I loved every moment of my experience when I was walking the streets of Ubud, in fact I loved it so much that I thought it was time to venture to another part of Bali, a different and much quieter part of Bali, that’s if your not on the beach of course, and with my very own two feet I’m walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa, a laid-back area of Bali.
Tanjung Benoa is a magnificent part of Bali, which is situated on the East coast of the famous tourist island of Indonesia and only a stone throw from Nusa Dua. The area is known for its active beach over the Benoa Bay, spectacular beach-side resorts and a relaxed atmosphere on the streets of the boutique township.
The kind of relaxed atmosphere that someone like me loves to be associated with, because as far as I am concerned, you can give me a laid back, more peaceful vibe anytime of the week and I’ll be a happy man while travelling the world.
Walking the Streets of Tanjung Benoa – Bali
A Quieter Part of Bali
As I have mentioned, Tanjung Benoa is a quieter part of Bali, at least when it comes to the streets anyway. I’ll touch on the busy beach in a moment. For a tourist who is seeking a quieter vacation, Tanjung Benoa will certainly deliver for you, it’s an area that has magnificent resorts and plenty of stunning beach bars that over look the bay, even if the drinks come at a price, you won’t help but fall into the luxury lifestyle and order a few more cocktails at the local resorts pool bar and resting pool-side on the deck chairs.
The old saying goes, that life is meant to be lived.
The streets of the town are pleasant too, it offers the same as other parts of Bali, you know, markets, restaurants, cats and dogs wandering the street, but it has a lot less hustle and bustle, and in Tanjung Benoa, the locals are not in your face constantly trying to sell you a singlet or stubby holder.
Benoa even includes a Starbucks café, that offers instant relief from the heat with a tasty frappe, hot cappuccino and the delicious drinks are much appreciated air-conditioning. It’s fair to say I purchased an ice-coffee or two during my brief stay in Tanjung Benoa and lazed around in the comfort of the lounge area. Sometimes you need relief from the sizzling Bali heat.
Off the Streets and onto the busy beach
Once you step off the streets and onto the beach during the middle part of the day, it is a different ball game altogether, you step onto the sands and enter the leisure beach of Bali that has a little chaos associated with it. The tour companies are waiting in their numbers to the give visiting travellers a good time, including the adrenaline rush that will follow as you participate in a range of activities on the beach.
If you love your beach sports this is where you want to be, there is your jet-skiing, parasailing, cruise boats to islands and lot more going on in the waters of Tanjung Benoa. I particularly enjoyed rising high in the para-sail and getting a birds eye view of the madness below, there are lots and lots of boats in the water.
Of course, I need to mention some of the locals, the ones that are out there, trying to make a buck by selling a whole range of souvenirs that are cloaked around their bodies, and surely feeling every bit of that unforgiving heat. I suppose when you live in the country long enough, you just get used to it all, no matter how overdressed someone appears.
The atmosphere out on the beach was certainly different, even a little hairy out on the waters, because it did indeed seem unsafe at times with all the boats and skies roaming about the place, but that is just another reminder to every traveller to purchase your travel insurance before you travel.
The conclusion the streets of Tanjung Benoa
Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa is an unbelievable experience that I will long remember, mainly due to the peace and tranquillity of the township. When you exclude the madness on the beach during the day, that has no effect on your stay in a quality resort , it’s time to hit the night life in Benoa where the streets in the evening were mild and safe.
It’s a township that has plenty of happy locals too (don’t be afraid to say hi), decent restaurants with good food, a number of bars, market stalls with a bargain to be found and even trustworthy massage parlours that are only interested in giving you a massage and nothing else, it’s a time where you can relax in comfort.
The more I visit Bali, the more I become very fond of this famous island of Indonesia, and while no destination in the world is perfect, Bali does indeed understand the tourist needs and that extends to the streets of Tanjung Benoa.
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