Medicine to moun­tains

Es­cape read­ers share ideas on how best to en­joy the Indonesian play­ground of Bali

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - READERS’ GUIDE BALI -

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Jamu classes, Ubud A Jamu class teaches you to make tonic drinks, body scrubs, body oils and masks. Lilir and Westi will also share their knowl­edge of tra­di­tional medicines used to treat a wide range of ail­ments – all made from nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. I learn some­thing new ev­ery time. See bal­i­herbal­walk.com -Julie Be­dugul No visit to Bali is com­plete with­out a day trip up the moun­tains to Be­dugul. Visit Lake Bratan, Mun­duk Wa­ter­fall, the but­ter­fly park and cof­fee plan­ta­tion. Clouds float through the pavilion res­tau­rant, a great place for lunch with fan­tas­tic views. - Mark Pad­dle Mt Batur Pad­dle across the lake in the crater of the ac­tive Mt Batur vol­cano. The wooden ca­noes (no life­jack­ets) will take you to the vil­lage of Trun­yan, where the lo­cal peo­ple are very dif­fer­ent from tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese. A speed­boat can also drop you at the vil­lage but it’s not nearly as much fun. - Ash­ley

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Wayan Home­s­tay, Ta­man Vil­lage Stay in a fan­tas­tic one-bed­room home­s­tay in a fam­ily com­pound in Ta­man Vil­lage, about 15 min­utes’ drive from Ubud. Rooms cost about $24 a night, in­clud­ing break­fast. Beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion with a queen bed, crisp white linen, Western bath­room and com­plete pri­vacy. Wayan’s wife is a fan­tas­tic cook and will make you break­fast each morn­ing. Their two boys will take you for guided walks around the rice fields and lo­cal vil­lage for a few ru­piah. The villa in­cludes free use of bikes to cy­cle around the lo­cal streets and very rea­son­able trans­fer fee into Ubud cen­tral and back if you want to go shop­ping or dine out dur­ing your stay. See trav­e­labout­bali.com - Mark

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