Canggu: visiting temples, rice fields and beaches

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about this area, Ubud and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, but I was not sure what each one had to offer as they seem to be the most popular among tourists. I decided to start in Canggu anyway as it seemed to be a popular area. Well, Canggu is the party place in Bali and was certainly not my favorite.

Canggu traffic

I stayed in a hostel about a 30-minute walk away from the beach entrance near Finn’s. Maybe not the best option to fall in love with Bali as I had to make quite a long walk to reach the beach. I say quite long this time because usually 30 min for me is not considered a long walk, but in Canggu, it turns out to be… Walking here is a nightmare… If one of the things I like the least in HCMC Vietnam is the fact that I can’t walk on sidewalks and traffic is terrible, well, Canggu came to show me HCMC is not that bad afterall haha
I dare say that Canggu is worse than HCMC in regard to these parameters. Traffic is a nightmare and walking is very unpleasant, not to mention dangerous. The streets are too narrow for the traffic flow in Canggu. My theory is that this island was not built to receive as many tourists as it receives nowadays, and the streets were not adapted to the new reality. Two cars barely fit at once in the street, let alone plus motorbikes… The result is pretty clogged junctions and long traveling times to complete short distances. I remember taking more than 1 hour to make a 15km trip, can you imagine!? Simply terrible.
For pedestrians, it is even worse because there is absolutely no sidewalk. There is a tiny little bit of street left for pedestrians, so tiny that I don’t fit in it without crossing the proper street line. Awful, and I’m not a complainer!

I think these were the reasons why I didn’t like Canggu that much, plus the fact that I like to interact with local cultures, and in Canggu that is not going to happen often. The streets are filled with very Western-looking restaurants and shops selling clothes that I don’t see locals wearing. I’m still not sure what is going on there. Are all those businesses foreign-owned, or what? Because their target is definitely not Indonesians. Overall, Canggu is very Westernized, not an immersion in the local culture.

Canggu beaches

So sorry Canggu but I still have one more reason why I didn’t like you haha. Canggu has very wide beaches, and even those were disappointing for me. As I’m not a surfer and didn’t come to Bali to learn how to surf, this beach is not my paradise at all! The beaches in Canggu have dark brown sand, and the water is kind of cold, with big waves and lots of wind. Not my definition of paradise at all. That would be more Thailand’s waters. Don’t expect to go to Canggu to lay on calm warm waters, as the waves will swipe you away. Not my type of beach!

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.
– does it look like paradise?-

The beach near Finn’s was filled with dogs. I think I have never seen so many dogs at the beach. I have no problem with them, just mentioning them cause I’ve never seen so many being walked on a beach… Canggu Beach near Finn’s has looooots of people! Fancy bars and places to rent a beach bed are easily found. Expect being harassed by local sellers trying to sell the most diversified. They get angry if you don’t buy anything even though you avoid being approached. I met this lady who turned into a very rude person once she finally accepted the fact that I wouldn’t buy anything.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

But wait cause Canggu is not only bad things haha.

The architecture in Canggu and in Bali overall is amazing. I’m mesmerized at every corner. Even though I have been to several SEA countries, I have never seen architecture like this. Bali is the only place in Indonesia where the majority is Hindu and I love their architectural style. There are beautiful constructions everywhere and at 1st I was very confused. Were there temples everywhere? How is it possible that every building looks like a temple? Well, later on, I realized that the answer to that question is the fact that the Balinese have temples inside their properties. Yes, every house has a temple. Some have bigger ones than others, but that is why the beautiful buildings are in every corner. Plus, their houses actually look like temples. The entry doors to their houses are absolutely stunning, with lots of details, and even their houses follow the same architectural style as the temples. Amazing! I absolutely loved this about Bali. I even stayed in a hostel in Ubud that looked like a temple so I was not sure if I was in the correct spot.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

I also visited some places in Canggu besides the beach. And one that is worth a visit is the Tanah Lot temple

