This is a sequel from my previous post Travel with Strangers to Wonderful Bali.
Good morning, Bali!
That’s the view from our hotel we stayed, Best Western Premier, at Kuta. Feeling was great. Emily was my roommate and we woke up earlier that morning. We did a little bit exercise before we had our breakfast. The breakfast was served at their rooftop restaurant which personally I like it. :)
Flash back to few hours earlier…
So, the night before, we were actually adviced by our tour guide, Abdul, to climb Mount Batur instead of Mount Agung. The reason was because Mount Agung might be too tough for us who majority were first -timer. After long discussion by the beach…sitting on the bench…with romantic dim light…sound of the waves…the breezes…and look! What we saw from the place where we were sitting, a peanut & corn seller! The corn was sold at IDR10,000. :)
Oppss…back to the topic. And..yes..that night, 90% of us agreed to keep going with Mount Agung no matter what…what…what…what…(echo). :D
So, we all packed up and checked out after had our breakfast. Based on given 5D4N Bali trip itinerary, our next stops would be silver art central, Celuk Silver, and wood carving art central, Karya Mas Gallery. There are many galleries in Ubud area, but we only visited these two places.
We can see on the below map that we were exploring east of Bali – Ubud and Kintamani later on Mount Batur and Mount Agung.
[Map Source: Bali Tourism Board]
When we reached Celuk Silver, we were given a short introduction on how all the jewellery were made. The staff spoke good English. We were told that only natural colours were used for the jewellery, including the “glue” which used to paste the natural stones on the silver surface was also from fruits and such.
All single stone was pasted one by one. And because all are from natural sources without going through any chemical process, so the jewellery won’t look the same as what we normally found in the stores.
[Photo Credit: Anirban Saha]
Karya Mas Gallery
From Celuk Silver, we continued our journey to Karya Mas Gallery where we could find a wide range of woodcraft products, from small item to huge ones.
As far as I could see, the products were finely carved using good quality wood and polished well. The prices might not cheap but I believe people who knows how to appreciate handmade stuffs and doesn’t mind to spend more, they would get one the least. Not only local tourist will come here but also overseas as Karya Mas Gallery provides shipping for local and international customers, too.
This guitar caught my attention the most. The detail was awesome. :)
We may try to bargain for the prices. But I hardly to do it because….I just don’t know how to bargain – slash..slash..the prices like other people do. So, it’s always advisable not to go shopping with me or else you will get slashed. :D
Jalan Raya Celuk, Indonesia
Telp.+62 361 7970176
Karya Mas Gallery
Jalan Raya Mas, Indonesia
Telp. +62 361 975284
THINGS TO NOTE
Bali has been a popular place for tourist for quite long. As a result, most of the places may sell things at quite a high price. But as what I said earlier, a bargain is possible but be polite when bargaining.