Our first day in Bali, we meandered a wide and winding rice field lined by coconut trees (Tegallalang), watched a Balinese Hindu priest perform worship ceremonies (Tirta Empul), inhaled a lifetime’s worth of incense inside the thousand-year-old ancient rock temple celebrating the elephant god Ganesa (Goa Gajah), spoke with many artisans (especially painters and wood carvers) who were crafting at the side of these sites, and jumped into the stream below a powerful rushing waterfall (Tegenungan). The sites were nothing short of magical.
However, the most meaningful part of our day was no one of these particular experiences. Rather, it was the conversations with our Bali Sun Tour driver, Putu. He was happy to speak candidly with us about any topic under the sun that interested us, and he was a wealth of knowledge: the Balinese culture, religions, marriage, customs, arts, traditions, and the list goes on. Putu built us the base of knowledge and insight into Bali from which we will construct the remainder of our stay here. He was incredibly kind, courteous, polite, and accommodating: from letting us change the itinerary we had originally planned, to taking so many photos of us at the sites. He went way above the call of duty to make our day special: he let us pull over, get out of the car, explore whatever we wanted, and even video him speaking. We couldn’t recommend him, and Bali Sun Tours, more highly