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“What a pity!!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount Batur

Mount Batur
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Mount Batur Sunrise Hiking and Coffee Plantation Tour
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Kintamani
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hikers will enjoy climbing this volcano, and the rewards of the views into the crater and of the crystal clear waters of Lake Batur. (Note: visibility may be limited during the rainy season, Dec.-March.)
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Malaysia
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“What a pity!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Please don't waste your time to go there in a raining day because the beautiful scene of the mountain and lake totally can't be seen...it is too foggy!!!

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Maybe ideal for honeymooners, don't stay for longer than a day if you like DOING things though- the view is literally all!

Visited January 2013
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“Big crater”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Gunung Batur is one of Bali's most popular attractions, also one of the most active volcanoes around. Mt Batur has had about 20 eruptions, big and small in the last two centuries. The 1917 eruption was catastrophic. The most recent, a small one in 1994.
The crater is wide, about 14 km in diameter and has in it a smaller volcanic cone, a crescent shaped lake, a small village and more.
On the edge of the crater is a restaurant where most visitors have lunch. The food is not so good but the view is excellent. The three level restaurant has balconies overlooking the crater where you can sit and eat.

Visited October 2012
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant experience. Well worth getting a guide as they can take you alternative routes and after all it is their livelihood! Would recommend doing the sun rise treck. An absolute must if visiting bali.

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“physical assault on tourists - thug mafia”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

According to our guidebooks you can do this without a guide, because it is a 1 ½ to 2-hour ascent, on a highly visible way. All tour and travel operators offer this climb, but only to see the sunrise. Then of course with a guide, because he has the better flashlight. During daytime to climb on your own is not a problem.
We arrived at 1 pm, at the foot of the mountain, not a cloud covered our ascent. We told our driver if the weather is bad, we would go back at once.
On the trip to the volcano Mount Batur our driver didn´t really want to bring us there. Whether it was that he feared of an incident, or that he wanted to go home earlier. This did not come out clearly. He told us different things, that he did not know exactly where the track begins, that there are no guides there at this time, that we definitely need a leader, then later that it is possible to do it at your own, ... He asked whether we want to stay here (because of the sunrise will be so beautiful). We suspect he knew exactly what was going to happen. We didn´t understand anything from the conversation between our driver and the local guides. Before we started to go on our own, our driver told us that we should go to office of HPPGB first, because he didn´t wanted to get any trouble with the guides. No one in this office is wearing a uniform or anything official. It is a group of men who were all dressed differently. Only one man apparently also looked like a mountain guide. This was also the quietest.
After we put on our hiking shoes, we read the signs. A "guide" mentioned that there was a better map inside the office, where the paths are visible. So we went inside. There is only one way up crater. We took a picture of it and wanted to go. On our own, without a guide.
We did not get far. Our driver was watching everything from a distance. 5 men blocked our way. Quite aggressive they said we could not go further. They pushed my fiance back as we wanted to walk the track. We explained that we know that it is possible to go without a guide. There would be no difficult passages. We would not need a guide. Then they said we should again go to the "office". There we were told then by the "boss" in a very loud tone, that this mountain is sacred, we should respect this and follow the rules. He does not care what is written in books, we have to come here with the author of the book and he would tell him the same thing. We said that we respect the sacred mountain, that we have a lot of mountain experience and would also hire a guide when he tells us a reasonable price. He says it costs 300,000 IDR. As we laughed, he presented us a – certainly self created - price list on which the cheapest tour was listed at 300,000 IDR. Other tours were listed for more than twice the price. We told the leader of the guides that we know what the average income in his country is and that these prices are exaggerated. He claimed that these were the official prices, which are set by the government. We did not believe him and questioned this.
Our counter-questions did not count. When we asked for his name, he got even more aggressive. Why do we would need his name? We said that we go to the police (in the past this worked against "Little Criminals"). We didn´t wanted to realize that corruption has the upper hand in this country. After insisting he mentioned the name "Surin" or "Suria". But then it all went pretty fast. The man stood up and slammed his fist on the chest of my fiance. The man was detained by another one, I placed myself in between. He yelled at us, we should go away. It is his land and his mountain! Then he kicked my fiance in the abdomen with his feet. At this time we stood up on the edge of the stairs of the office. My fiance could just keep his balance and we went immediately down the stairs and to the car park. The footprint is clearly visible on his white T-shirt. We made a picture of this.
We don´t know, why the men reacted like this. We didn´t speak up load or offended anyone. We went back to the car and wanted to go to the police, but our driver said first that he did not know where it was and we better should forget all about it. It would cost us a lot of money and nothing would happen because the “guides” pay the local police! Then we remembered the stories about corruption in this country which he told us this morning. Especially these regarding the police.
Why didn´t we leave at once and wanted to go on our own? The reason is that we were in the temple complex of Besakih a few hours ago. We were informed by our driver that we only need to pay the entry fee and that no guide is necessary. That many guides make trouble and will tell us are that we are not allowed to get in the temple without a guide and that we will have to pay extra to go in various places in the temple. All this is not true, we can all go everywhere on our own and take pictures.
As we arrived there we only bought the entrance ticket and didn´t take a guide at the office. At the entrance of the temple was a local man, who described himself as a "temple guardian" and told us that he is not a guide. He wanted to see our tickets again and didn´t leave us alone walking into the temple. He told us exactly what our driver had predicted. The guard just wanted a tip. When we refused, he decreased the “price of the tip" down several times and wanted to have only several dollars in the end. This is not about money but about principle. We persevered. As we asked him for his ID, (as an official guardian introduced by the government he needs to have some official document) he first told us not to have one, then that it was at the entrance and in the end he showed us a document that identified him as a tour guide. As we tried to take a picture of the document, but he pulled it off quite quickly, insulted us and let us alone.
Compared with the income of a regular worker or rice farmer this “petty criminals" take a fortune from the tourists. For a 2-3 hours walk on a simple, straight path, we should pay 300,000 IDR! This is completely absurd. These men earn enough money with the organized tour groups. What causes them to stop, the handful of tourists who want to "climb" the mountain on there own using violence.

Visited February 2013
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