Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Bali Days ...

Hello! The Dream Big ... Read Often blog took a break as my family and I travelled through the beautiful and alluring Bali. We spent a wonderful two weeks exploring and enjoying this wonderful place. It was my first time but certainly won't be my last. Thought I would share some of my favourite snapshots with you. Terima kasih!
Book shop - Bali style!
There was this stand on a motorbike whilst the book shop was tucked beneath a flight of stairs.
Coffee plantations.
These coffee and tea drinks were delicious. There was another coffee called the Kopi Luwak which is made from the poop of the Civet cat. At $45 per cup it was a bit expensive for my taste buds.
The Sacred Monkey Forest.
Found in Ubud this attraction boasts over 600 monkeys that reside in this forest. For a small fee you can buy a banana and have the monkey climb your body to eat the banana our of your hand. We saw one guy do this only to get peed on down his back!
Petrol stations.
These 1litre Vodka bottles are filled with petrol and set up along the sidewalks. They are sold to scooters/motorcyclists who just pull in, lift the seat, fill the tank and are on their way again.
Shop fronts.
Once you got used to the Bali style shopping of haggling and bargaining it was a lot of fun.

Legian Beach.
Gorgeous sunsets along the beaches. Best enjoyed with a cold Bintang beer on a bean bag!
Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
Such a picturesque view!
  • Do take Australian cash with you and use a money exchange as you need it in Bali. You will get  a much better exchange rate without bank fees.
  • Don't be afraid to haggle starting with a low price. Know what you want to pay and be prepared to walk away if they don't agree.
  • Do plan your trip and know where you want to visit. There is so much to see and do and you don't want to miss something.
  • Don't just eat at the western restaurants. Eat the local cuisine. Try a Warung restaurant. We found one in Kuta and another one in Legian that were delicious and cost between $20-$30 for 3 courses and drinks for a family of 4.
  • Do explore the streets and soak up the atmosphere along the beaches.
  • Don't be afraid to talk and have a joke with the locals. They are friendly folk just trying to make a living.
  • Do use a recommended driver if possible. We had one and he was fantastic!

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