Lahangan Sweet is one of Bali’s newest attractions boasting an epic viewpoint that treats you to the best far-reaching views of Mount Agung.
Following a short path, you’ll find the viewpoint on a cool mountain ridge in the east of the island. It’s definitely the best place to check out the stellar Mt Agung volcano and admire the northern coastline while seeing Mt Rinjani on Lombok island on a clear day.
I’ve put together this ultimate guide to visiting Lahangan Sweet to help you plan your adventure.
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WHERE IS LAHANGAN SWEET?
Lahangan Sweet is located close to Amed beach in the eastern part of Bali.
You can simply search for the location on Google maps which will lead you all the way to the mountain ridge.
As you get closer, keep your eyes peeled for the small wooden signs pointing you in the right direction.
You’ll also pass the turnoff for Pura Lempuyang Temple on the way up the hill, another unmissable spot to check out while you’re in the area!
HOW TO GET HERE?
The best and easiest way to get to Lahangan Sweet Bali is by scooter or by car.
If you are staying in the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, or Ubud region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the 3-hour drive out to Karangasem in East Bali.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Lahangan Sweet viewpoint draws in travelers from near and far to experience an unforgettable view of the mesmerizing landscape.
To be here at the best time possible, I’d definitely recommend visiting either at sunrise or sunset. You can witness a great sunrise around 6 am on top of the mountain.
If you’re more into a golden hour experience, I’d advise you to get to the viewpoint around 5:30 pm. Either way, you’ll have a great overview of the island and a breathtaking view of Mt Agung.
Keep in mind that during the wet season (December – February) it can be a bit wild visiting this attraction due to its mountaintop location. Still, it’s a great time to visit the spot because the scenery all around the region will be entirely green.
If you want unspoiled views with no clouds, being there during the dry season may be a better option (March – November). The area is a lot dryer and a great chance to see the surrounding islands in the distance.
Upon arriving, you’ll see a small wooden shack that acts as the ticket office and a bamboo entrance gateway.
Locals get a free entry to the viewpoint, and foreigners will have to purchase an entry ticket for 20,000 IDR at the ticket office.
There are no official opening hours, so you can visit anytime and spend as much time here as you want!
THE VIEWPOINTS AT LAHANGAN SWEET BALI
You’ll find several viewpoints at Lahangan Sweet Bali that will treat you to an excellent panoramic view of Amed and the Karangasem region.
When you walk down the path for about a minute, you’ll see the most famous treehouse platform. This platform is wrapped around a tree and you need to climb up the ladder to get on top of it.
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Looking to the left, you can see the southern part of Bali, with unbeatable views of Mt Abang and Mt Batur in the far distance. Above anything else, the number one reason why this viewpoint is so astonishing is the view of Mt Agung.
Another viewpoint can be found near the big tree. It’s a square palm terrace built on poles on the side of the hill. There is also a small platform with a roof, located on the ground, accompanied by wooden benches to rest your legs and take in the gorgeous scenery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
For some, navigating to the spot can be tricky so keep an eye on the directions. Besides, the road leading to the bottom of the hill is sometimes slippery and challenging.
I’d advise you to be cautious when you’re arriving by scooter and make sure to have a full tank of gas that takes you all the way up the hill.
If you’re not a confident rider, you can park your scooter near the wooden sign and continue on foot. The 10-minute walk is short but steep, so expect a small workout! Luckily you’ll be rewarded with one of the most incredible sights Bali has to offer.
BEST PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
With a view this stunning, it’s no surprise the spot is excellent for great photo opportunities.
You can climb the tree to get some nice shots from the tree platform.
Close-up photos of people sitting or standing on the edge overlooking the landscape are one way to get awesome visual content.
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The other platforms are great too if you’re looking for good silhouette photos or panoramic shots with Mt Agung in the background.
When shooting at sunrise or sunset, remember that you’ll be shooting in low light. In that case, I’d highly recommend increasing your ISO. Set the aperture to F4 or higher to get those extra crispy shots.
For the best photo opportunities, it’s always good to do some research in advance. There are a lot of photos taken at this viewpoint already, so it’s cool to try new things and get a unique perspective!
TIPS FOR VISITING
When visiting, the steep hike can sometimes be wet and muddy. Be sure to wear solid shoes for the climb so you’ll get there easily. Also, it’s a good idea to dress warmly as it can be cold at the top of the mountain.
Furthermore, there are no food vendors in the area. I’d recommend bringing a bottle of water and some snacks so you’re all set for the trip.
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CAMPING AT LAHANGAN SWEET
Do you wish to stay a bit longer than just sunrise or sunset hours? If your answer is yes, then I’d highly recommend camping! There is a camping area available and a generator you can use.
You can either camp with your own gear or hire camping gear on location. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience to wake up here and enjoy a beautiful sunrise from your tent.
Lahangan Sweet Bali is an unmissable location to experience some of the most expansive views in the east. After a short hike, you’ll be rewarded with views of the northern coastline, Lombok and the Gili Islands, and of course the crown jewel, Mt Agung.
Depending on your plans, the best time to visit is during sunrise or sunset. The light will be perfect to get those sweet panoramic shots or close-up photos on the famous tree platform.
For a small entrance fee of 20,000 IDR, you can enjoy a breathtaking overview of the island. Make sure to bring your own food and beverages and some warm clothes when it gets cold after sunset.
Either hike up the hill for a small tour or set up a tent on the camping ground to experience one of the best sunrises in your life!
WHERE TO STAY
I would recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting East Bali. From Amed to the Lahangan Sweet viewpoint, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive.
Amed has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Amed to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: GRIYA VILLAS & SPA
MID RANGE: BAYU COTTAGES
BUDGET: TITI SEDANA HOMESTAY
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WHERE TO NEXT?
Ubud is not too far away from this location and boasts many amazing things to do such as rainforest yoga retreats, traditional arts and crafts, other-worldly rice terraces, raging waterfalls, monkey forests, and much more.
Ubud is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature for a few days away from the rat race. Whether you want to unwind and relax or adventure and explore, Ubud offers the best of both worlds.
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