I've heard the Kintamani occupants can be gruff but I didn't know how gruff till we actually got there. Watch out for people at Suria Hotel (or Surya hotel). Never take recommendations on the guide services they have. And be weary if the owners of the hotel ask for upfront payment like Suria did with us. The guides at the hotel are local tugs that have been kicked out of the climbers association of mount batur and they use many devious ways to get their tourists to follow them on the trip up the mountains. Prices charged are USD35, USD45 and USD60 for short, mid, and long trips. We refused to climb with them because we knew we could get it cheaper. And we also knew he was telling us lies to get us to climb with them. So we forfeited our room payment of Rp150,000 at Suria and headed to Barona Cottages. These tugs followed us there insisting that we still climb with them. They made trouble with the good folks at Baruna Cottages and told us we cannot climb unless we go with them and pay them. We choose not to climb. No one tells us on OUR holiday what to do. At 4am, these tugs knocked on the door to go climbing. Only when I feigned illness did they leave us alone. Around Mount Batur area, always know where you are headed and always book ahead. Then, stop for no one along the way to your hotel. These men on bikes will tell you anything to get you to follow them. Always have the number of your hotel so you can call them if you meet these tugs. Baruna Cottages is a good place to stay.
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