DO YOU WANT to stay in a REAL VILLAGE in BALI?
Hey my name is Rob. My name is Cheyne and we're going to show you what true village life is like here in Bali Indonesia. in March 2022 we received an exciting message from one of our followers on Instagram, Gede Ary. Gede is Balinese and he told us that he had plans to start a new cultural experience for tourists in Bali. but before opening it up to Travelers, he asked us to take part in his program and document
our trip. of course, we agreed. the program takes place in manggis village which is a small village located in the karangasem Regency of East Bali. this is not only Gede's home but also a region of Bali rich in culture and tradition. the program includes a two-day one-night stay in the village and is filled with many activities that encompass the daily lives of the local people. from making brown sugar, to bathing in the river, this program is meant for travelers who are in search of an authentic and immersive experience. it's real and raw,
and connects you with the traditional ways of life in Bali that most visitors never see. having traveled to many places in Indonesia over the last two and a half years, we're happy to say that this is one of our most riveting trips to date. we truly felt like we were part of Gede's family during our visit. we deeply respect his mission of trying to show tourists a more authentic side of Bali. so whether you're a foreign tourist, or even an Indonesian traveler
visiting the island, we hope this video encourages you to take part in this experience. and if not we hope you at least enjoy getting a glimpse of what life is like in a Balinese Village. hello and good morning from here in Desa manggis. you guys can see we are here in the jungle with all the bugs and insects. we're gonna walk you through the
house right here and just give you a quick layout of the area. I'm gonna let Cheyne do it. here we are at the entrance of the house. it's walled in with a beautiful gate. let's come on in. so as soon as you enter, there is the temple, which is one of the most important aspects of the homes here in Bali.
it's beautiful and ornate. now we're going to take you to the rooms. so these are actually the rooms that we've been staying in. here's the common area. some family pictures from Gede's Grandpa there. his parents right here. we have a very simple setup here. two mattresses on the ground.
one other room here to the side. more traditional bed. nice and comfy. this is where you will be staying. here near the back of the house we actually have the washroom where they do some laundry, take your showers, and use the toilet. this is a traditional kampung bathroom. you have a squat toilet right here to get down on your business. and then here you have a water basin where
you take your showers. now we're going to take you guys into the kitchen. we're in the family kitchen right now. they have a small little stove right here. all their firewood and preparation areas over there. tons of supplies. chickens right here. besides the traditional kitchen back here, they also have a little bit more modern kitchen. they have some normal burners, a stove top as you can see. so they usually do some
cooking back here as well. now everyone's just hanging out having a coffee. we're here with our friends: Antonio's back, Pandas here, and Gede. we're sitting having a coffee. but in a little bit, we're gonna go to the waterfall so let's go. we just parked the bikes. we're getting ready to go to the waterfall. but guys check this out. a huge statue of Brahma. you can see Antonio there to give you some perspective. I don't think any tourists know about this in Bali.
we are the first here foreigners here maybe. now that we're up at the top next to Statue here it's really amazing. and you have candidasa and the beaches of East Bali. this whole area is really amazing. now that we've finished here, we're going to make our way to the waterfall. so most of the villages here in Bali, especially the ones as you get higher north, they all have their secret waterfalls. this is the one here in desa manggis. so not many people are visiting here. but we are deep in the jungle
and we are getting close, let's check it out. here on the adjacent side of the waterfall you have some holy springs. just behind me on the other side, you have the super tall jagasatru waterfall. now it's time to go under. these holy waters behind me are actually used to cleanse and purify your soul of evil spirits. what you do is start all the way here to the right and go from stream to stream all the way to the end.
now we're actually at one of Gede's family members houses. I'm gonna walk you in here. the boys are already in. we're gonna get sugar and arak separate from the main kitchen. it's kind of hot. this is the raw one which is not finished yet. they're still making it to be a bit thicker so the brown sugar and arak are actually made from the same precursor. they take buckets and put them at the top of a coconut tree. they let the buckets collect the liquid that's coming out of the tree over the course of a few days. then they take that liquid and start the process
to either make the brown sugar or the arak. just behind me is actually a Gede's Uncle. he climbs these trees two times a day. his first session he climbed 16 trees and then later in the afternoon he climbs another eight. he's 60 years old and he's so strong. you can see his arms there's these insane muscles that I've never seen before. okay now pak is climbing up this huge tree that was insane that was one of the craziest things. unbelievable. we think this tree is about 30 meters/ 100 feet give or take. the risk is crazy. Antonio are you going up next? no I don't want to.
I was thinking I'm gonna try but this is impossible. once you get to the top of the tree, these are the buckets that are hanging there. these are the ones that are collecting all the liquid from the tree. they swap them out bring them down and continue on with the process. the Balinese make this little concoction right here which comes from Jackfruit tree. that gets mixed in with the liquid that comes directly from
the tree. this concoction is added because it's going to prevent fermentation. you cook these to give you brown sugar. but if you drink this directly from the tree it is so delicious. let's let everyone try it. oh my goodness it's like sugarcane. I grow up with this bro. that's straight from the tree. it's like sugarcane wow. I think this tastes better. stop stop it.
