On the third day in Ubud, Bali we decided to view the rice-paddies and what better way to do this then the famous Campuhan Ridge Walk.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is well trodden with good paths, the first half has dirt roads that even tour vans can get to and on the way down winding sealed roads. There were plenty of places to stop for a drink or view along the way. One of the highlights was the Neka Art Museum which I will write about in a separate post.
- Ibah Luxury Villas
- Pura Gunung Lebah
- Karsa Cafe
- Bangkiang Village
- Pura Pucak Payongan
- Pura Khayangan
- Neka Art Gallery
- Mozaic Restaurant
- Bintang Supermarket
- Botanical Garden
- Don Antonio Blanco Museum
During our stay in Battambang we decided to explore the city by following the free walking tour produced by the Battambang Municipality.
Along the walking tour the city’s French and Khmer history is seen in building’s architectural style.
Whilst interesting, having arrived from the Angkor region, the city was a little underwhelming.
The walking tour is broken into two parts, Central Battambang and South Battambang.
- Wat Pipetharam
- Building of the Cantonese Association
- Psar Nath
- Shophouses next to the Chinese Temple
- Chinese Temple / Chinese Spirit House
- Corner Building and Villa
- Street 2 ½: Series of Shop Houses
- Chinese School (opposite of White Rose Restaurant)
- Buffalo Alley
- Battambang Cinema (on Street 2)
- School Pi Thnou
- Apartment Building
- Sangker Cinema and Battambang Warehouse
- Department of Land Management
- Wat Damrey Sor
- Former canal south of Wat Damrey Sor
- Exhibition Hall
- Provincial Museum
- Boxing Stadium (Sports Ground)
- Post Office
- Electricity Company and Department of Water Authority
- House for the Vice Governor of Battambang
- Provincial Court
- Former Prison Location
- Wat Kamphaeng and Stupa of 1840
- Kamphaeng High School
- Sport Centre (Au Circle Sportif de Battambang)
- Sala Khaet
- Royal Residence (Royal Bungalow)
- Department of Tourism
- First Concrete Bridge
You may download GPX way-points of the above maps by clicking on the GPS icon in the bottom-right corner.
Unfortunately, the Battambang Heritage website is temperamental, you can use these links to download the Central Walking Map and South Walking Map.
Daft Punk was a blast! We both had a fantastic time on Sunday evening, here are some snapshots we took between dancing:
By the time we had arrived at the festival, it was well and truly packed. People of all different shapes, sizes and ages were there. There were the teenagers with their Alive 2007 shirts and beer in hand, the ravers with their giant furry pink leg warmers and the geeky 20 something year olds who had obviously been waiting for this for a long time. One thing was clear, the anticipation in the crowd was enormous and by the time the two robots appeared on stage, the audience was going wild.
Daft Punk played for about 1 hour, and then came out again for an encore (after the crowd had started chanting to the tune of Da Funk). I particularly liked the end when the duo turned around leaving the audience with a view of “Daft Punk” lit up on the back of their jackets – it was too cute!
The show left me with bizarre sense of happiness. Whether it was the messages of being “Human” and “Together” being sprawled across the stage screens or Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” being played immediately after the show (causing everyone to embrace each other in togetherness), I’m not sure. All I can say is Daft Punk are very good at doing what they do.
It is no doubt that the light show was the most impressive setup I have ever experienced. However, I was really there for the music and I was left a little disappointed. The set was exactly the same as their set back in Coachella April 2006, almost 2 years ago. I am aware that synchronising the lighting with an improvised set wouldn’t achieve the same visual experience, however, I would have liked some surprises thrown in to mix things up.
The highlight of the show was Sonya’s scream when Something About Us was played gaining a lot of stares from those around us.
I did have a lot of fun and hope to see Daft Punk again in the future (minus the pyramid light show).