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Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

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Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Planning a two week trip for May 2011. Doing 3 nights Honk Kong and 10 days in either Thailand or Bali. Been to Thailand twice before and absoulutely love it but thought maybe a change with first visit to Bali this time around. Settled on Sanur as an area but our latest research has rather dampened our enthusiasm. We keep coming across various pub names in the area eg Borneo Pub, Trophy Pub, Cat & Fiddle Pub. Don't get me wrong, my wife and I like a drink but we don't want to travel half way around the globe to be met with an array of European/Oz styled places run by ex-pats. I would emphasize that no disrespect is intended with this post but we just can't get our heads around what we might expect. We are not enamoured by places such as Tenerife - is Bali, Australia's answer to Tenerife or are Balinese 'pubs' not as we know them at home in the UK? Maybe we are just looking at the wrong area? We are after nice hotels, weather and beaches with restaurants/bars where local people serve local food/drink. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Sanur's alright, considering that it started its life as a govt sanctioned 'tourist zone'. The beach is OKish though nothing to travel the world for. There's plenty of locals working there, beachside cafes as well as big hotels, and you can get local food.. though I think you'll do better in Ubud for local eating as there's more locals eating there.

Indonesian ownership laws and history mean that a lot of places along the tourist coast are owned by Javanese, who the Balinese regard as expats.. but not in the way that Ted from Slough opens a clonepub in Spain with horse brasses and dart boards. It's a reasonable base for a first time trip though maybe don;t spend your whole 10 days there. Maybe a few nights at the beginning then move up to Ubud, and leave it open whether you go back there or not. May isn't peak season, you won't have to nail down every night's booking in advance, there's plenty of accommodation.

The Kuta/Legian area is more the 'Aussie style' infested' but even so the Balinese sense of style creeps through in places.

Edited: 08 October 2010, 15:40
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2. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Hello darnez, I appreciate what you are saying and we definitely don't go overseas just to join up with others from home.

I don't think you will find the same influence in Bali as you do in parts of Spain etc, ie the Cat and Fiddle for instance....the band are all Balinese and it just cracks me up that one calls himself Made O'Leary or suchlike.....we had the best night there. These guys can play anything and they did.

You will find that the Baliense are just very good at giving what some toursists want, but there's so much more to Bali and for us, a few pubs and restaurants with names like back home are not a big deal and we enjoy The Bali of our trips.

So, if you are really wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more resorty areas, I think you should do as we do, ie we stay in Candidasa or somewhere out of the resort areas like CD is. It is on the north, east coast and around 90 minutes from the airport and I believe it offers you basically what you are looking for, but as I say, despite the busy resort feel of the south, in amongst all of that, is the Bali that so many of us love. I hope you go and I know you will love it. We do.

Hope this is a bit reassuring....

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3. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

One thing you might notice in Bali is that there is an immense difference between where and how the locals eat and drink and where the tourists do. Given that what we think of as a cheap meal (say, 50,000 rupiah... or around $5) is a days wage here, there are usually no locals at all in tourist oriented 'nice' places. Though you may well find wealthy tourists from eh Java, who also holiday there.

This doesn't mean the food in tourist oriented places is bad or unauthentic.. there are a lot of really good restaurants here, based on generic Indonesian (rice rice rice and bits of other stuff) /Balinese (duck, eel, pork, beans/greens/ fish (mmmmmm these guys know how to cook fish!! /Chinese or just great fusions.

Edited: 08 October 2010, 15:59
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Have to disagree with Newgabe about the amount of cheap warungs and local eating places. If this is how you choose to eat or even just want to try it, there are heaps of places in Sanur to do this. It's just that most first timeers don't see them. I can provide a list of great little places that we eat at all the time (some of them are only open during the day) where the 2 of you can have 2 hot meals, rice and drinks for well under 50,000rp. But the easiest way to find them is to just walk off the main tourist strip and into side streets and even Jl Poso (another main street that most tourists just drive down).

The thing about Bali is that you can never judge a book by it's cover. Most tourists only see the big, well set up restaurants and walk straight past the small local places (or aren't game enough to try them if they do see them).

There are also heaps of lttle middle of the road places as well who mainly do local food but do have some western items as well. They are locally owned and run and are usually the next step up in price range (meal and drinks for 2 approx 70,000-80,000).

I don't think you will be disappointed with Sanur, it's a great base and really great mix of locals and westerners. And hasn't got anywhere near the traffic that Kuta/legian/Seminyak and even Ubud Centre have. Sanur still has a great "feel" to it. There is a real sense of community and you can very easily still see the locals going about their daily lives and walk down the gangs (lanes) and see their family compounds.

On a Saturday afternoon or Sunday you can even swim with them when they go to the beach in Southern Sanur. That's a great time out with carts of food and drink and much fun to be had.

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5. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

You'll find some nice Balinese style hotels in Sanur, ok beach, restaurants/bars, warungs where local people serve local food.drink & hopefully in May good weather. The Trophy Bar serves Indonesian/western food & had an Indonesian band playing last time I was there.

Bali is nothing like Tenerife, for a start the Balinese Hinduism culture & religion is an integral part of everyday life, the pace of life is much slower &relaxed. Each area of Bali is quite different. If you want to visit an area less commercialised maybe try East or North Bali.

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Ya Whinnie's right.. I phrased what I said badly There's always cheap local places as locals/people who've come in from the rest of Bali to work there do need to eat. As we've all said, Sanur's fine as a base, to explore and enjoy Bali

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7. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Sanur, like much of Bali, has the tourist spots. Unfortunately many visitors never get beyond them.Why go to an exotic place to go to a pub/restaurant playing Irish music? Don't get me wrong I love Irish music but I do not go to Bali for it .

Sanur does have Balinese restaurants etc especially if you go north or south beyond the beach walkway.

Sanur is very popular with middle age Europeans, especially Germans and Dutch.

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8. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

We always mix our stay in bali half and half and we mix kuta with Sanur or Ubud as well as Lovina.

Sanur is our pick for next trip and Ubud was last trip.

One of the things I like about Sanur is all the beach front cafes and bars and sitting on the beach enjoying a drink.

We have never ventured to any of the pubs mentioned........only my husband went to Lazer bar one time to watch live afl football.

At Bumi Ayu hotel, we did find a large number of Europeans staying but apart from a bit of pool lounge hogging going on, they didn't bother us :(

Next trip we are staying at Sanur beach villas.

Whilt I love to sit at Bennos on the beach for a meal and drink I will be asking Whinnie for the list of places to eat cheap as that is normally what we prefer. Can always head to the beach later for a drink or to just sit and take it all in.

Sanur is very much a place where you will wander streets and see locals kiddies playing and local families love to play on the beach particularly on a Sunday.

Whilst I have never been overseas to the places that you metion....I am thinking from descriptions that you would well enjoy Sanur.

* and it is what we make it :)

Edited: 09 October 2010, 02:17
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9. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Hi Whinnie,

It would be great if you could put a list up of a few local cheap eating places in Sanur. We love to try local places, but usually ones that have been recommended to try and avoid any bad tums the day after.

I know you can get ill from other things, like change in water heat & too many beers etc.

Thank you Eve.

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10. Re: Is it Balinese or more European/Aussie influence in Sanur?

Thanks everybody for your replies. Very helpful.

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