Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Let's Go to Bali - 1

Denpasar, capital of Bali and the largest, busiest city on the island. On “Jalan Wisnu” off Puputan Square, the Bali Museum contains a survey of Balinese art from prehistoric times to the early 20th century: mask, wood-carving, cages for fighting crickets, neolithic stone implements and scale models of ceremonial events. The museum’s architecture combines the two pirncipal edificies of Bali, the temple and the palace-a blending of building styles of North, East and West of Bali. On the right side of Bali Museum is “Jagatnatha”, the biggest temple in Denpasar. It’s used at evening by Balinese people who lives in Denpasar for praying every 1st and 15th of lunar calendar. The Badung Tourist Office, on “Jalan Surapati” is a five-minute walk from Bali Museum. You can ask them about any events taking place in the country. The Sanggraha Kriya Asta Handicraft Centre at “Tohpati” in the suburbs of Denpasar, exhibits all aspects and styles of Balinese crafts. The centre will give you a good feel for the prices you should be paying, as it is government-run and all prices are fixed.

Kuta is ten kilometres (six miles) south of Denpasar. Once a sleepy fishing village, tens of thousands of travellers and package tourists have over the years turned Kuta into a gigantic First World resort. At least four out of every ten visitors here are young, free-spending Australians, their numbers particularly evident during the Australian Summer of December and January. There are no less than ten discos in Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak, each with a distictive atmosphere. Kuta also boasts excellent body surfing, with clear water and top-to-bottombular surf. Kuta and Legian are the fashion capitals of Southeast Asia, with Indonesian, Italian, American and French designers turning seuses, all with conical hats and yellow t-shirts, cruise the beach. From Kuta, tour companies offer inexpensive minibus tours to places all over the island. Legian is an extention of Kuta which is suit to people who want to stay for several weeks or months. It’s good for playground for young surfies and suburbanites. It has good music, cheap food, bicycle rent and repair shop, fashion shops, banks, and dances that opened everyday – “Barong, Kecak and Ramayana dances”.

Sanur, this beach resort area is nine kilometres (six miles) east of Denpasar is crowded with mostly high-priced hotels. It is quieter, safer, more sheltered and expensive than Kuta/ Legian. The area is known for its shrines carved in white coral, its painters, orchestras and operas. Visit the former home-turned-museum of Le Mayeur, the Belgian artist who lived in Sanur from 1932 to 1958, next to the Grand Bali Beach Hotel; it is now run by the government. Sanur has a really fine lagoon, its coral reef stretching hundreds of metres out to sea with tide pools and swaths of sand. Kite-flying competitions are regular events in the “sawah” surrounding Sanur, the monstrous kites need up to six men to get flied.

Bukit peninsula is dry, rough land which connected to the mainland by an isthmus. On the south coast of bali, there is a whole series of ancient sea temples. All pay homage to the guardian spirits of the sea, but the one most popular is Bukit’s Ulu Watu. The temple is perched on a cliff 90 metres (300 feet) above the Indian Ocean, and fisherman come here to pray to the sea goddess for a good catch. The best time to visit is at sunset, when you can watch the sea turtles swimming below in a hundred shades of churning blue/green sea water. From Ulu Watu, there’s a lovely beaches are 45 minutes descent down the cliffs. The surf under Ulu Watu sometimes reaches eight metres (26 feet) in height, one of the best and challenging surf on the island (right now that place called DreamLand Beach). Nusa Dua is where international-class hotels have been built. It has good security and many of international government meetings held there. There’s also beach which provide beach and air games and a boat to Nusa Penida Island for diving and see the beauty of underwater world. On the way back to Denpasar you can visit Jimbaran, where we can eat seafood as dinner and watch nice view, most of all food sold with a good price. Please come at evening and you will enjoy the view as you enjoy your dinner.


yainal said...

we're suppose to be in bali this week but its canceled.. :( hopefully at the end of this year we can spend some time in there..

Surya said...

well, how about a new plan to bali in the following new years holiday?
BTW, thanks for visiting :)

mamat said...

Hmm... Nice bali.... and if i have got a chance to visit bali. I will contact you Bro :)