Two activities that will help you experience Bali like a local
Bali Nature Herbal Walks
Nothing beat slow travel, a walk amongst the rice padi fields of Bali with Lilir, a local herbalist based in Ubud.
Go in the morning and walk through the rice fields and coconut trees. Balinese Jamu (ancient indonesian medecine with herbs and plants) can also be though at their store.
He is a very knowledgeable guide regarding plants and herbs and the Balinese culture as well as organic farming.
Stop to drink and eat a fresh coconut and later had a tea at their herbal shop. I am so happy to be the first one to write a review on their walk on tripadvisor 6 years ago, now they received the certificate of excellence and have 82 raving reviews. I think its really important to support local activities and do whatever you can to make them more known.
Paon Bali Cooking Class
The cooking class was one of the main highlight of our trip. We always try to do one cooking class per trip and it is pretty much always the most memorable time of our travels.
Who does not like to chat away life philisophy over preparing a nice meal?
Puspa takes you through the ubud market in the morning; then Wayan explains you about the rice fields and the irrigation system; very informative.
Then the best part is that you actually get to go inside their home and start cooking. I learned a lot about the food, ingredients, and about the culture and their way of life.
The lunch was a real feast, we made satay,
I would definitely recommend it to all my fiends and urge you to support them as they are the kindest people and deserve to be famous for such hard work! (and always with the smiles…)
Where to stay in Bali
Desa Seni, A Village Resort in canggu
Everything was perfect : the salt water pool, the house all different and decorated with local crafts, the organic restaurant and garden, the yoga classes, the quietness and peaceful surroundings … I would go back in a heartbeat!