Trip Start Jun 29, 2008
Trip End Jun 25, 2009

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

12th August 2008

We flew into Bali from Singapore and we only arrived at midnight which was a bit crap as we ended up going straight to our bungalows to sleep and didnt get to look around the place till the next day. We got a pick up from the airport from the place we were staying, Suji bungalows, which was grand as trying to get a taxi would have been a bit more hassle. We were staying in Kuta, the main resort. Suji bungalows looked nice but the one we were in was crap, the bathroom was in bits, really bad and the bedroom wasnt much better. Next morning we were up bright and early with the intention to move hotels!

So we trekked around  Kuta ALL day the next day in really hot weather, only to be told that it was apparently high season (even though the place didnt seem that busy) and everywhere we checked was full (i reckon tom was a hindrance to me that day - he was wearing a wife beater top...i reckon they took one look at him and said eh no!) haha

Anyway we were all depressed going out for dinner that night thinking we'd  have to stay in suji bungalows for a good few nights until after a few beers (bintang...local as chips and nice....yum!) 
we were walking home and by chance i saw a sign for a resort off the road, Harris hotel, and we just went in off chance to see if they had a room for a few nights (couldnt face sleeping much more in suji!) They did have a double room available so it was sweet we moved in there for 5 nights.....really nice hotel, lovely pool, all the nice things that come with a hotel so it was lovely for that time, cheap enough too.

Kuta is mad, like what Playa de Ingles is to the Irish- to the Aussies...they are everywhere! Lots of stalls, restaurants, bars etc. We had a few great nights out here, lots of great bars! We saw the big memorial they have in the middle of Kuta (ground zero its called aswell) for the people killed in the bali bomb in 2002. The beach on kuta is lovely, big huge waves which explains the popularity of surfing. You can see the airstrip from the beach...we were sitting sunbathing watching all the planes land and take off....lazy days!

While we were in Kuta we did surf lessons with a company that operate in the hotel, it was deadly! There was only 3 of us doing it, so we had an instructor each which was great. Altho before they let us into the sea they made us do 'surf exercises' on the sand to warm ourselves up! Check out the retards on the beach!! haha people were actually stopping to laugh and take pictures of us 3 grinding our hips/stretching etc! Then they also made us wear crash helmets also - the ONLY ones on the whole beach wearing the beginners! Anyway it was great, harder than it looks but they show you what point to jump up on the board (its so hard to jump from lying down to on your hunkers in one fluid motion!) and try and stay on till the wave brings you into the beach...lets just say i fell off a lot and swallowed a lot of sea water that day! Brilliant tho. They tell you to try keep your surf board straight to avoid injury of the wave sweeping your board into you.......tom fell off  his board at one point and his board cracked me in the neck with a wave....painful stuff! Only thing was the day was a bit overcast and the water was a bit cold so after that i got a bit of a cold for the rest of Bali but it didnt stop us enjoying it!

After we left Kuta we had booked 3 nights in Ubud, a quieter mountain village. We were looking online for places to book and we found Rijasa Agung reosrt - it was so cheap....well when we got there it was like a 5* hotel....nobody in it so quiet so thats obviously why they were giving it away was amazing. We were like 'Backpacking???....whats that??!!!' We checked it after and the room we were in should have cost $260 a night and we were paying $70. Amazing pool and facilities, and the staff had nothing to do so you walked out of your room and they were all over you. They used to be waiting outside for us to leave the room so they could clean it for us every day! Mad stuff. The people in bali are so nice though, they are very helpful and very nice. I was coughing in the free taxi the hotel gave us every day to the main town and he wanted to  bring me to a chemist to get medicine! Ubud is nice, very quiet but a nice break from Kuta. Lots of artists shops selling their paintings. We went to see Balinese dancing here, very ornate.

After 3 days we went back to Seminyak, a resort just up from Kuta. We stayed in a place called Taman Ayu bungalows they were pretty nice. Lovely pool area too. Weather was very  hot on days it was clear, other days it was very overcast. Seminyak is quieter than Kuta a few nice bars and restaurants. I was sick when we were here so didnt really enjoy it but its still a nice area and we just sunbathed and explored a bit. We went to Jimboran (another resort, down the coast, quieter) for a 'sunset dinner' one  night, the whole beach has a great view of the sunset on the beach so there is loads of restaurants for dinner there, mostly seafood restaurants that do purely that. We had to find one that did something non-sea food for Tom as he hates fish! Anyway it was nice, very romantic. We took a few pics...had a bit of trouble finding the timer function on the camera!

We also went to the water park when we were there - it was brill. Really hot day, and the rides were cool. A few really fast and good rides, including one called the 'boomerang' where you fly down a massive slope, then up on to a ramp, then end up flying backwards....brilliant! The last ride we went on that day i absolutely cracked my head off the side of it as we went around a bend....was so dizzy! The lump i had on my head for the rest of the time was HUGE!

Everyone we met presumed we were on our honeymoon there - its such a destination for that. A couple we met who actually were on their honeymoon were staying in the ritz carlton - they said it was lovely but to be honest I wouldnt consider it as nice as people think it is when they hear 'Bali' - its totally commercialised and literally just like spain or portugal to us. In saying that its still really nice and the weather is amazing so im still glad we came. Near the end we were so excited to be going to Australia so we packed up and got our flight back to singapore to go to cairns....definitely glad we came but not sure we'd go back....

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