Munduk in the Mountains

After a 2 hour bus we arrived in Munduk, which is a small village in the mountains north of Ubud. We immediately noticed that there were only a handful of tourists around, partially due to it being low season. However, it was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of Ubud.

We stayed at Aditya Homestay, which along with the outstanding view made our stay perfect. The family went out of their way to meet our every need and as it was a homestay, we got to meet the whole family and the little babies which was really nice.

Room with a view

We had heard that there were some amazing waterfalls in Munduk, and the next day we set out with a hand drawn map provided by our hotel. Needless to say that we got lost a good few times and had to ask some of the few locals we saw along the way. And once I had realised that the local dogs had no intention of biting us (as one had lightly bitten me in Ubud!), only barking like crazy at us, I enjoyed the trek a lot more. After a 2 hour hard trek through the hot and humid jungle and coffee plantations we made it to the first waterfall, which was made even better by the arduous journey getting to it!

  

  
The next waterfall was even more spectacular, with a lagoon at the bottom for swimming – Dan was straight in! There were a handful of tourists at this one, who rather amusingly asked us where our driver had parked.

That evening, although we were exhausted, we decided to take a cooking class as we had read amazing reviews for one in Munduk. We weren’t disappointed. Rico came to pick us up at the homestay and introduced us to his 5 year old daughter who was really shy and cute! He drove us to his house and explained that the 2005 Bali bombings had affected the tourist numbers massively and lead him to teach himself French, as the numbers of French tourists hadn’t really dwindled. Once at his house, we met his wife Ely, his 2 year old son and his dog. As we were the only 2 people who had booked the class the experience was a lot more personal. Ely taught us how to make offering baskets out of bamboo leaves, which the Balinese people make everyday. The baskets are filled with flowers and placed on the shrine which was a nice and unexpected start to the class. We then made 5 traditional dishes and one dessert which were all amazing, and although we tried we couldn’t finish all the food!!

Chez Rico cooking class
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