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Sunset on Kuta

The final stop of tour in South East Asia was Bali. We flew from KL into Denpasar and went through the now familiar routine of haggling with a taxi driver to take us to Kuta beach. We checked into the Fat Yogi Hotel following a recommendation from our friend Emma. This hotel has a recently added wing where the rooms are boutique style, with super King size beds, air con and the biggest showers we have ever seen. The rest of the hotel is certainly decent and seems to be undergoing a fair amount of refurbishment, like every other hotel on the street.

After a lovely meal in the bar over the road, we headed off for a night on the town. The narrow lanes of the Kuta area are unbelievably full of shops ranging from your usual street vendors to designer boutiques as well as pubs and bars for every budget.

Two cheeky monkeys
Needless to say, we ended up going to most of the fancy cocktail bars and ended up staying up until the early hours. Woke up the following morning very hung over.

Over the next few days we spent some time on the beach, chilling out between being hassled for massages, pedicures, manicures, hair braiding and surf boards. We also played some frisbee and went for long walks in the surf. We finally also had the mandatory surf lesson with ex Aussie Martyn, sporting what looked like a baby sun hat and old boardies pulled up way beyond his navel. We both managed to get up and catch some green waves (for you not in the know, this is aparently better than just the white froth that is closer to the beach).

Half way through the week we decided to change hotels in order to save some money, so walked about 50m across the road to the AP Inn.

The Monkey Forest in Ubud
This complex had a bit more of an atmosphere and a larger pool, but wasn't as flash as the room at the Fat Yogi (i.e. there were a few extra roomies in the form of cockroaches).

We also went for a day excursion to Ubud, which is an arts & crafts village a few hours inland. Here there are also a multitude of temples including those located in the Indiana Jones style Monkey Forest. Unfortunatley our camera ran out of battery after about 10 minutes!, but we did manage to get a couple of pictuers of those cheeky monkeys and their surroundings.

For sunset, the day before our departure we decided to visit the well renouned KuDeTa located in Seminyak, which is further North along the beach.

KuDeTa sunset
It is not only a cocktail bar, but a whole concept (apparently). Here we frollicked with the beautiful people, lounging on loungers, sipping cocktails and eating edamame. It was a very nice contrast to the bars in Kuta, much more up our street.

After checkout on the last day, we hired a minibus with driver, who took us around the beaches on the southern peninsular. We ended up at Uluwatu to watch the famous Balinese Kacek dance in an amphitheatre with a beautiful sunset as a backdrop. We then headed to the airport for our flight to Australia. This was unfortunately delayed for 1hr 40min, but we had a nice hot meal at 3.30am along with a glass of wine and an hours sleep, before landing in Perth.

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Sunset on Kuta
Sunset on Kuta
Two cheeky monkeys
Two cheeky monkeys
The Monkey Forest in Ubud
The Monkey Forest in Ubud
KuDeTa sunset
KuDeTa sunset
Jimbaran beach - calm before the s…
Jimbaran beach - calm before the …
Hermit crab on Pedang Pedang beach
Hermit crab on Pedang Pedang beach
The Monkey King
The Monkey King
Kacek dance
Kacek dance
Sunset at Uluwatu
Sunset at Uluwatu
Fire dance
Fire dance
Bali
photo by: mr_shanet