"Land of beaches and bargaining" Bali by cvilla007
Bali Travel Guide: 6,895 reviews and 17,844 photos
It's an experience I relate to visiting the Earth in a futuristic time, when the monkeys took over and the people have mysteriously vanished. Walking around this particular temple in Uluwatu, you must be careful with your belongings, because the monkeys rule. They are the residents of the temple. They are aggressive for your handouts, but also kind when you offer them something. They grab your hand and eat the peanut or whatever food you've given them, and after they've eaten it, they may not let go of your hand. They'll hold onto it like a child does to their mother.
I spent too little time on Bali's beaches. But in five days, I was able to walk on a secluded beach twice, go snorkeling in boat-traffic heavy waters once, get a good look at the surfers in the water and locals lounging under palm trees, and have dinner on the beach. Bali is said to be the last true paradise. If a truly extraordinary and interesting experience is what you're after, then Bali is your paradise.
It's everywhere you go in Bali: goods for sale. Vendors will come up to you while you're sitting in a taxi, and they'll show you a newspaper from your native land (but always yesterday's news). The streets of Kuta and Legian are lined with shops selling anything you can imagine, from the vacation t-shirt to fake watches and even faker designer bags. You think you can get away from it all by taking a walk down the beach, but people offer you braids for your hair, temporary tattoos, massages, transportation... It's all a bit overwhelming. You go back to your hotel, but of course there are Bali masks and wood carvings displayed, all for sale, and hallways lined with the most beautiful paintings you can imagine, again all for sale. Be prepared to say no thank you and take a course in negotiating prices before you come.
- Pros:Island paradise, low prices for everything, kind people
- Cons:Small island, lots of haggling for prices, lots of tourists
- In a nutshell:Be ready to say "No thank you" with a smile.
Street processions Another of the ubiquitous and odd things you see in Bali are the endless numbers of people parading... more travel advice
Jimbaran was formerly a fishing village and now it's the home to many new resorts. It's very close to the runway and you... more travel advice
cvilla007's Related Pages
Bali Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Sharing my experiences Under the Bali Sunshine"
- "Bali, A Travel to Island Of Paradise :"
- "Bali, Indonesia..."
- "Bali - Island Beauty"
- "...stranded between heaven and earth"
- "BALI Of Gods, Goddesses & Demons"
- "Bali - Home of the Gods (& mischievious monkeys)"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Bali
- Hotels in Bali
- Transportation in Bali
- Nightlife in Bali
- Restaurants in Bali
- Shopping in Bali
- Warnings and Dangers in Bali
- See All...
Badges & Stats in Bali
- 14 Reviews
- 17 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 0 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (5)
Have you been to Bali?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Bali
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Nagoya Intro, 29 reviews, 57 photos, 5 travelogues
- Atlanta Intro, 23 reviews, 26 photos
- Bali Intro, 14 reviews, 17 photos
- Oakland Intro, 14 reviews, 14 photos
- Okinawa Intro, 5 reviews, 22 photos, 2 travelogues
- Japan Intro, 10 reviews, 13 photos
- Los Angeles Intro, 7 reviews, 15 photos, 1 travelogue
- San Francisco Intro, 8 reviews, 8 photos
- Osaka Intro, 1 review, 12 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Bellingham Intro, 5 reviews, 6 photos