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Gunung Batur

The guesthouses and hotels around Gunung Batur are contained within two towns: Kedisan and Toya Bungkah. Toya Bungkah has by far the largest range of accommodation and is the best choice for most travellers.

Arlina's Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Toya Bungkah

The rooms are bright and clean, the mattresses firm to touch though increasingly saggy as the night wears on, and it looks like there was a sale on bamboo furniture as there is loads of it at this place. The bathrooms are clean and get a little bit of natural light, but the surprising thing about them is the diorama located at one end — forest scenes made from concrete, complete with concrete... Read our full review of Arlina's Bungalows.

Hotel Surya
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Kedisan
T: (0366) 51 139

This older style hotel is in Kedisan, the first town on the descent from Penelokan on the caldera rim. It's an old-school sort of place, quite basic and suited to those on a budget. The beds have thin mattresses with poor-quality sheets. The bathrooms are a tad dark, but have hot water and are clean enough for most people to be comfortable with. The more expensive rooms have TVs, but are... Read our full review of Hotel Surya.

Lakeside Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Toya Bungkah
T: (0366) 51 249

As the name suggests, these four rooms are situated right next to the lake and have some of the nicest views in town across the lake to Trunyan and the impressive Gunung Abang. The rooms are basic, but not as basic as many others in town, are very clean and have hot water bathrooms. The quality of the linen is a step up from some of the cheaper places and the bed is more comfortable, meaning that... Read our full review of Lakeside Cottages.

Under the Volcano III
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Toya Bungkah
T: (081) 338 600 081

The lovely owners of this place will make you feel right at home and offer you fresh fish at every opportunity as they also have a fish farm down the road. The guesthouse is located close to the lake along a quiet stretch of road away from where a constant stream of trucks pass by. The rooms are bare and basic with thin mattresses on the beds, cold water bathrooms with bizarre baths that can't... Read our full review of Under the Volcano III.

Hotel Astra Dana
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Kedisan
T: (0366) 52 091

The three types of rooms here range from tiny, dark and depressing through to large, bright and comfortable. It's a basic hotel located in the lakeside town of Kedisan and is spread over two storeys and two buildings. The cheapest rooms are only slightly bigger than the bed that they contain which is not a problem in itself, but they are very dark and don't feel inviting — you won't want to... Read our full review of Hotel Astra Dana.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Gunung Batur? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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