TRAVEL / INDONESIA
March , 2013
BALI + DIARY
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We cannot put in words the feeling of peace and harmony Bali possesses, or its overwhelming magical beauty. So we hope our humble photographs can do it justice because it is truly one of the most beautiful destinations we have been lucky enough to see.
Bali although touristic, stays true to its roots in terms of religion and culture. The Balinese are warm and friendly people that open their homes to you and personally, it is way more fun to stay at a guesthouse overlooking the rice paddies than a resort. We started off our journey in Ubud staying near Monkey Forest where there’s only mountains and rice fields. No party scene but a couple of restaurants with live music . We’ve got to say our favorite restaurant/bar was Laughing Buddha, which we kept returning to for their good food and amazing music by talented locals! A great experience of bohemian nights and good fun.
Later on we moved to Seminyak. Seminyak and Kuta are the most popular areas which are kind of in the heart of Bali. Young crowds of students and party people, its full of clubs, bars and nice beaches. If we had to choose between the two areas, although they are right next to one another we would prefer Seminyak by far! as it is less crowded and a bit more quiet. One of our favorite Beach Clubs was Potato Head. Loved the beds and nice pool area, perfect to chill with a cocktail and enjoy the music in the pool. Another favorite was Ku De Ta there's great ambiance and food, its very fun on the weekends for a good night. For a dining experience go to Sardine restaurant, the rice fields are astounding and it is really pretty to see it during the sunset as the sun shines through the rice paddies. The shopping in Seminyak is unbelievable; there are so many boutiques on Legian street and so many talented designers there that it was really hard not to shop. We even discovered a very cool Bali-based brand called Paulina Katarina. We really encourage the fashionistas to immerse themselves in the local talent.
Honestly our trip was supposed to be 5 days in Bali and due to its unbelievable magic and so many different areas we had to extend our trip to 10 days and that wasn’t even enough time. A place we really loved was Uluwatu Temple, absolutely breathtaking any time of day we were blown away by this beauty and would highly recommend it. Also we had dinner at Jimbaran beach and it was fantastic! the seafood was fresh and delicious; extraordinary experience having a feast on the beach.
These are a few things we didn't get to do because we ran out of time, but are on our to-do list once we can come back:
One of the musts is the 4 am hike to the volcano to watch the unbelievable Bali sunrise!
The rafting since we are adventure seekers.
To take the tour/class on how to make silver jewelry because Bali is known for its amazing jewelry and precious stones.
Visit Padang, Padang-where the surfers go to find their little piece of heaven.
Visit The beautiful Gilli islands and Lombok for a more secluded experience and to stay away from cars and traffic and move around in a scooter.
Hopefully we can return sooner than later to finish this list!
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