Area's of Bali and its Currency Exchange

Kuta and Legian
The Kuta/Legian area is one big party place and I just don't have any other word to describe it. It is hectic, well traveled area, lined with shoppers, people selling goods on the beach, with a wide variety of hotels to choose from. Personally, I do not like the Kuta area that much and it is not the place I would choose to stay if I had to go to Bali. It is the place where a lot of people like to go because of the atmosphere and the shopping, which incidentally can be done in most places in Bali.

The Kuta/Legian area, as mentioned before, is a vast, somewhat congested, very lively area, where the surfing community, partying and heavy shoppers congregate. The beaches from Kuta to Legian, is one long beach, is not one of the best, nicest beaches. It is gray sand, with a lot of vendors who walk up and down the beach, selling their wares..

Sanur, Jimbaran Bay, Nusu Dua
I have put all these three together, as the nicest beaches in Bali, basically fall in this area. These areas are a little less congested than the above, the beaches are really beautiful with white, sparkling sand and clean water. There are very few vendors who walk up and down the beaches in these areas, and some of the nicer hotels are situated on these beaches. Sanur, in particular, is on the opposite side of the bay from Jimbaran Bay and Nusu Dua and it is in a world of it's own, which once again is even less congested than the other areas.

Not only is Sanur away from the other areas, but it is like a sleepy little village on its own with a number of fishing boats, traditional fishing boats and a nice foot path which can be used for jogging or for walking, that runs the whole length of Sanur beach. The area around Nusu Duh is quite attractive as more of the first class to deluxe hotels are situated in this area, and it has more of a relaxing ambiance around the hotels before you get out into the street shopping area.

The Ubud area is a small village, laid out with a number of meandering streets that are lined with arts and crafts and other types of shopping. Shopping in this area is much more relaxed than in the Kuta/Legian area, and has a much more variety of arts and crafts. There is also a number of different type of cultural activities in the evening in the Ubud area. As well one can take off from here for day trips into the Northern part of the island, and also experience some of the more active adventure activities such as biking, river rafting, rice patty walking, etc.

Of particular interest is the area around Ubud which consists of small little villages. You can go to each village to find that which you want to buy, as each village specializes in a different type of skill. If you are looking for silver, you would go to one particular village. If you are looking for masks, you go to another particular village and you will shop in those particular areas. Of particular interest is the area around Mas where the Taman Harum cottages are. This is a particularly nice hotel, which I stayed at which is away from the Ubud area, so it gives you a chance to see the country side. It also gives you the opportunity to walk in and around the village of Mas into some of the outlying rural areas. At this particular hotel, they teach wood carving to guests, as well as Balinese dancing. Please contact us for rates at these hotels.

East Bali
East Bali is an area on the ocean where you get away from the congested areas and into the more open areas of the island of Bali. For those interested in diving and snorkeling, and seeing some of the interior, this is a good part of the island to visit.

Interior, Northern Part of Bali
The interior mountainous northern part of Bali encompasses more of the temple visits, smaller, rural traditional villages and active vacations can take place such as biking, hiking, rice patty walking, etc.


Currency Exchange
One tip I can give you about traveling in Bali is that when you land at the airport, if you don't really have to have an exchange of money, wait until you get out of the airport area to do your exchange. For some reason, the currency exchangers at the airport don't charge commission to exchange currency control, but their rates are much lower than what you can get at most of the street vendors and other exchange offices in the different areas of Bali.