Let’s see…where did we leave off? We bought the cheapest ticket we could find to Bali and let’s just say the cheapest option maybe isn’t always the best. We flew from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur and then to Bali. Hence the 20 hours of traveling. We arrived late to Kuta, which we heard from a bunch of people is a tourist trap with dirty beaches and people who rip you off. They were pretty much right. Though, we did have a lovely meal and exchange with an Indonesian woman at a night market.
Next, we headed to the Gili Islands. These three islands are east of Bali and off the western shore of Lombok. In order to get there, we took a two hour drive with a car full of other backpackers to a ferry.
After a four hour journey, we arrived in the Gili Tanwangan. I had a great feeling about this place. We found a homestay for 10 dollars a night with a fan and private bathroom. The shower water smells really bad, but you win some and you loose some. We have been here ever since.
It is Ramadan and we are staying right next to a mosque. We wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of prayers and we fall asleep to prayers. I swear, the rooster crows three times and the praying is on. This island is known as the party island but really it’s pretty full of Europeans and Australians on holiday. It’s a place of extreme poverty and excess – and partying during Ramadan’s extreme fasting.
Next we plan to spend some time in Ubud and head to Phuket from there.
Love the Gili’s, but it can sometimes be a bit touristy too. Get deeper into Indo if you have the time, lots of ferries and is quite easy with a rented moped. You wont regret it and some of the more remote islands are breathtaking.
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