Exotic Destinations- Bali
Wild waves, tall cliffs, exotic dances, and ancient temples. This is Bali.
And while I lived in Indonesia, it was one of my favorite escape places.
Picture: A very sun-burned me weaving a hat from reeds.
What I loved most about Bali was how beautiful the culture was and the ease of getting from the airport to hotels and shopping. You can drive past hills stacked with rice patties and yet have the ease of modern conveniences as well.
Places to Visit
The Monkey Forest– This is quite touristy, but it’s a must-see with the huge sprawling trees and hundreds of monkey. Just keep an eye on your belongings. Those monkeys are mischievous little things.
Fantastic shopping in Kuta– great deals on beautiful handcrafted items
Balinese temples– Pura Besakih or the sea temple, Tanah Lot– gorgeous!
Diving– there is also excellent diving in Amed where it’s quieter than Kuta and quaint. Rent a small cabin by the beach and hire a cook!
Places to Stay
I would start your stay in Kuta because it is where the best shopping is.
Then head over to Seminyak and stay at the Samaya Bali.
Poppies Restaurant– loved the atmosphere!
I have a lot of great memories of Bali:
1. Standing on the cliffs and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean- so romantic!
2. Shopping and bartering using my not-so-great Indonesian
3. Being chased by a monkey in the Monkey Forest
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Next Friday’s Exotic Destination: New Zealand