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Postcard from the back of a motorbike

Postcard from the back of a motorbike

The best way to see Bali is by motorbike: the lush greenery rushing past, the thrill of speeding around incessant traffic, the chaotic and ceaseless beeping of horns. Once you escape the crowded center of Ubud, Bali seems to open up into one long stretch of rice paddies and palm trees and temples.

Little girl running to school, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

When my host at Nyoman Murjana Homestay offered to take me on a motorbike tour around Bali, I gladly accepted. Instead of stressing out over getting lost outside of town or navigating unfamiliar traffic laws, I simply strapped on my helmet, tossed on my camera and enjoyed the view.

Stray dog in the streets of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Poor pup.

View of Ubud market from a motorbike tour, Bali, Indonesia

Nyoman let me in on a secret: the Ubud Market located in the center of town is just for tourists. Far less pretty but much more functional, this corner market is where the locals shop.

View of Ubud and Bali from a motorbike, Indonesia

As we left town, Nyoman mentioned how the scenery would change. “In Ubud, all shops and houses, no trees. Once we get out here, all trees and green. No more buildings. Much better!”

View of Ubud and Bali from a motorbike, Indonesia

View of a Balinese wedding from a motorbike, Bali, Indonesia

Wedding festivities are marked by the beautiful archway outside the family compound. We passed a fair few of these before I finally asked if Tuesday was a popular wedding day–no, but it was the day before a holy day deemed good for marriage.

View of Balinese rice paddies, back of a motorbike, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

View from the back of a motorbike, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

A day-long tour cost about $20 USD, and was totally worth it. If you’re interested while visiting Ubud, contact Nyoman at bankpock_nah@yahoo.co.id and check out his site!

  • Love these images!!! How much fun.

  • jouljet

    Ha ha, love the risky feel of the motoride in Asia…something you can’t really do with such abandon at home!  Great look at the local way of life when zipping through the streets!

  • camorose

    Definitely a fun way to spend the day 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes–the streets at home just don’t have the same type of life and zest!

  • Shireen

    I think we had very similar blog post ideas! How funny. I loved reading this post–made me want to see all of Bali this same way! http://www.eatplaylovethattop.com/2012/02/on-back-of-bike-in-taichung.html 

  • Hey, my boyfriend and I are getting ready to go to Bali and are pretty sure we want to make Ubud our home base. How did you like the Nyoman Murjana guesthouse? Finding accommodation on the internet’s so overwhelming!

  • camorose

    Ha LOVE it! When I was traveling with guy friends in Vietnam, I totally volunteered to just hop on the back instead of having a bike of my home–so much more fun to chill out and take photos on the road 🙂

  • camorose

    Really loved it–the family was so sweet and the room was awesome. It’s a bit of a walk from central Ubud but I enjoyed being away from all of the hotels.

  • komang

    Hi Christine..

    How are you..??

    I am Nyoman, the taxi driver with motorbike

    Now I stop working at the guesthouse

    I am make tour organizer ” http://ubudgocheaptours.wordpress.com/ ” that the address, please visit…!!
    Also I need your help with change the email address, not using nyomanmurjana2005@yahoo.com but change to ” bankpock_nah@yahoo.co.id
    please help me….
    Thank’s for your help

  • camorose

    Will do!