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Review of Wangsean Village

Wangsean Village
Ranked #45 of 55 Tours in Karangasem
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Our Periplus Bali map and I now see even Google Maps, shows a direct road from Sidemen to Wangsian and the valley was great countryside for cycling, so a ride down the valley seemed perfect. We asked a few people how to get there and we got some conflicting responses. We ended up following the map, and the road past Samanvaya Resort (Br Tebola) runs down the hill to the river and seems to stop in front of a house near the river. If you persevere, and follow what becomes a steep path down the river bank, you should see a point in the river where red crosses mark a path across. Once over the main river, there was a smaller tributary and a large irrigation ditch to negotiate, but the path was pretty clear and we trundled on. We had read about Wangsian somewhere, and thought we might come across some artisans (esp weavers). No cold water in the small shops (despite having fridges). We were treated to an early ogoh-ogoh dance by the kids in Wangsian, as it was the morning of Balinese New Year's Eve (Nyepi) when we visited. This was nice until they demanded money! We continued to the village of Tangkup Anyar before re-tracing our steps. I don't recall any hint of tourism focus (eg no accommodation, no obvious places to eat other than at the ubiquitous shops, but we didn't ask) and didn't find any weavers.
The countryside is idyllic and perhaps this spot is worth a visit because this is real Bali - idyllic rice paddies, coconut trees, peace and quiet with a road to no-where and no tourists at all...don't tell those people at Tripadisor! You don't need bikes to go for an adventurous walk from Samanvaya Resort and just turn back when you've had enough.

3  Thank Rick B
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