Blogs from Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 6


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta April 2nd 2012

After a couple of days being good and playing guitar on the beach, i met a couple of dredlocked Balenese guys who invited me over for a jam. We played Bob marley songs ( i had to lean these rather quickly) and any other happy songs they knew for hours. Soon we werejoined by a large group of locals all singing along to anything we played. Turns out the best place to start out a night is on a local beach bar. the tourests dont really use them and as a result the beer is half price about 20,000 (about 40 pence). At about midnight the bar owner anounst the we were going out to a Reggae bar in Kuta....... i was ready for bed already and this came as quite a shock to me. David ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 21st 2012

Landing Bali we took a taxi to Sorga Hotel where we stayed before two times in Kuta. We got together with our friends from Cesme at dinner in Poppies. An exellent restoran since 70’s. The following days we made Sanur and Tanah Lot Temple visits. We had a nice dinner again with friends at Jimbaran on the sands with the company of a music group. The last day we went to Ubud, generally for shopping. Gunay bought four Uluwatu shirts and put a hole to our budget. On 21st March early in the morning (before the Absolute Silence Day) we flew to Yogyakarta. Best wishes to all. PS: Absolute Silence day: Only in Bali from 6 AM 23rd March until 6 AM 24th March there is no traffic, no electricity, no TV. People stay with their ... read more
Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 6th 2012

Bali It was only a couple of hours from Singapore to fly to Kuta, Bali. We were couchsurfing once again with an American guy called Tai who was living and working in Bali. He advised us to get a taxi to his place from the taxi counter prepay as we would be less likely to be ripped off by the taxi touts – ah here we go again... So he was correct of course as soon as we paid our $25 visa fee and proceeded out of the airport we were accosted by lots of Bali men asking us if we needed transport, “Very cheap mate, very cheap..” So having pre paid for our taxi (80,000Rp - £5.70) we were dropped off outside Tai’s place. There are hardly any road signs or numbers on houses so ... read more
Terry about to head into the waves
I have one go but waves too big for me
View over the paddy fields

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 2nd 2012

2.3.2012 Bali – Indonesia Airport transfer to Cairns airport, got the flight to Darwin where we had a 5 hour wait before our flight to Bali. So we decided to go to the nearest hotel and have a dip in the pool and relax there until we had to check into our flight. Arrived in Bali and it was Chaos! There was hundreds of people surrounding the airport, trying to take people to their hotels. We got in an airport taxi and we think we were ripped off a little bit. Only by a few pounds. He kept going down narrow streets and felt like we were going round in circles. There doesn’t seem to be any driving standards and if there is no one takes any notice. Hundreds of scooters everywhere pulling out in front ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 28th 2012

Monday was my first full day in Bali. Man its hot. I felt really intimidated when I arrived here, the place was not as welcoming as other countries I've been to. Then again where is there an airport where you land and you do feel welcome? It certainly isn't London thats for sure. I was pretty tired when I arrived as I'd been travelling the full day but the next day I went out to have a look around. Kuta is essentially a resort town, big nightlife, shops full of tat all selling the same thing but get away from that and head to the beach and you'll soon know its well worth the trip. In the 2 hours I was walking around (getting lost mainly, looking for the beach) I had hard drugs stuffed into ... read more
Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach - Looking Left

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 14th 2012

Today we spent the morning around the hotel and in the pool. We have been blessed with sensational weather since we arrived and a morning swimming in the pool is a great way to prepare us for the afternoon walk. In the afternoon we headed into Kuta to have a good look around and walk the streets. We started off by walking along the beach again which is much easier than having to fight the traffic and pedestrians on the road. It’s also very pleasant and there are also a few stall holders along the way, all with the coldest drinks in Bali. The plan was to go to Poppies Lanes, two narrow streets that run from the beach to Jalan Legian, the main night club area. These two streets are full of shops and places ... read more
01 Shrine at hotel
02 Bar at Pool Area
03 Kuta Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 11th 2012

The flight into Bali was short and sweet as we arrived on a new continent. We paid for our visas, had our passports checked and then who knows what happened for the next 15 minutes after that....... We were asked so many times, can I carry your bag, where you going, you need a taxi, that the 15 minutes from leaving passport control now seems like a blur of fast moving objects around us. We decided that we were just going to 'wing it' when we arrived and didn't have any where booked to stay, we didn't even have a map or a guide book for help. So Matt haggled with one of the million taxi drivers to take us into Kuta, 50,000 Rupiah (Rp), £1 = 14,000Rp so around £3.50 and so off we went. ... read more
Monkey on the front of Matt
Matt's the one in the middle
so cute

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 11th 2012

We had a great start to our holiday. The gods and wind were on our side today and we flew straight to Bali without having to stop for refuelling in Darwin. In the end we arrived about 2 hours earlier than expected. On arrival at Bali we cleared customs and of course, because we were so early our lift was not there. In the end we decided to get a cab to the hotel. It nearly broke the bank costing the grand sum of Rp50,000 or $5. We checked into the hotel and we got our ground floor room as requested which opens up into beautiful tropical gardens and the three pools. The gardens lead down to the pool area and then onto the beach with the boardwalk running along the beach to Kuta itself. It ... read more
03 - Indonesian Islands
04 - Indonesian Island with steep cliffs
05 - Our first view of Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 29th 2012

We have just returned from another long weekend in paradise :) In fact it was really nice weather...about 30 degrees every day, some rain at night but none during the day, massive winds the first day but perfect blue skies for the last 4 days. We decided to try a different location and a different hotel... and we decided to upgrade a little as it was only 4 nights so we purchased a family suite at the Holiday Inn Tuban. And it was excellent! I really really enjoyed the hotel and found it the best i have stayed in on Bali. It was newish, clean and not too big. It didnt have the huge feel of the Jayakarta or the Dynasty or Melasti. I could say "meet you at the pool" and we would all be ... read more
The boys relaxing in a huge cabana
Decent grass for the kids to play
Food time

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 10th 2012

Kuta - Day 2 The breakfast at Un's is really good. Try their banana pancakes and fruit salad. Indonesian coffee is very strong, even more so than Starbucks in my opinion and it has a great full bodied taste. The best thing about breakfast was that it was complimentary. So far the cocktails are a bust in bali - they don't really know how to make proper drinks. But I must say the frozen margaritas was pretty good at Un's but they give you less than an hour of booze. So we went off searching for some cheap local Tequila and Vodka and free poured it ourself. Both tasted nasty by itself but in the margarita it was pretty good. We decided to rent a scooter to explore the town - $5/day. It's been awhile since ... read more

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