This morning, you will be met in the hotel lobby by a local private guide for a full day exploration of rural Bali, including lunch.
Your transport for today’s trip will be a classic VW 181 convertible, an off-road vehicle originally manufactured by Volkswagen for the West German Army in the late 1960s. This colorful jeep accommodates two adults comfortably and offers a fun alternative to a more conventional mode of transport. Today you will have the great opportunity to meet and interact with Balinese people and experience how families live and work together in their natural daily environment. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as you pass scenic vistas and interesting villages en route to Subak Guliang, a traditional farming village and compound in the center of the island. The local houses in the village compounds are architecturally unique when compared with other regions of Indonesia: based on the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition of house building, the method is not dissimilar to the ancient art of Feng Shui.
Begin your exploration by preparing breakfast in the Balinese compound. Seasonal tropical fruits will be served as well as soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea and Balinese cookies. Invigorated by your fresh breakfast, the rest of your time here will be dedicated to exploring the local area – take a stroll through local farms, walk to the nearby school and interact with its friendly students, witness the rural life of the Balinese people or learn more about the complexities of rice growing – from planting and harvesting, to the best methods of cooking. See the simple, but effective irrigation system known locally as Subak or just sit back and take it all in while enjoying fresh coconut water, one of nature’s most delicious drinks. Lunch will be served right in the middle of the rice field with the soft background of traditional Rindik music played on bamboo instruments.
Next visit Pura Kehan, an 11th century temple complex near the town of Bangli that is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful on the island.
Thirty-eight steps lead to the Kori Agung (stone capped gateway) and an attractive courtyard that is guarded by a mythical dragon. Legend has it that inside the dragon there is a magic stone that glowed red when the location of the temple was finally decided many hundreds of years ago.
Following your day of exploring, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Capella Ubud Meals: Breakfast / Lunch