I like how it's crisp and cold. I would sip on this at the beach. so in order to make the brown sugar they cook over an open fire for about 30 minutes until it really thickens up. we'll show you what that looks like. it's already done right? I love brown sugar. it's like Asian caramel. the best candy ever it's like a praline. yeah like a praline! it's as big as my tiny head. Panda you want to take a bite of this one bro?
we are finished with that brown sugar. we are on fire you know because the sugar. we've returned to Gede's house and we've got quite a meal. we provide some traditional food from karangasem. it's called plecing telengis and also shrimp paste chicken. this is already a little bit spicy. I'm gonna try the chicken. little chicken drumstick who cooked this? who's the chef? this is delicious chicken. tender and falls off the bone. let's get up close and personal guys the chicken is perfect. this is heaven. well that was delicious. we are finished eating.
now it's time to take a shower because it's about four or five o'clock. here in the village they don't often shower in their own home. they go and shower in the river so we're gonna walk you there and tell you a little bit about it. we've got about a five minute walk
through the jungle all the way down to where the shower station is. they actually told us that last year is when they finally installed pipes with running water into the village. before that they never had running water going directly into their home. everyone usually showers in the river and goes around this time so four or five o'clock. even though they've recently got water pipes installed here last year, sometimes the water doesn't make it all the way down to the bottom of the village and people are so accustomed to just going and showering in the river together. it's like a communal experience that a lot of people continue to do. you're gonna need that right hand.
a balancing act going on. I don't want to go down there. we are coming up to where the shower station is. they built a brick wall that drops off so the water flow can drop evenly down. we're gonna go in there and take a bath.
trust me, I've been around this guy all day and he stinks. this is the first shower I've had in a week. let's lather up. that was a fresh shower in the river. we are now trekking back through the jungle back to Gede's. it's time to start cooking for dinner. now we're going to be doing some traditional Balinese cooking. we're making the Satay lilit
right here we have the sticks and here is our concoction. it's chicken, flour, and an assortment of other spices. onions, garlic, ginger. we're gonna form it on the stick. get to work boys. let's go we're trying to eat. all the seeds, can't forget the seeds. you're turning around this stick so it looks similar like what you eat in the restaurant. i'm nowhere near as good. i need more
this is okay or it's too much? that's okay for a beginner. i think panda's is good it's probably a 9 out of 10 so panda and cheyne are still making sate. Antonio's cooking over here with Pak. I'm trying to cook. Kemang has already eaten one. this is pretty cool though right in the courtyard here just cooking.
i like seeing cheyne suffering. and that is how you make the world's best peanut sauce. mix it all up use your hand. that's all the flavor this traditional way of eating is known as megibung. megibung is believed to have been created by the king of karangasem in the late 17th century to bring a deeper sense of community among his soldiers. since then, megibung has spread into the homes of many Balinese and regularly takes place during traditional and religious ceremonies. all of the food is served on one platter and circled
by up to eight individuals. everyone eats with their hands and is only allowed to take from what is directly in front of them. when you're finished eating, you must remain seated until everyone else has finished as well. we really enjoyed being part of this traditional way of eating and truly feel it brought everyone closer while enjoying a meal together. we're going to be drinking some arak which is a traditional alcohol from here in Bali. tomorrow we're going to show you how it's made but tonight we're gonna drink it. cheers life is now! good night everybody we'll see you tomorrow hey my name is Antonio. i'm here with these guys but last night we drank a lot and now i don't know.
good morning day two in the kampung. good recovery from the arak. we're feeling alright. now we are out here in the jungle because we are cutting some grass to feed to the cows. so we're going to work. look at Antonio go. how are you doing? I'm fine bro I'm just working in the countryside with this. now with this we feed the cow. then after we eat the cow. this is life.
this cow is about 7 years old. they plan on raising it and letting it have babies. sell the babies and then they plan on actually selling this cow when it reaches around 20 years old now that we're done feeding the cow, getting our future rendang ready, it's time to go get some arak. we saved the best for last. you saw us drinking it last night but it's time to show you guys how arak is made. now arak is very famous here in the karangasem Regency of East Bali.
many families make it in the back of their homes. so we're actually at a local home in the area. the Jungle there behind me and now we're coming into the backyard where they make arak back there. so in these jugs they collect the sap from the palm tree. the same as they make the brown sugar. they put it in these barrels to ferment for a certain period of time. after it's done fermenting, they bring it here to boil. everything's going to evaporate and run down this tube all the way down and drip into your final product. we drank a lot last night but... wow that's good.
well that's gonna close out this video and our time here in Desa manggis. we really hope you guys enjoyed the video. we hope that this gave an accurate representation of how some of the locals live here in Bali. again we encourage you all if you're planning to visit Bali and you want to take part in this immersive experience, please reach out to Gede. he plans
to have this Tour all set up next year in early 2023. we'll put all of Gede's information down in the description below for you to check out. we hope you enjoyed the video. if you did please give us a like and subscribe and we'll see you in the next one.