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    Local sentiment regarding terrorism

    by phil_uk_net Written Feb 18, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Not a fond memory but a very sad one. The terrorist attack on Bali in October 2002, besides directly affecting those killed and injured and their families, has devastated a lot of local businesses and severely impacted the local economy.
    Hotel occupancy rates were running at 25-30% in January 2003 when they should have been full. Taxi drivers, restaurant workers and a host of other local people who survive by providing goods and services to tourists were struggling badly.
    This T-shirt seems to sum up local sentiment quite succintly.

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    Famous sunset

    by victorwkf Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Sunset at Kuta Beach, Bali
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    Favorite thing: One of the most famous things about Kuta and Legian Beach is the beautiful sunset on a nice day. During sunset, many people will gather at the beach to watch it. The views (see photos) are worth the wait.

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    View of Kuta and surroundings from the air

    by victorwkf Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Aerial view of Bali, Indonesia

    Favorite thing: The view of Kuta and its surroundings from the air is fantastic on a clear day when your flight is landing and taking off. If you want to experience it, I suggest that you take day flights. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    My apartment at Jayakarta Hotel

    by victorwkf Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Because of some mix-up, I got to stay at a big apartment room at Jayakarta Hotel (more information at "accomodation" section.. This apartment is very comfortable and I enjoyed my stay here. It has also nice view of the sunrise but unfortunately could not view the sea from here.

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    Swimming pool & other sports

    by victorwkf Written Jan 13, 2006

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    A swimming pool at Kuta, Bali
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    Favorite thing: If the sea is too rough, you can always swim at the swimming pool of the various beach resorts which are usually beautifully designed. There are also other sports such as tennis for those who are keen to keep fit. If you are lazy, you can always relax and suntan by the pool or sit around and chit-chat.

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    Sunrise at Kuta

    by victorwkf Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Sunrise at Kuta, Bali
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    Favorite thing: The sunrise at Kuta is from the land and therefore may not be so beautiful to some people as compared to the sunset by the sea. Nevertheless, watching the sun rise from beneath the coconut trees is also a very nice experience and photograph taking opportunity.

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    Beautiful beach reflections

    by victorwkf Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Gentle reflection at Kuta Beach, Bali
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    Favorite thing: During sunset, you can witness the beautiful reflection of the sky on the beach due to a thin layer of water on the sand as the waves reside. This is very enchanting and very good for a romantic walk and photography.

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    Phoning the UK from Bali

    by markythesparky1 Updated Jul 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Whilst in Bali I had to make several phone calls to the UK. I asked a few locals the cheapest way to do this and was told to buy a local 'simPATI' SIM card and replace the +44 UK code with 0101744 when dialing. Therefore, +441603 123456 becomes 0101744 1603 123456 The cost of the SIM was 25,000 Rupiah which is just over £1.50 and the calls were pence per minute rather than pounds!

    Hope this helps someone, Mark.

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    Small alleys with lots of shops

    by myspices Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Hmm. ... shall I go for a tatoo?

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: You will not be bored walking in and out of the alleys in Kuta.

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    Tour operators - they will find you

    by myspices Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Don't be surprised that while you relaxing and having a bite , someone will pull a chair and sit next to you . He will be very friendly and start asking questions like - "where are you from", "how long you have been in Bali", "how many days you will be staying"...... Sooner than you know, he will be promoting his tour packages which sounded very attractive. Don't buy the deal outright from him. You should just get his contact and say that you will get in touch with him if you are interested.

    Fondest memory: Kuta - you need not worry about how to travel around Bali. Tour operators are everywhere.

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    General Information

    by venteeocho Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands with a population of more than 200 million, scatterd over a land area of some 2.02 million square kilometers. Lying across a region of immense volcanic activity, Indonesia has some 400 volcanoes, with at least 70 still active.

    Bahasa Indonesia is the official language. English is frequently used in commerce. The people are predominantly Muslim, minority religious groups being Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
    Communications

    Long-distance telephone calls within Indonesia are by direct dialing. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is available in all 26 provincial capitals and in more than 320 cities throughout the country. For the business travellers, facsimile, telex and email services are available in most hotels and at service outlets.

