Can you imagine being a Dutch general for a day? See the rich tapestry of Munduk’s history through the lens of a colonial walk. Munduk was established as a hill station by the Dutch colonists and plantations of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and cloves were set up above the rolling rice terraces. Munduk is a beautiful eco-friendly mountain village with fresh air, and breathtaking views of rolling hills and rice terraces.
What You Will Do
• Learn about the colonial times when the Dutch took retreats in cool, temperate Munduk, and converted it into a crop producing area. Soak up the views of the remains of the Colonial architecture its influences on today’s architecture while visiting the retreat of a former Dutch General.
• Be enamoured by unique cultural objects such as the blue temple and the wild cock door panel. They each have a fascinating story.
• See the clove forest hills and the “Red Coral” waterfall on our walk. In the colonial days, the Dutch enjoyed to cool down in these pools and take cover in the shadows of the spice trees.
• Meet my wife’s mother at the back street. Make a healthy beverage, an avocado cacao milkshake, from the fruit and spices in season. Watch the sunset and far in the distance, the oldest and tallest Banyan tree in Bali.
• You can choose to join me the next day for a trekking trip through the rice terraces to experience this sacred tree’s healing vibrations!
Why We Do This
I’m the sixth generation of the original people of Munduk. My grandfather used to tell me stories of the Dutch colonial times when I was little. I enjoyed learning about the old times, and now, am happy to teach you how the Dutch have brought unique architecture and agriculture to this region of Bali.
When I was young, my father became sick and my mother had to support the whole family. I needed to help my family and began working in the tourism industry. I was lucky to have met Ady then. He taught me a lot and today I help him with his dream, to bring education to the children of the poor families in Northern Bali. Ady is currently the Volunteer Balinese Manager of Rainbow Bend and I am one of his assistants.
10% of your payment will go directly to Rainbow Bend, a Dragonfly Charity project (Please see my bio for more information)
- Meet at your guesthouse in Munduk (We can help with transport reservations to Munduk after reservation is made) at 3pm. Start walking tour can alter depending on your arrival and check-in times.
- Bring: Suitable walking shoes, Light rain jacket, Drinking water, Swimsuit & towel if interested in dipping in the pools
- Please book 7 days in advance especially in peak season months July-September
Please ask me after placing your booking, if you would like to stay in an original colonial site that is now converted into a lovely guesthouse.