highlight: Pantai: Kuta Lombok, Mawun, dan Tanjung Aan; belajar sekilas bahasa Lombok, Nyongkolan, Ayam Taliwang
Hari ke dua dan saya bangun kesiangan! Pagi-pagi buta sebenarnya saya sudah bangun karena Mas Yudha datang mengantarkan motor sebelum dia berangkat kerja, tapi mungkin masih sisa kecapekan dari aktivitas minggu lalu ditambah deg-degan trip, akhirnya pulas deh tidur begitu sampai di tujuan. Saya putuskan untuk menyewa motor selama 4 hari, terhitung dari tanggal 4-7 Juni, total IDR 200.000. Seperti yang sudah diputuskan malam sebelumnya, hari ke dua ini saya akan main di pantai-pantai yang sejejeran dengan Pantai Kuta Lombok, yaitu: Pantai Mawun dan Pantai Tanjung Aan. Let’s go!
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The wonderful sight of Uluwatu Temple
Day 3, April 18, 2013 | Uluwatu Temple
highlight: accommodation tips, Uluwatu Temple, Odalan
We got up quite early this last day since I had a mission to visit Uluwatu temple before we pack our bag and head home. It was around 6.30 AM that we went further south to the end of the road above the cliff to Uluwatu Temple, one of the Balinese sea temple, which is also Bali’s nine key directional temples.
From Jimbaran to Uluwatu wasn’t half as far as going to Tanah Lot from Kuta, although I felt almost the same length was traveled. It was a smooth 40-mins long journey and we got there pretty early, however the place was already crowded with people who came to celebrate Odalan.
It’s a common knowledge that Bali is famous for a lot of things, the breathtakingly beautiful and many kinds of beaches, the cultural- historical- archaeological attractions, the picturesque landscape, the amiable and hospitable people; in shorts, many things that will make you reconsider to lengthen your vacation just a bit more. One that Bali is also famous with, something that you will easily recognize at every turns and corners when you visit this Island of the Gods, is their strong belief and loyalty for Hinduism; Odalan is one of the testaments.
The summer feel in Kuta Beach, ouyeah!
Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Kuta and Tanah Lot
highlight: accommodation tips, Kuta Beach, Tanah Lot Temple
So! From GWK we firstly headed back to the hotel as it was in the way, and got ready for a long ride to Kuta Beach. What made it an easy trip for non-native rider like me was, of course, the advice I got from Villa Puri Royan staffs, as stated in the prior article. They gave me advice such as that I have to only follow road that has white-stripe in the middle because then I would never get lost in any way, since it’s the main road, and thanks God, that Bali doesn’t have many main road.
It was a true thing that once I got on the road, I found the way to Kuta Beach easier than just by imagining from suggestions, and in addition to that, I was a person who often asked people to confirm if I was right on track to my destination or not; so yeah, in more or less an hour with a stop to eatery for lunch, we got to Kuta Beach safely.
Kuta Beach has been noted as tourist destination since early 1970s and is also known as Sunset Beach, as opposed to the Sunrise Beach known as Sanur Beach. In my eyes, Kuta Beach is a place to enjoy the heat of summer, although it’s given since Indonesia is a tropical country; however, Kuta Beach brings the summer sensation like how it’s usually portrayed in movies.
Woohoo! Finally! Driven by AirAsia promo, me and mom (yes, you read it right, my mom!) successfully visited the place that was also known as The Island of Gods. Actually this was a first trip we did together in many years, I wasn’t even sure we had a trip together with only the two of us before… anyway without further ado, please enjoy the story of our short 3-days trip!
Day 1, April 16, 2013 | Jimbaran
highlight: accommodation from airport to hotel, hotel, eating, shopping, sunset view, seafood cafes or restaurant for dinner
Waking up, going and getting at the airport too early in the morning was inevitable whenever it was with mom. That aside, Bali trip with mom gave me enough jitters that I booked a hotel room prior on January. Checking, comparing, rechecking and reading review after review on TripAdvisors, in the end I chose to book a room at Villa Puri Royan via tiket.com (read my TA review for the hotel, here).
An on-time and smooth 2-hours flight later, we found ourselves at a renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport around lunch time with 1 hour plus difference (Bali time is set to GMT+8). After haggling with not much success, we headed to Jimbaran, where the hotel was located, in a private taxi (that’s Xenia for us) for IDR 65.000; from airport to Jimbaran was supposedly around fourty to fifty thousand rupiah only, this was proven when later I got IDR 50.000 from the hotel service. I also read in many blogs that it is actually cheaper using airport taxi that has taxi-meter, like BlueBird.