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From Java to Bali to Ubud

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The ferry from Java to Bali


I was butt. Luckily I got a mini stool in the hall and I set out to try to enjoy the exterior and human landscape for a good while. I had to pay and gave him 20,000 rupees but the guy told me that there were 10 left and I gave them to him. It was my welcome to Bali: the most expensive island in all of Indonesia.

When you enter Bali from Sumatra and Java first of all note that the island is much less populated than the previous ones. That facilitates the extensive rice plantation and the villages are much friendlier in sight with multiple Hindu decorations on their doors and small temples around. On the other hand, Bali is much more expensive than its other neighboring islands. I imagine that tourism has taken a toll and prices increase considerably in terms of food, accommodation and transportation.

We crossed the west coast of Bali on the bus and I could see beautiful rice terraces covered with water. Unfortunately, I was in the bus aisle and could not take pictures. I also saw some beautiful cove and it made me want to get off the bus immediately. However, I went on and after some incident - for some reason the bus stopped on a couple of slopes and it was difficult to start - we arrived at a bus station Denpasar. My intention was to get to Ubud that same day and I started asking about bemos to go there. From the faces they made I imagined that I was not in the correct terminal. To avoid headaches I bargained with a taxi driver and finally took me to Ubud for 100,000 rupees. I still had a hard time assimilating that I was on a tourist and expensive island.

We arrive in Ubud in just over half an hour and I was shocked to find such a developed place and for tourism. I thought that Ubud was still far from the impact of Kuta and other tourist areas of Bali but I was wrong.

The room at Mandia Bungalows

On the recommendation of a German traveler I went to Mandia Bungalows. Despite being on the list of accommodation of the Lonely Planet I found it empty. The rooms are beautiful and spacious, with a small balcony at the entrance. The original price was Rs 200,000 but I managed to lower it to 150,000 for three nights.

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