Bali to Luang Prabang
Indonesia - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos
May 9 - 24, 2021
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
Enjoy rich cultural exchange in Bali, learning traditional dance, batik-making and gamelan-playing
Cruise around Komodo Island on your own private schooner
Fly over Mount Batur in a private helicopter
Experience a private dining and snorkeling boat charter adventure to explore the Bali’s reefs
This 13-day luxury Indonesian adventure is replete with unforgettable experiences. With time spent in Bali and Java and a private cruise around Komodo and Rinca Islands, your days are packed with one amazing activity after another, from hiking volcanoes to diving coral reefs to horse-riding along the beach at sunset. Exploring off the beaten path, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn about Indonesian history and culture through the eyes of the locals, with school trips, museum visits and traditional performances, all part of the package.
Upon arrival in Denpasar Airport, take a line at immigration counter to get a Visa on Arrival and Entry stamp. Take a walk to the luggage belt to retrieve your luggage. Afterwards, go to the main exit gate to meet your guide who bring a signboard with your name written on it. He will then transfer you to your hotel in Ubud area, it takes about 1,5 drive. Process your check-in and the rest day is free day at your leisure. Stay overnight in Bali tonight.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, your tour guide will be ready to pick you up around 8.30am in the lobby and it's only a 20-minute drive to your first activity of the day - white water rafting. The Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push off from the riverbanks. On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests you will see Hindu shrines brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Discover hidden waterfalls, swim in the pristine water and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Ayung River valley, then take on the challeng of exciting class II and III rapids! A refreshments buffet is your reward at the finish point, to replenish your energy.
After lunch, you'll visit the forestand meet the local primate inhabitants. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a 27-acre space of cool and dense jungle in the Padangtegal area of Ubud. The local residents view Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, and educational center for the village. The mysterious temple complex embedded in the jungle is home to a tribe of grey-haired long-tailed macaque monkeys and a ‘must-see’ stop on the village tour. Once you've finished in the forest, you last stop will be the handicrafts and trinkets of Ubud's bustling market.
This morning makes for an early simple breakfast before you meet your guide at 7am for a 45-minute drive to the peaceful village of Sebatu Village. On the way, you'll make a short stop in Tegalalang Village, known for its beautiful rice terraces, tropical rainforest and as a home to Balinese artists. Start your walk through rice paddies to learn how rice is grown, cultivated and harvested, and meet farmers ploughing and planting. They will be happy to invite you to join them. Pause to visit local artist’s workshop, where you can join and practice the art of wood carving or local painting styles.
Your walking tour ends at Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple for a blessing ceremony. You will be led by a Hindu Priest to perform a purification ceremony by presenting an offering on the Shrine located in the holy water.
After presenting the offering, the priest will lead you to take a bath in the Holy Spring Water Plunge Pool. The Balinese believe that the holy water purifies the body and soul. While you are bathing, your body shows energy of spirit splashing from the fountain and flowing down to the pool, creating different colors for different people. From the result of the water color, the priest will be able to read your energy of life and give you advice.
Meet your guide at the airport and take a short drive to the harbor. On the way visit I-Dive Shop, where you'll be fitted for your dive equipment.
Next, you'll embark on your Phinisi for boat orientation and cruise to Kalong Island. A late lunch will be served on the way. You'll anchor in Kalong Island or literary in English Bat Island, an island home to thousand bats. While waiting to enjoy sunset, you'll witness thousands of bats flying out of the island. The boat will moor up and you'll enjoy a leisurely dinner.
After breakfast, you'll visit the ranger’s station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for an encounter with the famed Komodo dragons and wildlife of Rinca, in the company of experienced rangers. Aside from the formidable dragons, you are likely to encounter buffalo, deer and wild horses. From the top of the Rinca hills, the scenery is spectacular. Returning to the yacht for lunch, you'll then set sail for Padar island. A deserted island with great views, here you can enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, or simply strolling along the beach. In the meanwhile, enjoy drinks and nibbles on the beach at sunset, and the boat will anchor here for the night.
After breakfast, the vessel will navigate to Karang Makassar, known as Manta Point, for an chance to encounter manta rays, snapper and turtles in amongst the pristine reef.
