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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 18th 2015

Ever since the book and movie “Eat, pray and Love” was released, a trip to Bali, clime up very fast in the must- see- places in my list. So here we go, I had accepted my last contract on board a cruise ship, starting my journey in Italy, had a quick stop- over in India and then three days in Bali. It was supposed to be the highlight of the contact, since actually the vessel was cruising with low occupancy and even if the Big Turn-around day was in the middle of our stay in Bali, crew were supposed to be having a lot of off- time…all crew apart of the Reception Team, which I was part of. Anyway lack of time due badly planned scheduled never stop me of going ashore and discovering the new ... read more
Seniman Cafe, Ubud
The art and craft market in Ubud
The rice terraces near Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali January 8th 2015

Well we just spent the last 4 days in Bali. It's absolutely beautiful here! I still haven't met an American on this trip! The first two nights we stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel. It had the largest and most amazing pool I've ever seen. The weather here is around 86-87 degrees. The humidity isn't so great but we always had a pool nearby to cool off. The first day we spent laying by the pool and walking around the city. We went to the beach which was across the street from our hotel. I wasn't impressed. I love the ocean but it wasn't well taken care of. There was trash laying around and you couldn't even walk two steps without someone trying to sell you something. We didn't spend much time there. later that night ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta January 2nd 2015

It's end of year, Kids vacation time and most important Anny’s (my wife) birthday on 20th so it was off to Bali for 6 days for the family to rest up and visit some interesting places in Bali. Through Travel BD we have completed our visa, ticket and hotel formalities in the beginning of December and planned to fly on 19thDec. On 20th Morning we reached KL from DHK and catch a flight for Denpasar Bali @ 9 AM. The waiting time at KL airport was really hectic with 2 kids Zoheb (5 years old) and Rayan (1 year old). We reached Bali at around 12:30 PM but airport to hotel transfers just made life a little easier….thanks to Travel BD! We booked in to the Kuta Playa Hotel and Villa that is right in front ... read more
Kintamani
Tirta Empul Temple1
Tirta Empul Temple2

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 22nd 2014

Ubud, Bali - Saturday, 20 December, 2014 After a not so quick ferry ride (we actually got passed by a boat that left after us) we are finally leaving the island of Java and on our way to relaxing Bali. Getting off the ferry we needed to find transportation to get to the other side of the island. After some searching we found the bus station and haggled a price for tickets. Eventually we agreed on 60K IDR each for an air conditioned bus. This seemed a little expensive but we were willing to pay for the added comfort considering the last ride. The trip took approximately five hours. What we have learned about Indonesian pubic buses is that there is one driver and one guy that sells tickets. The ticket dude on this trip was ... read more
Infinity pool at the resort
Dinner in Ubud
Missed it!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Lovina December 19th 2014

Hello to all our bloggers, After five days of being in Bali, we have finally stettled into traveling mode. Arriving in Denparsar and spending only two days in Kuta very nice but not for us It is hard to be a traveler and not a tourist, not purchasing the trinkets and the wears of the very talented Balineese people. But as we live by the rule if you buy it you have to carry it,and someone's put a brick in my back pack. We traveled on to Ubud which is North of Kuta for those who haven't travel to Ubud. Well how I would best describe it would be little yuppie hippie yoga spa arty layback place We loved it. Cafes and resturaunts line the streets with mixture of spas and assortment of little shops.Set in ... read more
Niks home stay in Ubud
Rice paddie walk 12klm  ubud
Restaurant in Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali November 19th 2014

Hello from Bali! We've enjoyed every second of our last 2 weeks on the large island which is home to approximately 4 million Balinese people who "never move from Bali". First we spent a fulfilling week in the city of Ubud. Ubud is a relatively big city in the center of Bali. In my mind what makes Ubud unique is that there is so much Balinese culture everywhere you look, including temples on every corner, even though the town is buzzing with tourists and shopping. We explored the Holy Water Temple, The Rocky Temple, and The Elephant Cave temple - just to name a few. Temples are very important to the Balinese people, so much so that every home has its own temple in it, no matter the size or condition of the home. Most Balinese ... read more
Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Canggu November 14th 2014

Den Einstieg in das Reisen ohne Rebecca haben mir die beiden Holländer, Jo und Marten, erleichtert. Am Hafen von Sengiggi haben sich Vater und Sohn zu mir gesellt, als ich auf das Schnellboot nach Bali gewartet habe und mich toll abgelenkt. Muss wohl etwas verloren ausgesehen haben. Die Fahrt mit dem Schnellboot war schlimmer als mit der Fähre - seetauglich bin ich wohl definitv nicht! Zum Energie tanken hats mich erneut nach Ubud gezogen, wo mir meine Freundin Susanne ein Hotel gebucht hat - ein wahrer Traum! Ich hatte seit einem Monat mal wieder einen Kleiderschrank, warmes Wasser und ein bequemes Bett, wo schlafen ohne Seidenschlafsack möglich war. Danke Susanne:-*! Vom Balkon aus konnte man die Affen, im nahe gelegenen Monkey Forest, beobachten. Einer der frechen Kerlchen hat mir mein Bikini geklaut, das draussen lag. Hoffe, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta November 10th 2014

I am a Thai woman, who lives in Australia, who decided to take a holiday in Bali with my Aussie friends. I had visited back in 2002, and I loved it. Bali has become a popular location on a global level because of its beaches, heritage, rich culture and history. Additionally, the people are friendly and the weather is perfect.Bali has famously been known as the Island of the Gods because of the rich variety of hills, mountains, sandy beaches and rugged coastlines. The area has a deeply spiritual and unique culture. People have access to top-notch surfi... read more
Bali
Bali
Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Bukit Peninsula October 20th 2014

Da Rebecca seit zwei Jahren nicht mehr aktiver Verkehrsteilnehmer war und ich den Orientierungssinn eines Goldfischs habe, haben wir uns für ein statt zwei Mopeds entschieden - trotz Abraten aller männlichen Chillhousefamilienmitglieder. Rebe war nun das Navi und ich Driver. Zu beachten gab es, nebst dem Linksverkehr, eigentlich nur eine Regel: es gibt keine Regeln! Puh... Nun ja, haben wir uns also einen Roller gemietet - den Pong und das für nur CHF 2.- /Tag! Jetzt nur noch die kleinen Rucksäcke (die grossen konnten wir im Chillhouse lassen) packen und los gings. Erster Stopp: Tanah Lot, der Wassertempel, mit dem anscheinend schönsten Sonnenuntergang. Auf diesen konzentrieren, konnten wir uns allerdings nicht, zu gross war der Touristenandrang. Nebstdem mussten wir für unzählige Fotos posieren, da die asiatischen Jungs irgendwie einen Narren an uns gefressen hatten. Das ging ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali October 17th 2014

Bali 2014. We arrived in Bali about 30 mins earlier than the expected 8.00pm, but the crowds in the new terminal made the wait to get through customs take a lot longer than we had hoped. Things have certainly become more modernized since 2012, with many more new buildings going up everywhere. The taxi driver who took us to the hotel was very tired and it looked as if he was having micro sleeps as he was driving which scared the pants off us for the first time. We are well aware of the chaotic traffic in Bali but to have a driver nod off a couple of times during the drive is daunting to say the least. Hotel Vila Lumbung was a very nice resort. We had a budget room at the back of the ... read more
Puri Candikuning
Temple at Lake Bratan
Twin Lakes Lookout




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