Tuesday, 16 August 2011

flying Garuda: SIN > DPS

We recently needed some time out and chose Bali for a few days rest and relaxation as two of our friends are staying there and it was an ideal opportunity to spend time with them as well.

We booked a private villa for 5 days and the flight thru Garuda Airlines ..... first time with Garuda, but they were quite good, as was the service and meals.

We left Changi Airport at 9.00am on Wednesday August 10.

airline food - at the best of times - is not a good home cooked meal by any stretch of the imagination, but Garuda were quite good considering it was an economy class meal we even had REAL knives, forks and spoons!!  What I did like about Garuda was the drink and napkin they brought around prior to take off.

the flight was comfortable and it was not long before we touched down in Denpasar....


Denpasar has various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. Some of the surfing beaches are Kuta Beach, Legian Beach and Canggu Beach. Sanur beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing.

Ten minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport lies the town of Kuta. Kuta is where most of the hotels, restaurants, malls, cafes, marketplaces, and spas that cater to tourists are located. In the Denpasar area, all kinds of Balinese handicrafts are represented in local shops. These include artwork, pottery, textiles, and silver.

The traditional batik cloth is sold all over Denpasar. These bright sheets of cloth are as beautiful as they are cheap. Made of pure cotton with glorious patterns, Balinese batik is definitely a good buy. Sometimes batik cloth is made into wearable clothing such as a sarong or men's shirts. The jewelry district is in a town called Celuk which is 30 minutes away from Kuta. Here there are silversmiths' and goldsmiths' shops selling jewellery cheaply.

We were picked up at the airport and it was a 35 minutes drive to our villa in the rural district of  Kerobokan.

Kerobokan is a short distance from the center of Legian, Seminyak and Denpasar a tranquil expanse rice field area at the south west coast of Bali. The area is conveniently close to the restaurants and shops of Seminyak. It is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the island with furniture and handicraft shops with wholesale price close by and is only 12 km from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

But more about Kerobokan and where we stayed in the next blog post.....


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