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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 1st 2014

Well here we are in Bali. Hope everyone is surviving the wicked cold if you're back home. Think spring!! We had a smooth trip down to Bali from Thailand flying from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur and onto Bali in a few hours. The first thing we noticed was the humidity compared to the dry heat we experienced in Thailand. Bali is on the end of the rainy season and rains often through the night but is clear and sunny during the day. We're very happy with our Balinese style cottage hotel. The buildings and grounds are decorated in marble, carved wood and fancy concrete mouldings. The pool just outside our room is surrounded by lots of greenery and shrubs. For me it is paradise as I am a pool conisure! Our cottage is spacious, clean and ... read more
Kuta Beach
Buying shorts and getting a foot scrub!
Surf

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 23rd 2014

Bali is very near to Australia. It is cheap in comparison. The laundry list in the hotel features 'singlets'. Not everyone feels it necessary to wear this garment for breakfast! We are always asked if we are Australian. There are three main obvious differences: We lie and fry in the sun all day, they stay in the shade We do not drink bintang from 10am and everywhere - in the street and in the pool (glass bottles!) We READ as we fry, not one Australian appears to have brought a book with them Kuta is most definitely the Balinese equivalent of Benidorm for the Aussies. I still like it though! We went down to the beach for the sunset - great atmosphere, really chilled.The sea here looks great for bodyboarding - maybe another time. The swimmers ... read more
Crowd on Kuta Beach for the sunset

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 29th 2014

It's nearing the end of summer vacation so it was off to Bali for 6 days for the family to rest up before school starts for the year. We booked in to the Hard Rock Hotel in down town Kuta as although we've been to Bali a few times since the kids were born we have stayed away from this party area. But the swimming pool was drawing us there with slides , kids play equipment and a sand entry so we wouldn't have to hold the Little Miss and she could play in the sand. And, it was excellent! I don't want to sound like a hotel review but it was really fabulous (disclaimer, this is for a family with young kids)! perhaps because we were in a kids suite we had extra things thrown ... read more
The Little Miss in the sand
Cabana by the pool - why not!
cleaners with personalities

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 24th 2014

Had a poor week after moving on to Bali. I had planned to spend a few days lounging on the beach and the nights propping up a bar or two. Unfortunately that's not how things turned out. Felt a little bit rough round the edges on the way there and got steadily worse over the next few hours. By that night I had taken to my bed with the mother of all fevers. And that is pretty much where I stayed for most of the rest of the week lying in a pool of my own sweat even though I was chilled to the bone. All my joints ached like a 90 year old arthritic and my head felt like my brain was slowly dissolving and getting ready to run out of my ears. During my ... read more
Sarawak river by night
Busker
Spice shop Kuching

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta December 29th 2013

Bali, arguably is one of the most famous holiday destination in Asia. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in this beautiful Island, also famously referred as "Island of God's". Bali's beautiful beaches has continued to attract tourists over all these years but there is a lot to this Island than just beaches. Here are few reasons why you should visit Bali. Kuta Beach 1. Beaches: Undoubtedly, Bali is the best place in Asia for Surfing enthusiasts. Bali is a big island and has qui... read more

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta October 25th 2013

Today was a day of relaxing. We spent the day on Legian Beach I did a little surfing and managed to stand up once. In the evening we went for drinks this wasn't so enjoyable for me as some of the Indonesian men are a little over friendly towards me.... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta October 22nd 2013

The diversity and accessibility of beach getaways in South East Asia is truly remarkable. This can be partially attributed to the crowded skies which are filled with multiple budget airlines (Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Zest Air, Malindo Air, Tiger Airways and Lion Air etc.) competing in a saturated market. Passengers, however, are not complaining as this healthy competition has pulled down fares making family travel an option for even those on tight budgets. The question beach developers must ask themselves is, “What type of beach getaways do all these tourists want in the first place?” There are really two major types of underlying preferences tourists have when they book beach getaways. Some tourists want to relax and enjoy the convenience of the beach they are going to and other tourists want to feel the seclusion ... read more
Karon Beach, Phuket Thailand
Karon Beach, Phuket Thailand
The famous romantic sunset at Kuta Beach, Bali Indonesia

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta September 21st 2013

Arrival in Bali was traumatic! In brief - the flight was delayed, the airport ATM didn't accept VISA, paying for the taxi in dollars cost a fortune, the first town we tried, Legian was beautiful but too expensive, the second, Kuta was like Ibiza for Australians and the cheapest beer we found was over £2 a bottle. After a night in a pretty rough guest house we hired a bike to look around, got pulled by the police, I lost a ring on the side of the road and I burnt my leg badly on the bike exhaust. Thankfully, after this we found a decent hotel in Kuta out of the crazy night life street but still in the mix and things did improve. Bali is just one of 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta September 7th 2013

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love I spend my final afternoon in Kuta Beach, the main tourist drag of Kuta in southern Bali. Heavy clouds drift overhead, casting a gloomy look on the long stretch of beach, though the general vibe of the area remains alive. I stroll along the dirty-white sand, passing a surfing school doing lessons with a few tourists who are learning to conquer the waves for the first time. A group of schoolchildren does some extracurricular activities, running towards me as soon as I signal to them my camera. Vendors sell bottles of Bintang beer, shirts and souvenirs. Somewhere in ... read more
Tourist and Locals
Surfer Boy
Made's Warung

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 26th 2013

I’m writing this blog from my hostel bed. It’s my last day in Bali and I’m absolutely exhausted, so I’m just going to stay in the hostel tonight and relax. Plus, I’m working tomorrow, so it’s probably not the best idea to get drunk tonight. That is one thing I’m not looking forward to – working tomorrow. My flight leaves at 8am, and I need to be at work for around 12. It’s going to be a bit of a rush. I’ve been here for 5 days, and I’m really happy with the amount of stuff I’ve got through. I arrived on Wednesday and went straight to Kuta beach, which is the main tourist beach in Bali. Kuta is the area where all the tourists go, particularly the surfers. The beach is really cool, with lots ... read more
Uluwatu
Kuta Beach
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