Our next stop from Ubud was Kuta in Bali. The reason why I wanted to go there was because there was a beach and Ubud did not have one…so off we went.
Here are some places and things to do in Kuta:
1.The beach 🙂
Now I have seen much nicer beaches and less crowded ones before and it definitely does not make my top 5 of my beach list because all around the beach are vendors selling beach chairs, drinks, Hannah – tattoos, bracelets and the like. So if you want to go there and relax without being talked to every 5 seconds- well that’s not a beach to go.
But you can get used to things and you develop some tricks to avoid all that: you just race past them and straight to the water front and that’s that. But then you don’t have any shade from the scorching hot sun…
The beach is just wonderful after 5pm! Then there is low tide and you can go for wonderful long walks along the water. I also started to jog along the water after 5pm which was just amazing!!!!!
and you can see very beautiful sun sets…
2. Beachwalk Shopping Mall
Close to the beach is a small shopping mall with AC!!!
Oh yeah baby. Great place to cool down and to shop. There are the usual places like Top Shop Top Man, Guess as well as Zara. You will also find a supermarket at the bottom floor as well as restaurants at the top floor. There is also a Star Bucks were we sat and worked with free Wifi…
3. A Cinema
The shopping mal also offered a movie cinema which was a great escape to the heat during the day. The ticket was only 50k (3 USD/ 5AUD/ 2.50 EUR) and they showed the current Blockbuster movies in ENGLISH. With AC and Popcorn definitely a nice little escape.
4. Bread Life
In the shopping Mall is Bread Life which is an Asian style bakery. They had cheap little baked goods (yeah, some were very naughty, but with this heat you needed a little energy pick me up) and FREE WIFI. It was not AC’ed but located in a corner where you got some nice wind currants.
5. A great typical Indonesia Restaurant with really nice and cheap vegetarian food:
We stayed on Poppy’s Lane II (this is the road that takes you to the beach and shopping mall) and one of those little side streets off Poppies Lane II took you to an Indonesian restaurant.
It offered a buffet where they cooked the food fresh. You basically tell them you want a dish with rice and then you start choosing the toppings you want to add. They had a really great choice of vegetables, tofu and tempeh which changed daily and VERRY VERY CHEAP.
All up we spend 17k which is around 1.30 USD/ 1.70 AUD/ 1.20 EUR.
They also offered A la Carte menu where you could find Gado Gado with Tofu and peanut sauce and rice noodle dish with vegetables.
What I didn’t like about Kuta
It is just so extremely touristy and if you don’t like touristy then you really wont like Kuta. It feels like Kuta was build for tourists only. It is full of clothing stands, bars, night clubs and pubs. All the main streets were just packed with them and at every turn you go asked to come in and have a beer. Now, if you love drinking and clubbing Kuta is just right for you but if not- well you gotta avoid the main streets!
2. Beach is very touristy as well. See above!
3. No Balinese culture to see.
You see the occasional offering on the streets and the hotel/homestays have a Balinese flair with nice tropical gardens but on the main streets it is just plastered with touristy stalls/night clubs/bars. So you would not know anything Balinese here….
Would I go back there? I don’t know. Maybe for a few nights as stop over to eat at that restaurant again and to go for a jog at Kuta Beach.
It sure is an experience I never had before and therefore it was worth going there 🙂
Have you been to Kuta? How did you like it there? Maybe I missed a side road that was not so plastered with Pubs?
Links to some pictures:
1. Beachwalk Kuta Bali: