After the success of the Cambodia trip in October, we booked another long weekend for Chinese New Year, this time to Bali, a destination that has been on my ‘must do‘ list for some time! It was a nice weekend – but, unfortunately did not live up to expectations – maybe because of a wrong location?
I took advantage of an Air Asia special – and we had a nice villa in the Kerobokan region – miles from anywhere – so every trip out required a taxi. We didn’t see any beaches until we had a trip out to a temple which was built on a rock jutting out into the sea, and actually the best view of the sea we had was from the airport! Never mind! As you can see, the villa was quite nice with our private pool.
On our arrival day we took a taxi to the nearest mall area – but didn’t really find anything special, no night market, no ‘bar street’ so we ended up in a Thai coffee chain for an evening meal, and made the decision to book a trip for the next day! So, day two we were picked up early to go cycling in the countryside.
It was a nice day – we certainly caught a bit of sun too – pity I peeled so quickly!!
The following day we went out again – this time a quick tour of three tourist spots… firstly the Royal Temple.
From here we went to the monkey forest, where monkeys roam freely.
And finally, to the sunset temple, built on a rock jutting out to sea and the only beach we saw on the whole trip! The last three photos are by professional photographers, stolen from the internet – impressive indeed!
So, there you have it, our long weekend in Bali. No surfing, no beautiful sandy beaches – in fact nothing that I was expecting of Bali at all. It was a good trip – it is always nice to get away, but I guess we won’t be heading back that way in the near future; lots of other places to visit instead!
Keep in touch! Trevor, Shanhong, Teddy. xx