Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Bali, Indonesia 7 to 11 June 2014

Our first overseas trip for 2014 as I had been busy with work. Our destination was Bali, the 'Island of Gods'.

To put it in perspective, Bali is about 19 times the size of Penang island. You need at least 3 full days to cover the essential places of interest.

Kuta is only a few kilometres from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is about 95,000 rupiah by airport taxi and just 48,000 rupiah return. Many hotels and tourist amenities are located here. It is popular with surfers.
Our hotel for the duration of our stay was Best Western Premier on Sunset Road which is just at the edge of Kuta. The hotel was alright but the location is not ideal with limited shuttle service to Kuta.

Denpasar is the administrative capital of Bali province. Ubud is the artistical and cultural centre while Bedugul is the mountainous region at the northern part of the island. Other notable places are Jimbaran, Legian, Sanur, Mt Batur, etc.

Day 1
Uluwatu temple, silver and gold gallery, batik gallery, Tirta Empul temple and Luwak Coffee.

The famous Uluwatu Temple on a steep cliff with the ocean below

Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Be careful of your belongings. That's my RM300 plus RayBan. You've been warned!

Ibu Oka's famous babi guling. 5.5/10.

Sexy right in my sarong?

Tirta Empul Temple

Cleansing ritual

Coffe Sampling. Luwak Coffee at 50,000 rupiah a cup

Dinner at Naughty Nuri's in Ubud. Famous for its pork ribs and chops. Sadly, pork ribs finished for the evening. 7/10.

 Day 2
 Taman Ayun Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan and Tanah Lot.

Taman Ayun Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. It is actually quite small in real live.  

Tanah Lot. At low tide you can actually walk across to the temple.

View from afar

Long coastline. 
Day 3
The famous Kuta beach.

Sun, Surf and Sea

Main Street

Ground zero where the bomb went off
Total cost:
Air tics & hotel - RM2,076.70 2 pax
MPV rental per day - 450,000 rupiah/RM128
Entrance Fee to Temples - ranges from 20,000 to 60,000 rupiah incl of sarongs
Nuri's Pork Chops - 95,000 rupiah/RM27
Ibu Oka Babi Guling - 45,000 rupiah/RM12.69
Airport Exit Tax - 200,000 rupiah/RM56  Make sure you have this amount in cash remaining.

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