Kuta - Bintangs and brash commercialism

Trip Start Aug 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 06, 2010

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Hotel Sorga, Kuta

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

After 36 gruelling hours in transit - including 3 international flights which Matt managed to survive - we arrived in Kuta. We knew it would be a tourist trap with its redeeming feature being the beautiful white beach stretching out as far as you could see. The beach just about made up for the town's brash commercialism, incessant hawkers and rough Australians (apologies). Our hotel balcony overlooked the pool and it was a perfect hideaway from the main drag in Kuta.

The sea was rough at times but warm and filled with novice surfers, and the beach was great for watching the incredible sunset. We had our first indonesian meal of Nasi Goreng - fried rice topped with a fried egg and prawn cracker, a chicken satay and assorted pickles and cucumber - amazing. Matt had Nasi Campur - fried rice with various meat and vegetable side dishes - equally good.

Other highlights also revolve around eating/drinking (a theme I can assure you): Wednesday night was spent eating dinner at tables on the beach at Jimbaran. We selected our fish from the kitchen hatch - a whole red snapper - paid by weight and watched as they basted it in chili and lime juice. It was brought to us on the beach with various accompaniments. Embarassingly, a local band did walk around serenading the individual tables... they assume all couple are on honeymoon so they didn't leave us out! After finding out a couple's nationality they try to sing you a song from your country - er, not many South African songs sprung to mind so they sung us a standard rock/love song!

Last night we bowed to convention and took a taxi to swish beach resort of Seminyak to the Oberoi's Ku de Ta Bar. It was beautiful, right on the best stretch of beach and the people put Camps Bay's socialites to shame! Matt enjoyed his Bintangs and I had a cocktail that cost the price of a meal for two - but it was worth it just to watch the sun set.

Just arrived in Ubud today - and we're hoping for a slightly more authentic Balinese experience!
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Julia on

FREAKING jealous right now!! It sounds amazing you guys, I seriously wish I was there to stuff my face with Balinese yummyness, sip cocktails while watching the sunset and exploring the island with you :-)


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