6 degrees south of the equator

Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
Trip End Dec 24, 2007

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Finally in Bali! Have been waiting for this for a really long time. Arrived at night and took an hour to get book a hotel at the airport. As expected it was an awful hotel - hotel Karthi. Nothing like the photos they showed us. Really grotty and dark. Checked out the next morning and spent the day going to all the hotels in Kuta.

There's the beach promenade and a restaurant/bar road that run parallel to one another. Poppies Lane 1 and Poppies Lane 2 run parallel to each other and connect the beach promenade and restaurant road together.

After a very long day in the heat we finally found a place available within our budget that was CLEAN! We stayed at Tunjung Bali at  100,000 Indonesian Rupiah per night (equivalent to 5.50 pounds) with 2 beds, a fan, a bathroom with no shower cubicle -  but that didn't matter cos there was only a trickle of water come out of it. First 3 days we had cold water, was not impressed. Got to admit now that it was a nice resort, with a decent pool and it was clean -  being newly built. We even got breakfast included - toast and butter!

We spent a day touring the island. We went to see the traditional Balinese good verses evil 'Barong and Kriss' dance at Batulan, then up to Ubud to look around the art galleries. The paintings were amazing.

After that we drove up to Goa Gajah where we visited The Elephant Cave, the ruins of ancient Hindu and Bhuddist temples. The surrounding woodland and waterfall was beautiful.

We stopped off to see the famous Rice Terrace fields along the cliff edges. They looked so lush, so green...

Next it was a long drive up to Kinamani to see Mount Batur and it lake.

We finished up at Tanah Lot - a sea temple, called so because it is
right at the end of a cliff which has been eroded away so when the tide
comes in it looks like its out to sea. Went to sea the famous sunset
which was pretty.

We spent a lot of time planning our route around Indonesia but still had time to chill on the beach for a few hours and watch the beautiful sunset on Kuta beach.

Where we stayed, Kuta beach is massively touristy, not the idyllic paradise that you see in photos. am sure it is in other places around the island. Next time I come I will be staying in a 5* resort with a yacht so i can see the rest of the island and neighbouring Lombok!
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