BALI

I absolutely love traveling to new countries. Whenever I go on holiday, I try to go somewhere new to experience new surroundings, new cultures and new foods and so forth.

For this holiday Liv and I went back to her home country of Taiwan again but her parents, as a present for her upcoming 30th birthday, decided to take us to Bali. We flew to Bali on the 30th of April using China Airlines (really bad but that will come in a moment) and we returned today (3rd of April) back to Taipei.

The first thing about this holiday was China Airlines. Not good! The flight itself was comfortable but the stewardesses were extremely disorganised and brought me completely the wrong dish and brought my mother in law a cold dish. The thing that really annoyed me though was the rows in front of me got served and then the rows behind but my row seemed to be the last. A lady who was sat next to us finally received her food after everyone had seemingly finished their food.

 

NUSA DUA BEACH HOTEL AND SPA

Bali is in a word, interesting. We stayed at a 5-star resort in Nusa Dua called Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. I’ve stayed in 5 star hotels in London and China and stayed in different stay hotels everywhere from Paris to the Dominican Republic but this is by far the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The hotel itself is really beautiful, the room (a Superior room) was really comfortable but the staff were absolutely awesome. Everyone from the receptionist to the baggage handlers to even the gardeners always say “hello, how are you today” and always have big smiles on their faces. The food in the hotel was also excellent. We ate Japanese twice where we ate sushi and a korean BBQ (Korean BBQ is the best thing on the planet!), both of which were delicious. We also ordered room service and had Balinese fried rice many times, which was some of the most delicious fried rice I’ve ever eaten. Of course this is only a small part of the things we ate.

NUSA DUA VILLAGE

In terms of Bali outside our resort, there were things we liked and didn’t like. Bali itself is desperately poor and really dirty. Rivers and streams are completely full of rubbish and everyone is desperate to make money. As a note pretty much all prices can be haggled (for example we bought a really pretty chess board for our home from Nusa Dua village. The lady originally wanted something like 200,000 IRP (about £15) but we got the price down to 100,000 IRP (currency at the time of our holiday is about 13800 IRP to £1.

In terms of Bali outside our resort, there were things we liked and didn’t like. Bali itself is desperately poor and really dirty. Rivers and streams are completely full of rubbish and everyone is desperate to make money. As a note pretty much all prices can be haggled (for example we bought a really pretty chess board for our home from Nusa Dua village. The lady originally wanted something like 200,000 IRP (about £15) but we got the price down to 100,000 IRP (currency at the time of our holiday is about 13800 IRP to £1.

 

UBUD

On the final night in Bali we went to the popular town Ubud. I was expecting  Ubud to be a fairly large city but it’s really tiny (only has about 30,000 residents). We booked a taxi who drove us both ways and we drove to a restaurant called Dirty Dirty Duck to eat the famous Balinese duck. This was really tasty, I liked it a lot but I couldn’t eat a lot of food as I was suffering from heat stroke at the time. Liv has written a rather interesting review of Dirty Dirty Duck here

 

COMMENTS ABOUT BALI

Four days in Bali definitely isn’t enough. It took me 24 hours to get used to the heat and humidity (it’s 100% tropical humidity here and the days have been around 33-35C). Bali is also really expensive, way more expensive than Taiwan and from what Liv has told me a lot more expensive than Thailand (her favourite place). To really see Bali one needs at least a week or if possible a lot more. As mentioned before we didn’t have time to do the elephant safari, we could only see three temples, and we only had the time to just drive to the restaurant in Ubud.

We will almost definitely return to Bali in the future but for a good couple weeks. I want to learn surfing and scuba diving for next time but I may even hire a car so we can see more of Bali at our pace (Bali drives on the same side of the road as the UK).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about Bali and look forward to future posts about Taiwan and many other things that are going on. I’m also shooting a wedding at the stunning Prestonfield Hotel the day after I return to the UK so I’ll be updating my blog with photos from that in due course.

More photos like these can be seen throughout this blog and at: https://www.chrisradleyphotography.com