Kuta Indonesia is famous for its beach, surfing, sunsets, parties, indulgence, shopping, food, tattoos, and plenty of gorgeous elegant and also cheap simple hotels and other kinds of accommodations. Is it the real Bali?
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Today it is still the same just 30 years bigger; it is still the party town of Bali. Here is where people come to let their hair down and do what they would not do at home. Partying is also synonymous with using drugs. Be careful Indonesia has the death penalty for drug traffickers and many foreigners (and Indonesians) are incarcerated in Kerobokan Prison in Bali.
A place like this is a magnet for dodgy people from other parts of Indonesia and the world who do not have Your best interest in mind. Hawkers are everywhere; if you are not interested say, "no thank you" or "tidak, terima kasih" and move on.
When writing this page I went through my old photo and slide collection and I could not find one that depicts Kuta in the olden days. It was just ugly, unorganized, messy, cheap and dirty; except of course the epic sunsets.
The hospitality industry finally realized that Kuta had outgrown its laid back surfer image and was attracting lots of interest from all over the globe. That is when Kartika Plaza one of the first 4 star hotels opened its door there; then came Hard Rock Café and Hotel and today you can find many luxurious resorts and private bungalows; only a few of them having direct access to the beach and sea.
This former fishing village has not changed much over the last 30 years except that today the boutiques and fashionable stores are air-conditioned and in concrete and glass instead of bamboo walls. You can still have tailors create a unique look just for you from leather and find your colorful tattoo. Some of the keepsakes on offer have a typical Balinese vibe to it and some of it caters to the international traveler; though not with the big fashion labels of Milan, Paris or New York.
Every few hundred meters, along streets you will find small convenient stores selling drinks and snacks and ATM machines to retrieve cash in local currency the Rupiah; or use official money changers who offer good rates; count your money.
This is the well-known surfing, sunset, fun and party beach of Bali. It is a beautiful wide and sandy stretch along the Indian Ocean that runs along Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and beyond. There are public toilets and showers available now. And of course as is the case everywhere in Indonesia, there are plenty of drink vendors offering young coconut water in the shell and ice cold beer.
Kuta Indonesia is a perfect vacation spot for many people; is it the right one for you? If you are not sure go to other pages on this site, for example tour Bali, and start planning your perfect vacation. You can also read this not so favorable blog on Kuta.
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