An easy day trip from Ubud is Pura Tirta Empul, the sacred water temple.
Constructed more than 1,000 years ago, Balinese have been coming here since then to bath in the purifying waters.
I like to get an early start. Since most tourists are lazy, getting to popular attractions before 10 am often means only locals are about.
I made it to Tirta Empul before 9 am, and it wasn’t even open yet!
Most tourists rush in, take a couple selfies, and rush to the next temple. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I stuck around for a couple hours, watching the people bath, and perform ceremonies.
It seemed strange to photograph people bathing!
Even though I was there until 11 or so, there still weren’t that many people in the water. It’s probalby better to get here later.
Tirta Empul is a must-see and one of the many highlights of Bali.