Seminyak Tourism & Travel Guide

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About Seminyak

Apr 23 – Apr 24: Seminyak, South BaliBecause of all the things we heard about Kuta, we decided it was better to stay at Seminyak than to stay in Kuta for long. Hence we booked the next two nights at Seminyak.Frankly the places are very close to each other, has the same kind of traffic hence not much different from the first glance. And yet Seminyak has a kind of rich look and appeal compared to Kuta.Stay in SeminyakWe stayed at the Singgah Hotel in Seminyak. This place also had some amazing ratings and reviews online, hence we booked. The hotel, although located on the main Seminyak street, is slightly difficult to find since it is located behind a temple, yet once you find it, it has a serene appeal to it. At first glance we couldn’t get why it had such high ratings. After staying there for some time, we realized the reason. The rooms are beautiful, laden with lots of wood work. It has a small cute swimming pool, a small seating area where people were working on laptops, friendly staff, and the advantage of being at the heart of Seminyak. One night price: 1300INR (without breakfast).At the time of check-in, after taking the entire amount for two nights, surprisingly the hotel staff asked us for an additional deposit of 1000INR to be give back at the time of departure. Angry and surprised at the same time, we resisted and didn’t pay them anything.First thing to do in Seminyak, as in Ubud, is to take a bike on rent. The people will ask for too much in the beginning but will generally come down to 250-300INR for 24 hours.Things to do in Seminyak1. Water sports in Nusa Dua (Tanjung Benoa): Nusa Dua, an island located further south of Bali has lots of water sports options. We were keen on sea walking and struck a deal with a local travel agent. He would pick us from the hotel and drop at Nusa Dua, an hour from Seminyak, in a private AC cab. We will do sea walk which lasts for almost 30 minutes under water, enjoy the fish (including the all famous Nemo), feed them, feel the sea walker experience. Then the AC cab will drop us back to our hotel. All this for 3500INR for the two of us. After doing a bit of research on the internet, we found that this was a good deal and finalized. Sea walking is a great experience, and if you haven’t done it before, do try it here. There are other water sports as well, para sailing, jet ski etc that we find in Goa and other places.2. Cabaret Shows in Seminyak: Going to Seminyak and missing this would be a grave mistake. There are three bars on the same street, one of the with the Frankenstein’s theme, called Frankenstein’s Laboratory. The other, Bali Joe and Mixwell Bar are known for their LGBT friendliness and have a people from the LGBT community performing on stage and serving food and drinks. All three have their own style of shows (we spent an entire evening watching the alternating dance and live music performances at Frankenstein’s Laboratory. The other two we just watched from a distance and didn’t have the energy to go inside. The dance performances were astounding; the live band was really super talented and professional. The service style, even the way some of the waitresses were dressed was outright scary. Frankenstein’s Laboratory is a great place to spend an evening, enjoying beers and pizza at this amazing place. Traveler tip #6: Go to Frankenstein’s Laboratory, Mixwell, or Bali Joe, any one if not all.

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