General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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padawan
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4011 posts since 27/6/03

posted 21 Apr 2019 08:15, edited 21 Apr 2019 08:15
5 days in Bali then on to SW Aus.
Bali nice enough - on resort so a bit plastic.
AUS again amazing. Solo early morning walks along beach near Busselton absolute stand out moments - Dolphins Rays etc could feel the pressure releasing on every exhale
joeyjojo
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3911 posts since 24/8/06

22 Apr 2019 13:18
So planning the Bali trip now and thinking of the following …

Legian beach, kuta and seminiyak region, then to Ubud, then to candidasa and Ahmed and climb the mountain there, then to the penida and lembongan islands then back to fly home.

We’ve heard mixed things about the kuta, semniyak region and we’re wondering whether to miss it out, or think it’s woryh seeing for a couple or nights post flight, seeing as it’s so close to the airport?
Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

posted 22 Apr 2019 18:49, edited 22 Apr 2019 18:49
Trynna book a week away to a quiet Greek island. Always done package (for summer sun) but wanna try flight and then book a small apartment separate. Any FUK approved sites to do this? Ta.
illmurray
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475 posts since 18/4/12

22 Apr 2019 22:31
If it's your kind of thing I recommend looking into Hydra. I've been twice and it's glorious. No motorised transport, no proper roads. No proper beaches unless you get a quick boat to one but lovely places to swim. Very serene. Airbnb has enough choice for it really.
NigelBenn
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4028 posts since 6/2/08

22 Apr 2019 22:54
joeyjojo wrote: So planning the Bali trip now and thinking of the following …

Legian beach, kuta and seminiyak region, then to Ubud, then to candidasa and Ahmed and climb the mountain there, then to the penida and lembongan islands then back to fly home.

We’ve heard mixed things about the kuta, semniyak region and we’re wondering whether to miss it out, or think it’s woryh seeing for a couple or nights post flight, seeing as it’s so close to the airport?

Potato head beach club in Seminyak is the best. 2 nights in Seminyak is enough though. It’s basically a grotty cheap holiday for Aussies.
Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

23 Apr 2019 08:15
Thanks for the recommendation illmurray. Where did you fly to out of interest?
illmurray
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475 posts since 18/4/12

posted 23 Apr 2019 08:29, edited 23 Apr 2019 08:29
Burt wrote: Thanks for the recommendation illmurray. Where did you fly to out of interest?

Not the absolute easiest journey as it's a little remote but Stansted to Athens, then a taxi (or train) to Piraeus where there is a ferry that goes 3-4 times a day. Ryanair do those flights so they're dirt cheap in advance (comparably).
Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

23 Apr 2019 08:40
Cool thanks, pal - I'll check it out; looks perfect. Any other recommendations gratefully received.
M4att
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175 posts since 3/2/12

posted 23 Apr 2019 08:52, edited 23 Apr 2019 08:52
joeyjojo wrote: So planning the Bali trip now and thinking of the following …

Legian beach, kuta and seminiyak region, then to Ubud, then to candidasa and Ahmed and climb the mountain there, then to the penida and lembongan islands then back to fly home.

We’ve heard mixed things about the kuta, semniyak region and we’re wondering whether to miss it out, or think it’s woryh seeing for a couple or nights post flight, seeing as it’s so close to the airport?

Did 2 weeks in Bali in February, stayed just outside Seminyak. Seminyak itself is decent, lots of good shops and fancies eateries. Ventured into Kuta one evening, as others have said it's a dive, like an Aussie Magaluf.

Hired a driver (about £25/30 a day) and did a few day trips, rice terraces, Mount Batur, waterfalls, Monkey Forest etc. Book it all when you are there, it's easy and a lot cheaper. The island itself is small but traffic is a nightmare.

I'd reccomend checking out Canggu, could be worth a stop for a night or two. It's a small beach-side town, about 10km/30min from Seminyak. Did a 2hr 1:1 surf lesson here for about a tenner, good fun. Brilliant Japanese restaurant there called Ji, lovely roof terrace to watch the sunset from.

HTH

ETA: Didn't rate Potato Head, prefered Ku De Ta beach club which is close by.
themistake
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10498 posts since 20/2/06

23 Apr 2019 15:01
Seminyak is fine but avoid Kuta like the plague.
Seminyak is probably the most expensive part of Bali where you’ll find beach clubs and international restaurants. That may or may not be why you are going to Bali.

I’d recommend bingin beach/ uluwatu area for proper chilled out surfer beach life. Not far from airport away from Kuta.

Ubud is cool. But as with most places in Bali you only need a few days in each place
NigelBenn
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4028 posts since 6/2/08

24 Apr 2019 01:20
Anybody got LA recommendations?
Ulster_Blue
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5162 posts since 16/7/06

24 Apr 2019 10:00
Stay in Santa Monica or Pasadena. LA is barely worth visiting.
Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

24 Apr 2019 10:38
^^^true say
macgy
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200 posts since 26/11/11

24 Apr 2019 13:38
Okay FUK, this has to be the proper place to ask; I am going to the UK for the first time in a week or two for an extended weekend in London.

What are the must see / do's? London only as I haven't got time to go somewhere else.
swiftus
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729 posts since 1/7/09

24 Apr 2019 13:46
macgy wrote: Okay FUK, this has to be the proper place to ask; I am going to the UK for the first time in a week or two for an extended weekend in London.

What are the must see / do's? London only as I haven't got time to go somewhere else.

You gotta provide more info…what are your interests? What kind of things have you liked seeing / doing in the past?
illwill
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3485 posts since 17/5/04

24 Apr 2019 13:51
Personally I wouldn't bother with any of the tourist stuff other than the British Museum, Natural History Museum, National Gallery, Tate Gallery and Tate Modern. Maybe Royal Academy if there's something on that you're into but it has a smaller permanent collection. All are world-beating and largely free.

Stuff like Westminster, St Paul's, Tower Bridge and Buckingham palace are all close enough that you can walk between easily.

This is all the generic stuff. You got any special interests?
macgy
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200 posts since 26/11/11

24 Apr 2019 14:30
Ideally I would love to get a feel of the city during the day - you know parks, streets / areas with a certain vibe, public art / installations and good museums or exhibitions. Places where people use the city. Interesting buildings are also welcome, like architecture.

In the evening good restaurants (all budgets welcome, but I am visiting someone who is a student, so not only baller options please).
Cosy pubs or venues with live music. Can't be bothered with the clubs no more.
I am quite into wine so if you know any place for that please enlighten me.

In general I know absolutely nothing about the city so everything is welcome.

MrW
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2500 posts since 1/8/11

24 Apr 2019 14:43
Burt wrote: ^^^true say

+1

Lunch @ Getty Centre's decent
andymakesglasses
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20146 posts since 26/1/06

24 Apr 2019 15:07
macgy wrote: I am quite into wine so if you know any place for that please enlighten me.

You might want to visit Hedonism then.

macgy wrote: all budgets welcome

Wines from £480,000 a bottle….

macgy wrote: but I am visiting someone who is a student, so not only baller options please

….to £9.50 a bottle.
ballso
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631 posts since 26/1/09

24 Apr 2019 17:21
any lisbon recommends for a long weekend?