Later in the afternoon, you'll sail onwards to the uninhabited island of Gili Lawa Darat, where you can trek to reach a breathtaking panorama of the entire island.
Arise early this morning for a day of snorkeling and sailing around the island of Gili Lawa Darat. Take one last opportunity to swim in he crystal seas around your own isolated isle before the schooner heads back to Labuan Bajo. Then, you'll catch a flight to your next destination, Borobudur.
Upon arrival in Yogyakarta Airport, you'll meet your tour guide for vehicle assignment and depart for your hotel Borobudur area, the prestigious Amanjiwo, around an hour and a half away. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Wake early to witness the sunrise from the world-famous Borobudur temple (your tour guide will be ready to meet you at 4.30am). Without a doubt this is the best time of the day to explore this massive Buddhist temple, the largest in the world, and discover its magic. It was the Shailendra dynasty that embraced Mahayana Buddhism in the early 9th century and the temple took almost 100 years to be completed. Based on an ancient text, the complex was supposedly inaugurated in 824 AD. Borobudur is a massive pyramid that rises up from the green plains like the neighboring volcanoes. From its 150,000-square-foot base, you have to climb up six tiers to the top. The top level is dotted with 72 small, latticework stupas, each with a statue of Buddha inside, visible through the grates. Your knowledgeable tour guide will explain the story behind the landmark as you ascend.
Head back to your hotel to freshen up around 7am (and catch a quick nap!) before your next activity and pick-up at 10am. You'll head to Candirejo Village, a traditional Javanese village where you can learn about Javanese culture and daily life, including farming, art performances and local food. You'll take an traditional andong (horse and carriage) around the village.
After breakfast, continue your journey with an historical tour at Yogyakarta, which includes visits to the Sultan Palace and Taman Sari.
Sultan Palace was built between 1756 and 1790, and is a splendid example of traditional Javanese court architecture. Conceived not only as the royal residence, but built as the focal point of the entire kingdom. The Keraton is also constructed as a miniature model of Javanese-Hindu Kingdom.
Taman Sari, also known as the Water Castle, was built in 1758 as an elaborate retreat with a two-story mansion built on an elevated mound arising out of an artificial lake. Another impressive feature is the underwater tunnel, sunken bathing pools, meditation chambers and 18 lavish tropical gardens.
Today, you'll leave Yogyakarta for Ngurah Rai International Airport, where your guide will meet you at the arrival pick up gate. Then, you will be escorted to your hotel, the Amankila. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Meet your tour guide in the hotel at 8am for 1.5-hour drive to Iseh Village, where you'll hop on a bike. Explore the colorful landscape of eastern Bali, which includes great volcanic valleys, rice terraces and lush tropical rainforest. Occasionally, you can view the ocean and Agung Mountain. Your first stop will be a Sibetan village, where snakeskin fruit grows and you can join the farmer to pick and taste this plant. The Sibetan village is also known for its rice wine production.
Next, you'll head to Prasi Beach, located on a secluded coast between two hills and two villages, Prasi and Bugbug. Unlike other beaches in the east of Bali, Prasi Beach offers white sands stretching along the bay and great swimming spots.
This morning, wake early for a tranquil sunrise experience and a visit to Lempuyang Temple. You'll leave the hotel at 4.30am and then it's an hour's drive to the temple. The Lempuyang Temple is known to the Balinese as a place of “spiritual power”. The meaning behind Lempuyang comes from “Lempu” meaning the light, and “Yang,” which comes from the name of Almighty God Sang Hyang Widi. The Lempuyang Temple sits at the summit of Mount Lempuyang, around 1,745 meters above sea level and surrounded by lush valley landscapes. This area is also home to thousands of grey macaques.
Next, you'll head to Taman Ujung Complex, which has a combination of Balinese and European architecture and three large ponds connected by long elegant bridges and pathways. The enduring architecture and superb mountain backdrop to the north, and sea to its southwest, make it a favorite location for wedding photos.
Finally, you'll head to Tirta Gangga, which translates to mean "Water from the Ganges," and is a site of reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush gardens, stone carvings and statues. The centerpiece of the palace is an eleven-tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. The water of Tirta Gangga has always been regarded as holy and is regularly used for religious temple ceremonies.
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a drive to Denpasar Airport and the onward journey to your next destination.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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