Faces of Indonesia

Denpasar

Denpasar is the bustling capital city of Bali, that has been the focus of much of the island's growth and wealth over the last 30 years. The main attractions of this city are the museum, Pura Jagatnath, Bali's state temple, the markets and shops.

Although there are a good variety of hotels and restuarants in Denpasar, many visitors to Bali prefer to stay in Ubud, Sanur and Kuta-Legian to escape the traffic, noise and pollution of this busy city. That is not to say a trip to Denpasar is not worth the experience.

Where to eat

 

There are a variety of restuarants in Denpasar offering a good choice of food to suit a variety of tastes at reasonable prices. Restaurant Hong Kong serves a good selection of Chinese and Indonesian dishes but prices are a little on the high side in comparision with other places in the area. Mie 88 with a slightly less extensive menu, is good value for money. Pondok Melati serves good, resonably priced seafood, but the setting is slightly noisy. If your looking for something pedas -spicy, visit Ayam Goreng Taliwang, that serves Lombok style food. Many of the shopping centres in the area have places to eat and there are several fast food places for those fast food addicts, McDonalds at the NDA department store, Wendy's and Pizza Hut at the Bali Mall and KFC at Matahari's and there is no shortage of Dunkin Donut outlets in the city.

Indonesian Cuisine
Warung Nasi Bali
JL. Hayam Wuruk 69A
Phone (0361) 223889
Kakman Restuarant
JL. Tengku Umar
Phone: (0361) 227188
Kikel Sapi
JL. Sumatra.
Ayam Bakar Taliwang
JL. Tengku Umar
Phone: (0361) 228789
Ayam Goreng Nyonya Suharti
JL. Gatot Subroto Ubung
Phone: (0361) 234815
Other Asian Cuisine
Hongkong
JL. Gajah Mada,
Denpasar 80118
Phone: (0861) 284845, 288926
Atoom Baru
JL. Gajah Mada,
Denpasar 80118
Phone: (0861) 222788, 234772
Hawaii
JL. Gajah Mada Phone (0361) 435135
Akasaka
JL. Teuku Umar
Simpang Enam Square Phone (0361) 238551

Where to Stay

 

Denpasar has plenty of hotels whether your the budget traveller or business executive, but the prices here are high and the standards lower, than other areas on the island.


