We were at Ulun Danu Batur today, shortly after visiting the nearby Pura Tegeh Kuripan. The latter was definitely less interesting but here sarongs were included in the entrance fee. We paid the required 25.000 Rp entrance fee for Ulun Danu Batur and were then guided to a building next door where sarongs had to be bought (150.000 Rp each). Fortunately I speak reasonably well Indonesian and requested sarongs which we could borrow instead of buying. We were taken to another side of the room where I was told we could ‘rent’ a sarong for 20.000 Rp each. In addition we were required to rent a sash, again 20.000 Rp each. We refused to pay this ridiculous amount and some unpleasant negotiations followed. We were about to walk away several times and finally the price was settled at 5.000 Rp per person, for sarong and sash together. Irrespective of this outcome, the whole atmosphere in the ´sarong room´ is very unpleasant and this place literally feels like a tourist trap. The hassle with the sarongs definitely did not contribute to a enjoyable visit of the temple.
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