For once, forget the debauchery, chaos and sweaty hustle of the very overpopulated streets of Kuta
Aussies have long enjoyed a trip to this island due to its proximity to Australia, Australian-minded locals, cheap local beer and the low-cost living. In fact, there’s not an Australian I know who hasn’t themselves been to Bali. But in the last 10 years, at least, the Aussies seem to have taken their love of the very popular area of Kuta way too far.
Statistic recorded that around 2 million Australians hopped on flights to spend up their annual leave bank in Bali, making Kuta is literally filled to the brim with them. No, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing at all! However, when you’re trying to enjoy your relaxing escape in Kuta, most likely you’ll end up bumping into hundreds of drunk, Aussie revellers trashing up the street. Such a sad fact, indeed, because Kuta was once much cleaner, less packed and culturally unscathed.
The question remains, “Why keep flocking Kuta or the rest of southern areas?”
Karangasem in the east side of Bali, for instance, offers all that Kuta has without the grit and the grime. The beaches are not spotted with ridiculous amounts of pollution, plus with the fact that many tourists are not familiar with this part of this island yet, meaning the beaches are clean and the roads are not crammed with thousands of vehicles. The entire vibe and flow of Karangasem are in slow-paced, relaxed and pristine.
A three-hour drive from the international airport, Karangasem is popular for its diving and snorkelling destination in Amed and Tulamben. However, while you are here, you surely don’t wanna miss the chance to check out the traces of the former Karangasem Kingdom at Ujung Water Palace.
This palace has gained its reputation as one of the best spots in Bali for a pre-wedding session. Featuring three pools and several floating pavilions connected by ornamental bridges, surrounded by the garden to add the tranquillity of the complex, this palace is a please for the eyes and sense. However, visiting this historical place is far more than simply finding a truly amazing spot for your IG feed. This was the place where the King of Karangasem meditated or spent time with his royal families.
Originally built in 1901, this area was originally built and named as Dirah Ponds. It was said that people who practised black magic were exiled into the area. The water from Dirah Ponds was used to test whether or not the people really possessed black magic. In 1909, the king assigned architects to design and expand the complex to be the rest and recreational area for the royal family. Pools were added and buildings were erected until the place was ready to use in 1921. Additional buildings added since then until 1937.
Fans of architecture can rejoice themselves here. Ujung Water Palace offers more pleasure to them as they discover the influence of Balinese, European and Chinese architectural traditions throughout the buildings. You can take a relaxing stroll, explore the paths and find amazing spots. Feast your eyes from any angle possible with the view of the park, ocean wide and green lush hill.
Now, the question is, “Would you consider travelling far east to discover a new experience in Bali?”