You won’t find a better place for entertainment, nightlife and cheap accommodation than Kuta, at least on the island of Bali. The easiest way of reaching Kuta is a ride from Ubud, which lasts for about 90 minutes.
Atmosphere in the street
In the Poppies Gang II street, there are hundreds of stands where you can buy literally anything and everything. Don’t forget to bargain, because sellers are looking forward to that! If you are a lover of malls, you’ll certainly have fun at Discovery, which is a modern shopping mall.
Tropical Fruits – Bali, Indonesia
Evenings in Kuta
Streets are usually crowded with tourists, most of them usually are young Australian people. You can also hear Russian, Czech and German, of course. Having in mind that there are a lot of tourists, in Kuta you’ll also find a bunch of tourist agencies, which may offer all kinds of water sports activities, tours around the island, but also transport to Gili islands which are near Lombok. Depending on the type of transportation service, costs may vary. By the seaside, you’ll be able to notice some luxury resorts with pools and wonderful, expensive bungalows.
Traffic jam in Kuta – Bali, Indonesia
During the evenings, there are even more people in the streets of Kuta. Some places of the city are that crowded that traffic jams are inevitable, or, better said – usual. In the streets, like on the beaches, people behave pretty liberally.
Night club in Kuta – Bali, Indonesia
It is not uncommon to meet a large number of dressed up girls, ready for a party. There is a bunch of discotheques and clubs, and the real thing starts after midnight. Until then, things are heating up in bars. One of the interesting facts is that several sporting goods and shoes stores don’t close during the whole night. Their marketing strategies are actually pretty amusing – young people working there attract customers by playing house music.
Eating in Kuta
Seafood feast – Bali, Indonesia
As we have already mentioned, prices in Kuta are pretty low. To have a solid meal, such as chicken with cheese, ham and fries, you don’t have to spend more than 55 000 IDR, drink included. Some of the great places for eating in Kuta are:
· Kuta Beachwalk shopping center
On the terrace of the mall, there are stands with typical Indonesian food and all around are tables for you to eat, in a picnic manner. The payment system is pretty interesting: you will see the main counter, where you will pay money for a special card.
You will use the card to pay for the food served on any of the stands. The amount you didn’t spend will be returned to you at the end of the meal at the same counter. Every stand serves different types of food.
· The Iron
If you are in need of relaxed dinner or drink, you should go to beach Seminyak and enjoy dinner at this place. The Iron is a wonderful restaurant with couches and chairs placed in the sand, on the beach. The place is colorful, vivid, and it has either live music or DJs. It’s an excellent place for chilling out, especially popular among youth.
Beaches of Kuta
Kuta beach – Bali, Indonesia
Even though waves on the coast of Kuta can be up to two meters tall, you won’t see this beach empty. The long sandy area is covered with towels and pretty crowded most of the time. However, you should not be surprised about that, since the beach of Kuta is said to be the place of the best sunsets in the world. Being one of the most important attractions of the island, with its numerous coastal seafood restaurants, Kuta beach is also said to be an ideal place for romantic couples.
Extra advice: Find out the exact time of sunset and arrive half an hour earlier to get a table. You will enjoy this spectacular show of nature.
Beaches of Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua beach – Bali, Indonesia
The beaches of Nusa Dua in Bali could be a perfect place for you if you are looking for tranquility and absolute relaxation. Crystal clear waters and sandy beaches where you can see native fishermen, rest in a hammock and enjoy the moment are definitely worth coming to Kuta. Actually, these are some of the greatest reasons why a large number of people from all around the world comes back to this place.
Extra advice: Watch the squirrels! When you least expect, these tiny fellas will be on your table stealing peanuts.
Vihara Satya Dharma
Once you enter the area of Nusa Dua, which is one of the most popular (and, unfortunately, most expensive) tourist areas of the island, you should not skip visiting Vihara Satya Dharma. You will recognize the beauty of its oriental temples and towers, partially surrounded by walls and fences.
Vihara Satya Dharma – Bali, Indonesia
The outer altars are not as important as the inner ones, but their decoration allegorically representing Buddhist heaven with its heroes and gods will enchant you. In the inner area, you’ll be able to see symbols of principal deities.
The 8,000 square meters of the area are the home to 18 gods and goddesses, including the main deity, Na Cha, the great fighter against injustice. Na Cha is represented as a young deity, flying through the air.
The building was opened in August 2012, and immediately after its opening it caught the attention of the believers. Hundreds of them have been coming to pray there, especially during the first and the fifteenth day of the month of the Chinese calendar.
Even though the city of Kuta may seem as a crowded place mainly oriented on youth looking for an active vacation with an exceptional nightlife and adventurous daily activities, this part of the island can be a really good option for everyone – even for those who want to find their quiet coastal corner. It’s up to you to choose which type of lifestyle you prefer, and we are here to give you a suggestion: Don’t hesitate to try everything that Kuta offers!