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Bali is part of the Malay Archipelago of Indonesia. From the south it is washed by the Indian Ocean, and from the north - by the Bali Sea of the Pacific Ocean. The area of the island is 5.6 thousand square kilometers, its length is 150 km from west to east and 80 from south to north.
The island is home to about 3.3 million people. The island became a tourist Mecca even in the days of hippies who flocked here from all over the world. However, then there were few conditions for quality rest.
In the 70s, Indonesia, together with the World Bank, began to promote the island of Bali as a major tourist destination. After all, the island, in addition to the vibrant equatorial nature, had an interesting culture. Since then, recreation facilities, hotels have been massively built in Bali, and elite tourism has also developed.
However, the island is so far from us that the rest on it is considered something bright and unforgettable. In fact, most of the information about Bali is just the myths of travel agencies that attract people.
Bali is a real paradise. Such a statement is a provocation. First of all, it should be noted that everyone has their own paradise. However, there is a certain average scale. Usually, a secluded place with a small beach and its own house is considered paradise, there is a lush jungle and a small friendly village nearby. This is what tourists usually expect from Bali. In reality, it is completely different. Bali appears as a large island teeming with tourists and natives, somewhat reminiscent of an anthill. The locals are rather intrusive and ugly. The area outside the boundaries of residence is usually dirty and ugly. Many are literally shocked by the fact that there is so much garbage here, it even seems that it is not taken out at all. As a result, there are so many flies here that dining outside is rather uncomfortable. Insular Malaysia is much more like paradise. The most pleasant thing in Bali is Ubud, although there is no sea there. Nusa Dua is also clean, but prices are very high and the place itself is boring and unnatural.
Bali has a great sea. Indeed, Bali, like an island, is surrounded by water on all sides. But swimming there is quite problematic. For example, in Changu, giant waves, which are not even recommended to enter. These can only appeal to fans of extreme sports, while ordinary vacationers risk being smeared by a wave on the sand. In Kut, the waves are the same, in addition, this place is chosen by surfers who do not allow to swim in peace. The beaches themselves are full of numerous merchants and beggars who simply won't let you relax. So, you can fully swim only in the pool, where the water is not sea water, but chlorinated. In Lovina and Kandidaz it will not be possible to swim with pleasure either - the water there is dirty and muddy, and the bottom is rocky. The best beaches, perhaps, are still in Nusa Dua, but there are strong ebb and flow. After them, sea urchins and other inhabitants of the sea remain on the sand, so you can't get to the water without special shoes. Yes, and you can still retire only in your own room. Also, the water is full of debris and algae. The islanders' reluctance to equip their beaches can be understood, knowing that according to their beliefs, evil spirits live in the ocean. So Bali is a place for divers and surfers, not beach goers who like to swim. It is better to swim in Turkey or Phuket.
You can get a good tan in Bali. Many people forget that the equator is close here. Therefore, more than half an hour in the sun, even coated with the strongest sunscreen, is not recommended. Otherwise, the rest of the vacation will turn into torment from the red body. Therefore, sunbathing is not even worth trying, devoting only time to it from 8 to 10 in the morning and from 16 to 18 in the evening. The sun rises here at 6, and the sunset is already at 18. Remember, you can get burns here even while in the shade!
Bali has impeccable cuisine everywhere. Experienced tourists recommend trying the fish soup tom yum, but it is best prepared in Ubud, where there is no sea either. This dish almost reaches the culinary heights of Bangkok in Thai restaurants. In other cases, the quality of the tom-yam is rather low, in Moscow they even cook better. Fish and seafood are best prepared in Nusa Dua, Kuta, Changgu and Jimbaran. Tuna, octopus and shrimp are very good in Bali. But oysters are extremely rare here. The meat is best cooked in Ubud, Kandidaz and the island's highlands. Beef is somewhat similar in composition to Australian beef, but a little tougher. As a result, when dining with a company, there will always be someone not happy with the dish. So it can be summed up - Bali cuisine is not something special, but it is not bad. At the same time, the steepness and prices of a restaurant do not always guarantee quality food. It often turns out that the cheapest and most delicious dishes can be enjoyed in local eateries. However, there you will have to face a cheap and unkempt environment.
