Shopping is seen by some as a chore, for others it is a necessity, and for many, it is an absolute pleasure and the highlight of their week. Whilst this might all apply when at home, when shopping lovers are on holiday, their excitement and passion for shopping goes up to an even higher level.
This is certainly the case when someone visits Bali, for several reasons. First, there are simply thousands of potential shopping outlets ranging from large stores, small shops, market stalls and street sellers peddling their wares. There is also an abundance of different products that are for sale.
These products will include the essentials for when you are holidays such as cold drinks and food. Beyond this you have everything else such as souvenirs, fabrics, clothes, jewellery, art, handicrafts, and ornaments. Much of it will be sold by the very person who has made each item. Whatever you are shopping for in Bali, you will find it, and in terms of the specific shopping trips available to you, here are some who must try when you are visiting Bali.
Pasur Sindu Street Market In Sanur
If you want to buy some local food and ingredients and love the atmosphere created by night shopping, then the Pandur Sindu street market is the place to head for. As well as buying food, you and your party can sit down and enjoy a selection of local dishes when you visit this street market, and all of it is priced very reasonably. Local delicacies include lamb satay, nasi goreng, and bakwan.
Nusa Dua is a great place in Bali to go to see beautiful landscapes, eat great food and to soak up a different culture. There are many amazing and elegant villas available in the area that offer all the modern amenities in a beautiful setting.
Pantai Geger is a public beach in Nusa Dua, Bali where tourists can soak up some sun and also enjoy the cultures of the area. The beach is well known for its white sand and warm water. Visitors have a lot of water sports to choose from at this beach which is great for people who want an active holiday. Visitors who want to relax love the massage center on the beach and also love the fact that they can have a drink and take in the sunset with their loved ones at Pantai Geger Beach in Nusa Dua.
If you have already visited places like Uluwatu, and you love to find hidden gems that most travellers to Bali never know are there, you are in for a treat. Having booked your accommodation from one of the beautiful Bali Villas you will be eager to get out and about to explore the secret getaways of this amazing island paradise.
Even the locals are not very familiar with some of them. That’s because they are mostly in isolated spots that are difficult to get to. But don’t let this stop you; simply take care on the path and use common sense to stay safe.
Here are some of those secret, hidden getaways: –
Angel’s Billabong at Nusa Penida. A large rock pool formed amongst rocky outcrops near the ocean, the ‘floor’ of Angel’s Billabong is so soft it feels like carpet underfoot. Go at low tide so there will be no ocean waves rushing in to drag you out to sea. You can get there by walking half a kilometre from Manta Point. The official address is Banjar Sumpang, Desa Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida.
If you love jungles and waterfalls go to the Secret Gardens of Sambangan, found in the far northern village of Bali by the same name. The 3-hour trek is worthwhile because the amazing jungle scenery, waterfalls, rock pools and jungle stream are absolute gems and only the locals and a few other intrepid tourists have ever seen them. It is recommended to stay at nearby Lovina and have a guide take you through the jungle.
In 2011 more than 2.7 million tourists arrived in Bali. In 2012, those numbers are expected to exceed 3 million, and in 2013, those numbers are expected to continue to climb. The stakeholders are extremely confident that they will be able to increase 2013’s visitors by at least 10% over 2012’s final numbers, even with a global economy that can only be described as gloomy.
Australian tourists continue to make up the largest market sector at nearly 30% of all foreign arrivals. China makes up around 9% and the Japanese tourist market has dropped to around 7% as result of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 and an economic slump. Stakeholders are not concerned that there will be a drop in US and European tourists even with their gloomy economy.
Bali hosts major conferences, and is still an attractive location for those looking to host such conferences. In addition to a viable destination for business, good marketing by Bali has made it a highly desirable travel destination for weddings and other special occasions, honeymooners, families, and couples.