Hey there you guys, so finally we executed our travel plan to Bali, Indonesia and I thought of sharing my experience with all of you. Let me start by saying I loved the place. We stayed for 4 nights and like always made sure that we utilize those days. Usually people stay there for months but I am never going to get those kind of leaves. There is a lot to say so I am going to split this blog in two parts. Second one is linked at the end so do check it out, it also have essential tips for the trip.
Also here is the Video log for the trip
Let me give you some motivation to visit Bali or Indonesia in fact, 1 Indian rupee is equal to 200 Indonesian rupiah. So things are pretty cheap there but flights are rather costly and long. We had a layover at Kuala Lumpur for about 4 hours both ways. We booked our hotel in advance because this was the high season for tourists there and I like to be prepared. Our hotel was “Neo+ , Kuta Legian” and we had a great stay. It is a 3 start hotel in budget and it certainly lives up to the star rating expectations. Location was perfect and room was excellent.
Before going there we already booked tours for two days and kept the 3rd day for us to roam around on our own. In Bali you can rent scooter but I preferred to book taxi for long distance as weather was very hot. Luckily for us both the tours that I booked were very good and we got great drivers/guides. Let me try giving you gist of our each day during the visit –
We landed around 2pm, then got the local sim from airport and currency conversion took quite some time. Then we finally checked in to hotel which was not very far but yet took about an hour because of the traffic. We were already tired and hungry so decided to roam around Kuta. We ate and started walking towards beach. Kuta beach is very neat we were expecting garbage as there were so many tourists at this time but entire Bali was actually spotless. We stayed at the beach for sunset and went to Beach walk afterwards which was just in front. It is basically like any high end mall. Then we walked through “Poppies Lane 1”, where you can do bargain street shopping. There are so many shops where you can find good stuff like clothes, handbags, shades, awesome dream catchers etc. then we made our way back to hotel as we had early tour the next day.
Our cab was supposed to pick us up by 8:30am so we woke up early got ready and had breakfast at the hotel. Being a vegetarian it was bit difficult to find food outside so I had to stuff my self during breakfast itself because here I got couple of vegetarian options. Our driver “Junah” was on time and the tour began. We were to cover most of the places from “Ubud”, which I can say is more towards art and culture. First stop was batik place where locals make clothes by hand and make prints on them using wax, they have the shop where you can actually buy stuff but unfortunately in most of the art galleries cameras were not allowed so I can’t show you that. Then we went to silver factory, those are some amazing designs like I have not seen before and I come from the family of gold smiths. Then we made our way to art gallery of paintings, wood carving. Now the interesting part, we went for coffee tasting and tasted famous “Luwak Coffee”. One may ask what is so special about this. Luwak is a cat like animal who eats coffee beans but cannot digest the beans entirely. So Luwak coffee is made out of coffee beans found in Luwak’s poo 🙂 off course there is a cleaning process before serving it to humans.
After this we went to “Goa Gajah” which means elephant’s cave, temple basically.
By the evening we were at “Tanah Lot” which is a temple by the sea but you can’t go inside it but it is a great spot to see sunset.
After this by the time we reached hotel it was already 8:30 pm so after getting freshen up we decided to eat something desi. There are many Indian restaurants in Kuta we went to “Atithi”, nice place, nice food. I won’t say it is very lavish place but they have live music and when we were eating there was a group of uncles and aunties who were singing and dancing and it is always nice to be around happy people. I was just god damn hungry so my focus was on food. And that’s how the day ended.
I will be continuing this in another part (linked down below), so see ya there 🙂
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