gitgit after the village by the same name in Singaraja regency.

Gitgit's water is crystal clear and surrounded by stunning rainforest.  Along the path to the waterfall from the main road, tourists can see tropical plantations up close with clove trees, coffee bushes, and banana palms.

The lush growth makes the walk along the trail very pleasant, cool, and enjoyable.

I'd love to be your private guide to Gitgit.


Rabu, 19 April 2017

Active Volcanoes In Bali: Batur and Agung

One of the spectacular attractions to Bali for tourists are the two volcanoes.  Batur and Agung are both climbable.

Mount Batur is an easier climb and popular among trekking enthusiasts.  Climbing up the active volcano is a good way to catch a beautiful Balinese sunrise.

This photo shows the panorama taking in Mount Agung, a photo I took from the top of Batur!

I'd love to take you there!  Contact me for information about my private guide and driver services.


Rabu, 12 April 2017

The Most Well Known Balinese Site Throughout The World: Tana Lot Temple

Bali's Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most well known site throughout of the world. It was built by the Hindu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha around the 16th century.

The word Tanah means land or rock, and the word Lot (or lod) means ocean or inside the ocean.  Together the words describe this temple which appears to be floating on the ocean when the tide is high.

Legend has it that the priest meditated on the rock where the temple is located.  he received a message from God that the site was an excellent spot to worship Baruna, the god of the ocean.  The story tells that when local villagers attempted to disturb him, he created holy snakes from his scarves to protect himself.  Holy snakes can be seen there to this day.

I'm a local Balinese, English speaking guide and private driver.  I'd love to show you around the island.

Rabu, 05 April 2017

Bali's Penglipuran traditional village: Private Driver in Bali

Penglipuran village is one of the traditional villages in Bali which has a beautiful setting.

The word Penglipuran has a couple of meanings, such as "to remember the ancestors," and "the place for entertaining."

This village was built on the traditional Hindu concept of Tri mandala:  northern side or highest point houses the temple, the middle are is where the residents of the villagers live, and the southern point is where the cemetery is located.

The houses in the compound all have the same entrances, designed to keep mischievous spirits out.  Each house follows the same layout plan as the village.

I would love to be your private driver and show you the beauty of our local traditional villages.  I am an English speaking, Balinese driver, and guide.

Jumat, 24 Maret 2017

Bali Adventures with ATV


Bali is famous for its temples and ceremonies. But did you know that you can also have exciting adventures on our island?  

ATV adventures are one of the most exciting, and challenging, activities available to tourists.  

I can help connect you with the adventure activity you desire.  If you decide that ATV is to be part of your Balinese adventure, you can expect to enjoy the real Bali, through the countryside, and breathtaking views of rice paddies, bamboo jungles, river beds and water.

Let me help you make your visit to Bali memorable.  I am a local, English speaking Balinese guide and would love to help you.

Rabu, 15 Maret 2017

Bali, the Islands of Blessings and Offerings

Bali is an island of blessings.  The name Bali is related to the word "Wali" which means offering, and offerings are the heart of the local Hindu faith.

The Heart of Hindu Culture

The majority of the population on Bali practices Hinduism.  Temple ceremonies are an important part of the Balinese Hindu culture and every temple ceremony includes blessings and offerings.  They are colorful, beautiful, and spiritually significant.  I would love to show you the wonderful spirituality of our culture and serve as your guide and driver around Bali.

Decorated for Blessings

Temple ceremonies are scheduled based on the Balinese lunar calendar, recurring every six months or 210 days.  During temple ceremonies, the shrines and the buildings are decorated, and the people visiting the temple dress in traditional clothing.  Visitors are welcomed, and are expected to observe appropriate temple dress.  I can help you have a meaningful visit.

This photo shows a temple ceremony in progress at one of Bali's largest temples, Besakih Temple.

You may also be interested in reading about Bali's famous Monkey Forest in Ubud