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mrscanada Bali - A travel report by Lyla
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Magical Bali

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I have been to Bali twice. The first time was for an International Convention and then when we our son met us and we went back to South Korea with him. I have only stayed on the Nusa Dua beach.


Fruit At Our Breakfast Buffet
Fruit At Our Breakfast Buffet
We took a boat trip to Trunyan to see an ancient Bali Aga Village. The cemetery can only be seen if you take a boat.

The people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead; they lay them out in bamboo.

We drove past the President’s Palace, (I had been to a dinner there the first time I was here).

The tour stopped at a Batik Factory and we were given a demonstration of how the Balinese make Batik products like no other place in the world.

Along the way, I saw a sign that read, Majic. I asked our guide if it meant “Magic.” He said, “Yes, Bali is the only Hindu Island in Indonesia. When the Hindu priests came to Bali, they were smart enough to incorporate the old religion with Hinduism. Magic was still being practiced in Bali.”

Favourite spots:
Monkey Park
Monkey Park
We then visited a wood-carving factory. It's amazing how fast a carver can make a box, mask, or statue. We bought one of each.

We drove to a temple where the priests were performing a ceremony. The head priest wore a white suit; the others wore black suits.

It was a lovely ceremony to watch, as they were putting bouquets of flowers on a table in the middle of the temple. Our tour ended just before sun set at the Hindu Monkey Temple.

The temple is attached to the land when the tides are low, (as it was when were there), but becomes an island at high tide. We were told that we could visit the temple by walking through a series of caves.

Our guide told us that there were snakes that lived in the caves. He assured us that they were not dangerous, but I am afraid of snakes, so I don't know what the inside of the temple looked like.

What's really great:
Beach By The Sheraton
Beach By The Sheraton
The next stop was at the Monkey Park. At this point, the rain began to fall. It was raining so hard that it was like we were standing in a shower. At the park each of us had a guide waiting for us with an umbrella (it didn't help too much). Every since I was in Kenya, I dislike monkeys. I had told my husband my African monkey stories, so he was not too sure he wanted to go into the park. The guide assured him he would be safe. The moment he walked in one monkey jumped on his shoulder, another tried to steal some mints from his pocket, and a third tried to steal his wallet.

Sights:
Temple
Temple
On the main road into NASA there is a supermarket and craft, clothing, music, electrical, and kitchen shops and the market stalls. The market stalls had the best buys.

Outside the Monkey Park was a market outside the park. Each guide's family has a booth there. It is polite to buy something from that booth. We bought a sarong for our daughters.

Accommodations:
Massage Bed
Massage Bed
There is a more expensive Sheraton next door but I didn't like it as much the Sheraton Nusa Dua Hotel.

Part of our package included a fabulous breakfast at the hotel for the ten days we were there.

Our room had a private balcony that overlooked the garden. In the garden, peacocks and ducks lived. Our room had a king-sized bed that was covered with a bright red silk bedspread. Bright silk pillows of other colors covered the bed. The drapes matched the bedspread.

There was a bamboo wall that separated the bedroom from the living room. In the living room, there were two sofasand a chair. The room was air-conditioned, had two phones, a satellite TV with in-house movies, a fridge, a mini bar, a tea- and coffee-maker, and a safe in the room.

The bathroom was tiled. The nicest thing that I enjoyed were the
massage beds between the 2 pools and the beach.


Nightlife:
Wonen Dancers
Wonen Dancers
We went to see Ubud. This town was established by one of the royal families as an artist’s colony.

We stopped at Saner Beach and found out that there was nothing to see-it was a little too quiet for us.

I thought this would be such a special place, but I was disappointed, as all the little shops were selling the same things as the stalls in Nasa Dua (but at a much higher price).

Our last stop was at Kata Beach. The market that once had bargins now had been expanded, and the merchants were selling junk for very high prices. This beach is called the Austrian Beach, and it is very noisy, with a lot of people walking around with beer like they were at a big party.

One young boy tried to sell cocaine to our son.

After that, we went to eat at The Hard Rock Café and were happy to go back to our beach.

One night we went to see a performance of the Traditional Music and Dances of Bali.

Hangouts:
Sunset at Nusa Dua Beach
Sunset at Nusa Dua Beach
Near our hotel was the Galleria Shopping Mall. In the mall there are a lot of stores. There are brand name sporting good stores, boutiques, bookshops, toys, duty-free shops, and the best supermarket (we bought a lot of beer, pop, cigarettes, potato chips, and candy here).

There are a lot of restaurants and cafes in the mall. I think we ate here almost every night (it was cheaper than the hotel). We ate at an Irish pub and a German, Italian, and Japanese restaurant. There was a great hot dog stand and an ice-cream stand that we managed to eat at a few times.

I had my hair braided into small braids. I had a tattoo drawn on that lasted for a few weeks.

On the main road into NASA there is a supermarket and craft, clothing, music, electrical, and kitchen shops and the market stalls. The market stalls had the best buys.

Restaurants:
View of Tulamben
View of Tulamben
There are a lot of restaurants and cafes in the mall. I think we ate here almost every night (it was cheaper than the hotel).

We ate at an Irish pub and a German, Italian, and Japanese restaurant. There was a great hot dog stand and an ice-cream stand that we managed to eat at a few times.

Our last stop was at Kata Beach. When I was in Bali for the first time, the market here was special and full of bargains. The market had been expanded, and the merchants were selling junk for very high prices. This beach is called the Austrian Beach, and it is very noisy, with a lot of people walking around with beer like they were at a big party. One young boy tried to sell cocaine to our son. After that, we went to eat at The Hard Rock Café and were happy to go back to our beach.

Other recommendations:
Temple on Bali
Temple on Bali
In every large tourist area you will find an area that has a market, bars, cafes and shops. The people of Bali wanted the tourists to feel safe when they went out at night so they built these tourist zones.

Please remember:

The water is not fit to drink. We were lucky to have the market, where we could buy produce from abroad, near us.

The hotel served imported butter, cream, ice cream, milk, and bottled water.

You will need to have vaccinations so please consult your health clinic.

Published on Thursday October 19th, 2006


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Fri, Oct 20 2006 - 05:49 AM rating by mortimer

A story about an organised tourist tour some details about your pre booked sheraton hotel and as always in your reports malls, shopping, shopping, eating ... and to top all this ordinary touristy things you once again include not your own pictures just to get more attention... this is not what globo is about

Fri, Oct 20 2006 - 05:11 AM rating by barcelona

Very beautiful report. 5 points. Por favor, no go from Globo, i like yur reports very mucho. Write more reports, por favor

Fri, Oct 20 2006 - 12:40 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

wonderful report and nice pictures in the report

Thu, Oct 19 2006 - 04:29 PM rating by lilalouise

Nice report! I've been researching Bali because I'd like to visit. Ive recognized some of these pictures from other websites I've visited.

http://www.indo.com/interests/beaches_bali.html

Thu, Oct 19 2006 - 01:58 PM rating by davidx

Good information.

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