An interesting conversation over breakfast, the staff member summarising succinctly, the plight of his home town.
On my first visit, Candidasa seemed underdeveloped with a slight shortage of facilities. Everyone seemed to be running at about 50% to 60% capacity and there was a feel of prosperity.
Fast forward 25 years and there is an oversupply of both accommodation and food outlets and a sense of desperation amongst the local inhabitants.
Choosing the best airfare has so many components, the cost being an obvious one but other factors can be equally as important. Some times the cheapest fares have the worst schedules and also have hidden extra charges at the very end of the booking process.
Is it a mistake to revisit places that you have seen in their tourist infancy, back when the reason that people wanted to visit in the first place was still obvious and before tourism became the dominant source of revenue? Is Ubud one such place?
The demonic Ogoh-Ogoh statues are carried along by teams of young men in the Ngerupuk parade which marks the final stage of the events leading to Nyepi day (Balinese Hindu New Year)
Nyepi day is on Wednesday March 10th 2016 with Bali virtually coming to a standstill. The Balinese version of Hinduism has celebrations that are colourful, elaborate and somewhat befuddling.