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hello my friend recently got married. they want to spend their honeymoon. kindly tell me which are the best places to visit to bali. and nearby places. as they are planning to visit in coming months. also tell me which is the right season to go there.
all suggestions are invited.
I was just about to advise you to go to Trip Advisor Bali forums but you already have posted twice there... though for some reason one of your threads there has been closed? I wonder what you wrote?
Anyway, What is the best place in Bali depends on their taste. For me, Ubud wins hands down. But then, I don't care about the beach, nightclubs, swanky Seminyak shops etc, and I like being a place where Balinese outnumber tourists.
The seasons are pretty similar, a bit more wet from about December- March, but this year April has been wet and so was last September. Climate change. But it's usually around 30 every day in ubud, a bit hotte on the coast and anytime is great. Except late July/August which is peak tourist season, things get more expensive and the streets are packed.
Lombok is great if they want somewhere quieter than Bali and has better beaches.
Ubud (1 hour from Airport)
Where to Stay : Komaneka, Uma Ubud, Como Shambhala, Maya Ubud, Puri Wulandari
What to do : Spa, Yoga, Art Performances, Museum Visit or just in the hotel (some hotels have stunning and amazing view)
Where to eat : Nuri's -in front of neka museum (try their spare ribs) small and simple place but maybe the one sitting next to you is Anthony Bourdain or Barbara Streissand,
Mozaic ( listed in one of the best 50 rest in the world-you have to make a reservation)
Warung Ibu Oka (No. 1 Rest for Balinese Suckling Pig)
Warung Nasi Kedewatan (Spicy Chicken mix with rice and vegetables)
Lamak, Terazzo, Ary's Warung and many other good restaurants.
Seminyak (20 mins from Airpot)
Where to stay : The Samaya, The Legian (GHM Hotels) - beach front
Maya Sayang Villa, Anantara
What to do : Night life, Boutique style shopping, enjoy sunset, walking by the beach, visit tanah lot temple
Where to eat : many good restaurants
Ku De Ta, Gado-Gado (their confit duck is very good), La Luciolla - beach front
Metis - French Rest (I think)
Trattoria (Italian Rest)
many many many great restaurants
Nusa Dua, 25 mins from Airport
Where to stay : Kayumanis Nusadua, The Bale, Amanusa
What to do: Water sports (banana boat, parasailing etc but don't do snorkelling here. it's not worthed) Snorkelling is good in Amed (2 hours from Airport) yes.. it is far
Where to stay: Four Season, Kayumanis Jimbaran, Ayana
What to do: visit uluwatu temple, go to nusadua for watersports, have a drink at 'rock bar' maybe, go to the beach (many nice beaches like dreamland, balangan, nyang nyang etc) good for surfing
Where to eat: Jimbaran Seafood, Nusa Dua Complex or go to seminyak hehe
Kuta (Personally I'm avoiding Kuta and never really explore this area)
Where to stay : Villa de Daun
Where to eat : Papa's Cafe
What to do : Night life, visit bomb memorial, stroll around legian, Buy Pirated CDs :P
Rough prices but I think it's shouldn't be more than this
Motorbike rent Rp. 35.000-50.000/day
Car rent: Rp.150.000-300.000/day
I want to write more but many things I forget.. sorry yah..
I hope it helps
La Pucca has made some fantastic suggestions so I can make very little contribution now.
Basakih Temple, the premier Hindu site in Bali.
Take a walk to the floating pavilion of Semarapura otherwise known as Klungkung palace museum
Fresh mountain air and scenery of the crater lakes.. need I say more?!
Jimbaran for seafood is a definite must!
I went to Bali in July/August and it was nice and sunny. That's the extent of my recommendation when it comes to the right season to visit, sorry. :(
Hope your friends will enjoy their stay! :)
Hombre de Maiz
Kintamani is possibly one of the most unpleasant tourist traps in Bali. Too bad cuz the scenery is awesome. Try Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan if you want to be left alone and enjoy some peace.
The touts around lake Batur at Kintamani are among the most aggressive in Asia. Unless you are in a group that looks mean enough to scare the locals, don't even think about taking the boat trip across Batur to see the Bali Aga village and graveyard. The boatmen will take you over, you will be hit up for cash on arrival, then the boatmen will demand more money than was agreed to take you back. They are pirates in the true sense of the word.
I like to stay far enough from Ubud to enjoy the peace and quiet but close enough to drive there for the excellent eating and drinking opportunities. Much underrated in my opinion is the area around Bedugul and lake Buyan. I also like the coast around Amed but unless you stay there (highly recommend Blue Moon Villas) you can spend all day driving to and fro.
The absolute worst time to go to Bali is the Id'ul Fitr holiday which this year is approx 8-15 September. Vast numbers of E Java residents bring their cars over which, added to the usual tourist coaches and slow-moving agricultural vehicles, makes travelling anywhere in Bali a bit like getting around Jakarta.
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