20.05.2019 - 26.05.2019 28 °C
Currently sitting at Bali airport waiting to catch a plane to Malaysia, so thought I would update the blog with my overall experience in Bali.
The areas of Indonesia that I visited over the 21 days were very diverse. I came here with an open mind and ready to experience as much of the culture and country that I could in the time I had.
Overall I had a fantastic time with the people being very friendly, helpful and genuinely seem happy, you very rarely see them angry or frustrated. I am sure they have these emotions, however they do not show them in public. Most of the locals are happy to have a conversation with you as they use it as a way of learning to speak better English, they realise that tourism is important to the country and communicating with the tourists provides a better experience.
I found Kuta to be a typical large city where you can get whatever you are looking for any time of the day or night. Great for partying, shopping, surfing and getting harassed every 50 metres by ladies asking if you want a massage and guys asking if you want a lady or drugs, this gets old pretty quickly. I suppose when the economy is pretty poor you will do anything to survive, particularly when the population is large and the competition is everywhere. Great for singles under 30 and surfers
This little island was fantastic. Everywhere you can stay is very close to the beach and there are many restaurants and bars along the beach, so you are never at a loss for food and drink. The water in most places I saw was very clear, so snorkeling is easy.
It is unfortunate that there is still a lot of unrepaired damage from the earthquake in August 2018 and the locals do not help the image by throwing trash and litter where they please. The culture here is very evident and the locals will always smile and say good morning.
Great for couples, families or if you just want some peace and quiet.
This place was probably the most damaged and unfortunate due to the damage from the earthquake being the most severe that I saw while in Indonesia. The island is still suffering the effects and there are a lot of businesses that have closed due to the quake having stopped a lot of tourists from visiting
Ironically this is probably the happiest place I spent time in. The locals could not do enough to help you. The manager of the hostel I stayed at even came for a beer with me at one of the local bars called Happy Cafe. They have live music almost every night and close at 11pm, so not too tired the next day, hahaha.
Senggigi Beach was beautiful. great for swimming as there are not large waves and the water is warm and clear. Again it could be almost perfect if it wasn`t for the litter that washes up on the beach.
Great place for couples, honeymooners and getting away from the city life.
This was probably my favourite part of Indonesia. It is in the hills so not near any beaches, however there is still plenty to do. The food here has something for everyone, from organic to local food and even hamburgers, chips and pizza. I had one of the best pizzas ever at Mama Mia`s, that would be as good as anything I had in Italy. Locals are friendly, it is easy to find your way around and close to nature. There is coffee plantations galore in Ubud and may of them will do free tastings of the coffee and tea that they sell. They are also happy to show you how they process the coffee and again there is no charge. The only money they make is if you decide to purchase any product before you leave.
Great for couples. honeymooners, nature and alternative lifestyle.
Pronounced Chang goo and is probably my least favourite place I visited, as it is the most westernised but still a great place. The beaches are amazing and have the least litter on them of any beaches I have been to in Indonesia. Food is great, again there is a wide variety that will be suitable for everyone. Unfortunately unless you love the beach there is not a lot else to do or places to visit in or around Canggu. If you are a surfer, you will be in heaven here as the waves are pretty decent but not to big if you are a learner. I guess I would call this the Mount Maunganui of Indonesia.
Great for surfers, couples, families and sunbathers.
I thought I would put a sample picture of the money for anybody that is interested. When I added this information the $NZD was worth $9426 IDR, so the $100,000 IDR is $10.61 NZD. To make it easy while I was working my way around Indonesia I have just been dividing the price by 10,000 not perfect but gave me a rough idea of what I was paying in $NZD