Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bali 6

DAY 6, 20 Jan 10

Today is our last day in Bali. Madi fetches us from the hotel & brings us around before sending us to the airport.

Nusa Dua

We love Nusa Dua! Nusa Dua is 20km drive from Kuta. It has the most lovely beaches with clean white sands & clear waters. There are many 5-star hotels here. There is also a golf course and many water sports. Nusa means island and there are 2 small islands in this area.

We want to walk at the long beach to the place where they are having the water sports, but the guard stops us & says that it is a private beach and only those who are staying at the hotel can enjoy that part of the beach.

InsyaAllah, the next time we come to Bali, we'll stay in one of the hotels & we can enjoy the beach all day long :D. At the south of Nusa Dua, there is Geger Beach, which is a new beach for surfing.

Uluwatu Temple

It is very hot by the time we reach Uluwatu. Girls have to wear the yellow ribbon, while guys have to wear the blue ribbon. There are many monkeys here and sometimes we hear girls screaming, maybe they are being chased by the monkeys :).

The Uluwatu is beautiful at sunset and sunrise. The entrance fee is Rp 3k @ RM1 per person. Ulu means 'heart', while Watu means 'stone'. It was built in the 11th century by a Java priest, Empu Raja Kerta. In the 16th century, a Javanese priest Danghyang Nirartha added some buildings to the temple.

Dreamland Beach

This beach is at the Pecatu Village and it is a famous Surf Beach. It is a great beach for swimming and it is beautiful with the clean white sand. There's no entrance fee for the beach but there is a parking fee of Rp 15K @ Rm3 per car.

Our flight departs from Denpasar Airport at 7.25pm and we arrive at LCCT at 10.20pm

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bali 5

DAY 5, 19 Jan 10

Ida Hotel

Kuta is a district of Badung Regency. There are Tuban Village, Kuta Village, Legian Village and Seminyak Village. From the hotel, we walk to the Kuta beach. The center of Kuta is a busy area with a lot of shopping malls. At Matahari, there are crazy crowds. Bali t-shirts, sarongs and key chains are also being sold there.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is Bali's heart, where all the actions are. It has a good reef for beginner surfers and there are many surf boards for rent along the beach. The beach is not very suitable for swimming though. There are also many hotels & restaurants nearby.

Hard Rock Cafe Hotel

There is a CenterStage live band every evening. Locqect is already tired from the long walk.

Discovery Mall

The Discovery Mall is the biggest mall in Bali. There is a Halal food stall at the food court.

We spend the late afternoon in the swimming pool at the Ida Hotel. There is also a jacuzzi. The hotel staff gives complimentary fruit juices to those who are at the swimming pool. While we are in the pool, we see a big rat running at the garden beside the swimming pool :).

At night, we have dinner at the Discovery Mall again.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bali 4

DAY 4, 18 Jan 10

Today we check-out from the hotel & go sight-seeing. We will be staying in Kuta starting tonight.

Taman Ayun Temple

This temple is in the Mengwi area. The entrance fee is Rp 3k @ Rm1 per pax.

It is a huge state temple of the Mengwi Kingdom that is surrounded by a wide moat. It was built in 1634. The outside yard is grassy and they have performance / cockfighting here. At the middle yard there is a high wood bell @ Kulkul. The outside yard is separated from the middle yard by an open gate. Where else, the middle yard is separated from the inner courtyard by a close gate.

The inner courtyard has a lot of multi-tiered shrines (Meru). Visitors can only see the inner courtyard from the outside.

~ Tosh & Madi, our driver


That is the Ulun Danu Temple. Ulun means heart and Danu means lake. The temple is dedicated to the Gods of lake or waters (Danu Goddes). This lake supplies a lot of water to the paddy fields. The temple was founded in the 17th century by the King of Mengwi. At the outside yard there is a Buddhist temple and a big Banyan tree. This temple is used for the Nyegara Gunung ceremony, Nyegara (ocean) and Gunung (mountain). Visitors can also rent speed boat at the Bratan Lake. The fee is Rp 10k @ RM 3.50 per pax.

Tanah Lot Temple

We have lunch at this seafood restaurant on the cliff: Melasti Tanah Lot.

At the western side, there is a small temple built on top of a rock with a hole: Batu Bolong Temple. Batu means Rock and Bolong means hole. Rp10k @ RM3.5 / pax.

Tanah Lot Temple is on a little rocky isle and surrounded by the sea. It was built in the 16th century by the Javanese priest Danghyang Nirartha. It is one of Bali's most important sea temples. There are poisonous sea snakes at the base of the rocky island, that guards the temple from evil spirits & intruders. The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette. It is also the best place to catch the sunset. Entrance: Rp 10k @ RM 3.5 per pax, Rp 5k @ RM1.8 for parking. There are also many shops that sells painting, t-shirts and souvenirs. Tosh buys a beautiful painting which is cheaper than the one that we bought previously.

Pasar Sukawati

This market is in Gianyar. Actually we wanted to go to this market on the second day, but Madi discouraged us and said that it's not a good place to go. But we heard differently, that it is the best place to shop in Bali and most of the stuff at the street of Tuban, Kuta, Legian or Seminyak are from here. It is a 2-storey market that sell artifacts, paintings, fabrics and clothing. Since we are already in Bali, why not just drop by? :D


On the way to Kuta, we drop by at Denpasar. Denpasar is the capital of Bali. The main street is the Gajah Mada street where the main shopping center is. Tawaf buys a few scarfs in Denpasar.

Ida Hotel

In Kuta, we are staying at the Ida Hotel. It is USD 69.88 @ RM 242.34 for 2 nights, inclusive of breakfast through The room is clean with a good air-conditioner but it's quite small.

From our hotel, we walk to the center of Kuta where there are so many shops.