There's not much choice in Toya Bungkah. The Ayu, just a few meters away from Arlina's, is the only nice place. But it is not only expensive, it's apparently mismanaged. (Someone in the village told me that the land--right on the lake--had been acquired by a person from Surabaya through corrupt means.) The grounds of the Ayu are huge, but it seemed abandoned when I wandered in around 8 p.m.
Arlina's offers small, poorly maintained rooms, but at least it's cheap: IDR 300,000/night (USD 31) for the three of us, who squeezed into the two single beds. Service was friendly, and your stay includes a delicious welcome drink. Decor next to the bathtub was a wierd stone grotto theme. The designers may want you to think that you are at a natural hot spring. But my impression was that of bathing in a dark green cave.
The manager will try to sell you guiding services. This seems to be the way they make money. For the so-called long Mt. Batur route, which takes around four hours, the price listed in their office is USD 85/person. He quickly offered a guide ("including eggs cooked on the volcano and bananas" for a meal) for all three of us for IDR 600,000. If time allows, you could probably do better by finding a guide elsewhere. We were offered guiding services by someone digging a ditch nearby.
On the plus side, Arlina's has three new pools: one cold and two. . . warmish. We soaked in a warm pool on the cool, rainy evening we were there.
Dinner there was adequate. We had the locally raised tilapia (small, but good) and chicken. Try the tomato jaffle. Toya Bunkah is surrounded by tomato fields.
This is a beautiful area. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate when we were there so we didn't hike Mt. Batur. If you expect to hike, avoid the rainy season.
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