Authentic Bali in an urban and lively community close to Ubud

 
Overall experience 5/5 (1 review)

Overall experience 5/5 (1 review)

“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… 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.”

 

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.


sindu VILLAGE 3 NIGHT TOTAL PACKAGE

130 EUR

Per person including 3 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

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

sindu VILLAGE 6 NIGHT TOTAL PACKAGE

230 EUR

Per person including 6 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

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? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com


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 (1 REVIEW)

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

5/5

5/5


Traveller REVIEWS

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ANTON, FINLAND
DECEMBER 2018

“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.