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Kuta: the Cancun of Asia. Surf, Get Drunk, Get Laid.

Bali nightlife guide – Kuta nightlife

If you’re going to Bali, why Kuta?  People go to Kuta to

  1. Surf
  2. Get drunk.
  3. Get laid.

Rinse, lather, repeat.

Kuta nightlife in Bali

Partying is far from being a primary goal of my travel, but meeting twenty and thirty-somethings from around the world was awesome.

Kuta is the Bali nightlife capital, and it might be the equivalent for Australians of Cancun for Americans.  Bali nightlife for singles is in Kuta. It’s easy to get to (for Aussies), cheap once you’re there, and great parties with other travelers. Spring break is 24/7/365.  If GTL is the motto on the Jersey shore, then Surf-party-surf might be the equivalent here. Surf, nightlife, surf, meet travelers, surf, get faced, get laid in Bali. Welcome to Kuta. It’s not the experience I was looking for but it was fun. Considering I didn’t know anybody upon arrival, it was a great transition to begin my trip.

English, with English Subtitles

I’m having dinner at the Swell Cafe in Bali. My dinner cost about $4 tonight. Besides great food for cheap prices, people come here for free wifi and movies on their big screen projector.  It’s funny watching hollywood movies in english but with english subtitles, translated to the broken english the way the local Balinese often speak.

Lori – It makes me wonder how accurate the movies with spanish subtitles are. Perhaps that’s not a great way to practice your spanish.

A “fancy” $29 hotel?

** Update: now that I’ve traveled around Asia, looking back I can hardly believe I spent $29 on a hotel for a single night. Eventually I’d be finding places of similar caliber for $12 in Vietnam.

My first hotel was adequate and at ~$19 USD, cost less than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in.  It was clean, safe, centrally located, had a pool, and came with free breakfast (choice of banana pancakes, eggs, or an Indonesian rice and noodle mix).

I headed to Semynak (the town on the island of Bali), where I had a reservation.  Apparently that doesn’t mean much. Despite my reservation and confirmation, they said they were full (picture Seinfeld saying “anyone can TAKE a reservation. but the key is HOLDING it…”) but suggested I “come back in a few days to see if it opens up.”  In a few days?? Yeah sure, look out for me.  I had checked out of my other hotel already, and had plans to meet up with some new friends in a town called Kuta, where I found my new hotel.