Friday, March 4, 2011

My 1st Bali Trip

Trip: 27 Feb - 2 March 2011
Location: Bali ( Denpasar - Kuta - Tanah Lot - Kintamani - Sanur - Jimbaran - Ulukatu )
Exchange Rate Currency: RM345 = IDR 1 Million
Accomodation: Holiday Villa Wina (RM150 perday, duluxe room)

It was my first trip to Bali with some old friends. We did get some good offer from Air Asia as we had booked our ticket about last 3 month back. The tickets cost us RM285 return perperson including airport tax at the LCCT. We arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport at 9pm and went straight to the hotel. One of the hotel staff had greeted us at the airport.

For accomodation, we manage to get a good offer from a friend who is working as the GM for Holiday Villa Wina at Kuta. RM150 for duluxe room perday including breakfast (buffet). And the good part was the meal at Holiday Villa Wina is certified Halal by Majlis Ulama Indonesia! So no problem to get food for breakfast as we had heavy breakfast each day before starting our trip.
at LCCT Airport
at Kuta Beach
floating temple at Tanah Lot
The 2nd day after breakfast we went to Kuta Beach. The wave was strong but not as strong as the one in Bondi Beach (Australia) but still ok for surfing. By comparing the beach in Kuta and in Batu Feringghi in Penang, I could say that the beach in Batu Feringghi Penang is better and cleaner. Only you can't get strong wave in Penang compared to Kuta Beach. One of the local people approach us and offered us to go surfing. They allowed us to rent their surf board which is IDR1.2 million (RM40) for 2 hours. I wish I could go surfing for the first time, but we already had plans to go to Tanah Lot and Jimbaran by today afternoon. After a while at the beach, we went back to the hotel to ride the free shuttle to Legion.

At Legion we went to get some souvenir like shirts, keychain and fridge magnet. Even the same thing, the price varies from IDR10k to IDR50k. So its better to survey and get the best price out of it. We manage to hire a supir (driver), Mas Choki. It cost about IDR400k including an MPV and petrol. It was quite a good bargain. The MPV was the Suzuki APV which is quite spacious and the driver was a Muslim. So we didn't had much problem on getting halal food over there. 

We started our jouney to Tanah Lot to visit the floating temple or the called it Pura (temple). It was quite unique as the temple is only reachable when the sea level is low. Then we went to Jimbaran to experience the sun set. We were thinking of having dinner at Jimbaran, but the food was too expensive to us. We realized that the place of meant for tourist, so we ask Mas Choki to get us to a local food stall. We arrived back at ur hotel at 9pm and rest for our next trip tomorrow to Kintamani.

Part II here.

Muhammad bin Kamarulazizi

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