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Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

1. Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel then heads into the Eastern Bali, also known as ’New Bali’, one of the island’s most remote and exotic areas boasting scenic mountains and ancient temples. Some of the island’s most magnificent historical landmarks call Eastern Bali their home, including well-kept royal palaces and beautiful water gardens. The first stop of the day is the stunning Taman Ujung Water Palace, which has undergone extensive renovations since the eruption of the nearby Mount Agung nearly destroyed it in 1963. At the palace, explore the complex of pools and historic structures set against a stunning backdrop of the shoreline. Afterwards, follow the shoreline and marvel at the traditional salt panners who work here in the hot sun to retrieve some of the tastiest sea salt in the world. Then, visit Kusamba where you can learn about the salt panning process and join a local farmer at work. Following your salting experience, visit Sidemen Village, which has been compared to the popular destination of Ubud. The village straddles one of the many agricultural valleys that form the ramp up to the imposing peak of the volcanic Gunung Agung with panoramic rice terraces, farmlands and the quaint villages nestled in hills and valleys. At the village there’s also time to visit Monkey Bar and swim over a lush jungle of Dawan.

Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour

2. Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour

Your local host has spent years dishing out authentic Indonesian cuisine in the best Indonesian restaurant in Tokyo, but then decided to return to their roots in beautiful, rural Sidemen in East Bali to teach travellers from all over the world the beauty of this cuisine through organic ingredients and age-old recipes. Following pick-up from your hotel, you will visit Klungkung Market, the second biggest market in Bali where you will experience local Balinese shopping. Trek through Sidemen's rice paddies with amazing views and hand pick your own vegetables from the organic farm before you start your cooking class. There will be no use of electricity and gas, which all adds to the incredible experience. You will also have a chance to swim in the river afterwards! Learn about the Balinese way of life and culture, and learn how to get maximum flavour and a large variety of dishes from very few but very fresh ingredients. Recipes will also be provided to let you bring these incredible flavours back home. Vegetarian option: • Jukut ares (banana stalk soup) • Plecing kankung (green leaves with spicy sauce) • Gado gado (vegetables with peanut sauce) • Perkedel jagung (corn fritter) • Tempe/tahu cury (tempeh and tofu coconut curry) • Sambal tomat (spicy tomato sauce) • Sambal nyuh (coconut spice) • Bubur injin (black rice pudding) Non-vegetarian option: • Jukut nangka (pork and jackfruit soup) • Jukut urab (vegetables with grated coconut) • Tempe manis (tempeh with sweet sauce) • Pepes ikan (spiced fish in banana leaf) or sate ikan (minced fish sate) • Gule ayam (coconut chicken curry) • Sambal tomat (spicy tomato sauce) • Sambal matah (raw spicy sauce with shallots, chilies and lemongrass) • Bubur injin (black rice pudding)

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

An impressive tour, one of the best we have ever been to!

An impressive tour, one of the best we have ever been to! We managed to completely immerse ourselves in the Balinese cuisine , where everything is done manually , and also to discover new tastes and aromas. First, we managed to visit the local market, where the guide (the chef) told us a lot of interesting things about spices, vegetables and fruits. Then we managed to discover where the Balinese people get their food, yeah! We got to the real field surrounded mountains, where in traditional cone-shaped hats we picked up some ingredients:) Was very interesting to find out how Balinese people skillfully use all the gifts that nature gave them! Next, we were lucky to cook in an atmospheric Balinese kitchen in the mountains, under the guidance of an outgoing, cheerful, and friendly chef! We finished everything with a meal in nature, that we have made together ! Thank you a lot!!!:)

I can warmly recommend this cooking class to everyone. The visit to the huge market in advance, was also very impressive. The whole team, from the chauffeur to the cooks and cooks, they were all very warm and wonderfully supported us. At the end we had a delicious buffet for feasting, many nice experiences and of course the recipes to take home.

Loved it, my guide was great with helping me get great views and pics. There's so much value in having a local guide.