So you know that scene in the beach where Leo goes back to Koh Phangan to get supplies and freaks out about all the people and lights? Well that’s how it felt for us arriving in Kuta after our cultural start in Java. Kuta is basically the Aussies version of Magaluf. It’s very western and commercialised and full of party goers. The main roads were full of chain stores and fast food joints.
We were staying the next town over in seminyak, which is basically a posh holiday resort with lots of fancy hotels and restaurants, but at least there’s still a little local feel to it and not a Pizza Hut or McDonald’s in sight! We were staying at Neds Hideaway, which was a basic room 15 minutes from the beach. It did the job.
After a busy start to our trip it was nice to have some time to have a lie in and chill on the beach. For some reason we decided to head to the Kuta strip one night to see what all the fuss was about, it’s fair to say it wasn’t exactly our scene. We won’t be going back anytime soon, too many bogans (I’m learning the Aussie slang already!). I guess it can’t have been all bad as we didn’t get home til after sunrise the next day…
After a very hungover day on the beach, we decided to stick to soft drinks so had a nice relaxed evening watching the sunset on the beach and listening an acoustic singer. Was a very chilled out enjoyable evening, got a true sense of being in paradise.