- Enjoy a multifarious tour of Singaraja.
- Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Brahma Vihara Arama monastery.
- Relax at the sulphurous and holy springs of Banjar.
- Set your own pace and freely manage your time.
- Private car with an experienced and very caring driver.
- Lunch is not included: eat according to your desires!
Escape with Gede, your private driver, and discover the north of Bali, between cultural marvels and local life.
He will pick you up at your accommodation at 9:30 a.m. with his comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to drive you along the different steps of your day trip (each are distant from each other by a 5 to 40 minutes drive). You can count on his indulgent driving and his perfect knowledge of the north of the island to drive you along roads passing by beautiful landscapes.
You will start your day trip with the local market of Singaraja, which provides an authentic vision of the Balinese daily life. You will then reach the splendid and pretty colourful Chinese temple of Ling Gwan Kiong and Singaraja’s seafront where you will have a chance – if you desire – to get something to eat or drink at the various restaurants built on stilts. Afterwards, you will visit the picturesque Anturan fishermen village on the way to Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist monastery, the biggest in Bali. Finally, you will enjoy a relaxing moment at the Banjar holy springs, very appreciated by both the Balinese and travellers.
You will be back at your accommodation late in the afternoon or early in the evening depending on its location, the traffic conditions and the time spent on each step of the tour.
(Indonesian way to say Hello)
“My name is Gede and I'll be
your driver on this tour.”
Gede lives in his native village in Northern Bali. He spent several years working on American ferries discovering numerous different landscapes and cultures despite an exhausting work environment.
Yearning to be closer to his loved-ones, he returned to live in Bali with an idea in mind: to help others discover the beauty and authenticity of his region, while improving his family’s daily quality of life.
Polite and enthusiastic, Gede will make your day an unforgettable one.
Vehicle and on-board services: Toyota Avanza or Innova with air conditioning, fresh water bottles, fresh towels and sarongs for the visits.
Ling Gwan Kiong
Another belief and distinct rituals.
Ling Gwan Kiong temple was founded in 1873, and contrasts with the Balinese temples architecture with its colours and atmosphere. It is part of the few temples founded by the Chinese community living in Bali.
You will be charmed and disoriented by the beauty if this place which consists in beautiful golden statues of Buddha, splendid handmade paintings covering the gates and the walls as well as the turtles, strolling there in partial captivity.
Recommended visit duration: 20 to 30 minutes.
Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery
A mini Javanese Borobudur in Bali!
This Buddhist monastery, the biggest in Bali, was erected in 1970 and monks are still residing there. It is built on a hill and surrounded by sumptuous gardens.
You will follow the stairs to visit the different levels and end up reaching the last temple, which architecture is widely inspired from the design of the famous Borobudur on the neighbouring island of Java. It is worth the effort as you will be rewarded by the beauty of the place, the serenity surrounding it and the magnificent sight it offers overlooking the Bali sea.
Recommended visit duration: 45 minutes.
Banjar Hot Springs
Hot and sulphurous waters.
These holy springs are formed by three ponds of distinct depths, nestled in the middle of a lush garden. They allow everyone to enjoy its naturally hot and slightly sulphurous water (giving it its greenish colour).
You will undoubtedly enjoy this site frequented by both the Balinese and travellers and where everything is already planned for you to have a nice time: outside showers, changing rooms, toilets, lockers and restaurant.
Recommended visit duration: 90 minutes.
Seafront of Singaraja
Relaxing interlude facing the sea.
On the waterfront, facing the former Dutch warehouses, stands the Yudha Mandala Tama monument which represents a man brandishing the Indonesian flag and pointing at the horizon. It was erected in memory of a combatant of liberty, killed under the firing of a Dutch warship at the beginning of the struggle for independence.
Only a few meters away you will find some warungs (small Balinese restaurants) built on stilts and especially photogenic. Some offer real bargain rates while other slightly higher rates. The place is perfect to have a break in a charming and atypical setting.
Recommended visit duration: 60 to 90 minutes.
Authentic glimpse of Balinese local life.
Singaraja is the second largest city of Bali. The local market deserves to be visited for its authenticity. You will not find any products intended for tourists since the city is hardly on the travellers’ route. It is then a wonderful open window into the daily life of the Balinese.
You will mingle with the locals and stroll around this maze of stalls where, each morning, thousands of Balinese commute to get their supplies in fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and so on. It is also possible to find flowers and everything needed to make offerings. Don’t miss the chance to bring back home typical souvenirs!
Recommended visit duration: 60 minutes.