Viewing Mount Agung at sunrise or sunset is one of the best things to do in Bali. And the Lahangan Sweet viewpoint is no exception. Atop a lush green mountain ridge in East Bali, you can see the mighty Mount Agung to your left and the gorgeous Bali coastline to your right. If you end up visiting on a clear day, you may even be able to see Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok island.
Go at sunrise or sunsets to witness the light creep over the mountain and provide you with spectacularly lit views of the rice fields, valley, and skyline. Climb up to the tree platform for the best perspective.
Everything you need to know before visiting Lahangan Sweet, Bali
Where is Lahangan Sweet viewpoint in Bali and How to Get There
Lahangan Sweet viewpoint of Mount Agung is located in the hills of the Karangasem regency of East Bali. Type in Lahangan Sweet into google maps and it will take you to the bottom of the hill, across from a local warung. Follow the small wood sign that will point you in the right direction.
Here you can park your scooter and make the rest of the journey on foot up the steep road. It will take you an additional 10 minutes to walk up to the entrance through mud. Beware, it can be slippery so wear the right shoes!
Where to Stay Near Lahangan Sweet, Bali
KUBU CARIK BUNGALOWS | If you want even more epic views of East Bali, stay in one of the two bungalows available here. Sit on your balcony and marvel at the stunning rice fields and landscape. Plus, Kubu Carik is only a 25-minute drive from Lahangan Sweet.
Check out the availability and prices for Kubu Carik Bungalows below.
MATHIS LODGE | A similar distance away from Lahangan Sweet is Mathis Lodge. This well-designed lodge, featuring individual stone and thatched roof villas includes stunning views of the Amed coastline from the shared pool.
Check out the availability and prices for Mathis Lodge below.
THE KAMPUNG | Located right on the ocean, these traditional Joglo style wooden houses have so much character and feature the coveted outdoor bathroom.
Check out the availability and prices for The Kampung below.
TRANSPORTATION TO BUKIT CINTA, BALI
The fastest way to get to Lahangan Sweet is by scooter. As the main form of transportation in Indonesia, this will get you from A to B the most efficiently. If you plan to rent a scooter, just ask at your accommodation. Make sure you have an international driver’s license from your home country, and at least a couple of lessons on how to properly drive a scooter. The roads in Bali can be dangerous, so this will help set you up for success.
Klook.com is a great place to find a scooter rental and they drop it off for you.
HIRE A CAR AND DRIVER
If renting a scooter is not your jam (I don’t blame you), then opt to hire a car and driver to take you to the Lahangan Sweet viewpoint. This service starts at USD 40. Ask your villa owner or hotel concierge and they can set you up with one. In my opinion, it’s overpriced, so renting a car with a driver should be your last option.
A good option for this is the car hire services provided by Klook.com.
Entrance Fee for Lahangan Sweet, Bali
For a regular visit to see the Lahangan Sweet sunrise viewpoint and get lovely photos, it is free of charge for locals and 20,000 IDR (approximately $1.40 USD) for foreigners. The onsite camping will also cost 20,000 IDR.
Opening Hours in Lahangan Sweet
There are no official opening hours for Lahangan Sweet, you can enter at any time. We arrived around 6:30 AM and there was no one monitoring the entrance booth. But, on the way back out, around 8 AM there was, so we paid the entrance fee at that time.
What to Expect at Lahangan Sweet, Bali
Access to get here can be challenging. I have heard of some people getting lost on the drive up. Make sure you keep a close eye on your google maps directions and you should end up at the bottom of the hill to the Lahangan Sweet viewpoint.
The drive up can also be very steep, so if you are coming on a scooter make sure you have a full tank of gas to manage the hills. Once you’ve reached the bottom, which is essentially a small wood sign saying ‘Lahangan Sweet’ with an arrow, you can part your scooter. You will know you are in the right spot if there is a local warung across the small road.
From here, you can make the rest of the journey on foot, about a 10-minute walk up a steep dirt path. Make sure to wear the right shoes. When you see a small wooden shack and bamboo entrance gateway, you know you’ve reached the top. If the entrance attendant isn’t there, just walk through and pay the entrance fee later.
You will be greeted with panoramic views of Bali. On one side is the stunning and powerful Mount Agung and on the other the shoreline and the coastal mountain range of East Bali. If it’s a really clear day, you can see Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok afar.
Walk down the path for about 1 minute and you will see the famous tree platform on the left-hand side down a small hill. Alternative viewpoints are from the platform to the left of the tree as well or sit on the wood planks to marvel at the active volcano.
I’d advise bringing snacks and a reusable water bottle full of water. There are no facilities at the top of the viewpoint, from what I remember. At the base, there is a small warung, but they have a very limited selection in terms of beverages and food.
If you are into adventure travel, try a night camping on top of the ridge. This would be a once in a lifetime experience and waking up to sunrise at Lahangan Sweet, would be breathtaking.
Best Time to visit Lahangan Sweet, Bali
Lahangan Sweet and the view of Mount Agung are best seen at either sunrise or sunset. For sunrise, make sure you get to the top of the mountain no later than 6 AM. Yes, this requires an early wake-up call, but believe me, it’s worth it.
For sunset golden hour, head up the hill around 5:30 PM, or check the sunrise and sunset predictions on AlpenGlow. It’s a free app for determining the blue hour and the golden hour of a particular location.
Photography at Lahangan Sweet Sunrise Viewpoint
Okay, you’ve arrived at the top of the viewpoint at the crack of dawn and made it to the tree platform. This is the most instagrammable location at Lahangan Sweet. Get a good video of you climbing the tree and looking at the view. Also, I’ve seen plenty of close-up photos and videos of someone sitting on the edge of the platform (like I have on this blog). I’d encourage you to try to get a unique perspective of this viewpoint, as most of the content I’ve seen seems to be one of two things.
Just to the left of the tree platform, is a regular flat platform that you can just walk onto. This can still give you those views you want but may end up being a little flat in terms of interest. One great photo here would be to catch the sunset and have the light of the sun silhouette you toward the view.
Because the light is lower at sunrise and sunset, you will need to turn up your ISO. Anywhere between 200-400 is best.
Also, bump up your aperture to F4 or higher to ensure the mountain is crisp in the background. Through my excitement and rush to catch the light on the mountain, I had forgotten to bump this up. So you can see that the mountain is blurry in my shots. You live, you learn. Just another excuse to go back.
What to Bring to Lahangan Sweet – Mount Agung Viewpoint
With any attraction, it’s always a good idea to prepare and bring a few items that will make your experience better. Here are my recommendations:
DAY PACK | I travel with my WANDRD backpack, it comes with a compartment for your camera and tons of space for all your other goodies
MIRRORLESS CAMERA | If you want to invest in something other than your camera phone (the newest phones have great cameras by the way), I purchased the Sony A7iii with a Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 lens. Couldn’t be happier.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | Let’s help save our planet from plastic pollution and carry around a reusable water bottle instead. I love my Swell water bottle as it stays cold for 24 hours and is lightweight. A LARQ water bottle would also fit the bill and has water purifying technology built right in.
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