Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
"What a place ! .............."
First time there I fell in love with the place; soo many temples, very, very nice always smiling people, and soo cheap ! .
Later on I got to be station in the Island of Guam, 6 hrs. away, and this became "my private weekend paradise". I used to fly there for a good massage, a good meal, and some relaxation and sightseeing ! .
In 1995 I had the chance of being station there for some time and this became my home.
The beach in Kuta is where all the tourists hang up and obviously the hasle is (was) very high.
The first thing that catches your attention it's all the merchandise of all kind that you can buy there for pennies ! ....
Traveling to the country side it's finding paradise !, the rice terraces, the mountains and volcanoes, Kintamani, Bedugul, all the hindu temples, the beaches in the north coast unspoiled and great for surfing ! .....
One of my favorite places there it's to go up to Lake Bedugul and stay for a couple of days in a place in front of the lake (Griya Graha Bungalows) for about US$8.00/room. Pretty quiet and cooler than the rest of Bali, most of the times surrounded by clouds.
If temples it's what you're looking for, there are plenty of them; Tanah Lot, The temple of the "good" monkeys and the one of the "bad monkeys" (due to their behaviour obviously), etc. etc.
Still nowadays, you can buy a big beer Bintang, Anker, or Bali Hai for about a US$1.10 and a decent meal from US$0.20 to whatever you can afford, depending on the location of course ! ..... in resume, Bali is the place even after the bombimg of the Sari Club in Oct. 12, 2002 ! .