A well organised journey through 7000 years of history, culture, belief systems, power struggles between civilisations, political structures and societal organisation, up to the present.
All this evidenced in writings, architecture, artefacts uncovered by robbers and sold to collectors and more recently findings uncovered by archaeologists. Our guides did an excellent job of bringing the story together from the finds and monuments on display at the sites we visited.
We discussed the differing technologies used to manage water by varying civilisations in both countries, where scarceness and at times surplus caused differing problems to solve as well as current religions, power structures, how families are organised, geopolitical alliances and governance.
The trip delivered on everything promised but there was a lot of time spent travelling in the mini buses with all the trips taking longer than anticipated. A great introduction to Bali but more time needed to truly immerse yourself in the culture and Balinese life so definitely worth extending the trip.