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Published September 7th 2016
Jangkrik Homestay- a window to Balinese life
Jangkrik is a window from which to see the sacred daily rituals of Balinese families.
Jangkrik Homestay is ideally located in Jalan Hanoman, which is thankfully regarded as the new center of Ubud. Jalan Hanoman is a lot more spacious and relaxed than the now crazed Monkey Forest Road but if the monkey forest remains your orientation point, Jangkrik is only a 5 minute walk away. Jalan Hanoman has many new eateries, including international restaurants, the first-rate coffee and patisserie Monsieur Spoon and supermarkets if you opt for a self-catered holiday. This road has first-class jewelry shops whose wares are both creative and offer fixed prices, as well as transport and tour centers which provide taxi, motorbike and shuttle bus services and can organize no-fuss, all-day, value-packed activities such as kite-making and cooking classes for the solo traveler, groups and the whole family.
Jangkrik Homestay has a very traditional design, with the family quarters at the front, and guest rooms toward the back of the home-stay.
Rooms at Jangkrik are clean, well-designed and designed for simple tastes. Each room stay has an attached front veranda where breakfast is served. It is almost voyeuristic to enjoy the price-inclusive breakfast of fruit and a banana jaffle or pancake and watch the family go about their daily business. It is a unique insight into Balinese life, so full of graceful ritual and loving care. The home-stay surrounds are laced with iconic and fragrant frangipani trees and the tranquility of its garden sites and personalized temples are enhanced by aquatic pockets and vibrant offerings. Ancient stone carvings are also featured, that are like snap shots of ancestral history and Balinese spirituality. Jangkrik is full of family pride.
Jangkrik rooms are clean and well-serviced. There is no hot water.
Priced at AUD$30 per night through Expedia, Jangkrik attracts travelers who are adventurists, but who also like the authentic side of Ubud and Balinese life. Generally, travelers and guests stay for 3 days to one week at a time, so if you are travelling alone, it is a great place to meet people who are genuinely interested in culture and travel and already know Ubud quite well. The owner of Jangkrik is characteristically cheery but also goes the extra mile for his guests. It was clear to me that he is well-respected within his own community and knew the village like the back of his hand. He got things done. For me, it was to ensure that I got a shuttle bus to Lovina at the last minute and advised that I did not need to pay extra for transport. He was impressive in both his efficiency and genuine care for guests. Jangkrik do organize and advise transport options for you: but I draw attention to this because so do many others who do not deliver. It is noteworthy that the whole family at Jangkrik are committed to making each guest's stay comfortable and well-serviced.
For this price point, Jangkrik is great value. This Balinese family offers fast, attentive and efficient service. Breakfast is price-inclusive.