ESCAPADE IN SIGHT

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Com­bine a marathon with sight­see­ing when you travel to these des­ti­na­tions.

BALI

The mys­ti­cal is­land of Bali is a trea­sure trove of fas­ci­nat­ing folk­lore, cul­tural de­lights, great food and warm hos­pi­tal­ity. The an­nual Bali Marathon takes place in the district of Gian­yar, where the fa­mous Ubud town is lo­cated. April to Septem­ber marks the dry sea­son with cooler tem­per­a­tures, so it’s a pleas­ant time to visit (and run!).

Cam­puhan Ridge Walk

Slap on your sun­screen and take a hike from the bridge at Wos Riverto the grassy path up Bukit Cam­puhan fora peace­ful es­cape from the lively Ubud town – oryou could rent a bike forabout Rp20,000 (ap­prox. RM6) and go in search of this hik­ing trail. Ex­plore in the morn­ing when the air is crisp – and when there’s less tourists to bump into!

Pon­dok Pekak Li­brary & Learn­ing Cen­tre

Across the field from Mon­key For­est Road, Pon­dok Pekak (www. pon­dokpekak­li­brary.com) of­fers In­done­sian lan­guage classes, Ba­li­nese dance lessons and sil­ver jew­ellery­mak­ing work­shops among oth­ers. Fees range from Rp100,000 to Rp280,000 (ap­prox. RM30 to RM85) per per­son. If you’re look­ing to just re­lax with a good read, rent a book and head up to the rooftop ter­race which pro­vides a lovely read­ing sanc­tu­ary.

The an­cient prac­tice is a big part of Ba­li­nese life­style and what bet­ter­way to pre­pare your­self for the big race than to in­dulge your body, mind and spirit. The Yoga Barn and Ra­di­antly Alive (www.theyo­gabarn.com, www.ra­di­antlyalive.com) are two well-known cen­tres in Ubud; classes and work­shops are of­fered from be­gin­ner­level up to ad­vance with train­ing for as­pir­ing yogi teach­ers as well. Ales­son starts from Rp140,000 (ap­prox. RM42).

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