Everything is cheap in Bali. We can say that everything here is inexpensive, but not cheap. Of course, you can save money by traveling by local "bemo" minibuses, but are you ready to go, huddled in three deaths and inhaling the aromas of the aborigines? Cheap vacations mean limited mobility, cheap rooms and poor food with unsanitary conditions. A decent vacation means spending at least $ 100-1500 per day for a couple. The local beer is average here, but costs about $ 2-2.5 per bottle. Just a decent meal will cost $ 10-15. In Thailand, food is cheaper - you can have dinner there for two for 6-10 dollars. And the cuisine there is more delicious and appetizing than in Bali. The most expensive food is here at the Nusa Dua resort. You can eat outside the hotel, where there is a whole quarter with restaurants. On average, a dinner for two will cost a minimum of $ 70. And goods with souvenirs are quite expensive here, although you don't need to bargain, but you won't be able to bring down the price by 2-3 times, as in Turkey. And the permits themselves in the high season are quite high.
The durian fruit is popular in Bali. They say about him that his taste is simply divine, despite the unbearable smell. In addition, durian has the fame of an aphrodisiac. In fact, these statements are only partially wrong. When picked fresh, durian has little to no smell. But there is no point in trying it - just lick or chew, and spit it out. After all, the fruit has an uninteresting taste, and the pulp is fibrous. Only after lying in the sun for half a day, durian begins to stink intensely, so that few sane person would think of trying such a strange fruit. If we abstract from the unpleasant smell, then the taste is still not very pleasant, somewhat similar to custard. In addition, it has an unpleasant aftertaste that can last up to 5 hours.
It is in Bali that the best coffee in the world grows - luak. The exotic nature of this type of drink is given by the fact that the civet beast walks through the forest, a cross between a fox and a cat, and eats Arabica berries. After that, local peasants collect coffee in animal feces, wash, roast and sell to gourmets. In Bali, a cup of this coffee costs about $ 25. But in the mountainous regions, where luac is produced, prices are ten times lower. However, coffee lovers argue that such a high price is due not to excellent taste (which simply does not exist), but to the original method of collecting beans, which attracts tourists.
The people of Bali are welcoming and pleasant. Any tourist wants to be greeted with a smile and surrounded by love. In Bali, this is not entirely true. First of all, there are a lot of foul-smelling people on the streets, unlike Thailand, where it is customary to monitor the purity of the body. And hardworking aborigines can hardly be called. Most of them live in poverty, spending time chatting. The people of Bali are very fond of the holidays, dreaming of getting rich overnight. It is customary to blame the government, the weather, China, and anyone else for their failures, but it is difficult for them to clean up near their home. However, among those. who works with tourists, the situation is somewhat different.
Bali has great hotels. Sometimes there are reviews that accommodation in Bali is cheaper and more comfortable than in Thailand. And it is better to book a hotel right on the spot. However, practice shows that more or less clean decent rooms are rented at a price of $ 40, and comfort, including the Internet, will cost twice as much. Decent rooms are better to book ahead of time, bargaining on the spot will no longer work. Most of the hotels and guest houses here resemble Soviet ones with their plumbing, while the local decoration requires little light. Pools are poorly cleaned, often limited to a handful of bleach. The rooms are usually cleaned by men, making it substandard. Towels are changed irregularly, and even a tip cannot change the situation. In an expensive hotel, the situation is not much better - the same towels can be torn and dirty. So a clean, comfortable room with excellent service will cost you at least $ 200.
There are many temples in Bali. But this is the truth. One of the names of the island even sounds like "The island of ten thousand temples". In every block or village there is a temple dedicated to one or another deity. Locals make offerings to their gods three times a day, and not only in temples. Gift baskets can be seen on the seashore, near the store entrance, at a bend in the road. True, lazy residents do not bother cleaning up their offerings - all this "smells sweet", frightening tourists.
There are many Russians in Bali. In fact, Russians make up only a small part of tourists. There are many Australians and Americans here who love to ride the waves on a surfer. Bali is also a popular holiday destination among the Indonesians themselves. Wealthy residents can afford to relax at a domestic resort.
Bali's underwater world is poor. If this were true, the island would not have attracted so many divers. And corals, as you know, grow where the maximum amount of sunlight and the warmest water. As a result - the richest underwater world, for acquaintance with which scuba diving is not always necessary.
In Bali, only passive relaxation is possible. It is often mentioned that this resort is boring. However, Bali is interesting for a variety of reasons. The nature is very beautiful here. It is highly recommended to visit the Botanical Garden, located in the crater of the volcano, the Ulun Danu and Tanakh Lot temples, and the Batur volcano is also of interest. There are many tours around the island that give the traveler the opportunity to get acquainted with the vibrant and distinctive culture of Bali. Acquaintance with the animal world can be carried out through excursions to a crocodile farm, bird park and monkey forest.