Karangasem Travel Guide

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Karangasem Things to Do

  • Sea Salt process

    You will see several strange looking troughs lined up along the beach. These troughs are made of palm tree trunks split in half. Seawater is put in these and left out in the hot sun so the water will evaporate. The almost dry salt is then scraped out of the troughs and put in baskets.This salt is used mostly for packing fish, not for eating.The...

  • Grand palace

    Taman Ujung was once the grand palace of the king of Karangasem. It was completed in 1921 but the earthquakes of 1963 and 1979 caused much damage the structures.It is still an interesting sight and you can wander around the pool. Or admire the view from the pavilion.

  • Fresh seafood

    Candidasa may not have a beach now that the coral has all been destroyed but it is still worth a visit. Candidasa is a 1km strip on Bali's east coast. You will find some nice resorts in that area as well as some inexpensive bungalows.You can also engage in numerous water sports.If you just want to chill then you can do that also. There are numerous...

  • Picture-perfect scenery

    Book a drive through the countryside and small villages.You will see some of the most beautiful scenery.Dense tropical forests, rice paddies, and rugged mountains.

  • Directional temple

    Pura Lempuyang is one of Bali's extremely holy temples. It is perched on a hilltop at 768m.There are several ways to reach the temple. You can climb the 1700 steps in 2 hours or so, take the bus that is always fully packed with locals and emittes puffs of black smoke on it's way up the hill, or you can get a car and driver to take you.There are a...

  • Holiday retreat

    Tirtagangga was built in 1947 as a holiiday retreat for the rajah. The ornate pools are fed by a spring from the mountain. In 1963 Gunung Agung spewed the water park with lava and ash.It is still a lovely setting for relaxing, swimming, and taking photos.There are also accommodations if you don't mind paying a bit more.Open daily 6am-6pm

  • Historical landmark

    Be sure to visit Klungkung, an important historical landmark in east Bali. The kingdom fell in the battle of 1908 but the monuments and intriguing sights are still there.The floating Pavilion and the ceiling paintings are a must see.Klungkung is a small city consisting of a traffic circle and four streets. There are several shops and markets here....

  • beauties that you can visit.....

    historic places like tirtagangga,a pond where the former king of the area use to bath....tulamben / amed area,where one of the best area in bali for snockeling and diving (offer ship wreck).

  • A Private Massage in Candi Dasa

    Need a massage?Want it at your place,while in Candi Dasa.Nenghah Sukartha will come to your hotel or villato give you a traditional healing thatinvolves massage and body rubs with ointments and herbsas well as a local jamu drink that he dispenses with sageadvice about taking care of your body and spirit.


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Karangasem Restaurants

  • Local favorites

    We ate most of our meals at the restaurant located at the Blue Moon Villas where we stayed.It is a small restaurant but big on atmosphere.There have low tables with pillows placed on the floor around. You can sit there and look out to see.Komang John tries to please. He makes all the local favorites that my hubby loves. Plus he makes good veggie...

  • Lunch at the Amankila

    If you happen to be visiting this beautiful area of Bali,a nice way to pamper yourself is by treating yourself to lunch or dinner at the luxurious property, Amankila.This property has been written about in several travel magazines,and has even been featured as one of the best on the Travel Channel.It’s also give you the opportunity to see what all...

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Karangasem Transportation

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    You will need a driver

    by kyoub Written Feb 6, 2009

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    While staying at the Blue Moon Villas, you can book a car and driver for tours around the countryside, a trip into any of the small villages, or even to find an internet so you can get online.

    You can also make arrangements for them to pick you up at the airport(3 hrs), Lovina, (3hrs) or Ubud(2 1/2 hrs).

    We were very satisfied with each time that we used them.

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Karangasem Shopping

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    Roadside stand: Local fruit

    by kyoub Updated Feb 7, 2009

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    As you drive along you will see stands where fruit is being sold on the roadside.
    There are also fruit stands at many of the markets and outside the temples.
    It is fun to try something different.

    What to buy: What ever fruit is in season at the time you are there.
    We bought bananas, salak, mangosteens, durian, and rambutans.

    What to pay: Very inexpensive

    Buying fruit
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Karangasem Local Customs

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    A three-day odalan festival takes place in a village every 210 days on the anniversary of the village temple's dedication.
    There is a very good chance that you will get to see a village that is decorated for a festival while you are there.

    Village festival
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Karangasem Tourist Traps

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    Potential risk of rip off at White...

    by balisunshine Updated Jan 31, 2006

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    While staying at Candi Dasa,
    one of the best beaches to visit is White Beach.

    You can pay to be taken by boat,
    or drive there.

    When driving,
    upon arrival,
    you will encounter the 2,000 Rh p.p. toll,
    and then your on your way.

    Or at least that may be what you think.

    You will encounter a useless sign that says 'White Beach'
    which would lead you to believe to follow the road that goes towards the water.

    That same road becomes a dirt road,
    and before you know it??
    it's straight down hill.

    So the logical thing would be to stop
    and put it in reverse.
    this same dirt road soon becomes a booby trap,
    while your car may surely get stuck.

    The same 'toll' man will offer assistance at 500,000 Rp at least,
    along with two other men.

    Apparently, this is a common mistake taken by tourist driving on their own.

    When I asked the 'toll' man why there was not some kind of signage
    indicating the correct wa...all I got was a laugh.

    The actual road to White Beach does not look like a road at all.
    But rather a dirt ramp, sidewalk.

    So when visiting White Beach....make sure to take the road that doesn't look like one.

    Ha! Ha! Ha!!!!
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Karangasem What to Pack

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    Take your polish remover pads

    by kyoub Written Feb 6, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget your sarongs. You never know when you may want to visit a temple and you must wear proper dress. They make great cover-ups for the pool also.
    Wear shoes that slip on and off easily.

    Miscellaneous: I forgot to take my nail polish remover pads with me. We stopped at every shop, market, store on the east side of Bali without finding any. Either remember yours or don't wear polish.

    Road from hotel
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Karangasem Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a walk on the dry side.....

    I’ve often heard remarks from visitors about how one does not see starving people in Bali.If you have the timeand care to look,you can travel between Amed and Candi Dasavia the seafront road.It will take longer,but in East Bali's Karangasem Regency,one witnesses one of the most impoverished regionswhere families are living below the...

  • 7 Kilometers from Candi Dasa

    If you happen to be stayingin Candidasa or traveling on the east coast, then a stop atTanganan may be worth the visit.Just 7 km off the beaten path of Candidasa.Somewhat like the original Bali,with the exception that everyone wants to sell you something,this village is tranquil and somewhat like a 'living museum'.When you go in,you pay a small...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Karangasem Favorites

  • Foot Massage

    One of my favorite memories of my stay at the Blue Moon Villa is my wonderful foot massage.The guy that was to give me my message arrived by bike. He had with him a beautiful pottery foot tub. He filled it with water, drops of peppermint oil, and flower petals.While I sat soaking my feet, he massaged my neck and back. Then he poured the water...

  • Scenic landscape

    If you have never been to the east side of Bali. I would suggest getting a car with driver and driving around the county side and through the small villages I enjoyed the small unspoiled villages, paddy- field scenery and exciting mountain views.

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