Our travel to Munduk was an ‘invigorating’ experience – with 70 km/h speed we could literally feel in our hair. And Munduk turned out to be as beautiful as we were imagining… small village in picturesque setting of lush woods, rice paddies and friendly local people. We enjoyed every moment spent there.After breakfast and a chat with French women running the Ray Beach Inn we decided to catch a bemo (public mini bus) to Munduk – a small village in picturesque setting of lush woods, rice paddies in central part of Bali. We managed to catch a bemo from Lovina to Seririt for 10,000 IDR each. Before it happend at least 4 people asked us where we’re going and offering to give as a lift for 250,000 IDR which is a way too much but they were insisting that we will not be able to get to Munduk for less than that. It turned out that they are wrong!
We were still in bemo about to get out to catch another bemo to our final destination, when 3 guys poked their heads into the vehicle offering to give us a lift. We managed to bargain price down for motorbike ride from Seririt to Munduk to 25,000 IDR each. The motorbike ride with 10 kg backpack hanging on our backs almost outside of motorbikes turned out to be quite a challenge. It took around 30 minutes to get there, we were tightly holding to the back handle of our motorbikes driven at 70 km/h without helmets….those were only worn by drivers of our motorbikes. It felt like we were clinging on for our dear lives! We arrived a bit ‘traumatised’ to Puri Alam Bali Hotel and were very happy with our large room with balcony and gorgeous views of lush forests and rice paddies…not bad for $25 US. Lady in the reception gave us a hand drawn map of walks around Munduk. After relaxation time following our intense bike ride we set off for a walk in the direction of “Giant tree”. We stopped in the small shop where we bought the best banana ice cream ever – with big chunks of bananas….yummy! The path took us through the village set right on the edge of tropical forest, rice fields, streams and small waterfall. Road is very steep and narrow and motorbikes are passing by quite often which gets a bit annoying, but people we met along the way are very nice and views and nature sounds around us are amazing! At some point we asked for directions to the “Giant tree” and a whole family was trying to give us advice looking at our hand drawn map from the hotel. They seemed to be puzzled and talked for while between themselves. It was very kind of them, they just all seemed very relaxed and as if they had plenty of time to spare. It must be the Balinese way of living in slow and stress free way… Finally they advised us to turn back and try tomorrow again as they were worried about us walking in darkness. We had a torch with us but decided to listen to the advice of locals and turned back. We stopped on the way back in an open air restaurant Monda Made Oka Warung Homestay near our hotel for very enjoyable meal. We had a delicious chicken dish wrapped in banana leaf, and spinach and tomato juice. All for just 80,500 IDR (about US$7 for two main courses with two drinks).
Straight after meal we headed back to the hotel for an early night to recover from our bike ride and walking from the previous day.