Padangbai + Moped Touring
Trip Start Feb 22, 2009
8Trip End Mar 06, 2009
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Our first bit of bad luck. Up at 5.45am and ready for 6am pick-up. No bus. Made a call at 6.30. Bus delayed. 7.30, no bus. Another call, bus had broken down, not possible to go today! Not all bad as we got our 'Rupiah' back and got a taxi to Padangbai, a small settlement towards the east coast. Far nicer, cheaper, and cleaner than Kuta. We arrived mid-morning, checked into a guesthouse and headed straight to white sand beach, not a bad place to spend a day. After dinner an early night for an early start.
Up at a reasonable time for breakfast and picked up a moped to play with for a couple of days
Up early for breakfast and a 1 ½ hour ride to another Balinese temple - Pura Besakih. This is Bali's 'mother temple', comprising 35 separate, but related religious structures. It is located 1000m above sea level on the slopes of Gunung Agung, Bali's larges volcano at 3142m. Unfortunately we arrived too late and clouds we blocking the peak from view. (We got a good view from the ferry leaving Bali en route to the Gili's - see pics). We hired a guide to take us around for an hour which was interesting, we found that today was a festival and high priests from all over the island were present. There was also a government meeting held in one of the temples which we were able to view taking place. After the ride back to Padangbai we headed straight to Whitesand beach for and afternoon in the sun.