Bali Travelogue 3: Amed and Sunrise at Mount Batur

After checking out of Club Med Bali, we made our way from Nusa Dua, the southern tip of Bali to Amed, a coastal region east of Bali which is a haunt for divers. It was a three-hour drive, where we passed by Candi Dasa, another coastal strip, several villages and many rice terraces. The picture below was adapted from Thinglink.com.

We finally made it to Amed after a butt-numbing ride and stayed at Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows, which was awarded Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 and 2015. The owners, Liselotte and David, also own Adventure Divers Bali, a fully licensed and accredited dive center based at the bungalows. 

The fan-cooled bungalows with attached bathrooms are located in a lush tropical garden with a choice of double or twin beds. Breakfast is included and free Wifi service is available in communal areas. During high season, between 15 June and 30 September, as well as 20 December to 5 January, it costs USD$30 per night. For the rest of the year, it costs only USD$25!

We were offered a welcome drink while friendly Nyoman, a staff at Geria Giri Shanti, introduced Amed to us and recommended several restaurants to us, which we patronised during our stay.

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Swiss Travelogue 1: Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe

Blogging from the high grounds of Zermatt while waiting for the check in counter to be opened. I’m going to stay at the youth hostel and their reception counter closes from 10am to 4pm! Also it’s a rather long and steep climb from the main street. I’m really crossing my fingers and hoping that the rooms and stay will be enjoyable.

So while waiting, I’m making use of the free wi-fi to blog and of course, enjoying the fresh mountain air. So far the highlight of my trip has to be the visit to Jungfraujoch also known as the top of Europe. It’s freezing cold up there but totally worth it. Stunning views, blue blue skies and snow capped peaks had me taking out my camera and iPhone and snapping pictures continuously.

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Other than the mountain views, there are many areas that you can also visit. One that you can’t miss is the ice tunnel where everything is made of ice: the floor, ceiling, sculptures, chairs. My fingers and toes were numb and towards the end of the tunnel I was rushing (ok maybe more like sliding) through so that I could enter the main station again.

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Beautiful beautiful place! So gorgeous! I will be heading to Matterhorn tomorrow and I hope that it will be just as nice.