ROADTRIP TO THE NORTH
I have always had this dream of driving through Bali into the midst of the jungle with a Jeep just getting lost. When New Years came around and the island was filling up with travellers it seemed to be the perfect time to escape all the glitz and glam of the celebrations and drive off far away from people.
3 Day Roadtrip up to the north with no destination!
We rented a Jeep from BaliJeep, the Black Betty, perfect for the current rainy season in Bali. The Jeep arrived on the 31st December and we were ready to go up north towards Lake Bunyan.
Driving a heavy Jeep for the first time was quite an adjustment especially driving out of the hustle and bustle of Canggu around midday. It took a little time to get used to it but after getting on more empty streets it was very much just fun from here on onwards. We drove towards Mengwi and up to Bedugul. It always amazes me how the climate and flora changes within just kilometres. One minute you are in the midst of the steamy beach climate and within an hour in the lush green ricepaddies and the jungle. As we got to Bedugul the much awaited rain came down. To our surprise, the wipers stopped working which inevitably ended up with me hanging out of the window manually wiping our windshield. Luckily it was merely a drizzle but still a refreshing little shower for me.
It took us around 2,5hours to get up to Lake Bunyan where you can enjoy the majestic view up on 2200metres.
For the night we stayed at the Munduk Moding Plantation, a Nature Resort nestled up in the mountains with grand views of the North and the ocean which we occasionally could catch a glimpse of because mainly we were in the middle of clouds – which I personally find pretty awesome. The Resort itself is surrounded by their own coffee plantation where you can also do a tour of the premise. Starting the new year, we could see in the distance down below the fireworks of Lovina (which is a 45minutes drive from Munduk). In the morning we were greeted by luscious views of the jungle and morning coffees from the resorts plantation. The staff of the resort as been exceptional, especially Edi who looked after us during our stay. Overall, the perfect start into 2017!
On our second day we drove towards Ubud. We encountered a road block in the midst of no where and had to take a steep and windy little road through the jungle where we surprisingly got stuck in a traffic jam due to a broken down truck. We heard the men pushing the truck out of the road so we all could pass after about an hour and we were back on our way.
Ubud is always a magical relaxing hub of Bali with a variety of restaurants and resorts to wind down. We went to KE-PI-TU , the restaurant in The Kanoya resort. The Kanoya resort is nestled around a natural waterfall where you can lunch next to it. (the restaurant by the waterfall is closed during dinner time). Made, the Marketing Manager has been very kind and took us on a tour around the resort where their villas are all located by the passing river. The traditional Indonesian food at KE-PI-TU was amazing and I can definitely recommend it for a lovely evening spot.
We stayed at the Aria Villas in the heart of Ubud where we opted for a Villa with immediate rainforest views. Since we booked very last minute we got a great deal and including extras. Sometimes it really pans out not planning everything too far ahead as hotels and resorts can give you special on the day deals, especially if you call them and ask for it! We saved in both resorts a big chunk!
On our last day we drove towards the west coast and explored the beaches around Tabanan – Nyanyi Beach and Seseh. We tried to find an empty beach where we could take Betty out for a spin but unfortunately they are further up northwest. We are saving them for a next trip.
It is not about the destination, it is about the journey. That is what I have always loved about roadtrips. You get to see the landscape, you can stop anywhere you like. We had an amazing time exploring the island on our little adventure. Travels are for the soul and once in a while, shutting off, getting away from what we think is important makes us realize again that the truly magical moments in life, such as the beauty of cotton candy sunsets and the stunning million voices of the jungle, are free.