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Sunrises and sunny people

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Just spent two days touring and photographing Bali. Adrian had us in fits of laughter one early morning when we left our hotel room to meet our driver when he exclaimed "I forgot my teeth"!

A lovely sunrise at Sanur on Friday morning and a afternoon tour to Padang Padang beach followed by sunset at Uluwatu temple - a small temple perched high on a cliff over the open ocean. A cheeky monkey leapt onto Monique's face and pinched her sunglasses. Luckily there was a well prepared tour guide there ready to retrieve hats and glasses with a bag of bananas. Proving too tempting to the monkey, the monkey dropped the glasses in favour of the banana.

Miss T and Monique had a 'fish spa' where fish eat the dead skin layer on your feet. Amazing - wish they could do this to my entire leg!

Another early get up on Saturday morning much to the dismay of Miss T to tour with a photographic guide. He took us back to Sanur where we got to photograph the classic long boats. Unfortunately the tide was not quite low enough to get those classic shots, but will be testing Monique's photoshop skills to see what she can pull off! Our guide had organised a retired fisherman to throw his fishing net so we could photograph him in the early morning light. Amazing! We then visited another stunning rice terrace, followed by a river dam where 4 boys performed their 'water' show. Throwing water in unison on the count of three made for terrific photographs. Our tour was extended at the suggestion of our guide to visit a Padanas leaf fighting festival in the village of Tenganan. Men armed with a woven small 'shield' and beat each other with the thorny pandanas leaves. The scratches and cuts are apparently healed by turmeric and salt - ouch! The visit to Tenganan was made all the more thrilling for the Wheary Travellers when the driver said he couldn't park very close the village and summoned three motor scooter riders to take us there. No time for Miss T to protest we straddled the motorcycle and scootered our way through the village.

Sanur beach sunrise

Sanur beach sunrise

Sanur sunrise 2

Sanur sunrise 2

Fisherman 2

Fisherman 2

Fisherman 1

Fisherman 1

Balinese long boat

Balinese long boat

Uluwatu temple

Uluwatu temple

Boys playing at Udar River

Boys playing at Udar River

Pandanus leaf fighting

Pandanus leaf fighting

Village shop

Village shop

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Touring combined with some R&R

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Yesterday saw the Wheary travellers rise at 2:45am (yes you read correctly) to meet our driver for the trip to Pura Ulan Danu Bratan, a Balinese style temple situated on a picturesque lake.. M was keen to be there in time to capture the pre-dawn light. Thankfully it did not disappoint.

Once done we stopped at the UNESCO listed Jatiwulah rice terrace fields. Wow, even Miss T was impressed. We walked along the terraced fields watching the local farmers go about their morning work. One flooded terraced section was stunningly beautiful.

Back to the hotel by lunchtime for an afternoon swimming and sleeping by the pool.

Today was much more civilised. A sleep in, followed by a 1hr relaxation massage for A & Miss T. M did not miss out as after the massage she and Miss T each had a 45min facial. Lunch was at a small Balinese restaurant located off the beaten track. 2 Nasi Gorengs and fried chicken along with drinks for AU$10.00. The afternoon was again spent by the pool. In the late afternoon we caught a Taksi to Seminyak for some sunset pics on the beach followed by dinner at another authentic Balinese Warung, just this time a bit more ups market.

Pura Ulan Danun Bature temple

Pura Ulan Danun Bature temple

Water Lillies

Water Lillies

Jatiwulah rice terraces 1

Jatiwulah rice terraces 1

Jatiwulah rice terraces 2

Jatiwulah rice terraces 2

Rice field worker

Rice field worker

Kids playing, Seminyak beach

Kids playing, Seminyak beach

Surfer at sunset on Seminyak beach

Surfer at sunset on Seminyak beach

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Escaping the winter chills

The Wheary Travellers in Bali

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Whilst Bali was never on our bucket list, good research showed that Bali has much more to offer than cheap clothing and Bintang Beer.

The Wheary Travellers have escaped the cold of Melbourne for over 2 weeks, touring around Bali and Central Java. Our first full day was spent at Taman Ayan Temple and sunset at Tanah lot Temple - a wonderfully located temple on the sea.

