Midi sur l'Asie

First Stop: Bali
octobre 2, 2008, 7:59
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Bali is a small volcanic island located between the islands of Java and Lombok, one of the 17.000 islands that make up the Indonesian Archipelago. With a reputation as being one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist spots in Asia, Bali attracts almost 1,000,000 visitors a year, from all around the world although it appears that the recent tragic events have scared away many visitors.

Bali owe its success to its famed white-sand beaches, the surf, and stunning sunsets that you can watch from your deck chair with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other. The annual average temperature is 28°C. (he he! I’ll be coming from London where the average temperature a year is 2°C!)

I have been told that this may not be the best place to stay due to the high number of tourists but, since it’s my first stop in Asia and a key milestone in my trip, I thought I would tell you – and discover myself in the meantime – the must do in Bali.

According to TravellingSqueak on Trip advisor, the lake Badur is a must do. If you manage to find your way down to the lake, the view is astonishing and there aren’t many tourists to bother you. You can also do some canoe surrounded by mountains and feel like you are inside a giant volcanic crater. You can even climb the volcano at night. Stéphanie, another frenchi give her little advice: Avoid the big restaurant with view and go to eat in a little « warung ». It’s cheap and the view is the same. I’ve got no idea what a « warung » is…

Bali is also renowned for its beautiful Hindu and Chinese temples. The Bukit Sari, the Pura Tanah and the Pura Kehen with its little monk’s tree houses are three of the numerous temples I have noticed for their beautiful architecture and their location (The Pura Tanha has been built in the sea, see picture!). There is also the Tirta Empul temple with its legendary pond said to have magical healing powers.

You can also dive and surf in Bali. I am sure there are another 10 million things to do in Bali but frankly, I think my two first days will be all about chilling on a beach, applying sun cream every 10 minutes and drinking coconut cocktails in my deck chair…


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