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January 20, 2020
Taman Ujung Water Palace was by far my favorite place we went to in Bali. Not only was it incredibly gorgeous, but it was so peaceful and serene, I just wanted to stay there all day. This is the kind of place you want to see on vacation and if I lived in Bali, I’d make stops regularly. We even saw a family having a picnic there which looked amazing. The only downside: they charge around $35 if you want to use a drone. It’s cash only and the closest ATM is like 15 minutes away. Huge bummer when you’re on a time crunch!
Taman Ujung Water Palace was my favorite place for one main reason: it wasn’t crowded at all. It’s huge, so even if there were lots of people there, it wouldn’t be as bad as some other water palace/temples like Tirta Gangga or Pura Tirta Empul. Besides the calm atmosphere, I loved the expansive beauty of the gardens. They go up a hill and there are some really long sets of stairs you can take to get to the top and man, is it worth the walk. The view is absolutely breathtaking. It’s very easy to see why a king would want this place as his palace!
The palace was actually built in 1909. It’s crazy because when I went to water palaces in China, they were much older, but Taman Ujung was actually pretty similar to the Summer Palace near Beijing. One cool thing that Taman Ujung had was a little pedicure pool. I did this in Thailand and it was so cool, I knew I wanted to do it again! This one wasn’t in a spa though, ha! In fact, I’m not 100% sure this is what the pool was actually used for, but I do know that my feet were super smooth after!
For our little day trip from Ubud, I wore this gorgeous pink floral maxi. I had already seen photos of Taman Ujung before I went, so I knew this would go perfectly – and make me feel like royalty! It totally did the trick. Sadly my steamer broke on this trip, so don’t hate! I totally felt like a princess though, and that’s what matters!
I have to say, I think this is my favorite water palace I’ve ever been to, and after falling in love with both this one and the Summer Palace in China, I will definitely make it a point to visit any water palaces I have the chance to!
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.