..Bali the end of the backpackers trail through South East Asia before reaching Australia.. Upon arrival in Bali the choices are many..so many come for the surf.or maybe look at the many volcanoes!! The amazing Temples. Others use Bali as a base for jumping off to see some of the many hundreds of exotic Islands that are here. The main islands being :Java, Sumatra, Lombok, Sulawesi and Kalimantan in Borneo..So many come for the diving that Bali is famous for.and its marvellous sunsets and beaches...others pursue nature adventures..but most travellers and tourists just want to enjoy the easy lay back feel of the place and to enjoy the food , The sunshine, and the ambience of the place itself along with its friendly locals..The Bali that they have heard about..
To get around Bali is very inexpensive on local small busses called "beamos" they are pretty regular ..locals will advise you where they stop...just put out your hand and they stop...anywhere!!. Taxis are cheap for "day hire" the more of you the cheaper it is..I took a few of the shared taxis and also beamos and had no problems whatsoever...but be careful of airport taxis..!!
Accomodation can be found cheaply with all sorts of accomodation from the inexpensive up to luxury resorts..middle of the road accomodation sees you in a really comfortable hotel...most with lots of great activities..depending on your preferences..There is nothing like sitting by the hotel pool with a cold "Mojito" or "Tequila sunrise" relaxing watching a wonderful Bali sunset..
We all hear of the marvellous temples that are everywhere to see on the Island of Bali. Of course this was on my list of things to do...firstly the weather was great hot but not too steamy..so, a day by the coast was on the agenda..There is a marvellous temple to visit on the south coast called Illuwatu.
I was fortunate as I asked a Canadian couple that I knew if they would be interested!! They were staying in my Hotel and we all decided that a "share taxi" was the way to go. A pleasant drive once out of city traffic.The journey was about one and a half hours.
Upon arrival at the Temple complex we were immediately approached to hire the "sarong" type cloth "wrap"to cover our legs before entering the area.There also was a charge for entry and the fee for the guide as well (everything costs in Bali).. I must say the guide is a neccesity as he has a slingshot to scare off the many monkeys here. Also he was knowledgeable about the Temple and answered any of the many questions he was asked.
The walk around this large area especially by the cliffs is a releif from the heat and the seabreeze was welcomed..The main Temple sits on the point of the cliff in a really commanding position and looks quite attractive..When walking around anywhere here Beware of the monkeys firstly they will run at you and before you know it will have your sunglasses, or watch, earings, thongs, (shoes) anything that they can grab and be gone...SO BE CAREFUL around these monkeys. make sure that they don't bite you as they have rabies...This can really ruin your day..!!! If you are bitten by a monkey anywhere in Bali seek medical attention immediately. Most animals in Bali have rabies..!!
This was an interesting day out and the car and driver were less than $15 each.
1. Lots of tastefully designed batik materials and ready made clothes
2. Pasar Bandung near to Bandung river - handicrafts and fresh vegetables and fruits
3. Balinese structures - pura, official buildings and statues
4. Daily lives of the locals
Sighted this pura ("temple") while we were on our way to Kereneng Night Market. Picturesque in the sense that there is this huge shady tree next to it. Upon looking into the pura, we found that it could be a new pura as there were some on-going construction materials lying on the grounds of the pura and the pura looks pretty new in its structures.
You want to taste local food ? Kereneng Night Market is the place to be in. Situated at Jl Kamboja and near to Kereneng Bemo terminal, the place is packed with locals having their dinner or just simply to shop for their daily needs. It opens as early as 6.00pm. It is where you can shop for clothes, handicrafts and a place where you can find cheap and delicious babi guling.
It is the state temple - dedicated o Sanghyang the Supreme god. Sometimes, the road along the temple will be closed for ceremonies, otherwise, the road will be filled with people relaxing, playing chess and stall vendors selling snacks and drinks.
Facts about Pura Jaganatha
* built in 1953
* the shrine is made of white coral and has many empty throne
* it symbolises the belief in one supreme god
* the walls are decorated with carvings of Ramayana and Mahabharata
Nice, big, green "taman" (park) to hang out. Lots of activities, especially in the evening - children running and playing, joggers at the path, balloon men, snacks & drinks being sold, lovers hands in hands, parents coaching their youngs .... basically it is a place for everyone.
There is a big monument with fountains - to commemorates heroic men who have fought against the Dutch in 1906
It's a huge monument at the roundabout in the centre of Denpasar - a landmark of the City. Very near to Puputan Square. "Catur" means "Chess" while "Muka" means "Face". The statue represents Lord of Four Directions, Batara Guru - which is aptly placed at the roundabout. At night, it is beautifully lighted up and at the base you will see rays of fountains.
inside art center complex, i found this interesting building with complicated balinese style.
art center is the place where the annual bali art festival held.
some exhibition & traditional dance are often held here.
i really like these streets: a lot of local people going up and down the street. they sell and buy anything, specially thnigs to eat. a lot of traffic and real balinese chaos!
but always friendly: a guy stop me (he saw a tourist and was very curios) and start talking just for the fun to speak with a stranger, very nice!
it's the big plaza near the national museum and temple pura jagatnatha.
not so a good place, but here the old king of bali and a lot of aristhocratics suicided themselves insted of submit to holland people..........so maybe you would like to see this place for hystoric interest
it's a temple in the center of the city near the national museum. in bali there are many temples much more beautiful than this, but if you spend 1 day visiting the city you can visit also the temple....
It's not an ancient temple to the worshippers but 'only' a modern building. Even though, still mirrored the great skill of those Balinese artists. Every weekend, this square full with motor and cars clubs from Bali.
This one is typical crown for Royal Balinese. You maight see wore by Balinese dancer on a permance. The left is for male one.