Five Star
Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel
JL. Kartika Plaza
PO.Box.84 Denpasar 80361
Phone: (0361) 751067-9, 752471-4
Fax: (0861) 752475, 754585
Telex: 35142 KAZADP IA
Rooms: 386
Class: *****
Melia Bali Sol Lot Hotel
N-1 Nusa Dua
PO.Box.1048 Denpasar 80864
Phone: (0361) 771510
Fax: (0361) 771860
Telex: 35137
Rooms: 500
Class: *****
Indonesia Putri Bali Lot Hotel
N-3 Nusa Dua
PO. Box. 1 Denpasar 80364
Phone: (0861) 771020, 771420
Fax: (0361) 771139
Telex: 85247 HPB DPR
Rooms: 425
Class: *****
Pertamina Cottage
Tuban Beach
PO. Box. 8121 Denpasar 80081
Phone: (0861) 751161, 752810
Fax: (0861) 752080
Telex: 85181 PERCOT IA
Rooms: 250
Class: *****
Sanur Beach Hotel
Semawang Sanur
PO. Box. 279 Denpasar 80228
Phone: (0861) 288011
Fax: (0861) 287566
Telex: 85185 VITA
Rooms: 429
Class: *****
Three Star
Legian Beach Hotel
Jl. Melasti Legian
PO. Bo2c 308 Denpasar 80361
Phone: (0361) 751715, 752651
Fax: (0361) 752652
Telex: 35324
Rooms: 190
Class: ***
Natour Sindhu Hotel
JL. Danau Tondano 14
PO. Box 181 Denpasar 80227
Phone: (0361) 288351-2
Fax: (0361) 289268
Telex: 35523
Rooms: 59
Class: ***
Natour Bali Hotel
Jl. Yeteran No.3 Denpasar 80111
Phone: (0361) 225681, 235364-6
Fax: (0361) 235347
Telex: 35166
Rooms: 71
C1ass: ***
Segara Village Hotel
JL. Segara Ayu Sanur
PO. BOX. 91 Denpasar 80228
Phone: (0361) 288407-8
Fax: (0361) 287242
Telex: 35143
Rooms: 140
Class: ***
Segara Village Hotel
JL. Segara Ayu Sanur
PO. BOX. 91 Denpasar 80228
Phone: (0361) 288407-8
Fax: (0361) 287242
Telex: 35143
Rooms: 140
Class: ***
Two Star
Santrian Beach Cottage
JL. Danau Tamblingan
PO. Box. 55 Denpasar 80228
Phone: (0861) 288181
Fax: (0361) 288185
Telex: 35169
Rooms: 80
Class: **
La Taverna Hotel
Jl. Danau Tamblingan
PO. Box 40 Denpasar 80228
Phone: (0361) 288185
Fax: (0361) 288185
Telex: 35163
Rooms: 46
Class: **
Kuta Beach Club Hotel
Jl. Bakungsari Kuta
PO. BOX 226 Denpasar 80361
Phone: (0361) 751261-2
Fax: (0361) 752896
Telex: 35138 KUTACLUB
Rooms: 104
Class: **
Pamecutan Palace Hotel
Jl. Thamrin No. 103 Denpasar
Phone: (0361) 223491
Telex: 35232 IHRADPR
Rooms: 48
Class: **
Bali Holiday Hotel & Resort
JL. Diana Pura Seminyak
PO. Box. 1045 Denpasar 80361
Phone: (0361) 753547
Fax: (0361) 753548
Telex: 35511 DELTUR IA
Rooms: 100
Class: **

Getting Around

By Air:
Numerous international carriers service Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport either directly or via Jakarta. Domestic airlines operate schedule flights from various cities within Indonesia.

By Land:
Bali is connected to Java by a regular ferry service running between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi. If you are taking the train or a night bus from Jakarta, Bandung or Yogyakarta, travels first to Surabaya for the connection to Banyuwangi. Buses can be boarded at Banyuwangi or Gilimanuk for the final leg to Denpasar.

By Sea:
The state-run passanger line PELNI operates weekly sailing's between Bali and Jakarta, Ujung Pandang and Balikpapan. Regular ferries sail between Lombok and Bali.

Taxis
Upon arrival: If your hotel has not arranged transportation from the airport, hire a taxi from the transport counter outside the arrival gate. Fares are listed by destination and must be paid in advance. Metered taxis are also available in Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Denpasar.

Rent a car
While inexpensive public transportation is available throughout Bali, the best option for travellers looking for comfort and flexibility is car rental. Air-conditioned vehicle's available include jeeps, family wagons and sedans, and these may be hired with or without a chauffeur. If you choose to drive yourself, a valid international Driving License is required. Temporary driving permits are also available from the Traffic Police Department. Most international road conventions are observed in Bali, though right-of-way tends to go to the larger vehicle and turns are not always signaled. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on the right; turning left on a red light is allowed only when indicated. Keep both eyes out for the pedestrians, motorcycles, potholes, chickens and stray dogs (and pay special attention to your side-view mirrors). If negotiating Bali's sometimes hectic and usually harrowing roadways does not appeal to you, then hire a driver with your vehicle. They are inexpensive addition and generally know their way around the island.
For metered taxis, chauffeur-driven, standard and luxury cars, reservations can be made at (361) 701111.

Motorcycle
Seeing Bali by motorcycle is a romantic and carefree option provided you drive very cautiously. Helmets for both drivers and passenger are required by law, as in appropriate license. Motorcycling is not recommended (nor particularly pleasant) in the wet season.

