Monday, November 21, 2011

Romance Bali Day 1: 10th of Nov 2011

Thanks to F&N contest, I have won 3D2N trips to Bali with accomodations, water rafting with lunch included package. On 10th of Nov 2011, we boarded Malaysia Airlines and begun our journey to Bali.

Flight meals were included, two choice were given Spicy chicken and Pan fried fish.

Upon arrival at airport, we were greeted by local tour agent driver from SaSa tour and brought to Flora Beach Kuta hotel at Kuta area. Later, we hired the driver to Tanah Lots for sunset view which started 6:15pm.

Unexpectedly, the road was so jam in Kuta area but we managed to reach Tanah Lots before the sunset.. still considered lucky to see the beautifulness of Tanah lots sunset. Tanah Lot Sunset is the most spectacular view of tourist destination in west part of Bali with sun down goes to the earth stomach .

Tanah Lot海神庙

The temple Pura Tanah Lot, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods. It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe. Our first Sunset view in Bali- Tanah Lots. Lots of corns stall opened at night, try out one of them.

Our journey continue with dinner at a local Balinese restaurant name Sendoknearby our hotel, Flora Beach Hotel Kuta. Two meals were ordered, Nasi Campur and Nasi Goreng; the food was suprisingly tasty and yummy. Their menu carries a range of delicious traditional and authentic Balinese specialties and also many refined European and International favorites. Serving European and Asian cuisine.
Walked around Kuta area after completed our satisfaction local Balinese meals.
The nightlife scene in Kuta usually starts late – around 23:00 to midnight with bars and pubs offering different atmospheres and types of entertainment.

Some clubs and bars showcase live bands, DJs, sexy dancers and ‘fashion shows’. Price wise, compared to the nightlife places in Seminyak, partying the night away in Kuta is way cheaper.

Bali Accomodation Post - 10th -13th of Nov 2011

Bali, a romantic gateway to enjoy and relax to stress out all tension. Accomodation is plays a important roles on this.

Thanks to F&N, I have been fly to Bali for 4 days 2 nights trip. F&N has sponsored 2 nights stays in Kuta area, Bali while I extended another night at Seminyak area.

Kuta Area
We were being accomodated in Flora Beach Hotel Kuta. At first thought it was a lousy 2 star hotel but actually it was the opposite. The locations is strategic and ideals for someone who need to stay in Kuta area with budget. A short walk to Kuta beach and souvenir streets.

From the hotel entrance,turn right hand walk straight then turn left hand direction, you will see a food cafe namely Warung nikmat, try out their local food nasi campur, price is reasonable and cheap.

Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, No.13A, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62.361.3610840

Seminyak Area:
Stayed one night at Amasya Villa, Seminyak for the price of USD 115. Got this special price from local tour agent. The Amasya Villas is located just one kilometer North of Kuta Bali the most famous tourist destination, and is one of the island most sought after and prestigious, residential areas.

Staff were fantastıc and made me feel welcome as soon as I walked through the door with welcome drinks. Breakfast was served in the villa with a waiter coming in to cook it fresh in the kitchen. The private pool was a decent size and the rooms were very spacious, with seperate bathroom.

Address: Jl. Laksmana Seminyak - Bali – Indonesia
Contact: Phone. +62(361) 731601, Fax. +62(361) 731602

Bali Romance Tips and Tricks

Bali, a romantic tropical paradise filled with volcanoes, waterfalls, rain forests, beaches and sapphire blue water.  Bali is also full of beautiful beaches, but on many of them, you’ll be communing with a few thousand fellow sun-lovers rather than with nature. I have listed out some tips for Romance Bali tips and tricks.

Must Do:Watch breathtaking view of sunset and nature is a MUST DO in Bali, try watch three different Sunset View from Uluwatu, Seminyak beach and Tanah Lots.
Tanah Lot used to worship the Gods of the sea owns a magnificent view in particular at the sunset time where the sun slows down to the earth stomach. See the appearance of the moon in the night and the sun sets on the horizon.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu(Uluwatu) is one of Bali 's Kayangan jagat and guards Bali from evil spirits from the Sanghyang Widi, famous with Balinese dance performances up to foreign countries, the Kecak dance while enjoying a beautiful sunset view from the temple area which stands on the cliff with a height of about 30 meters on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach, beauty of Sunset
beautiful and quiet beaches are ideal for those in search of peaceful moments away from the crowd while enjoying Sunset view. It is simply the most exclusive, beautiful and cleanest area in Bali.Surfing and horseback riding are one of the best ways to start out a morning here.

