So it was time to leave Ubud and press on with my next recommended stop on the way to Amed, Kintamani which overlooks the enormous volcano Gunung Batur.  This is still an active volcano and the first historical eruption was recorded in 1804.  Mount Batur (otherwise known) is 5,600 feet high and is centered between two concentric calderas the one containing lake batur is around 10 by 13 km, the other is 7.5 km wide.  The Batur area was formed by this volcano over 30,000 years ago.  It has erupted more than 20 times since 1800, the worst was recorded in 1917 killing thousands of people and destroyed more than 60,000 homes and 2,000 temples.  The last eruption was in 2000 which killed two tourists who had hiked up without a guide.  It is impossible now to hike Mt Batur without a guide.

Upon first sight of Mt Batur when arriving at Kintamani was just amazing.  I could not possibly see the far reaches of this impressive volcano but the mountain itself was jaw dropping.  Standing high into the low hanging clouds and surrounded by a vista of unspoilt beauty.

The typical Bike shot 😉

I headed down towards lake Batur where I would spend the next two nights relaxing at a hotel overlooking the lake and the mountain.  I did not take a hike as it was a bit out of my budget which was fine anyway as the other tourists who had hiked it had told me the cloud cover spoilt the view and from their photos I could see this.

The next morning I took the bike along a bendy back road around the lake to a nearby hotel and Spa I had been told about.  The spa has two outside pools of natural hot spring water.  It was a good place to relax the afternoon away, although it was pretty much deserted by the time I had arrived.