Lloyd Visits Bali and Beyond
After travelling to Thailand last year I was certain that I wanted to return to the Far East again, and having just returned from Indonesia and Malaysia I can highly recommend it. My friends and I flew with Malaysian airlines via Kuala Lumpur and reached our first destination - the island of Bali. Bali is a well known island in Indonesia and attracts lots of visitors all looking for different types of holidays. Those wanting luxury beach resorts should head south and stay in Nusa Dua. Katu beach is much livelier and is the place to be if you want to be in the centre of Bali’s buzzing nightlife with various entertainment venues, beach bars and night clubs. Seminyak is slightly quieter and upmarket, and great for shopping with many quirky restaurants and bars. We spent our first 2 nights in Ubud. Ubud is an inland rainforest district and is well known for its rice paddies, coffee plantations, temples and monkey sanctuaries. Ubud is a great place to visit if you are looking to see a little bit of Bali - possible on a twin centre. There is also a Monkey sanctuary which is great fun. Ubud has some great cool restaurants and bars and is generally fairly quiet
After spending 2 nights in Ubud we moved on to the Gilli islands. The Gilli Islands are made up of 3 small islands just off Lombok and can be reached by fast boat from Bali. We stayed on Gilli Trawangan and I personally loved it - you get a real island feel. The beaches and colour of the water are amazing, there are no motorised vehicles on the island so the only way around is by foot, push bike or horse and cart. One day we cycled the length of the whole island which only took us a few hours with a few swim and lunch stops. Snorkelling just off shore is also really popular, and if you’re lucky you might even see some turtles. Gilli Trawangan is very cosmopolitan and does have a great party scene for those seeking late nights dancing on the beach until the early hours. If I was to return, I would love to give Gilli Air and Gilli Meno a visit. If you are thinking of a honeymoon I would recommend Gilli Meno, as it is a very romantic island. Travelling in-between the islands is very easy and not very expensive, I booked my tickets locally and I think it cost around £30.00 return to Bali from Gilli Trawangan. My favourite part of Gilli Trawangan was the sunset - I would sit out on the beach every night and watch it, and it was pretty breathtaking.
After a few days at Gilli Trawangan we got the fast boat back to Bali and stayed in Seminyak. Seminyak is a great cosmopolitan resort and has some really good shops and great restaurants to taste the local cuisine. My favourite dish is satay chicken. We spent a whole day at Potato Heads beach club which is a really cool place to chill out and sunbathe - you can rent a cabana for the whole day and get waited on hand and foot - paradise right? There’s a great infinity pool which sets a stunning scene at sunset - Potato Heads is really popular so make sure you're there early to reserve your cabana. After an amazing few days soaking up the sun in Bali it was time to move on, and this time we travelled from Bali to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is a traditional Asian city with endless street markets where you can barter for all your designer goods and eat local dishes for next to nothing; I love the hustle and bustle of the street markets. We did an open top bus tour which is a great way to see Kuala Lumpur. My favourite view in KL was the Patronas Towers, perfecting the perfect selfie in-between the 2 towers is not as easy as it looks. The sky bar in the Traders hotel is a must and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting KL. Please feel free to get in touch if you require any help planning your next adventure.