Kate

Must sees in Bali - Jul 7 - Jul 12, 2018

Traveler: Kate R. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

Had a terrific experience with Ayu and also with Leni our tour guide and driver. I have some feedback which is given with the intent to help you in the future with travellers visiting Bali and how to better serve them!!
(1) Travel Truama is a real thing in Bali - it takes a very long time - on average 60 - 120 minutes to get from one temple or sight to Ubud or to another temple or sight.
(2) On Day One - we saw two temples: Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi and were meant to go to Tegalalang and Fire Dance and dinner. We probably spent 4 hours in the car getting to and from these locations. We had to drop the Fire Dance and were never going to get to Tagalalang as it was late and we were road weary
(3) On the second day we drove 2 hours to get out of Ubud and to Kintamani volcano,
temple Ulun Danu Batur, Les Village (for snorkeling). Again - on that day we spent at least 5 hours in the car to get to and from these places which limited our time when we actually got to them.
(4) Day three: Batu Karu Temple and Jatiluwih and we also got to the Tegalalang. We easily spent another 5 hours in the car. We spent more time in the car these three days combined than at the locations we were driving too.
(5) We ended up not doing the Nyambu Village - as once we got to Bali Eco Stay - we realized that the next day would have taken us 5-6 hours in the car. Not what we wanted.

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Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kate,
First of all we would like to thank you and your family to visit us in Indonesia, it was a great pleasure to have you here.
Second, I deeply apologize for the inconveniences you and your family needed to face due to extreme traffic conditions (in high season). That was surely not our intention but shouldn't have happened.
In the future we will definitely take that into consideration when crafting journeys and make sure this won't happen again.
Thank you for your valuable feedback and we hope you have arrived safe and sound back home.
Greetings from Indonesia
Ayu