General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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illwill
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3589 posts since 17/5/04

posted 16 Apr 2019 19:17, edited 16 Apr 2019 19:17
Did Ubud, Gili Air and Canggu last year.

Enjoyed all of it but Canggu was the best bit. Great surf and some decent parties.

Can't really go wrong anywhere in Bali.

Ubud was pretty touristy but as long as you avoid Kuta, it's no sweat really.
joeyjojo
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3955 posts since 24/8/06

16 Apr 2019 19:44
Nice !!! What are the beaches like ?
eazypz
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2985 posts since 16/4/10

posted 16 Apr 2019 19:46, edited 16 Apr 2019 19:46
As above pretty much, definitely preferred ubud/cangu over kuta/seminyak.
Actually dislike Australians after staying in seminyak lol

Recommend getting a scooter if you’re happy to drive one, it’s good fun and easy to get around
joeyjojo
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3955 posts since 24/8/06

16 Apr 2019 19:48
Why so? Too many of them?
eazypz
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2985 posts since 16/4/10

posted 16 Apr 2019 19:50, edited 16 Apr 2019 19:50
Pretty much, the ones I came across were fine with me but treated the service like peasants.
Bali is like the Aussies Europe, it’s on their door step pretty much.

Stayed at Bisma Eight in ubud, really nice hotel and very good roof top restaurant.

Make sure you do monkey forest.
TATE
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316 posts since 5/12/12

16 Apr 2019 20:22
Any recommendations for Cannes/Nice/Monaco? Looking at a day in each place with the mrs.
illwill
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3589 posts since 17/5/04

16 Apr 2019 21:14
joeyjojo wrote: Nice !!! What are the beaches like ?

Don't think they do bad beaches. Obviously nicest on the islands but that's pretty much all there is to do there.

eazypz wrote: Recommend getting a scooter if you’re happy to drive one, it’s good fun and easy to get around

This. Being able to get around allows you to stay in the cheaper (and often nicer) accommodation a bit out of town.

We stayed in a beautiful AirBnB in one place but it involved a hair-raising walk down a busy road with no pavement to get anywhere. Balinese roads are not designed for pedestrians. Def regret not getting a scooter.
-DiscoTits-
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698 posts since 26/11/07

16 Apr 2019 23:52
Bali is massively overrated imo. It's filthy almost everywhere in the south of the island. There's Aussies everywhere acting like lads in Magaluf. The water is pretty dirty in most locations as well. Its good for the sights and people though as found them to be very friendly. I think there's better places in that neck of the woods to visit.
Burt
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5478 posts since 3/1/10

17 Apr 2019 05:38
Nicè…

Food - Lou Pisto and Citrus
Drinks/Live Music - Shapko

There's an old market just through an arch off the sea front as you walk east towards Castle Hill which is proper cool. Worth a walk over the hill to the harbour too.

Took a train to Monaco and jumped off at Villefranche on the return which was a proper highlight. By-pass the touristy cafe's on the sea front and walk up the hill to the central village 'square' and have a drink at the cafè/tobacconist's - it's like the land that time forgot.

I personally found Monaco to be proper touristy - one of those places you've gotta visit if you're in the vicinity but not a real highlight.
illwill
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3589 posts since 17/5/04

posted 17 Apr 2019 06:26, edited 17 Apr 2019 06:26
-DiscoTits- wrote: Bali is massively overrated imo. It's filthy almost everywhere in the south of the island. There's Aussies everywhere acting like lads in Magaluf. The water is pretty dirty in most locations as well. Its good for the sights and people though as found them to be very friendly. I think there's better places in that neck of the woods to visit.

Not sure if it was to do with the time of year that I went (July) but I didn't meet a single Aussie the entire trip.

The dirtiness is just something you have to get used to and seems pretty standard in SE Asia. I guess their infrastructure has struggled to keep up with with population growth. It's no dirtier than any other country in that area.

Didn't bother me in the slightest though.
Sneakysbest
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1904 posts since 28/1/12

17 Apr 2019 08:44
TATE, if your willing to deviate from Cannes nice Monaco, Antibes (train ride from nice) is lovely. Lovey old town which is great to potter round (has a great market). Picasso museum is also great here, looks out over the Med.

Juan les pins just round the coast from Antibes is great for relaxing at one of the beach clubs, costs like 15 euros for a lounger.
Fuzzyduck121
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1595 posts since 14/12/12

17 Apr 2019 08:56
Any food places or sightseeing tips for Geneva and surrounding lake area please?
andymakesglasses
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20179 posts since 26/1/06

17 Apr 2019 09:44
Down by the lake is a nice place for a wander but very touristy. Make sure you head up the hill to the old town, lots of interesting architecture, museums and a lot quieter. Plenty of cafés and restaurants up there where you can eat outside.
Fuzzyduck121
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1595 posts since 14/12/12

17 Apr 2019 10:09
cheers Andy
TATE
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316 posts since 5/12/12

18 Apr 2019 19:53
Burt and Sneakysbest - cheers Ubercool
Tony
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953 posts since 28/10/08

18 Apr 2019 21:38
Anyone been to Naples for a city break? Worth doing Pompeii if I’m only there for two nights?
Mosoona
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164 posts since 25/5/15

posted 18 Apr 2019 23:07, edited 18 Apr 2019 23:07
A friend was telling me that Pompeii isn’t going to be open for many more years, will be closed to preserve for archaeology. Could be wrong
andymakesglasses
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20179 posts since 26/1/06

19 Apr 2019 08:48
I haven't heard anything about Pompeii being closed.

If you're even the slightest bit interested in history then it's really worth seeing. The scale of it is impressive but you really need half a day minimum as it's so big. Take water with you if you go, and sun protection as it's pretty exposed.

I can't really comment on Napoli other than to go up the hill to the old town rather than down it to the docks (my wife insisted on looking for a non-existent beach) and try not to get run over by a scooter. We went to Pompeii direct from Firenze and just stayed that night in Napoli before heading to Rome the next day so didn't get to see much.
Tony
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953 posts since 28/10/08

19 Apr 2019 18:04
Cheers Andy, I know if I was there any longer I wouldn’t think twice about going but using up one day when I’m there for two doesn’t make much sense. Plus it’s July so sounds like the worst time to go weather wise. I’ll try work out if it can be done in a few hours.
andymakesglasses
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20179 posts since 26/1/06

20 Apr 2019 08:59
It definitely can, it's only 40 minutes on the train from Napoli and the station is right next to the ruins and trains are very half hour, so it can easily be done in a few hours if you choose.