Aussie’s getting drunk, lawless society, Schapelle Corby, cheap, Kuta beach, Kerobokan jail, Bintang these are images that come to mind when I think of Bali.
But after visiting I can add friendly people, beautiful beaches, lovely food and great scenery.
After a bit of study and asking the advice of friends who have visited Bali I decided to stay in Sanur an area about twenty minutes drive away but could be a whole world away from Kuta. A strip with a golden sand beach, lovely seafood restaurants on the beach and nice and quiet.
I did spend a day in Kuta, the beach is beautiful but its impossible to relax with people always asking to buy something. The streets called Poppies I and II did have great shopping especially if you are looking for some cheap sporting jerseys or dvd’s. It is a much more built up area with many pubs which my twenty year old self would have loved! I can see the attraction for young Aussies to go there. Also the memorial to the Bali bombings was quiet moving especially reading the names of the young people who lost their lives that night.
I also hired a car and driver for the day to visit Ubud, a town with a hippy vibe in the mountain area, also home to the monkey forest, a forest with massive trees full of monkeys which will steal anything not tied down – be careful! There is also rice terraces and temples to be visited in this area, a very enjoyable day.
But my main reason to visit Bali was to relax on the beach and sip on a few Bintang’s in the sun. Sanur is the perfect place for that 🙂
This old Aussie song sums up Bali pretty well
Visited Bali: 20 to 24 May 2014