Buses
Bus tours and daily excursions in air-conditioned coach or mini-van are offered at most hotels and travel agencies. Public buses ply routes throughout Bali from Denpasar's Ubung Terminal.

Bemos and Dokar
Bemos (covered pickups or mini-vans) ply short routes between towns. They are not air-conditioned and can be crowded, but are cheap. Fares vary according to distances, and bargaining is recommended. For a different experience, hop on a traditional dokar. These small horse-drawn carts are still available in Kuta and Denpasar and a short ride costs next to nothing


Activities

Markets
Badung Market Jl. Gajah Mada, Denpasar
Pasar Badung is the largest and oldest market in Bali located on Jl. Gajah Mada, Denpasar. Selling everything from fruit and meat to clothes and textiles, Pasar Badung is a market that provides for the local's needs. Three floors high and crammed full of shops, this is definitely the place to practice those bargaining skills.

Kumbasari Market Jl. Gajah Mada, Denpasar
On the opposite side of the river to Badung Market is Pasar Kumbasari that offers a wide range of handicrafts, gold work fine fabrics.

Bird Market Jl. Veteran, Denpasar
Sells an assortment of beautiful birds, this may leave some visitors upset at the cruel caged conditions the birds are exposed to, but the sights and sounds of this market are impressive with all the bird song and beautiful coloured birds.

Sukawati Market - Gianyar
Known for its craft and also fabric center : basketware, items for ceremonials and local textiles.

Shoppings

Boutiques
Animale
Kuta Square
JL. Raya Ubud
and
Nusa Dua Galleria
Phone:(361) 753830
Biasa
(Families wear)
JL. Raya Seminyak
Body And Soul
(up-to-the minute style for young people)
JL. Legia
Phone: (361) 756297
Mambo
(wide range of silk family products)
JL. Pantai Kuta and
JL. Legian
Phone: (361) 752275
Galeri Keris
(family clothes from local and international designers)
Nusa Dua Galleria
Phone: (361) 771303
Kids
Matahari
(basic playwear : t-shits,shoes and jeans)
Kuta Square - Legian Plaza
and
JL. Dewi Sartika
Denpasar
Rascals
(Batik swimwear and accesories)
Kuta Square
and
JL. Legian
Kuta Kids
(for younger kids, girls and boys)
JL. Legian
Rags Junior
(for junior trendies)
JL. Raya Seminyak
Basangkasa
Kahuna Surf Kids
(colourful surfwear for kids)
JL. Legian - Kaja 476
Kuta
Misc.
Bali Bakery
(selection of cakes and breads)
JL. Imam Bonjol
Kuta
Phone: (361) 755149
Warisan
(fine antique wares)
JL. Krobokan
Uluwatu
(bed and tablewares)
JL. Pantai Kuta
Phone: (361) 755342
Jonathan Silver
(extensive range of silverware)
JL. Legian
Phone: (361) 754209

Billabong
(Billabong gear)
JL. Bunisari
Phone: (361) 756296

Attractions

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali
Museum founded by Yayasan Bali in December 1932.
Phone (0361) 222680

Pura Jaganatha
Denpasar has many community temples called "Pura". The Pura Jaganatha is dedicated to the Supreme God, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons (prevalent in all temples) signifies the foundation of the world. The Pura Jaganatha Museum offers a fine variety of prehistoric and modern art, and its architectural design is based on that of a palace. The government-supervised "Sanggraha Kriyahasta" has a wide variety of handicraft and works of art the "Werdhi Budaya" presents a yearly art festival between June and July, with performances, exhibitions, and an art contest.

Taman Wedhi Budaya
Located in the eastern part of Depasar this large arts centre was established as an academy and showplace for Balinese culture and is worth a visit.
Phone (0361) 222776

Waterboom Park
A screaming sensation for family recreation with top-quality water-slides that qualifies the strict safety standard. Located in Kuta, another landscape tropical garden, it founds the entertainment capital of the region. Visit this park at Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban - Kuta, (0361) 755676 or e-mail : info@waterbom.co.id.

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