I will start with the 2000 visit and work up to 2009.
I will share some photos and info I have learnt over the years.
more info on Bali HERE
A lot of years have passed, since I travelled as a child. And Bali was my first trip as an adult. The trip was booked and the day of departure came quickly. I sat in the car on the way to Sydney airport with mixed feeling.
Touch down at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, cleared customs easy.
We got outside the airport, shit and a few other words went through my mind, the smell and heat where enough to kill anyone, what have I got myself in for .The drive from the airport had my head spinning the traffic was crazy, no road rules what so ever horns tooting nonstop .I wanted to get back on the plane and go home.
We arrived at our hotel Bali Rani in Tuban, right next to Kuta .We booked in and the place was really nice so to were the staff of the hotel. I started to feel better.
After a welcome drink and a freshen up we hit the streets to explore , The first bargaining experience was a shambles I’m sure I could of bought 7 pairs of sandals for the price I paid for 1 pair. I’m pleased to say the bargaining got better as time went by. The next few days were enjoyable a bit of shopping done, drunk a lot of Bintang beer and organised a few tours.
Over the next few days we did some tours. I will post a series of photos of the tours as they are much nicer to look at the read my waffling .These are scans of photos.
Ayung white water rafting
An early start to the day as we were picked up from the hotel and driven by minibus to the upper reaches of the Ayung River .It was fantastic to be in the comfort of the air conditioned minivan even though we hurtled along at some fantastic speed weaving in and out of traffic tooting the horn every few minutes.
We arrived at the start point and were fitted up with life jackets, helmets and a paddle and told this way to river. Yer sure, I think it was 150 step short of ending up in china .At the bottom I was greeted by a Balinese guy who gave me a drink in a leaf rolled into a cone and full of water .They gave us a safety lesson and told us the river is full and fast after the rain .We set off and had a great time, there was a few heart stopping moments but a fantastic day with a meal and cold drink waiting for us at the finish.
Mt Batur - Active Volcano
Monkey Forest Ubud
On this trip, my eldest daughter Miss C joined me. We stayed at Melasti Beach Resort in Legian.Which was better and quieter than Kuta and only a short cheap taxi ride away or a 20 minute walk along the beach.
Melasti Beach Resort
Elephant Safari Park at Taro
An excellent day out , with an early morning pick up . Elephant ride through the jungle and in the elephant pool and after spend time with the carers and feed the elephants
Bali bird park
Bali Reptil Park
Mother Temple of Besakih - Mount Agung
I was joined by miss c again on this visit and a few others , so a few place were revisited.
We stayed at the Bali Garden Hotel in Kuta , Was a good hotel except for a lot of noise from the club across the road
Bali Garden Hotel
A few shots from around Kuta
Let's never forget this needless waste of life
Bali Bird park
Elephant Safari Park at Taro
Banjar Hot Springs
A cruise was given to us free of charge when we booked the air tickets. Ended up, being a great night. I got onboard to find out there was free fosters beer all night, how good is this, a free cruise and free food and beer.
We set sail and headed for the harbour entrance, Cool we get to see the coast of Bali at sunset. Wrong, the boat came to a holt 10 minutes later. What was wrong I asked? We have stopped for dinner. And that was the extent of the cruise .Anchored in the middle of Bali harbour .Dinner was served and we enjoyed a traditional Balinese dance .A singer, Then a guy dressed as a women got a comedy act going, and me full of fosters got roped into his act, which ended up being a lot of fun .It was a great night and the food was great.
Time with friends
I went back to the Melasti beach resort in Legian, as I stated before it’s a lot quieter and still very easy to get to Kuta. The Melasti is a great hotel, in need of a do over though .It is getting a bit old looking, on the upside the breakfast is getting better every year we go.
This year I travelled with Air Paradise, very cheap fares. We arrived in Bali in the late afternoon of the 23rd of November 2005. Got transferred to our hotel, hit the streets to change some cash, get supplies (beer) and a new t-shirt and shorts for tomorrow . Back to the hotel, to restock the mini bar with my supplies of coke and Bintang. Jumped in the pool to cool down, so humid. Ordered a pizza for dinner and cracked open a Bintang. Bliss
Knock, Knock .Went the hotel door, shit, panic, and find some clothes. Tripping and stumbling over luggage and empty Bintang cans. What a way to wake up. I opened the door to a Balinese staff member smiling saying selamat pagi, I grumbled back pagi. He handed me a piece of paper. Terima kasih I said. Oh shit no, I yelled. The airline has gone bust. What the fire truck will I do now? I found out from another Aussie we had to go to Sanur, QANTAS office. What a way to start a holiday, with no way of getting home. At least I was stuck in Bali. In the QANTAS office I found out QANTAS will fly us home. We leave 3 days earlier then we are supposed to, or stay 3 extra days, Oh gee let me think about that one. STAY
Melasti Beach Hotel
Bali Bird Market
even this guy was for sale
Kuta beach Sunset
Kuta art market
Ceremony Kuta beach
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Uluwatu and Kecak Dance
Sangeh monkey forest
I had miss c and miss g with me this time it was miss g 1st visit to Bali and she loved it.
We stayed at the Melasti Beach Resort again .
Fixed price shopping
Kuta beach sunsets
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Bali Bintang Bike Tour
This was something I have wanted to do for years. I finally got to do it .Miss c joined me .We were picked up at 7am and whisked off to the mountains to a coffee plantation. Where we got to taste different teas and coffees and coco was quite good. Then they showed us a Palm Civet some kind of cat animal from Asia. We were told they feed the coffee berries to the Palm Civet and after it passes they make coffee out of its poo and the passed berries. See here for more info .I am not a coffee drinker at any time, but what the heck. Nothing ventured, nothing gained .It cost me about $5 aud for a small cup, and it was very strong and stirred with a stick of cinnamon. Very tasty I must say. Miss c just looked at me with discussed look on her face, don’t kiss me ever again she said.
Back in the minivan and off to Kintamani. Where we had pancake bananas and tea or coffee and had a photo opportunity of the volcano.
We were given gloves a helmet a bike and a bottle of water, we set off on a 45 km ride from Kintamani to Ubud, and it was fantastic way to see Bali. It was very hot about the 32 degrees mark with 85% humidity. Clearly a silly day to do a bike ride. It was great having kids run out for a hi 5 on the way pass.
That covers 5 of my 6 trips , feel free to leave a reply or send me an email .
Here is some more of my Bali photos
here and here
My driver is Wayan Yasa 08164701287
Here's a few links to some good info on Bali
BALI travel FORUM
DON’S BALI VIRGINS GUIDE
And why not learn some Indonesian
My Bali map with spots of interest
I had bed covers and doona covers made , take your measurements with you and a design , give them about a week to make it .They look fantastic .
Also I had doona covers made at Monica Collection
My latest Bali trip here
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