URBAN LIFE 'N STYLE NOVEMBER 2016 | TAKE ME BACK - Page 62

Canggu is a quiet surf and sunset beach surrounded by rice paddies dotted by chic patisseries or bistros as neighbours interspersed with traditional Balinese homes. The mayhem and frenetic pace of Seminyak is notably absent & everybody seems to be on a much slower pace. We stayed just a short walk away from Echo Beach, world famous for its magnificent waves and a must on every surfers bucket list. Echo Beach seems to have an energy all its own and visitors to the area seem more like locals than just mere holiday makers. We had packed just enough to get us through the first day as we knew, or thought we knew that no sooner had we hit the beaches and the vendors would come in their droves and of course, one more light cotton Balinese pants or sarong was not going to hurt. The joke was on us because in this area, vendors are few but local flavoured bars are plenty. There is no Hard Rock Cafe or Hooters just quaint, funky beach bars that look as though they were thrown together with driftwood. But the vibe and energy is awesome. Canggu is just a short drive from the Temple of Tanah Lot and whether you’ve seen it before it is worthwhile visiting again. It is quite simply beautiful. The best time to visit would be sunrise or sunset but I wanted to see it in the bright light of day even though we would miss seeing the Sacred Snake or get a blessing from the priest. This is about the only place in the area with a huge tourist market to buy anything from beads to sarongs and anything in between. The beauty of Tanah Lot is not just the temple in the middle of the ocean but the gardens and two other temples i