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Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud

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Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Cook and eat with a Balinese family in their traditional walled compound. This private half day experience provides an authentic look at local life in a village just north of Ubud. Travel by private vehicle through terraced foothills and discover Balinese spices and other ingredients from the family garden. Learn to use a traditional wood-fired oven to cook several dishes, then enjoy your creations for lunch or dinner.
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Led by a local guide
  • All-inclusive tour includes lunch and round-trip hotel transfers
  • Vegetarian meal option available
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from Ubud hotels only
Private tour and cooking class with your host Dewa
You will be hosted by Dewa or an equally lovely family member who hosts along with Dewa's wife Jero
Visit a local home to meet a family who are expert cooks to share Balinese culture and cuisine
If your hotel is not in Ubud, please meet Dewa at Alam Sari Resort, Jl. Raya Keliki, Keliki
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  • 9:00 AM
    You will be picked up and dropped off at the Ubud hotel you list when booking. If your hotel is not in Ubud, please meet Dewa at Alam Sari Resort, Jl. Raya Keliki, Keliki, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please contact us to confirm if your hotel is within the pickup list
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Traveling Spoon, Inc
    You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud.
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    See all safety measures taken by Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud.
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    What is the social distancing policy during Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud.
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud.

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    • "It is a must to all visitors to give you an understanding of their culture and their beautiful outlook on life." See review
    • "This is an amazing experience for anyone interested in being immersed in traditional Balinese culture and way of life." See review

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    Highly recommendable
    Kasper_N
    , Jul 2022
    Excellent storytelling, great hospitality, nice people and most importantly, great food. Great atmosphere all around the place.
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    One not to miss if you're a foodie!
    Sophie_D
    , Jul 2022
    Our morning spent with Dewa at his home was by far the highlight of our trip. We had a wonderful time learning to make a whole bunch of delicious traditional Balinese dishes, Dewa was an excellent teacher! He provided us with a notebook so that I could write down the recipes and repeat them at home. We also learnt so much about Balinese culture and Dewa and his family's way of living, with a tour of the local area and gardens where they grow so many of their ingredients. Even my husband, who generally doesn't enjoy cooking agreed it was the best thing we did!
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    Amazing authentic experience!
    Nicole_C
    , May 2022
    What an incredible experience! Our gracious guide Dawa was wonderful, giving us a history of his village and Balinese culture. After we were picked up from our hotel in Ubud and greeted, we drove about 30 minutes to his village where we were dropped off to take a scenic walk through the lush landscape and neighborhood streets while teaching us about local customs. At his home, we learned about how they live; and how they cook traditionally for health and medicine and not for taste. Don’t be afraid because the food is really good. They just are not going to add lots of salt but just enough and all the ingredients are locally picked and fresh. I highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting a taste of tradition and an experience not very common nor mainstream.
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    Once in a lifetime
    Mikaere_B
    , Apr 2022
    If you are on the fence about doing this - please just book. This was the most enlightening experience we could've asked for from the moment we met Dewa. He took us through his local village while explaining that Balinese religion, and his wonderful positive outlook on life. Once we arrived at his home, we were given a beautiful handmade book from the local children, and shown how to make 6 different amazing foods. The class was very hands on, with the majority of the work being done by us. The meal was one of the best we've eaten in our lives and we will never forget this experience. 10/10 does not do this justice, please go ahead and book!
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    AMAZING Dinner
    Wanderer53868664183
    , Nov 2019
    This was an amazing experience, and we would recommend this experience for everyone visiting Bali. It was personal and such a wonderful insight into the life of the Balinese through their cooking and the invitation into their family home which was just spectacular. Dewa was a most informative and welcoming host and we could not have thanked him enough for having us and sharing his life's story. One of his spirituality and how this foundation has made him the man he is today surrounded by his generations of family members. It is a must to all visitors to give you an understanding of their culture and their beautiful outlook on life. It was just beautiful. Thanks again DEWA - you are a inspirational and beautiful person.
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    Fantastic day with Dewa and delicious food!
    Christopher_M
    , Sep 2019
    Dewa and his driver picked us up from our hotel at 9am and drove to his village. He took us on a tour and explained about their life, religion and various types of foods that grow in the area. Then we went to his house where he and his family taught us step-by-step how to make 6 different dishes (everything from salad to mains to dessert). He even gave us a hand made book to write the recipes in! It was such a great day and we had the most peaceful lunch in his garden. Couldn’t recommend this class more!
