Small alleys with lots of shops
Every alley you enter, you are bound to find interesting shops selling various stuffs. Some have services for tatoos, massages, beauty treatments, saloons.......Vendors will bid you to come see their shops. You can politely nod your head and say thank you and continue to walk along or just ignore their biddings. You will not be bored walking in and out of the alleys in Kuta.
There is an place at the main shopping area of Kuta near to the Matahari Department Store which has many stalls which sell cheap clothings, including those with Bali pictures and words on them. There are also some handicrafts and souvenir shops around this area too.
drink by the beach
if you're in double six beach (blue ocean beach) drop by at de ja vu for drinks.
the place is by the beach and very popular, especially at night.
on the weekend it's sometimes really crowded, people who can't fit in the room sit on the beach.
it's fun though :) all the drinks
A great place to escape to!
"Great live music"
One of the highlights of the trip for both me and my mom was the abundance of live music in the area. Restaurants, bars, hotels, everyone seemed to have live music, and the majority of it was great. We wound up at Obsession in Seminyak one night when we tried to find Latin music, and oh my God, the band playing was great. I have the name in a brochure somewhere, but I went back the next night and another great band was playing Celtic music -- still awesome.
First off, I have to admit, I was scared to death almost every time I was in a taxi while in Bali, mostly because of the motorcycles. At first I tried to figure out how there weren't more accidents, but then I realized when everyone drives crazily, that's the normal.
I also noticed the immense desire of the Balinese to simply tell you want they think you want to hear, as opposed to the actual answer. There were many occasions on which the answer I got wasn't too close to what I asked, but they said it very politely!
The book "Eat, Pray, Love" gave me the idea to visit Bali. Even though we stayed in Tuban, we took a trip up to Ubud because I wanted to meet Ketut and Wayan, two of Elizabeth Gilbert's best Balinese friends. We made it to Wayan's, and then found out Ketut wasn't feeling well. I did get Wayan to autograph my book and I got a "healing." It felt wonderful, but we didn't stay in Ubud long afterward because I smelled like a salad!