Sweet memories of the paradise island, Bali
On 5th May 2018, Sunday, we started our plane journey from Dhaka, Bangladesh to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bali, Indonesia. We landed at Denpasar International Airport Bali, Indonesia at local Indonesian time 11:45 am. The landing was sound and smooth and all the credit goes to the pilot and co-pilot for the safe landing. As Bangladeshi passport holders have on-arrival visa facility in Indonesia, it did not take much time for us to complete all immigration procedures at the airport in Bali. Then we took Airport affiliated taxi from Denpasar Airport to Bintang Resort Kuta which surprisingly took us 10 minutes in total. It is a five-star resort occupying an ample space of land. It has a fully green, natural environment with its private beach. It has separate swimming pool facilities for both adult and children. The resort is also blessed with a seaside restaurant and wonderful lobby.
There are 420 rooms with no sound pollution at all. Everything, from the environment, the room set-up, the food service of the waiters was much disciplined. The resort was fully booked but there was no anarchy. Next day that is Friday after having a buffet breakfast. It took 1.5 hour time drive from Kuta to Ubud in a private taxi. Firstly, we went to Monkey Forrest in Ubud. There were monkeys all over the place, walking here and there without causing any suffering to the tourists. Later, we took our lunch at the restaurant adjacent to Monkey Forrest. We went to different sites of Ubud as in Ubud Place, Rice Terrace, Coffee Field, Gold and Silver Factory.
We returned to Kuta right before sunset and managed to see the sunset and take a swim to refresh ourselves after a long day outside. Finally, we found 'Queen of Indian' restaurant for dinner. We enjoyed shrimp biryani, mutton curry, beef kebab, lacchi and special garlic nan. Special shrimp biryani was the most special item out of all. There were numerous numbers of tourists coming all the way from United States of America, Australia, Germany, Bosnia, India, Malaysia and different parts of Indonesia. Horse carts are available everywhere to facilitate the tourists in commuting in the tourist friendly city of Bali.
28-05-2018, Monday, we went to 3D Gallery and upside-down museum. Upside-down museum was an unique experience for us as it created a virtual fantasy in our minds. In every room, there was one instructor whose work is to instruct the tourists about how to take a pose for a photo utilising the different corners of the museum. We had our lunch in Original Mc Donalds as it is not available in my country, Bangladesh. Then, we returned to our resort. Later, we went to Jimbaran, a famous sea-food restaurant near to the beach to complete our supper. There were various sea-food items, amazing entertainment and decoration of sea food followed by mind blowing concert.
On 29-05-2018, we went to Nusa Dua beach which is famous for parasailing, paragliding, banana ride. Night Nusa Dua is iconic and the authorities ensure that they sing the songs in English as there are rising numbers of foreign tourists coming to visit there. Gili Island is also an amazing island which is near the northwest coast of Lombok island. 30-05-2018 was our last day in Bali, the same day we took our flight from Denpasar International Airport for Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Indonesia is a tourism-focused, eco-friendly country and everybody in Bali are very courteous, cordial and welcoming to the tourists which makes the city a unique place to refresh minds from the chaotic, busy metropolitan city life.
We should try to adapt the Balinese etiquette and friendly behaviour for developing our tourism business in Bangladesh.
The writer is a practicing lawyer at Supreme Court of Bangladesh