I bet a lot of you have heard of Bali and more familiar with it more than the country it’s in, Indonesia. Some foreigners even think that Indonesia is in or near Bali. Gosh, that is so dead wrong, people..! We, non-Balinese Indonesians, find that quite offending a li’l bit, but seeing the fact that Bali is the most prepared and welcome place for foreigners of all exotic places in Indonesia, we understand the misconception.
This is the town near Ngurah Rai airport where everybody goes. It has a killing sunset view, and even my parents were one of the many couples that visited this spot in their honeymoon. We’re talking ages ago! Until now Kuta still has the magic that attracts tourists with its sunset, surfing pipes, and of course the more and more developed infrastructures along the beach.
Cafes, clubs, hotels, motels, hostels, surfing shops, cheapo clothing shops, 24-hr mini markets, Hard Rock Café, McDonald’s, all of these are there in the Kuta area, many of which face the ocean view.
- Tanning and crowds on beach
This Kuta area is where we spent our new year’s eve, at Bounty Café. No specific reason for choosing the place other than because they charged nothing for entry (cheapos!). The scene wasn’t too good, the music was almost lame, but at least they gave out free whistles to make some noise.
Campuhan river is quite famous in Ubud. An Indonesian top rock band, Slank, even released a song about contemplating on the Campuhan riverside. Unfortunately we failed to find where the best spot of the river was. But I think you could enjoy the atmosphere of the river while chilling out at Warung Murni (Murni’s café) that’s built right beside the river, near the bridge.
Our visit to Ubud was on our 2nd night day in Bali before we continued to Kintamani the next day. On the 6th day of our total 7 days in Bali, we went back there again because we just loved it so much! But this time was a day trip only.