Mountain getaway

Friendly, mountainset Munduk sees village life go on in Bali as it has for generations. The hospitality remains warm and genuine at the good selection of guesthouses and homestays here; this is old Bali at its best.

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Set along the twisting road from Bedugul towards the north coast’s Seririt, the appealing village stretches for just 700 metres along an escarpment running down from the northwestern rim of the Bedugul caldera. As the ridge tumbles steeply on either side into the valleys below, distant paddy and spice plantations create spectacular scenery.

Munduk is all about the views. : Sally Arnold.
Munduk is all about the views. Photo: Sally Arnold

At approximately 800 metres above sea level, it’s cool and misty; you won’t need a fan or air-con here, and don’t forget to pack a jacket for the evenings in particular. Aside from staring at the amazing views, which can easily while away a few days, there’s trekking galore and waterfalls to explore — but be sure to be back in time to watch the sunset unfold to a chorus of cicadas and frogs.

Historically, the Dutch colonists sought escape from the coastal heat in Munduk, and remnants of colonial architecture are dotted here and there. Several old buildings have been converted to guesthouses, and their charm is a good enough reason to visit in itself. The Dutch established many of the plantations in the surrounds, and still today the sweet scent of drying cloves and coffee permeates the air.

This room is not actually for rent. : Sally Arnold.
This room is not actually for rent. Photo: Sally Arnold

Most guesthouses fall into the flashpacker price range, with many offering spectacular views, and heartfelt welcomes. Mid- and top-range hotels are a little out of the centre of the village or within the surrounding valleys. Light sleepers will need earplugs in Munduk, as the local wildlife, roosters, and dogs can make quite a racket, and village life starts early. Free WiFi is offered everywhere, but is not ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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