Motorbike touring the back roads of Bajawa.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Monday, September 24, 2012

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Ojek tour around Bajawa.
We paid for 2 guys to give us a tour of the surrounding area of Bajawa using their bikes. This was a much cheaper way of doing it rather than a private car plus it was a lot more fun. The guy who explained everything to us was called Milky and we set off by finding a good view of Bajawa and the nearby volcano. As we went along we stopped off at coffee and cocoa plantations. Our first proper stop was at a waterfall where Mark and Milky tested the freezing cold water and I wimped out! Soon after that we arrived at our first traditional village, Bena. The houses are made from bamboo and wood and have high thatched roofs. The Ngada people inhabit the village and still continue the traditional pairs of ngadhu and bhaga. The ngadhu is a parasol like structure with a carved wooden pole and thatched roof, and the bhaga is a mini house. Milky told us the ngadhu represents the male ancestries and the bhaga female. There is a pair for each clan in the village and in Bena there are 9 sets. The views were amazing at the top of the village and we could even see the sea through the meandering mountains around the village. The local women, who sat there chewing on beetle juice (causing tooth decay and extremely red lips) were very friendly wanting the tourists to by their beautifully weaved ikat. We had to pay a compulsory donation at each village we visited which goes towards the upkeep. After our village tour we carried on to a really cool hot spring. We reached a point where a very hot river flowing from the volcano met a cold river flowing from the mountain. Thus creating a giant bath in the river! We met another Indonesian guy who was showing a turk around and had a good laugh with them in the river. Our journey back was great, winding up the mountain side and cruising along the relatively decent roads. We had a great day, Milky was a good laugh and riding on the back of the bike made the day more than just sight seeing. 
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