Bali had been the dream destination for many of you in the last decade. But I am wondering why we have known so little about Bali in recent years? It’s not only Bali Tourism Board hadn’t promote the island to Thai people much but also we were obsessing about Thailand travel and other Asian destinations like Maldives and South Korea. From the latest trip I went to Bali I found out that Bali didn’t lose its charm and still worth visiting even for a weekend—perfect waves for surfing, stunning landscapes, rich of traditions and cultures, high-standard hospitalities and cheaper air fares. What it needs is to promote all these more.
Just because I had to get up very early to reach Suvarnnabhumi at 4:30am to catch a flight which departed tat 6:15am was enough for me to get exhausted all day long. But actually you don’t have much choice cause a flight would arrive in Bali around 11:30am, local time, which’s quite good time to check in at the hotel and start checking out the city. BK Magazine was invited along with around twenty persons from other media to join the Air Asia‘s inauguration flight from Bangkok to Bali during Jan 20-23, 2009.
We were accommodated in Hard Rock Hotel Bali, located on the beachfront of Kuta Beach, one of Bali’s best known beach for tourists with its golden sand stretching over kilometers.
Kuta is like Pattaya: It is tourist-oriented so everything is build to serve tourist coming from all over the world (most of them are Australians, of course). Along the beach road there are big hotels (Hard Rock, Mercure, Pullman, etc), many restaurants and bars serving international flavors, surfing schools as this is also one of the popular spot for surfing and some other tourism-related businesses such as car rentals and tour agencies. From the Kuta beach road you can also reach other tourist favorite areas like Legian and Seminyak.
Few steps from Hard Rock is the Kuta Square shopping street laying everything from Roxy and Rip Curl items to Balinese crafts and souvenirs. But this street scares me. As you walked along the street you’ll see boutiques of D&G Dolce and Gabbana, Versus, Versace JC and watch boutiques displaying Bell&Ross, Omega, Pannerai and Longines. Even from my little experience I knew they’re fake and officially illegal (I asked my friend already). But I have no idea how come they are so plenty and so that I hesitated to by anything branded even they are in (probably) official stores of Crocs or Mooks.
But there are more to see in Bali: We still have those Balinese temples in Ubud and a volcano in Kintamani waiting, making more contrasty and variety to this island