1-day Bali travel guide fit for a king – King Salman, that is
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman recently embarked on a rare royal tour of Asia, which quickly made news everywhere thanks to his astonishingly large entourage of 1,500 people, as well as luggage as heavy as 65 elephants (500 tonnes, to be exact).
Let’s not forget that he also brought along two escalators (which are gold-plated, of course) for his personal use.
The king’s trip is significant also because he is the first Saudi Arabian monarch to visit Indonesia in nearly 50 years.
Those who have visited the Indonesian island of Bali will agree that it’s a magnificent place for some RR – and King Salman clearly s the same sentiment.
The 81-year-old ruler arrived on Mar 4 for a vacation after a three-day state visit to Jakarta, and later arranged to extend his stay on the island of the gods until the end of this week.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Indonesia said the reason was simply that “he likes the sea”.
For those curious about the places the octogenarian visited, it is in fact possible to cover everything he did in just one day.
For starters, you should make sure you have a bed fit for royalty to rest your tired head in. King Salman’s choice of the very luxurious St. Regis Bali Resort located near Geger Beach, Nusa Dua, can be your top pick.
The King must have truly enjoyed the hotel – which he had booked out entirely – as he reportedly did not leave the premise during the first few days of his trip.
As wonderful as the St Regis gets, it would probably be unrealistic to expect the same kind of royal treatment that was bestowed upon the monarch.
Unless you’re among King Salman’s exclusive company, don’t even think about having security as tight as his. But you can, however, trace his footsteps.
And to save you time, we’ve listed down the highlights on the king’s itinerary, so pack your bags – it’s Bali time!
The monarch loves the sea so it seems that he will go wherever there’s sun, sand and the beach.
2) Nusa Penida
Part of The Nusa Islands, Penida is another place that is famous for its beautiful beaches perched alongside rocky steeps.
TripCanvas affectionately termed the trio of islands as the Maldives of Bali. Getting there is easy, via a short boat ride from Bali. It is reportedly not thronged with tourists yet, and is thus perfect for a private getaway.
3) Tampak Siring in Gianyar regency
Well-known for its temples and archeological remains, Tampak Siring is located in central Bali and is a short drive from Ubud.
It’s where the famous landmarks, Gunung Kawi Temple and Tirta Empul Temple, are located. Travellers who enjoy cultural sites might be interested in spending more time at Gunung Kawi, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Online travel magazine InBali.org reported that Hindus from all over the island visit Tampak Siring to bathe in holy water and meditate.
4) Discovery shopping mall in Kuta
Some of them visited and purchased several items from popular international brand stores.