Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Mar 26 2011

Driving around Bali: Sanur to Candi Dasa

We’re starting our trip around Bali from Sanur just because that is where we happen to live, and we’re aiming for Candi Dasa, a somewhat aging resort town to the northeast of Sanur. It’s an easy 90-minute drive if you take the direct route, but we’re not going to do that. The most direct route … read the full post

Mar 23 2011

Driving around Bali: Predeparture briefing

Bali is big, beautiful, round(ish) and dotted with interesting places to visit — perfect for a road trip. You can circumnavigate Bali in as little as a couple of days or as long as a couple of months, by car or by motorbike. We thought we’d zoom around the island and put together a suggested … read the full post

Mar 14 2011

Children’s massage in Bali

Published by under Kids

Jari Menari, with two branches in Seminyak and Nusa Dua, is one of our top picks for massage in Bali. The all-male therapists are truly well trained, so you actually feel like you’re getting a massage for your particular knots and aches and pains and anatomy, not just a one-size-fits-all rubdown; the style of their … read the full post

Mar 03 2011

Nyepi in Bali

Published by under Culture

Hands up if you stuffed up your new year’s resolutions? Did you try again at lunar new year and still kind of not stay true? Never fear! This Saturday, the day following the dark moon of the spring equinox, is the first day of the Balinese New Year — so you can give it another … read the full post

Feb 20 2011

Updated: How much is a taxi to Bali airport?

Published by under Transport

Updated for December 2013: The simple answer to this question is to not ask “how much”, but rather just to ask the taxi driver to put the meter on — that’s what it is there for. But, if you prefer to do it “off the meter” here are the “official” prices from Bali’s Ngurah Rai … read the full post

Feb 09 2011

Cozy massage in Bali

Published by under Spas and massage

Street-level massage joints are a dime-a-dozen in Bali, and so too are the high-end US-dollar priced ones. The market in between, where you pay just a little more and get something a little different is where there’s a bit of a gap, but that’s where Cozy, just near Simpang Siur (ten minutes from Kuta on … read the full post

Jan 29 2011

A good dentist and optometrist in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

On holiday in Bali and want to get a dental or eye check up? Even if you don’t, it’s good to have contact details on hand for a good dentist and optometrist while travelling just in case something goes wrong – and the prices are great! Dr Retno has a neat, nondescript office that’s easy … read the full post

Jan 16 2011

A great place to stay on Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, Bali

Published by under Accommodation

We arrive in Ubud after dark with a sleeping Mr 2 and overtired Ms 4 in tow, and the long walk down a narrow footpath between mossy high walls doesn’t inspire confidence in the place we have booked to stay at for the weekend. As we enter Ubud Lestari, Mr Travelfish, who poked his head … read the full post

Jan 07 2011

How to avoid motorcycle fines in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

I drive or cycle through a major intersection in Sanur most days. It’s where the bypass meets Jalan Danau Buyan, but most people, tourists and locals alike, know it more as McDonalds corner as there is a very prominent McDonalds on the southeast corner. On the northwest corner is a police box. At least once … read the full post

Dec 23 2010

Balian Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under West Bali

Balian Beach was the place we first really fell in love with Bali. The black sand beach is set at the mouth of the same-named river. It’s a big river and the combination of large surf, strong currents and the volume of water pouring out of the river — especially in wet season — doesn’t … read the full post

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