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    Cooking experience in Bali
    creheim
    , Sep 2019
    Excellent experience to Balinese cooking. Dewa spent some time to first explain the agricultural model and its philosophy. We went through his garden to discover the typical Bali's plants. He welcomed us in his home to go through hands on cooking. Everyone was involved. We finally got to taste the 7 delicious recipes prepared. A unique experience to get closer to Balinese culture.
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    Authentic & Delicious
    gabbame91
    , Aug 2019
    Dewa was such a loving and warm-hearted host. He taught us about his culture, gave us a tour of the wild vegetation that was used for our meals and opened his home to us to learn how to cook. We cooked 5 traditional Balinese meals that were easy to remake (I cook these regularly at home in New York) and were absolutely delicious. My sister and I had so much fun! We will be returning for a Part-2 cooking class to learn more.
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    star-5
    Best way to experience Bali
    Kang H
    , Jul 2019
    This is the best cooking experience ever! Dewa started off by taking us through the gardens and forest where we get a better of understanding of the ingredients used for the cooking and the agriculture. And he further explained the culture, mentality and history of Bali and Balinese. Then he brought us back to his home, where he and his family taught us step by step the traditional cooking. Though it took us two hours to get there, but we had loads of fun! Highly recommend!
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    Insightful journey into Balinese culture
    Wayne_L
    , Jul 2019
    For our traditional Balinese cooking experience and garden tour in Ubud, we had the pleasure of having Dewa as our host. He drove us 15-20 minutes out from Ubud to his village. This is an amazing experience for anyone interested in being immersed in traditional Balinese culture and way of life. Dewa takes you through a journey through the village explaining different plants and farming practices as well as the history of Bali throughout time and the basis of its religion and cultural heritage. He explained about the Balinese simple way of life, living in harmony and balance with nature. We learnt many lessons in how we could improve our approach to our own lives and spirituality. After a peaceful walk, we looked at local tofu making and he showed us around his home. Our cooking lesson was fun and easy to follow. We were given the recipes for the dishes we made. We were able to relax and enjoy the food we cooked. All very delicious. After the meal, he drove us back. Highly recommended, one of the best things we did in Ubud. This tour directly helps to support the small villages and the traditional Balinese way of life to continue. Highly recommend!
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    star-5
    A fantastic opportunity to learn more about Balinese culture
    Tour54763799902
    , Jun 2019
    This was such a perfect way to spend our day. A drive into the hills from our accommodation to our meeting point was well worth it. Dewa was such an excellent teacher and guide who shared cultural information, stories and his cooking skills and knowledge with us. We came away feeling we had experienced something very special.
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    Spent 10 days in Bali and this was...
    Mark T
    , Feb 2018
    Spent 10 days in Bali and this was the absolute highlight. My wife and were looking for a traditional cultural experience and Dewa gave it to us. Being invited into his family home for a meal was an honor and priviledge. This is far more than just a cooking class.
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    Dewa was so kind and shared lots of...
    Urko_M
    , Feb 2018
    Dewa was so kind and shared lots of stories with us about Bali, the customs, history, traditions. It was a very special experience, one we will never forget.
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    The trek, the tour, the whole...
    Ricard G
    , Oct 2017
    The trek, the tour, the whole experience was life changing and powerful! Dewa is poignant and wise and lives with a wonderful philosophy that is at peace with his environment and has given me food for thought. The food to eat was even more delicious and I’m keen to try the recipes out when back home
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    Words cannot describe this...
    Astrid A
    , Sep 2017
    Words cannot describe this experience, there is no doubt that this 'tour' is worth your time. Dewa is beyond authentic, with a smile and a calm voice, he opened the doors not only to his house and village, but to a philosophy of life that holds more truth than anything we own or desire, one that allows us to exist beyond ourselves in close connectedness to nature and the seasons, community and cycles of life. The food we cooked under the family's guidance was delicious, varied and plenty, and I do not exaggerate to say that some of Dewa's words have had an irreversible, amazingly positive impact on my life. Yet, even if adding spiritual light onto your path while in Ubud is that's not what interests you, the time walking around the 'garden', and the discovery of the different wholesome ingredients that are included in these traditional recipes is just a time of simplicity, fun and joy. Also note that this is not one of the tours where there's many other people with you, it's a private tour and has a very different feel not that the other are not usually good, but this was the best cooking tour i've personally done- you also get to keep the recipes. A rich sharing experience that is worth every cent and more. Dewa, thank you so much for your light, Adrien and I shall carry it always. Until we meet again Sensei, I wish you and your family good health and happiness- Astrid.
