Saturday, 3 March 2012

Bali - Day 1

Free and Easy Bali - Day 1 Itinerary 
1) Arrive Bali around 7pm
2) Dinner
3) Massage
4) Night stroll at Kuta Beach

We bought Air Asia tickets to Bali during promotion, each return ticket cost around S$115.
As a budget airline, their landing area is a small distance from the arrival hall and there is no linkway connecting the plane to the arrival hall. Designated air asia coach will bring you to the arrival hall in less than 2 min.

A nice Balinese Hindu style gate is there to welcome us at the arrival terminal. Clearance was quite efficient and fast.
Bali Arrival Hall

You can simply get a taxi at the Taxi Service counter just outside the arrival hall, rates are fixed and you pay at the counter before the driver bring you to his taxi.  It cost 50,000 Rupiahs (IDR) from Bali international airport to Kuta area, it is only 15 - 20 minutes drive.
Taxi Service Counter

Best Western Kuta Beach is along the same stretch of beach as Hard Rock Cafe Hotel. Didn't expected that the hotel to be in a small dark alley, but its only less than 1 minute walk from the main road.
Best Western Kuta Beach

Although a bit small, the hotel is very new and clean. A small cozy standard room cost around S$85 per night.  Welcome drinks and snacks are provided at Triple S Bar.
Best Western Kuta Beach

Welcome Drink and Snack
There is a small pool at the roof top which look nice in pictures and cater to those who desperately want a dip in the nice sunny weather.
Rooftop Pool

The beach is conveniently located across the one-way main road, just 50 meters away from the hotel.  The beach is for surfers and swimming is prohibited due to safety reasons. The stretch of beach is relatively less crowded, besides surfers, there are a number of people enjoying suntan and stroll along the beach. You can also enjoy a nice walk at night under the starry skies and soft sand at your feet.

Kuta Beach at Night

While we were looking for a day trip, we got tips from a local tour sales on where to have our dinner.  Just before we reached the mentioned restaurant along Jalan Pantai Kuta, we chanced upon a sign showing Un's, which is highly recommended restaurant on the Internet.

It was a wise decision to dine in Un's Restaurant - good food, nice ambience with friendly service. More information in the next post - Bali Day 1 Dinner.
Un's Restaurant

Bali is famous for their happening nightlife as well - bars, pubs with live bands, DJs and dancers.  You can see couples and groups all dressed up in the middle of the night, getting ready to party the night away!
Kuta Night Life

If that doesn't attracts you, you can also choose to have a quiet walk at the beach, chilled out at ice cream parlour or just sit back and enjoy a relaxing Balinese massage.

There are many shops offering massage service, we chose one which looks more established and clean. It's definitely worthwhile to pay a little bit more to have some assurance for a comfortable environment, clean massage oil and skillful massage service.

Massage Area

Massage is very cheap, a 60 minute foot massage cost Rp. 65K (S$9) while a 60 min Balinese body massage cost only Rp. 95K (S$13).  Foot massage was good, but would not recommend female for body massage here as there is not much privacy in the skimpy curtain divided "cubicle".

Smart Massage

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