ADD TO LISTA large number of travelers choose to pay Bali a visit when traveling through Indonesia. Bali has some great shopping, beaches, and markets, and it's definitely worth stopping over a few days in Bali if you're traveling to Indonesia's Java region. Popular attractions include the Uluwatoo and Kuta, Sanur. There's a lot more to check out in Bali, so take some time to explore this Bali travel guide to find out more about this place.
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Hi, I will be travelling to Bali for 11 days in July 2011. I have recently looked at the 'smart traveller' site which says to avoid going there. Although I know there is always a threat I am somewhat put off going even though I have always wanted to go. I am planning to stay at the hard rock hotel, Kuta. Any suggestions on places to avoid in Bali ?
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Well what can I say. Was an interesting place didn't really go the narrow streets etc. Was quite a dirty place. However if anyone ever heads that way the tours were excellent especially the Kintamani volcano Tour and the Monkey Forest and Temples Tour. Be wary if offered a friendship bracelet or the like as my friend and I were ripped off $280AUD each the first day we were there if you do find yourself in this situation and not knowing the value of their Money all you need to do is say the word police and they back right off. Great weather, really hot. We stayed in Kuta at cheap accommodation but if you go there i would recommend going for something around the 3.5 - 4 star mark as the accommodation we had was only 2.5 star and the sheets were washed daily but they were kinda brown and blood on the walls of our unit. Kuta Beach was lovely but they have a lot of people selling stuff that tend to hound you. lol. The shopping absolutely amazing and very cheap. We were offered drugs by some guys .............no we didn't take them neither of us were into that but however if you are game to purchase off of them do be warned that as soon as you buy it they go to cops and report you then you have the balinese police on your back. Overall was a great place especially the tours, kids ride moped thingees to school and the balinese drive crazy.........yes there were times we thought we weren't goin to make it back to NZ. Was a real eye opener for us. These people work so hard for so little.
On 1st August 2008, we take the Flight from Penang to KL. The flight arrives 20 minutes earlier to LCCT, because the pilot keeps accelerating on the way to KL, sweat.
When we are on the way to Bali, we are so luckily to see a Volcano exploded. (but we can’t find out what’s the name of Volcano mountain) Most of us just act like forest monkey as we never experience to see this scene.
-Road Conditions and Driving skills of Balinese
From Ngurah Rai Bali Airport to Kuta, I noticed that all lanes or roads are narrow and two-way. Therefore, every driver can say it’s very skillful. :P Surprisingly, I found out none of the cars have any scratch on it~!
According to travel information, Besakih is known as the ‘Mother Temple’ in Bali. The largest and most important temple on the island, it sits on the western slopes of Gunung Agung. In order to visit this temple, we have to do few things before we get into the heritage.
• If you are wearing short pants/skirts, you must wear a Kashmir or sarung with a belt which called ‘sas’. Eventually, this is just another method to earn tourist money by Balinese sellers. Sigh…..
• You must negotiate with the local Balinese man at the “Tourist Information” counter, because they will tell you that one tourist should pay them USD10. You can make the deal for your whole group with 30,000 to 50,000 rupiah.
• After Balinese Man brought us visited the whole temple, he request us to give him tips with 20,000 rupiah per person. That’s too much!!!! You can just give him a 10,000rp and ignore him.
(*__*) Our local tour guide tells us that the entrance fee is very cheap. *Chuckle*
-Hard Rock Megastore (located besides the Star Bucks)
In this store, if you have Citibank credit card, you can enjoy 10% discount on your purchased item. (Feels like I’m advertising the shop).
My friend he bought 300ml of mixed magic mushroom juice for 100,000 rupiah. He doesn’t seems like ‘high’ after he drank it. So…….. Maybe mixture contains too much of Fanta. :P
Please prepare socket adapter, if you camera charger is using 3 pin socket.
-A sweet and 150 rupiah
I walked into a supermarket and bought some groceries for 7850 rupiah, then I gave a 20,000 note to the cashier, she gave me the change 12,000 and a sweet!!! Haha…. According to my local tour guide, a sweet can cost 500 rupiah in Bali.
1 word to describe the food Salty
I have tried a local food which named Bakso Ayam, it looks like Penang’s “Tang Hoon Hu Wan”, BUT the core of the meat ball is very very hard, I really can’t accept it.
However, there are some small restaurant which is tasty with reasonable price in Poppies 1 lane(opposite La Walon Hotel and Masa Inn)
** Even the soda water also taste like Sea Water.
I wonder the local tour guide really eat the babi guling before… because the babi guling store that he brought us to eat, has strong pork smell and the food is NOT nice at all…. *fainted*
-Kek Lapis Bali
One cake cost us 80,000 rupiah and it’s Oily & the texture is less finer than Penang’s layer cake. *sweat*
-See Dolphin at Lovina
We depart from Kuta at 3.30am (not joking, it’s AM) and reach North of Bali, Lovina at 5.40am. Amazingly, by the time of 6am, Sun rose and the sky become very bright…
When we firstly saw the ‘traditional; boat’ that was described by local tour guide, all of us has the thought that “Shit! We are going to Holland~” anyway, we still sit in that boat and begin our journey to the middle of sea to chase Dolphin~!
Please bear in mind that we didn’t wear safety jacket!!! I can’t imagine what would happen if the boat…… hahahaha…
This is a great experience and I feel it’s worthy to sacrifice my sleep time and disregard my safety. However, my buttocks still in pain because I have sit on the wood for more than 2 hours!
-Airport Tax: 150,000 rupiah
We have to pay 150,000 Rupiah for the Airport tax(Kastam)… Why so expensive? Sob sob…
-Air Asia QZ Compact Air Plane
Our flight from Bali to KL is sitting into QZ9002, which is a SUPER Compact air bus. We only have very limited space to sit & move. Even a 154cm girl like me feels that seat is too small and uncomfortable.
BALI!is something else!stay at kuta if you can.there is a hard rock cafe where you can stay if you want,its right accross the beach!on the beach loads of (mamas)old ladies that offer you a massage for a few euros.loats of cheap places to eat(try lobster)!loads of nightlife but i dont know after the bombing if people still goes.go to the monkey forest.then is a water park in kuta called water boom its really cute and tropical.oh god there are so many things to tell.try to make a deal with a taxi driver for your trip and dont book through travel agents its cheaper,for exaple you can book a driver for a full day trip for 20 eur and ask him to take you to many places. go,go,go!
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