Authentic Bali in an urban and lively community close to Ubud

Overall experience  4,75 / 5 (total of 4 reviews)

Overall experience 4,75 / 5 (total of 4 reviews)

“It was no easy holiday, but a leap outside my comfort zone to a world so unfamiliar, but I was welcomed by the family with arms so open I have never experienced hospitality like that in any five star hotel around the world.”

“It is very eye opening to immerse yourself in a total new way of living and surely makes you think about your own life back home.” Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Urban, though near rice fields and
a water spring

LIVELiHOOD

Wood crafting and rice cultivation

FAMOUS FOR

Dance and vivid Gamelan music culture

RELIGION

Hinduism plays an important role in daily life

LANGUAGE

Bahasa Indonesia and limited English
 

TRAVELLERS

Likely to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village for diginomads as well as travellers interested in Balinese art: music, dance and handicraft culture.


2 NIGHTs village experience

120 EUR

Per person including 2 nights accommodation, meals and activities (children -50%):

ACCommodation & ALL MEALS: 

  • Private room in a local home and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities (squat toilet)

activities, for example:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family: Wood crafting, preparing daily religious offerings

  • Visiting the local market

  • Bathing in the local holy spring

  • Hiking to the rice fields and learning about the cultivation

  • Visiting and learning about the community group

  • If you are lucky get to visit local temple ceremony – Traditional dress lent by the family

4 nights village experience

190 EUR

Per person including 4 nights accommodation, meals and activities (children -50%):

ACCommodation & ALL MEALS: 

  • Private room in a local home and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities
    (squat toilet)

activities, for example:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family: Woodcrafting, preparing daily religious offerings

  • Visiting the local market

  • Bathing in the local holy spring

  • Hiking to the rice fields and learning about the cultivation and history of the area

  • Visiting and learning about the community group

  • If you are lucky get to visit local temple ceremony – Traditional dress lent by the family

  • Fishing trip to the nearby river

  • Learning about the process of making palm wine

  • Gathering exotic fruits from the nearby forest - seasonally available

  • Visiting a Gamelan music and dance rehearsal (Balinese instrument)

DUARA CONTACT: buana

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Buana is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Sindu. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact Buana in case you have questions before or during your stay.

“I want to leave something good to this world before leaving from here, and I’m trying to act based on that value. I’m managing a local communal space for the community youth, and being part of Duara team helps me to build authentic and sustainable travel experiences in Bali for travellers across the globe.”

Are you hesitating to book directly or would you like to choose an other amount of nights? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions and help you to find a suitable solution! Send her an email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly or would you like to choose an other amount of nights? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions and help you to find a suitable solution! Send her an email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com

Photos by travel blogger Veera Bianca who visited Sindu in March 2019.


HOW TO GET THERE

If you have rented a motorbike, you can access the village from Ubud in 15 minutes. Also by taxi or private car it takes about 15 minutes to reach Sindu from Ubud. The price for a taxi is about 3-5 €.

From Canggu to Sindu get prepared to pay around 18 € for a private lift. Less, if you rent your own scooter or motorbike. The ride takes between 45 min to one hour.

From the airport it takes about 1,5h by car or scooter, and the price for a taxi drive is 20 €.

Buana, the local contact person, will help you to organise your arrival and departure to the village by giving detailed information.

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OTHER things to do near sINDU village WITH ADDITIONAL COSTS:

Participating on a yoga-class

Getting healing/massage-session from one of the hosts in the community

Buying local fabrics made in the community

 


TRAVELLER RATINGS (Aveg. of 4 REVIEWS)

Communication with the local contact person

5/5

5/5

Hospitality of the host family
 

5/5

5/5

Sense of security in the village
 

5/5

5/5

Facilities in the home you stayed in

4/5

4/5


Traveller REVIEWS

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robert& Marin, Usa
july 2019

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“Our experience with Wayan and his family was great! We spent most of the time with Wayan and he was able to explain most everything in English to us which absolutely helped us gain the most from our experience. The whole family was so welcoming and tolerant of our ignorance to their culture and was more than happy to let us spend time with them in their daily routine: cooking, offerings, going to market, etc....I even learned a very cool cooking technique that I never would have had I not been with the family. Can’t wait to try at home. Our sleeping quarters was clean and cozy and in a beautifully decorated building constructed and carved by Wayan himself. I will say that if you are interested in attending a ceremony of some kind, ask ahead. There was no ceremony in the village when we were there, but there was one 2 days after we left, so with a bit of inquiry and coordination we could have scheduled our visit for when a traditional Balinese ceremony would have happened. That being said, we had an amazing time and would not trade the experience for anything!”

 
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dessa & Matthiew, Usa
june 2019

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“Our experience staying with Wayan’s family in the Sindu Village was a wonderful way to witness the culture and way of life of real people in Bali outside the facade most tourists see.

We loved living with the family, playing with kites, laughing with the kids, exchanging stories, and learning about the daily life of our host family. I will say that Duara advertises the experience to seem like there will be a lot of participation in and learning about things like cooking, music, crafts, and other traditional activities, and while we enjoyed learning about all of these and witnessing them we felt more like observers and wished we could more actively participate in helping with tasks or learning to do them ourselves.”

 
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VEERA, FINLAND
MARCH 2019

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“I had a life-changing experience in Sindu village to say the least. I mean it was no easy holiday, but a leap outside my comfort zone to a world so unfamiliar, but I was welcomed by the family with arms so open I have never experienced hospitality like that in any five star hotel around the world.

Just thinking back to the few days I spent here I can't help but shed a little tear because I truly miss my Balinese family so much. Not many spoke English, but smiles helped me get by and everyone I met was incredible friendly. There were moments I missed the comforts of my own life, but I would do this again in a heartbeat and recommend it to all travellers to truly learn about other cultures.

Mind you though, the family owns 3 dogs and 2 of them barked at me and were a bit scared of me, so I cannot recommend the stay if you are afraid of dogs – they are not dangerous nor have they ever bitten anyone, but can be uncomfortable around strangers.”

 
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ANTON, FINLAND
DECEMBER 2018

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“The island of Bali offers a wide variety of experiences. During my three-month stay I got to experience a lot but one of the highlights is the village-stay in Sindu through Duara Travels. Surely, the beaches in Southern Bali offer lots of activities with nice villas and good facilities. However, what experienced in Sindu, I don’t think I could have ever experienced in those villas.

The first thing that arises in my mind is the hospitality of the family that is just hard to describe in words. After the initial shyness on both sides, the curiosity won, and the bond started to form. During the days, I played with the kids on the yard of the compound, and in late evenings chatted on the veranda, exchanging stories from our cultures while snacking on local delicacies and sipping local drinks. The days didn’t consist only of playing and sitting and the family took me around the village: fishing, visiting temples and trekking to the rice wields through the forest. For me, the most fascinating part was to just follow the daily Balinese life rhythm and learn from it. It is very eye opening to immerse yourself in a total new way of living and surely makes you think about your own life back home. I certainly learned a lot of the experience and I hope the host-family also learned from me!

Missing the family already and can’t wait to get back!”


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

10% of your payment goes to local community gathering space. Here the local youth can practice English and learn video editing, Photoshop skills and programming with a shared computer and high speed Internet access. The space is facilitated by Duara contact person Buana and he is happy to take you to visit it.