Well, my girlfriend and I are finally back in Bangkok after three hellish months freezing in the Mongolian winter. I’ve never felt such cold, and the memory of it makes me shiver even in the heat of a Bangkok January.
After so long stuck out on the steppe we’re desperate for a visit to the beach. Mongolia is a landlocked country, so even if the temperatures had been a little warmer than minus 40 Celsius we wouldn’t have been doing much swimming. The beaches in Thailand tend to be a little… well, I don’t want to say a word against my fellow Englishmen, but the Thai beaches tend to be popular with a certain loud and hard to ignore variety of English tourist who start the day with an alcoholic beverage, and don’t stop until they pass out.
So, we’re looking for cheap flights to Bali. We have to visit Malaysia in a few weeks to renew our Thai visas, and while we’re there we plan to grab a couple of cheap flights to Bali and fly out from Kuala Lumpur. The flight is less than three hours long, so we could head out in the morning and hit the beaches by lunchtime!
This will be our first trip to Bali, and we just couldn’t be more excited. My girlfriend is particularly pleased that we’ll be visiting the scenes depicted in Eat, Pray, Love, some terrible book that was adapted into an even more terrible Julie Roberts movie (just my opinion, of course). Personally, I’m more excited about the fact that we’ll be experiencing a new culture. We’ll meet new people, try new foods and learn a little about the Balinese way of life. It’s been a year since the two of us landed in a brand new country, and I miss the feeling.
When we reach Bali we’re planning to stay in Kuta, the unfortunate location of the terrorist bombing attack of 2002 that claimed over 200 lives. After such a tragedy it will be nice to see the town back to normal and full of tourists.
Kuta used to be a fishing village before the arrival of tourism, and I always seem to fall head over heels in love with old, rustic fishing villages turned tourist paradises. There’s just something so pleasant about them, and it’s always great to see a few locals still rowing out every day to catch their dinner. I can’t wait to see what kind of seafood will be on offer!
I’ve just been called over to my girlfriend on her MacBook. After a little digging around she’s found a great deal for our flight to Bali from Kuala Lumpur. Surprisingly cheap, actually, as they’re even cheaper than the train tickets that will get us from Bangkok to Malaysia! We’ve found an early morning flight, so we’ll have a quick ride to the airport, hop on a plane and find ourselves on a Balinese beach a little after noon. Kuta is just a couple of kilometers from the airport, so we won’t even have to put up with a long taxi ride!
Jeremy Haze is a travel enthusiast with a strong desire to share all the travel experience with as many people as possible. His current position as a consultant at a famous Australian company enables him to get cheap international flights to anywhere in the world and talk about it.
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