Category Archives: Indonesia

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.

Goodbye HK, Hello Bali!

In HK I was up nearly 22 hours for 3 days in a row, staying out late, then taking a nap, and exploring the city. It’s caught up to me.  I flew into DPS and just crashed at my hotel.  My first day in Bali was nearly a lost day – – lots of sleep.  While typically try to see and experience as much as possible in a short 5-9 day vacay, this trip is set up to allow a much slower pace.

Hong Kong was tons of fun, but it’s a modern city, and I’m looking forward to getting to the beach and going diving.

So I had my first massage – 1 hour for less than $5!  I could get used to this…