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Tegalalang - Terrace Rice Fields

 

In an effort to help drive tourism in Bali after the bombing, AirAsia was giving away really cheap tickets. I bought mine KL --> Bali at RM198.00 (less than 50 dolars). Got 8 people together and planned a brief trip to Bali, only 4 days.

Stayed at Kuta Seaview Cottage, marvellous. Just across the street from the Kuta beach. A few steps from McDonalds, a convenient store and shopping. At USD40 per room (twin/double) per night, we booked for 3 nights. So, that costs me USD60 total for accommodation.

As there were so many of us, I called a guide recommended by friends. Erwan (the guide) came to us the next day, driving a kijang which fits all 8, and charged 300,000 rupiah total.

One of the many shops selling Balinese art.
Divide by 8, that's 40,000 rupiah each (approx RM20 or USD5 dollars). That was the cheapest guided tour I found, most were charging 400,000 rupiah per person.

The trip was free and easy. Name the place, he drove us there. We got him until 10pm. Yahhooooo!!!!!

1st stop : Kintamani (volcano site). Nice view. Had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the volcano. It was pretty windy and cold. Beware of street vendors : they're quite aggressive. I feel sorry for them. They looked poor and the things they sold were really cheap. My cousin took our money to get a t-shirt, quite suddenly, all the vendors swarmed him, we lost him in the crowd and I sprinted to the van. Erwan went and saved my cousin. He bought a t-shirt for 10,000 rupiah (RM5 or USD1.50)

On the way down, we stopped at Tegalalang's terrace rice field.

The Beautiful Tanah Lot - people quickly evacuating the area as the tide rises.
I grew up at a padi field, but planted on flat ground, so this view was really amazing and new to me :)

On the way to Ubud, we passed many shops lining the streets, selling all sorts of wares - wood carvings, handicrafts, bracelets, frames, all the things found at Ubud, Kuta or other markets, but waaayyyyyyyyyyyy cheaper. It was really cheap, even by Malaysian or Chak-tu-Chak standard. We also stopped at Ubud market. The vendors are amazing. Not knowing our nationalities, they tried many different greetings and various tongues, Korean, Japanese, Chinese. When they discovered we spoke the same language, there was no getting away, though it was easier to bargain.

Next stop, Uluwatu for the sunset.

Sunset at Jimbaran.
Oh my gosh, IT WAS AMAZING!!! MUST MUST MUST go there. The temple is gorgeous, set on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea. Must pay entrance fee (2,000 rupiah / RM1) to get in, but our guide Erwan helped bargain for us, and 3 got in free. For the Kecak dance, we paid 35,000 rupiah each (Rm18/USD5). MUST MUST MUST SEE!!! The Kecak started just before sunset, so it was pretty enchanting watching the show with the backdrop of the cliff and approaching sunset.

Last stop : Jimbaran for dinner. A stretch of beach, full or seafood restaurants. Expensive but absolutely delicious! :)

 

     The next day was spent around Kuta and Legian. Again, beware of vendors! A couple of friends agreed for a manicure, but was surrounded by 10 to 15 people, started giving them foot rubs, back massages etc, then each asked to be paid 5,000 rupiah, even for a mat that magically appeared underneath them, out of nowhere.

Ubud market
I thought it was hillarious!! Best not to say a word and give a stern 'NO'.

    

     Last day, before heading for the airport, we went to Tanah Lot. Absolutely gorgeous temple, on the beach. As the tide rises, people had to vacate the area. We went for a final scenic drive. On the way to the airport, we drove through a university campus. Very posh, a class of its own on that island. Also passed some elite housing area.

BASIC EXPENSES

Flight                                          RM 198

Accommodation (3 nights)          RM 240

Guided Tour (2 days)                  RM 40

Uluwatu (Dance & entrance fee) RM 20

Airport Tax  (50,000 rupiah)        RM 25

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Total  approx.

Kuta Road. View from across our hotel.
                            RM 530. / USD130

I only brought RM1,000 (USD250) but had plenty to spare for shopping and food.

 

 

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Tegalalang - Terrace Rice Fields
Tegalalang - Terrace Rice Fields
One of the many shops selling Bali…
One of the many shops selling Bal…
The Beautiful Tanah Lot - people q…
The Beautiful Tanah Lot - people …
Sunset at Jimbaran.
Sunset at Jimbaran.
Ubud market
Ubud market
Kuta Road. View from across our ho…
Kuta Road. View from across our h…
Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach
Surfers at Kuta Beach
Surfers at Kuta Beach
Board rental and surfing lessons
Board rental and surfing lessons
Kuta market
Kuta market
Silver shops
Silver shops
Entrance of the silver shop. I lov…
Entrance of the silver shop. I lo…
Art shop
Art shop
Telling us about Balinese art.
Telling us about Balinese art.
Kintamani volcano - dormant
Kintamani volcano - dormant
valley around the volcano
valley around the volcano
Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple
soooo high
soooo high
the restaurant at our hotel. Beach…
the restaurant at our hotel. Beac…
Kuta Seaview
Kuta Seaview
Kuta Seaview
Kuta Seaview
One of the rooms
One of the rooms
Im so taken by this wierd looking…
I'm so taken by this wierd lookin…
Kuta Seaview swimming pool
Kuta Seaview swimming pool
View of restaurant at Kuta Seaview.
View of restaurant at Kuta Seaview.
My friends being swarmed by vendor…
My friends being swarmed by vendo…
around Kuta
around Kuta
Horse ride to Legian
Horse ride to Legian
Bombing site
Bombing site
Memorial for victims of Bali Bombi…
Memorial for victims of Bali Bomb…
sunset at Kuta
sunset at Kuta
Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot
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photo by: mr_shanet