    Fondest memory: The evernings close to the beach

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    Climate & Info

    by venteeocho Updated Jun 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Although Indonesia is hot and humid throughout the year, the official wet season runs from October to August and is marked by heavy, short rainstorms after which the air is fresher. Temperatures range from 21 to 33°C in the lowlands. Higher altitudes enjoy cooler conditions.

    Airport Tax and Transport
    Passengers departing on international and domestic flights have to pay Rp. 50,000 and Rp. 11,000 airport tax respectively.

    Metered taxis are available only at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. At other major Indonesian airports, taxis operate on a fixed rate basis.

    From Jakarta airport, all taxi fares include a surcharge of Rp. 2,300 and a highway toll of at least Rp. 4,000, depending on destination. The surcharge does not apply to trips to the airport, though the highway toll does. In both directions, airport taxis offer a 25 percent discount on the toll fee.

    Fondest memory: My mornings on Nusa Dua Beach

    Exchange facilities for the main foreign currencies are available in banks or at authorized moneychangers in major cities of Indonesia. Rupiah comes in denominations of 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 500 and 100 in bank notes, and 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 coins.

    Time
    Indonesia is divided into three time zones. Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is seven hours ahead of GMT, Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara) is eight hours ahead, and East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Irian Jaya) is nine hours ahead.

    Electricity
    50Hz at either 110 or 220 volts.

    Office hours
    Most government offices are open from 8 am to 3 pm. On Fridays, they close at 11:30 am. On Saturdays, they are open until 2 or 3 pm.

    Business offices open from 8 am or 9 am to 4 pm or 5 pm. Some work half day on Saturdays. Banks open from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays. Banks are closed on Saturdays. Money-changers open longer hours till the evening.

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    Free Wifi Service at Most Establishments

    by machomikemd Written Dec 21, 2013
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    Favorite thing: you don't need to use your mobile smartphone international internet roaming when in bali and particularly in the kuta area as most commercial establishments here offer free wifi service to guests (hotels, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, snack shops, lounges and even convenience stores!) and the internet speeds range from 1 to 5 mbps download speeds.

    you can even access the free public wifi of Indosat Mobile Company at selected sites (like at starbucks coffee houses, ngurah rai international airport and more) for a few hours at LTE speeds of 23 MBPS dowload and 22 MBPS upload.

    Fondest memory: no need to go on very expensive mobile internet roaming as they have many free wifi service in Kuta.

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    Beaches Comparison

    by machomikemd Written Dec 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Kuta Beach is the Main activity of Bali and the beach is good, but the sand quality and water quality of it's rivals in asia are much better sad to say and there are less riptides and currents in these other famous beaches in asia like Phuket and Krabi in Thailand, Boracay and Bohol in the Philippines and langkawi in Malaysia.

    Fondest memory: the sand here are rough and not powdery white and the sands feel hot during noon, unlike in other beaches where you can walk barefoot in the beaches even during noon as the powdery white sands are not hot.

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    Kuta Money Exchange Shops

    by machomikemd Written Jan 6, 2014
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    Favorite thing: there are many money exchange shops in Kuta, particluarly along JI Pantai Kuta area fronting kuta beach, JI Legian, JI Kuta Square, JI Raya Kuta, Poppies Lane 1 and 2 and more.

    the money exhange shops exchange a wide variety of foreign currencies like the US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Euro and more into Indonesian Rupiah and since the rupiah depreciated against the US dollar, the current exchange rates of 1 US Dollar to Indosesian Rupiah is about 1: 11.950 to 12,100 rupiah as of december 2013.

    most are open from 8:00 am to about 10:00 pm everyday

    Fondest memory: many money exhange shops around the major tourists areas of bali but be careful to see if there is the sign "NO COMMISSION" in front as if there are no signs as such, you will be charge a 3 to 5% commision per transaction!

    if you see money exhange shops offering higher rates like 1 US dollar : 12,300 rupiah and up, look for the no commision sign in front and if there is no sign, then find another shop as they would charge you the 5 to 10% commision charge, hence you will get less!

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