Tanah Lot temple

I decided not to rent a motorbike while in Canggu. The traffic looks pretty stressful and I’m not willing to add that feeling to my trip. I either walked or booked a Grab or Gojek motorbike which are a cheap option to move around. (Grab and Gojek are transportation apps that work like Uber)

To go to Tanah Lot temple I booked a motorbike that left me at the entrance. Wrong move! I had to pay 60K to enter this area but there is a free entrance. I had this kind of experience more times which made me wonder if those places are really supposed to have an entry fee or not.
In Tanah Lot for example, if you walk all the way to Pantai Kutikan you will access it without paying. I know because I walked from the main entrance all the way there and over there was absolutely no one checking anything.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

Tanah Lot is a temple on a rock surrounded by strong waters. When the tide is low, it is possible to walk there but I’m afraid it is not accessible to foreigners just like the majority of the temples I saw.
Bali is not like Thailand where you can visit every temple as long as you dress properly. In Bali, I saw so many signs saying “not allowed”, and many more for women, especially for women on their periods. If a woman is on a period, she cannot go to the temples I guess because that was an often entry rule in Hindu temples.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

 

But, at Tanah Lot, the attraction is not solely this specific construction on the rock. There are more temple-like buildings and beautiful architecture to admire. There was a celebration going on when I visited, so I was lucky to witness dozens of people doing their rituals, others playing instruments, women carrying beautiful baskets on their heads, lots of offerings to Gods, and a very busy temple, the busiest one I have visited in Bali. The majority were definitely locals. They wear their typical clothes that are beautiful and flattering. I love their traditional outfits! So many things were happening here that I stayed for a while. Very interesting spot to visit.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

At Tanah Lot, you can walk further to the right and left of the temple to have a different view of the area that is next to the ocean and where the tall cliffs meet the ocean with powerful waves. The sea in Bali is very powerful!
I walked all the way to Pantai Kutikan, which is a pleasant walk and that’s where I found the free entry. There was also a man with some pretty big snakes and people could pet them and take a picture with them. There was also an area down closer to Tanah Lot itself where there was a Holy snake, but they were asking for money just to see it so I didn’t bother.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

Canguu rice fields

From here I encountered a temple – Pura Luhur Pakendungan- where I could actually step inside as long as I had a Sarong, so I did. There was this very nice old guy at the entrance who made sure to guide me along the temple and even persuaded me to make their ritual. He gave me instructions and I followed. I had to pray 3 times to the Gods he told me, and each time I would have to think about different things. In the end, he called a lady who sprinkled me with water and put some water in my hands that I had to drink (I confess I had 2nd thoughts about what kind of water was being given to me), I had to wash my face with that water and in the end she put some rice on my forehead and chest and I walked with it on my face for a while. Then this guy decided to show me more temples around and to my surprise they were surrounded by rice fields in an idyllic scenery. So beautiful here!

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

He walked me to several different spots, explaining things, but his English was very poor. He took me to a spring and made me drink that water and in the end, he kept staring at me in a weird way haha I don’t know if he wanted money or whatever, but I gave him nothing cause I believed you should be kind because it is the correct way of being, not because you expect something in return. Maybe he was expecting money cause he stared at me with a smile for a while when I was saying the goodbyes. I don’t know. It felt kind of weird … I didn’t ask him anything… he showed me around because he wanted and I thanked him for it because I liked the experience. He reminded me of the day I spent with an old local guy in Myanmar once because both put the same flowers on my hair. It was the highlight of my day meeting this guy!

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

As I realized I was surrounded by rice fields, I decided to walk along them even though there was no place for pedestrians on that street. It was the first time I had seen Bali’s rice fields so it was lovely the walk. I walked until Bale Banjar Batugaing Kelod with rice fields in sight all the time and from there I ordered a Grab bike back to Canggu.

And that was basically all I have done in Canggu. I stayed in the area for 3 nights and then decided to move to Ubud where I ended up staying more than 1 week. Probably I would have enjoyed Canguu more if I had partied, but it didn’t happen so… Still, the sunsets at the beach are gorgeous and worthy!

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

My first destination in Bali was Canggu. I had heard about Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu before traveling to Bali, they seem to be the most popular among tourists.

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