I wanted to add something to this post because it is getting quite a bit of attention. I don't want to make Bali sound like a bad place to visit. I simply had a bad experience there. I am a huge animal lover and have a special place in my heart for cats. When you read this story you will see that on the last day I was there I tried to save a young very sweet, pregnant cat. I was traumatized by the experience and that is why I wrote what I did.
I made two very big mistakes when I visited Bali. I had very high expectations and I stayed too long. For some ridiculous reason I envisioned Bali being similar to Thailand. Why??? I'm not sure. I guess because they are in the same continent - Asia. I loved everything about Thailand and I was hoping that I would feel the same way about Indonesia.
There are many pros to visiting the so-called island of paradise in Indonesia. There are many things to do, many beautiful sites to see, and the activities are not terribly expensive. I got some really beautiful photographs while there. The trouble is I don't care to look at them at this point.
Some of the cons are that Bali is a tiny overpopulated island and there is a lot of poverty. There were many times that I felt as though I were being scammed. It actually started when I got to the airport and I was asked if I wanted VIP access to getting my visa on arrival which meant jumping ahead of 10 people and saving five minutes. That cost me about $20 USD. I then was asked by one of the police officers if I was there because of "troubles at home" - that made me uncomfortable. I guess the last straw was the ordeal that I went through with a young pregnant cat that I fed during my final few days there. I did everything I could to help the cat including having a vet visit the hotel and fed her sugar water in my hotel room. When I ended up needing to catch my flight, I really couldn't get anybody to help the cat. I called a couple of days later and she had passed away.
Here is the post with the story about the cat I tried to save :'(
There are some nice beaches:
At the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Indonesia:
You can go dolphin watching in Lovina :
it is relatively inexpensive to stay in a nice hotel. This hotel is called "The Mansion" and is in Ubud:
During my trip to Bali I stayed there for two weeks went on to Melbourne, Australia stayed there for one week and considered buying a one-way ticket back to the United States I tried to justify going back early and buying an extra plane ticket by telling myself I would save money on a hotel in Bali the visa on arrival in the exit tax which totals $50 I wish I had done it now because trying to save the cat was very traumatic to me as an animal lover if I were to give advice to someone who is planning a vacation in Bali I would tell them to stay with their tour group to make sure they don't go too far off the beaten path and beware of scammers.
I do like this picture of two little girls that I bought some fans from. They were selling them for money to go to school. They were super sweet and grateful!
I will leave you with a hopefully "feel good" video about how to open a coconut:
Have you ever "outstayed" your welcome so to speak or been incredibly disillusioned by a vacation? Thanks so much for visiting! Until next time