"Land of beaches and bargaining" Bali by cvilla007

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Temple guardians

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 and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Bali: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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