21.07.2012 - 31.08.2012
Senggigi is a small beach town on the East coast of Lombok a few hours down from the Gili Isles. We ‘splashed out’ and found a cute room with much needed hot water as we were pretty disgusting after our Rinjani trek. We didn’t really do much here, we were just wanting to recover. A few days later we caught the slow boat back over to Bali and headed over to Sanur again where we would get the boat over to a Balinese island called Nusa Lembongan. I was really excited about going to this island as the Lonely Planet had described it as ‘the Bali many imagine but never find’. We arrived in the late morning and left the next morning. Needless to say we did not like this island. I guess if you are a diver or surfer it would be cool but as we do neither we were left walking around the very touristy smelly island (Nusa Lembongan has many seaweed farms and they dry the seaweed out on the side of the paths).
Our next stop was the cultural and arty Ubud. We instantly adored this town, although there were many tourists the place is still cute, quaint and in keeping with the surroundings. Although there are many shops selling junk there are so many cool bohemian shops selling traditional arts, clothes and jewellery. We visited the Monkey sanctuary, went on a bike ride tour that took us from the crater rim of Mt Batur through small villages and rice paddies and experienced a the celebration parade before the cremation of a Royal family member.
After 4 days in Ubud we decided to move onto Kuta, the most touristy part of Bali for a couple of days until our flight to Sumatra. Kuta is a massive holiday destination and as we were in the peak season the place was heaving with tourists, but we expected this so were not shocked. We mostly went to the beach to watch surfers and generally chilled out.