John's Around the World Adventure 2005/2006

Travel time: December 2005 - June 2006  |  by John Davies

Bali

We departed Australia after some memorable and enjoyable months to take on a new challenge and adventure, the very different culture of Bali, Indonesia. We stayed in the main tourist haunt of Kuta in two very nice hotels for very little cash (or lots of cash if your talking Rupiah!!!).

At last we had arrived somewhere very, very different to home. From the incessant, uncompromising, yet desperate offerings for 'transport' to the latest fake Oakley Sunglasses, or pirated DVD's, Bali was brash. Those open sewer smells and unique religious offerings with burning incense sticks lining every house and street corner made the experience baffiling. Ladies walking the streets with tonnes of fruit balanced on their heads, men physically pulling wooden carts along the roadside, stray dogs scavaging, you get the idea.

Next stop on our tour was the Gunung Anung Volcano towering over Bali at 3142m, where we had a pleasant lunch looking over the view on a cliff edge restaurant on stilts. We also attended a traditional Balinese Dance, The Barong and Kris, representing the fight between good and evil in a religious context. Further sights of interest included temples, caves, water springs, courts, rice paddy fields, fruit growing areas, and silver and wood carving sellers.

I would describe Bali as chaotic, communication was sometimes a blur, hundreds of motorbikes and cars incessantly sounding their horns and people really didn't seem to know what was going on. Despite this, the region clearly is making strides to develop itself, recovering from the bombing and tsunami, and its blighted corrupt history. Bali continues to fit a second-world country model as many of its people are still incredibly poor and this saddened me significantly

Elephant Cave

Elephant Cave

Poppies Gang- Narrow Streets

Poppies Gang- Narrow Streets

Kuta Square- Main Shopping Centre of Bali

Kuta Square- Main Shopping Centre of Bali

Holy Water Spring

Holy Water Spring

Statue near Spring

Statue near Spring

Relaxing in Hotel

Relaxing in Hotel

Relaxing in wonderful Masa Inn Hotel Pool

Relaxing in wonderful Masa Inn Hotel Pool

First Hotel- Saphir Marbisa

First Hotel- Saphir Marbisa

Relaxing at Masa Inn

Relaxing at Masa Inn

The Excellent Masa Inn Room

The Excellent Masa Inn Room

The cheap food and Bintang beer were all positives, and the opportunity to barter for almost everything was very much a challenge. Whilst in Bali we decided to take an island tour, encompassing main attractions such as the impressive Mother Temple- Pura Besakih, lining the mountainside. We even had to wear sarongs on this occasion! Yeah Baby

Volcano Lookout

Volcano Lookout

Kuta Beach at Sunset

Kuta Beach at Sunset

My lovely sarong made an outing at Bali's Mother Temple

My lovely sarong made an outing at Bali's Mother Temple

Kuta Beach- so much destruction.

Kuta Beach- so much destruction.

Rice Paddy Fields

Rice Paddy Fields

Ice Creams were  the only way to cool down!

Ice Creams were the only way to cool down!

Traditional Religious War Dance- Barong and Kris

Traditional Religious War Dance- Barong and Kris

Enjoying the local Bintang Beer

Enjoying the local Bintang Beer

All these Rupiah notes combined still would not have paid for my hotel!

All these Rupiah notes combined still would not have paid for my hotel!

Court of Justice

Court of Justice

Scene of Provincial Bali

Scene of Provincial Bali

© John Davies, 2006
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The trip
 
Description:
Following masses of preperation my trip of a lifetime was finally a reality. Beginning in the adventurous New Zealand, before taking in delights of Australia over Christmas. Bali was next on the agenda, trading in the comfort of the West for drastic cultural differences of East Asia. The modern city of Singapore next acted as a stepping stone for travel over-land through Malaysia and island-hopping around Thailand. My Adventure finally ended amongst the neon scyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 01, 2005
Duration: 6 months
End of journey: Jun 02, 2006
Travelled countries: New Zealand
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong
The Author
 
John Davies is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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