Blogs from Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 2


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 15th 2014

Our holiday in Bali continues! This week we had the chance to catch a glimpse of family life in Bali. We were very fortunate and honoured to be invited to Ane's home (Ane is the lovely lady who sells drinks on the beach and supplies chairs and umbrellas to the tourists). She has become a friend and we enjoy sitting at her place for a few hours everyday and have some good conversations. She has picked up some english just by dealing with the tourists so we are able to visit quite well. Anyway, she wondered if we would like to come to her home and visit her family. Of course we jumped at the chance. Her husband and older son (17 yrs) picked us up at the beach and drove us a few kilometres on ... read more
Youngest son playing the drum
Ulundanu Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 5th 2014

3-4 mars (Kuta, ile de Bali, Indonesie) On est en basse saison a Bali. Il y a trop de commerces pour le peu de touristes dans les quartiers. Les gens sont insistants: "Come my shop! Come my shop! Welcome my friend! Want Foot massage? Rafting? Look my shop!" Ca me rappelle la Thailande tout ca. Alors que je me fais dorloter sur une table de massage (5$ pour 1 heure. Qui dit mieux?) , une balinaise s'offre pour me couper les ongles pour quelques dollars... et une autre veut m'epiler la poitrine (!)... et l'autre qui veut me pedicurer aussi... tout en meme temps!! "Haircut? More handsome man with haircut." A la nuit tombee, l'artere principale s'envenime et la fete s'allume comme un feu. Chaos. La frenesie s'empare des bars et des clubs plus bruyants des ... read more
Tite grenouille
Mais qui exactement veut s'acheter une grosse quequette en bois pour ouvrir sa biere?

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!

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 February 18th 2014

After a short hour and a half after leaving Bandung, we touched down in Denpasar airport, Bali on the 18th February and stayed in the nearby resort of Kuta for a week, quite a built up area full of Australian travellers and holiday makers. The contrasts were interesting however, and it seemed as though there was as many shrines and temples as there were houses and tourist shops! Bali has a very different feel to it compared to Java, as it has not been as heavily influenced (if at all) by the Muslim culture as Java, and still retains its own branch of Hinduism, separate from that of India, with different ways of worshipping, dress code and festivals but familiar gods and stone carved temples that you see in other Hindu cultures. A very large majority ... read more

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
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

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

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