Bali is always advertised as a honeymoon destination. I heard a lot of ‘Bali? With friends?’ when my colleagues came to know about my travel plans. Honestly, even I was expecting a quiet place with a lot of couples posing and kissing. Having friends in Indonesia helped us finalize on this location.We chose to stay at Ubud, the cultural destination, rather than Kuta.
The beaches and the places in and around Kuta are really crowded and very commercialized. I expected it to be just like any other beach destination and right I was! Right from the beautiful Denpasar airport till our accommodation at ‘Jati Home Stay‘ in Ubud, I was impressed. Crossing multiple paddy fields and several creative furniture shops, I was mentally making note of the location so that we could come back.
Ubud is no party place. Places close by around 9pm but a few restaurants and cafes are open till 11-12am. There are plenty of shops with handmade handicrafts and a lot of Yoga places. The streets are pretty with green foliage around with a lot of scary carved rocks.Though the temperature was soaring high and all of our bald heads were getting scorched, life was going on in slow motion those 3 days in Ubud. Eating those satays with peanut sauce and having the famous Bali ‘Kopi’ while playing charades was exactly what I wanted after working like a slave for 3 months without vacation. Watching the Balinese dancers in action and trekking to Mount Batur were the adventurous things we did apart from sipping Mojitos and taking massages all day long. Having switched off my mobile and walking around with no watch definitely helped me as I truly lost track of time especially while we were at Gilli Islands.