Avoid:DON'T change your money with sideroad money changer, usually will state on the board no comission will be count but actually it's included when they give you the money.
At Uluwatu, DON't allow local people help you take back the stuff if ever snap by those naught monkey else you need to pay them some tips. Just throw monkey with food, will get back your stuff.

Good eats:
For a ROMANTIC dinner, try out Jimbaran Beach Sunset Seafood dinner. Look for Melasti Cafe as their price is reasonable and famous with fresh grilled seafood.
Eat in the sand of the beach watching the sea or the differents performances. Very nice option for at least one night.

Tops shops:
Bali is famous with Ole-Ole souvenir shop, Krishna Ole Ole is the cheapest among the rest of the souvenir shop and road side stall.
Try out their famous Krishna kacang, it's delicious and cruncy suitable as souvenir for friends and relatives.

Insiders Tips:
When visit Uluwatu Temple for sunset view, beware of the well-trained Monkey. They quietly like to follow visitors of Uluwatu and quickly grab small things they can grab , for example ear rings, spectacle, sandals or even camera. Bring along a stick while enter the place and it will helps from approach by monkey. If ever things is grab by them, throw them any food and they'll give you back.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Accomodation Post: Trip Yangon, Myanmar - Last jewel of Indochina

For accomodations in Yangon, Myanmar, personally I would personally recommend to stay in better hotel such as 5 star which the price list is not too expensive as expected. Estimated room rates per night is RM250 after converted from USD.
As mentioned in earlier post, I won 3 days 2 nights trip to Yangon and extended a night for my trip.
Thanks to Chatrium Hotel, Yangon whom sponsored my accomodations during my stays in Yangon city, Myanmar.

CHATRIUM Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is a beautiful 5-star City Resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. Facing to the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the hotel enjoys the great ambience where one can find ideal for both business and pleasure.

The hotel was built in Colonial Style with revived Asian and Eastern architectural design featuring the splendor of bygone days.

We were greeted by the staff at main hotel main entrace upon arriving the hotel. Twin room was provided to us. A bellboy helped us bring our luggage to the room and was expected to give tips to them. Can't remember how much I gave but it depends on your generousity.

The room is spacious and although it's a bit faded but reasonbaly clean.Small fridge is provided with different types of cans drink and mineral waters.

The room we got did not face Shwedagon Pagoda and the Royal Lake but still we are good with the current room. Overall the room is quite good with the 5 star ratings. The bathrooms are large and spacious as well

During our stay, the staffs were very polite, friendly and English speaking. For room payment, they also accept credit cards, but charge an additional 7 percent for using a card rather than actual US dollars. US notes must not be folded or older than 2006 else they will not accepted it.

For the breakfast, I'm definately in love with it. It was International buffet for breakfast and they have my favourite Japanese food in the food selections. A variety of different country food are available for selection, Chinese food, Myanmar local food, Western food, Thai food and Japanese. It is great for a lovely morning with lots of different food selections. In terms of drink, coffee and tea are provided as usual with additional of differents kinds of juice available to choose too.

The setting of the swimming pool among magnificent tall trees makes one feel like you are swimming in a beautiful, well appointed river in the middle of a tropical rain forest. In lovely morning, breakfast at the pool side was so amazing. The breakfast is served until 10:30AM and the staff was really so cool and friendly.

Overall, The Chatrium is a true five star hotel with spacious room, well appointed with decorative art and beautiful wood teak wood paneling, not to forget the delicious and variety breakfast served in the morning. If you need a taxi, just let them know and the staff will get you a taxi with reasonable price.

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon:
40 Natmauk Road | Tamwe Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Tel : + 95 1 544 500 Fax : + 95 1 544 400