Tanalot temple

Tanalot temple

Waterfall near tanalot temple

Waterfall near tanalot temple


Taman Ayan temple

Taman Ayan temple

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Taxi Shenanigans

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After a couple of early mornings, our final day in Bangkok allowed for a sleep in before a late breakfast. I went for an early morning walk and was fortunate enough to come across a morning monk chanting session at a nearby temple. I was only person their to watch so this was truly a privilege.

We had no real plans for the day but after some research decided on the biggest wet market in Bangkok. We decided to catch a Taxi but for some reason our driver did not know where he was going and instead dropped us off at the Flower market. We hopped into another cab but after 10 minutes of driving we realised he too was heading in the wrong direction. We bailed out of the cab and faced a longish walk back to old town Bangkok. We gave up on the market plan and instead settled on some street food for lunch. A lazy afternoon ahead before the flight home tonight. See you all soon.

Monks chanting

Monks chanting

Bangkok traffic

Bangkok traffic


Wat Po statue

Wat Po statue

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The monk and the missing lens

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Today was our earliest start yet meeting our guide Em at 6:00am for the 1 hour drive to Bang-Pa and Ayutthaya. Breakfast was shared with some school children at a local village. Fried chicken, pork mince with snake beans, sticky rice and a thick Thai hot chocolate. It was actually very tasty or maybe I was just hungry. I enjoyed watching the schoolchildren arrive - 4 on a motorcycle, piled into the back of a converted ute acting as a school bus or by small boats across the nearby river. All eyes were on BJ & myself, obviously not many westerners join the locals for breakfast :)

Once done we rode a 'gondola' across the river to the local monastery. The temple was Christian architecture complete with spire and stained glass fused wth Buddhist symbolism. We enjoyed watching the young monks sweep the leaves off the grass. BJ would have fitted right in here as a young budding monk.

Next was a visit to the royal palace Bang-Pa In. It was here that I noticed my expensive wide angle lens missing. Fear set in as I thought of the consequences back home. I had left it in the grounds back at the monastery. Back we went and to my dismay I could not find the lens where I thought I had left it. Em spoke to a monk who much to my relief he had found the lens and put it away safe for us when we realised it was missing. After a generous donation, and many waits it was back to Bang-Pa palace. We were now behind schedule so it was a quick walk through the manicured grounds before making our way to Ayutthaya, the 2nd capital of ancient Siam.

Ayutthaya is not as famous as its cousin in Cambodia, Angkor Wat but it is almost as impressive. Unlike Angkor Wat there is very little restoration at Ayutthaya but this did not detract from the grandeur of the place. It continues to amaze me how pre-industrial revolution cultures constructed these amazing buildings. All we seem to build now is skyscrapers world wide, from Bangkok to Sydney to New York. You could distinguish between ancient cultures by their building practices from the Egyptians to the Romans, Mayans, Aztecs, Nabetians, Chinese, Khmer etc. You get the idea.

Back to Bangkok BJ rested whilst I walked the streets in the hot humid afternoon heat. I spotted a monk using an umbrella for some shade, a sensible way to create some shade. Later on we made our way to the Giant swing for some twilight pics then back to the same restaurant we had lunch yesterday for dinner, a green curry for me. We shared our table with a Chinese mother and son, who was fascinated by Australian spiders/snakes/bees and a French couple.

Finally we took a Taxi to Bayioke tower no. 2, the tallest building in Bangkok. The 83rd floor is an open air revolving deck. The view was spectacular, well it was for me BJ was a bit freaked by the sheer heights.

Ayutthaya 2

Ayutthaya 2

Ayutthaya 1

Ayutthaya 1

River scene

River scene

Local man

Local man

Church floor

Church floor


Colourful monk

Colourful monk


Monk with umbrella

Monk with umbrella

Giant swing and Wat Sunhat post sunset

Giant swing and Wat Sunhat post sunset

A tangle of roads from Bayioke tower

A tangle of roads from Bayioke tower

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