Just returned from Bali last night....
Sharing what I experience there...
Lots to choose from in Bali... Here's some that I had:
Kuta Square Area
Made's Warung - Traditional indonesian food with western too
Dulang Cafe - Ate the Dulang Special Chicken rice I think... or something to that description... Damn good!!!
A&W @ Centro - Sg no longer have mah...
Warung Ocha - Traditional indonesian food
The beach is lined with stalls with tables right smack on the beach itself.
Had 2 dinner & 1 lunch there @ 3 diff stalls, don't think you can go wrong with any of the stalls there. Delicious seafood!!! Price range for 2 ppl approx 175 000 - 250 000. Ala carte or set meal.
Good place see the sunset while having dinner. Almost all the drivers recommended this.
Getting around in Bali
Was advised by a good friend to ALWAYS take the bluebird taxi as they use meter. So far, all my journey in them are using the meter. But there was once at night, can't see the color properly, I took another cab. Asked if he use meter, answered yes. Went in, still never on meter. He then started to drive and said that the ride would cost $-----. Told him to stop the car so we can get out. He immediately turned on the meter.
It's not that we're stingy fellas but I prefer to deal with ppl who earn their living honestly. All the taxi rides that I've taken in Bali, I've always rounded up the fare.
Shopping in Kuta (Jln Legian, Jln Raya Pantai Kuta, Poppies Lane, Jln Pantai Kuta, Kuta Square)
From the map given to us by the hotel, the shopping area seems managable in 3-4 hrs.
With a 2yr old in tow, me & my wife had a tough time shopping here. The pavement there is not for use with strollers btw... hehe...
Only manage Jln Legian, Jln Pantai Kuta & Kuta Square in the 3-4 hrs.
Bring a hat!!! It's hot!!!
Most of the shops are repetitive; Billabong, Rip Curl, Stussy, Volcom, Quicksilver, souvenier shops, clothes shops, minimart, cafes, warungs...
Shopping in Seminyak
Learnt our lesson during the Kuta shopping.
Went Jln Seminyak for shopping only. The stretch can be covered within 2hrs with a 2yr old in tow... hehe...
The shops are different to those in Kuta. More local labels here & the shops seems a bit upmarket a bit. If you're someone who likes bermudas, check outa shop name Bad Face. A handfull collection but selling at only 200 000/bermuda. Good material too.
Had lunch at this Muslim restaurant(100 000/pax - buffet). Perched right at the edge of the cliff. Beautiful sight of Mount Batur. Weather is cool here. Most of the restaurant here have a great view!
Lots of artworks here. We only go to the Ubud market. Similar to Chatuchak. Prices here cheaper than Kuta.
Btw, we paid 400 000 for a 9 hrs rental of car with driver(0830-1800). Went for a Barong performance > Batik making shop > Tasted the Bali coffee @ the Bali coffee plantation > Kintamani > Ubud > Hotel. Opted out the Silver & Gold plating factory & the wood carving shop as we had no interest in it. Could have continued with dinner at Jimbaran with the Kecak performance but my kid was too worn out... The driver was very accomodating to our request...
For me personally, photography opportunity is everywhere in Bali. But my hands are usually full with shopping bags or my daughter. Manage to get some nice ones but would have loved to have more. Overall we had a great time there!!!
Duration stay: 7 days
4 nights @ Holiday Inn Baruna Bali
2 nights @ Intercontinental
Hope some of the info here are useful to you guys. Just ask if you need anymore info.