For me, arriving in Bali is a pleasure for travellers. Nothing can pay for $10 in 15 minutes than the friendly and smiling Balinese face at Denpasar Airport Customs and Immigration and my “arrival visa” printed on my passport, to better overcome travel fatigue!
I heard that Bali is a temple, an island of dance and an ancient ceremony. More than 95% of the 3 million people follow a certain Hindu religion. However, there is nothing to prepare for the "Gayatri Mantra" recital on the spot for my taxi driver, followed by a song from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I was amazed by the Bollywood boom in this Far East city, so that every taxi driver and local I met immediately labeled me "the label from the country of Luke Khan"!
After arriving at the airport, most of the tourists went straight to Kuta, Sanur, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua beaches. I chose Kuta just because it is still the center of nightlife activities and there are many shops nearby. , boutiques and art galleries, what else can I ask for!
Bali offers a wide range of hotels for all budgets, from simple and cheap accommodation for backpackers to five-star hotels, offering a luxurious spa for those seeking pure luxury. I live in the Hard Rock Hotel, just a stone's throw from Kuta Beach.
At sunset, the beaches of Kuta are bustling and people want to enjoy the magnificent panorama. Full of tourists, locals sell colourful aprons and batiks on the beach, and Balinese dance performances… If you want to dance in the early hours, you won't be disappointed – in Kuta The food is great, and like the bar and disco, it offers a colourful nightlife.
The best way to enjoy Kuta is to ask the locals directly, they are very friendly and willing to assist you at any time. I am very fortunate to have a very successful Indian friend in Indonesia, Kishore Pridhnani, who and I, his wife, Radha, took me to the night of Kuta's fashion. One of the restaurants that impressed me was Ku De Ta, a fine dining restaurant overlooking the beach. I absolutely love the atmosphere at night and would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
However, if you want to take a break and relax, head to the Southern Peninsula, where you will find world-class, fully-equipped luxury hotels on the tranquil beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay. [It's also popular for reasonably priced seafood.] These white sandy beaches are dotted with thousands of mangroves and coconut trees and are covered by coral reefs, providing an ideal haven for honeymooners or remote people.
In order to get rid of Kuta's embarrassment, I went to Ubud. Despite the continuous development of tourism, I must say that it retains a comfortable country resort atmosphere. Ubud is the handicraft capital of Bali. Therefore, in addition to the two streets, there are shops and workshops specializing in traditional handicrafts, as well as many different art galleries and museums.
Next, I went to Benoa Harbour for a day trip and took me to Lembongan Island, a popular spot for surfers and divers. [A day trip is about $60, including lunch, which I think is worth a visit]. After arriving at the white sands of Lembongan Bay, take a guided snorkeling trip and glass bottom boat trips, or just stroll through the indigenous Balinese villages.
If you want to take a break on the beach, I suggest you visit the cool mountains of Kintamani, where there are green rice fields, serene Batur, huge craters and impressive The Gunung Batur volcano dominates. It tends to get cold in the evening, so bring a warm pullover or shawl and make sure you carry the camera with you to capture the breathtaking views of Mount Batur.
Bali is one of the world's hot spring capitals, where you can enjoy spa treatments at reasonable prices. If you want to pamper yourself, you can taste from the exquisite luluur massage, rice paste exfoliation, petal aroma bath and indulgent cream bath menu. I recommend that you check out some local spa treatments that can be used for spa treatments every day. Don't forget the traditional drink made with herbs and roots – "jam", a local treatment for fatigue, headache, sore bones or chills in Bali.
For those who like adventure and sports, Bali offers many water sports that stimulate adrenaline on the water and water. Surfing, diving, banana boating, snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, bungee jumping, Bali and more.
Be sure to drift on the Ayong River in the wild tropical forest. Riding along the fast-moving Ayung River, along the numerous hairpin curves and rapids. The full-time course starts at $35 and I find this experience a great inspiration for you.
For those who love the underwater world and always want to dive, you can enjoy spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling on the island's unspoiled coral reefs, with the most amazing and colorful underwater life. There are even study courses for amateurs by qualified professional coaches [you can take a day's lesson for less than $100]
When you enjoy water sports on the beach, please pamper the locals to try to weave your hair, make a tattoo or even have a relaxing massage.
If you are traveling with your child, be sure to bring them to the water park. My children and I spent a day of water slides and swimming pools of all sizes, within reach of restaurants and snack bars… for family fun for kids of all ages!
When you want to eat out, there are plenty of breezy open-air bamboo cafes serving authentic Balinese cuisine and a range of sumptuous international cuisine. But for those who miss Indian food, I suggest you try a delicious meal at Tandoor, the Queen of Seminyak, where the owners Puneet and Neeta Malhotra will do their best to care for your attention.
Another big pastime for shopping is shopping!
For those who don't want to wander on the beach, Sanur, Kuta and Ubud have plenty of room to comfort any shopper, from sarongs, sandals to wooden statues, stone carvings. Iron and bronze works. However, if you are keen on shopping, you can buy branded goods from large shopping malls such as Mahatari, or you can find factory sales of branded clothing.
In the south of Bali, you will find the ultimate place in the open-air market, which is still a traditional Asian-style shopping destination. Please check the local painting style. I suggest that you always come in less than a third of the price and even walk away until you get the price you want. .
Also, before you leave Bali, don't forget to buy their sauce, called Sambal [this is one of them, you can even take it away at the duty-free shop at Bali Airport].
From the avid Shah Rukh Khan to the colorful Balinese-Indian culture, this tropical paradise not only appeals to Indians, not only because of its natural sophistication, but also because of its culture and the enthusiasm of the Balinese people.
As Bali becomes more convenient and affordable, it has a cheap expansion package from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, as well as a great discount on Indonesian Eagle Airlines, which has a round-trip ticket to and from the island for only US$160 per day. Therefore, I highly recommend this island resort as your next travel route!
Copyright [C] Manoj Gursahani