Padangbai and Sakenan Temple
22.02.2008 24 °C
Today is our beach day and relaxation before the trip to the neighboring island to visit the town of Lombok. The Beaches in Bali are one of the main attractions. A few we're planning on visiting which all travellers would note on being some of the top 3 would be Kuta which is know for the younger crowd who love to party (1), Sanur which is known as a family beach, and Nusa Dua beach which is known for its large resorts and beautiful beaches (2).
Nusa Dua Beach
I got my towel, sunscreen and smut mag. I also picked up here at the beach, a fantastic handmade traditional Balineses Batik Sarong, The technique used to make the design and look of Batik is over millions of years old originating in Egypt. It involves using wax resistance dying technique then melting or heating the wax off and repeating till the desired look is achieved. Some of the finest Batik cloth comes right from this region. All my girlfriends are going to love these, we are planning to go to central america this summer so I think I'll bring some back!
I also have my smut magazine and a stash of the local wine called Hatten The wine is made locally with grapes from northern Bali. It costs about Rp100,000 - Rp160,000 in restaurants and a tad less in the store. The Balinese have been enjoying the local brand of Arak, Brem and Tuak as long as anyone can remember. Tuak is made from the juice of the coconut palm flower, Brem from black rice and coconut milk and Arak is like a spirit made from either of the first two. This is usually served on the "rocks", called an "Arak Attack" for us tourist or locally called "Arak Madu" - it has Arak, lemon or orange juice and honey - very nice!!! They say there is no hang over...we'll see. It has an excellent glow to it, which I will share later on this evening.
We hit the town of Padangbai which is a "beach" town on the eastern coast of Bali. This pace is known for its beaches - white sand and black!!! The sand thing is just weirding me out, I am in love with it. I want to bottle up truck loads, well okay who am I kidding, so far I want to bottle up everything! But check out the views. This is what Bali is also know for - beaches and temples!! And let me say, there is a lot of both. This town also serves as the Port to Lombok, convenient, I think so!! This is a lovely town, with friendly locals and a great quieter atmosphere then the party town of Kuta on the east coast.
Hint to traveller, there is a beach just to the north of the port called Blue Lagoon and the especially nice "Secret Beach" just to the south of town. There are many clustered beaches here with small family owned restauants called Warungs they served us a cheap hot meal and gave us Arak Attacks, pretty tasty I must say. The family served us traditional Balinese food, one dish called Babi Guling which is made from the crispy skin and pieces of grilled suckling pig and Sate Lilit which is made from minced prawns and fish. A lot of dishes contain coconut and its by-products, but when in Rome do as the Romans. it actually tasted really good, maybe the Arak helped maybe not, I just know late lunch was fantastic- along with the company we kept!
After a late lunch and trying to communicate as much as possible, other then the minor verses we have learned over the past few weeks, our new found friends invited us for a cruise along to this little island to see....guess?!!? Yes, another temple.
We got to travel in one of those little flat wooden bottomed boats sometimes with a canopy over top called a Sampan used for river transport through the centuries and even as homes, but only on inland waters. It was a really neat experience, the temple was just the topping on the cake. This day hasn't turned out better, now for a party before our last day in this magnificent country! Arak attacks for all.