ESCAPADE IN SIGHT
Combine a marathon with sightseeing when you travel to these destinations.
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).