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    We were in Bali for 10 days on our...
    Alan C
    , Sep 2017
    We were in Bali for 10 days on our honeymoon and were excited to do a cooking class initially looking at some small group classes when we stumbled on this experience. Our time with the host, Dewa was truly a blessing and amazing experience!!! First, this is an incredibly authentic experience.... Dewa met us at a hotel close to his home we were in the vicinity and suggested coming to him and took us first on a walking tour of the local gardens, rice fields allotted to his home and neighbors and also local forest area. He explained so much about the agriculture, the history of Bali, the indigenous and also alien species of plants, herbs etc. We learnt why Balinese families have dogs, and also ducks and so much about the history of the people, the volcanic lands etc. Then back at his traditional compound, we were invited in and had a wonderful experience hands on preparing a multi-course meal, learning about the medicinal uses of all of the spices and ingredients drinking lemon grass tea over a series of days is a natural mosquito repellent!. We had extra food from our class and Dewa asked if we would like to bring our guide and driver who were waiting for us to the meal and they were blown away with the food we made. The is part cooking class, part cultural experience, and part insight into the wonderful mindset of the Balinese people.....thoroughly recommend!!
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    WOW... I was truly blown away by how...
    Maddie S
    , Aug 2017
    WOW... I was truly blown away by how good this experience was, I HIGHLY recommend!!!! My partner and I did this on Thursday 3rd August, we stayed at The Stones in Kuta for our week holiday and made the drive out to Ubud, allow a good 2 hours we were a little late due to traffic Dewa and his family are the most kind, loving family, the food was beyond amazing and was so much fun to cook and prepare the meals with them, we also got to keep the recipes!! Their village, home and history behind their generation is stunning. I couldn't recommend this anymore! its a must do! I will be going back to visit them once I return to Bali.
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    This was definitely an experience, a...
    Christine R
    , Jun 2017
    This was definitely an experience, a gift. Thank you Dewa. We love to cook with the best of ingredients and this wonderful opportunity broadened our understanding of so much more. The support given to the local village by Travelling Spoon inc is also a revelation giving a chance for tourists to get up close and involved in village life. Dewa was the prefect host, we learned a lot about Buddhist philosophy and Balinese way of life. And of course the food we prepared was heavenly to us.A big plus seeing the plants growing in the garden and having the recipes to make a similar feast we we get back home. Many thanks Dewa.
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    Dewa was a most interesting guide...
    dcalmus
    , Jun 2017
    Dewa was a most interesting guide and imparted a variety of very interesting facts about the lifestyle and views of the people of his village. Everyone we met was very welcoming and friendly and the whole experience was excellent. Primed with the knowledge of the way that Dewa's village viewed food and it's position in their lifestyle, we weren't expecting very much when it came to lunch how wrong we were! Dewa and a lady from the village explained how to prepare each course of a 7 course lunch menu which involved corn fritters, two chicken dishes and an excellent soya bean dish accompanied by 2 salad courses and a banana fritter dessert. We were involved in the preparation of each dish and each element was explained so that we could write down the recipes. After lunch, we were taken around the garden where the various fruits, vegetables and herbs were shown to us. This was followed by a visit to an area where students were learning art and we were introduced to their teacher and enjoyed a locally prepared coffee. Overall a very enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone with a view to learning a little more about Balinese food and culture.
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    Cooking with Dewa was one of the...
    Jennifer S
    , Sep 2016
    Cooking with Dewa was one of the best culinary experiences I have had! My travel partner and I are both avid travelers, adventurous cooks, and food enthusiasts. Dewa provided an exceptional educational and culinary experience- we both had good opportunity to learn and assist with the cooking process. I felt fully at peace, grateful, and most importantly, FULL, when we concluded our experience. HIGHLY recommended.
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