…Relaxation in Bali…
After 4 days of adventurous trip in Yogyakarta, Xiangyun and I continue our journey to Bali . Once again, we flew with AirAsia, which only cost about RM 125 for one way. AirAsia offers one time daily trip from Yogyakarta to Bali.
I think everyone know Bali, thus needless for me to go into any intro. It is one of the world’s most celebrated destinations. Attracting people from around the world for its Balinese culture, beautiful beach and its uniqueness which you can’t find anywhere else in the world!
For your info, there’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bali which is Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy. I just came to know about it only when Pak Handoko mentioned it.
Once again DK (Dorling Kindersley) Eyewitness Travel became my best companion along my trip to Bali. Although Bali is an island, but you need a proper pre-planning before you go because the island is big, and the main tourist sites are scattered far from one to the other, therefore you need to have a proper plan on what you aimed to visit or do on the island. And choose only those you think are worth visiting and leave out those which are not.
I’m going to share my experiences during my 5 days 4 night trip to Bali…
In my opinion, people go there with 2 main purposes; one is of course the beautiful beach and crystal clear water for all kinds of activities like swimming or surfing, and the other option is to visit and experience the genuine Balinese cultures and temples.
For those who wish to stay longer there, I advise that you better plan to stay in two different hotels, where you get to enjoy more and experience different environment. For example, for the first two nights we stayed at Ananta Legian Hotel which is located at Legian. We then shifted to Nusa Dua Beach and Spa. With this, we got more places to explore, more beaches to see, and a different environment to experience.
Ananta Legian Hotel is just located at the heart of tourist’s hotspot, here you can get everything you need like souvenirs, nice beaches, nice bar for clubbing, and etc. But it was quite noisy especially in the middle of the night due to people clubbing or partying.
Nusa Dua Beach and Spa located at Nusa Dua, which is a bit isolated from the city, but it was a nice place. The resort got all the facilities you need there, for example souvenirs’ shop, restaurant, swimming pools and beaches, and you do not have to travel here and there. The environment is superb; suitable for couples and for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
For those who hire a driver, you must always make sure that your driver is punctual and always on time, but we weren’t that lucky as my driver was always 30 mins or 1 hour late, giving me lots of excuses like car broken down, or he has been admitted to hospital and need a replacement for another driver. Well, whatever his reasons, I gave him the benefit of the doubt even though I felt something fishy going on….
Sorry to say but the traffic in Bali is bad, as there are many ongoing constructions, and a single traffic jam will cost a few hours delay. And it seems that they never planned to improve those roads to all the main tourist destinations. Like what I’ve experienced, the duration for 30 kilometers took about 45 mins to 1 hour, and the worst I got was on my way back to the hotel after sunset in Tanah Lot. The distance was about 70 kilometers and it took us 3 and a half hours just to reach there. OMG! Sometimes it got to a point that makes think you have been in the car the whole day, and only gets to spend a short time at those tourist sites.
Bali is a very interesting island and you can see lots of temples on the island. I think it got the most temples in the world! It is because every house got its own temple, and each village got their common temple and etc. And each temple got its uniqueness, luckily we got a digital camera in this modern era, or else for those shutterbugs like me, I’m not sure how many films one will need just for those temples alone.
Here are some of the most important temples in Bali which you should not miss!
Pura Taman Ayun
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Pura Gunung Kawi
The most important thing is not to miss the sunset at Pura Tanah Lot for this is one of the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen!
There’s another important temple on the island which is Besakih Temple Complex. Initially the temple was in my visiting plans, but my driver said the locals are not hospitable and the tickets not cheap so we cancelled the visit. Do give me some feedback if anyone of you have been there.
Besides those beautiful temples, you must also catch up with Kecak Dance, a Balinese cultural dance which depicts the story of Ramayana. The story is the same like the one that I watched in Yogyakarta but the performance is different.
Nice and beautiful beaches are everywhere, but it depends on where you stay. If you stay at Legian, Kuta Beach then it is nice for swimming and surfing, but if you want to go somewhere else, there’s a beach called Dreamland, or others at Uluwatu. If you stay at Nusa Dua, most probably you will get your own private beach and you are able to watch the sunrise.
In conclusion, Bali is a very interesting island that one can’t find elsewhere in the world for its Balinese culture and temples. Although it is congested with tourists and vehicles what with the poor transportation system, but it’s still worthwhile to pay it a visit.
Follows my other entry of Bali…