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Old 22nd November 2013, 12:32 PM
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Default First time in Indonesia...

Hi all,

Me and my girlfriend are looking into booking up for a 2 week holiday in Bali next August (2014) and are looking for some recommendations. Basically we are looking to stay in an area which is not too busy or commercial (I'm sure most areas are a bit anyway), very close to a nice clean beach, preferably with calm waters and accessible to diving/snorkelling areas. We're not really after mad party nights or being surrounded by loads of young drunken backpackers.

From what I've looked at so far, Nusa Dua looks a decent resort but I'm happy to be told otherwise from anyone in the know. We have a budget of up to 1000 for accomodation if this helps...

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Old 23rd November 2013, 06:38 PM
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Not sure why this has come up as travel forum guest but the original post was from me :)
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Old 3rd January 2014, 08:54 AM
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Just bumping this to see if i can get any responses, gonna try and book something up soon

Cheers :)
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Old 18th January 2014, 03:48 PM
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Default avoid bali try lombok

Bali, at Legian and Kuta, is too crowdy and traffic jam can happen for hours. Leave that places for your comfort. Try Seminyak, Ubud, or Nusa Dua.

If Bali is not your ultimate choice, try Lombok, the eastern island of Bali. In Lombok you can go to the same name Kuta, the same place: beach. I think that Kuta, Lombok is more beautiful than Kuta, Bali. In certain side of the beach, it has white sand (actually it is brighter sand, pick a glass or bottle of the sand, take them to your hotel, and compare them to white paper. It is not white!!! LOL).

Also in Lombok, If you like an easy or just fun snorkeling and sunbathing all day long, try Gili Trawangan or other 2 Gili (I had forgotten the names). Gili means island in local, while island in Bahasa Indonesia is pulau (pull-law). Gili Trawangan is the most visited island by tourists compared to others. No car and motorbike in Gili Trawangan. It is a small island. You can bike around the island for some minutes. If you are going to Gili Trawangan from Mataram, you will pass Senggigi beach area where hotels and restaurants are available for budget. Senggigi beach is most visited by locals. About young drunk backpackers, as far as I know, the air of Lombok is "cleaner" than Bali. You may be difficult to find drugs, alcohol, or marijuana as the government restrict them hardly. Don't do drugs or smoking marijuana in Indonesia, you can be jailed as a user/consumer.

Based on your budget, if you like more cultural place, you can go to Tana Toraja (Toraja Land in South Sulawesi) where it has traditional funeral party where hundreds to thousands of people joining the party, and you can also find great Toraja traditional house: Tongkonan. Another alternative is Pulau Komodo where the Komodo dragon lives.

Hope this can help.
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