GETTING TO BALI OFF THE BEATEN PATH (2)

GETTING TO BALI OFF THE BEATEN PATH (2)

As continued from the part one. If you haven't read yet. You could find it here…..

I booked my train ticket at the convenience store and headed to the train station bidding goodbye to my new-found friends at the hostel. My plan was to head straight to Bawuwangi Baru where the Ijen carter volcano was but two local friends I made in Jakarta  invited me over to Surabaya so they could take me on a local food tour.

The train ride was the longest ever and the most uncomfortable one. The lady at the convenience store booked an economy class seat for me instead of the executive seats. It was the lowest seat class and I remember wondering why it was so cheap when I bought it but due to language barrier I didn't bother asking. Well I wish I had.

The seats were in a way that, I had to sit face to face with other commuters with our knees rubbing. For the 24 hours ride and the stops in between my knees were in massive pain which made it a really uncomfortable ride.

The seat which were occupied by six commuters

You could imagine how happy I was when I heard over the speaker we had arrived at Surabaya train station. I went to my pre booked hostel  and called my local friends to let them know I had arrived and ready to go on a tasting tour.

I must admit it was a memorable day. I realized touring with locals was way  much fun then with equal tourists. They happen to know the cheapest places to eat and must see off  the tourist trail. Surabaya didn't have much to see as compared to the other Javanese area so the day was pretty much trying local cuisines and visiting their rice fields. Before my train ride in the evening we headed to the Surabaya carnival park.

It was a carnival style theme park with rides for adults and kids with food vendors and souvenir stands. It was pretty much picture perfect and something to experience.

Carnival Theme Park

 

Two friends made and another train ride to Bayuwangi to see the ijen carter volcano. The ijen is a volcano with blue fire at night. It involves almost a three-hour hike one way to see it and always advised to go in groups.

Ijen Carter at Noon

My friends in Surabaya told me normally there is a group of backpackers at the train station and I could join. I was pretty much looking forward to it as it will be the first time I see a volcano. This time, I made sure the store attendant got my tickets right by making my friends do the talking . Last thing I want  is to  have another painful ride.

On arrival at Bawuwangi I realized there were no hiking groups at the station as I envisioned. I had arrived a bit later and most of them have left. I wanted to wander off alone but I was advised against as the road wasn't favorable for one person hike . I must have stood there for close to three hours with my heavy backpack hoping a group will show up but none did. Well really I was disappointed.

I went ahead to book my ferry to cross over to Bali which took only 15 minutes to dock at Gilimanuk in Bali but  I slept off on the ferry that I had to take the trip again which is twice a ticket. Looking back now, I find it really hilarious when I awoke in Bawuwangi and thought it was Bali.

 

 

The Ferry

I arrived at the port in Gilimanuk at Bali around 3am and to my surprise no transportation was available. I only had two options which was either  to hire a motorbike or wait till 8 am in the morning for the bus to Denpasar. Well I ignored my fear of thmotor bike and sat on it for three hours …  a ride i call highway to hell

I couldn't feel my ass when we arrived in Kuta in the morning  but I had conquered my  fear and had my first motorbike ride and I enjoyed it, weeks after i prefer it than taxis   I collapsed into my bed when i was showed my room tired of my travels through java and ready to explore the tropical island the coming days. It was quite an adventure i will  always remember and   will most likely like to do it again.

Have you traveled this way? Will you like to travel off the beaten path? Let me now in comments down below.



  • Bali looks like such a gorgeous place and I would love to go there and explore it myself one day! I love the way you outlined here to arrive in Bali off the beaten path. It’s such a different way to get there, different from the typical touristy methods!

    • I did of course had a great time. You should visit soon one of this days to cancel it off your bucket list and experience it.

  • It looks beautiful! The train ride does look cramped but better than standing only. Blue fire would be really amazing to see at the volcano. I wish I had travelled more in my youth. You are very lucky to get to experience these adventures.

  • What an amazing experience, its awesome that you made some local friends, I bet there are so many things they can show you that you might have missed overwise! The volcano trek sounds really cool!

  • I can’t help but laugh at your use of GIFs to describe your feelings. Really helped me to grasp what you felt, haha! Overall, it sounds like it was pretty awesome and adventurous barring the awkwardness, which is exactly how I think it would go for me.

  • Papa’s ride sounds less than comfortable Dash to say the least! But it sounds like, besides that, you had a great trip. Good for you for overcoming your fear of motorcycles and taking a ride.ī

  • I have been to Bali and liked Ubud a lot, but his post really has some unconventional mode of travel to the off-track locations, enjoyed reading it . local tips are helpful .

  • Bali is so beautiful, it is on my bucket list. I am glad you had a great time and you were able to conquer your fear and had your first motorbike ride.

  • This was a really great post to read, the gifs made me laugh. Congrats on facing your fear of motorbikes though, but the numb bum sounds really annoying lol

  • That train station’s colors look so cute… idk if thats a thing. haha! Bali is definitely on my to-travel list! Your gifs definitely made your adventure more “real” like I was there with you!

  • Wow! What an experience! Though I’ve never visited this part of the world before, I did have a similar train experience in Morocco with the longest, most uncomfortable journey 😂 x

    • Tell me about that train ride, and i will relate to it. It was really awful and long, i dont want to remember how my buttocks was numb when i got off at the last stop.

  • Hahah I love your GIF selection. Def appears to be a rough ride in tight quarters but the destination is worth it. I’m so fascinated by the Carnival Theme Park. Looks fun. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!


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