Singapore Airlines First Class Houston to Moscow
International Business Lounge Moscow
Singapore Airlines First Class Moscow to Singapore
Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Bali
W Retreat Bali Seminyak
Singapore Airlines Business Class Bali to Singapore
The Singapore Airlines Private Room Singapore
Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Frankfurt
InterContinental Berchtesgaden & Surrounding Areas
Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Frankfurt to Washington Dulles
Westin Washington Dulles Airport
Since we had a car and driver for a day included in our room rate, we just had to hire a guide, which the hotel set up for us for $35USD for the entire day. Even though Bali isn’t that huge it can take hours to drive to the North coast due to traffic, so we planned a trip with five stops that would take us about eight hours.
We first stopped at a couple of “art exhibits” (aka “don’t you want to buy this beautiful Balinese painting?”).
We then went to the agriculture area where luwak coffee is made. Luwaks are cute little animals that eat coffee beans, and once the coffee beans come out the other end they’re among the most expensive out there, for reasons I can’t understand.
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Due to the hype I of course had to try a cup of Luwak coffee for $5, and it tasted like… crap.
Fortunately there was also some regular coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, to get the taste out of my mouth. Oddly enough it was free.
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
Next we drove all the way to the North of Bali, which features great views of the coast and volcanoes. Obviously the landscape here is completely different than where all the resorts are in the South.
This is also the area where we had lunch, at Kintamani Restaurant. It was evident that the restaurant was almost exclusively for tourists and their tour guides, though I do have to say the food was excellent and only about $10USD per person.
The next stop was the rice plantations.
And the last stop was the Ubud Monkey Forest. I love monkeys. They’re absolutely adorable…
… and evil.
Next time I’m in Bali I’d love to actually stay in Ubud, because Bali seems to have a lot of charm beyond the South.