Denpasar is the capital of Bali and is situated just north of Nusa Dua. This city isn’t known as a major holiday maker attraction when visiting Bali. Being that it is the capital, there are loads of Denpasar hotels to make a choice from for all budgets. For many budget travels, the hotels in Denpasar are an ideal place to remain as there are hundreds of inexpensive hotels and accommodation to be found. The service you will receive will be excellent, but the comforts will be very lacking. For the more discerning traveler there are lush places that you can stay at that offer 5 star facilities and services, but these are mostly occupied by business people.
The lack of any beaches or other tropical views restricts the Bali hotels in Denpasar to what they are able to give the tourist. Not having the gorgeous blue sea or lush rain forest as a view means that all the hotels here will only be able to provide views of the town. As much as the Balinese life-style is uniquely different and worth exploring, activities in Denpasar are limited and therefore the variety of accommodation is also limited. You won’t find any private villas with access to isolated beaches or be able to step out of a hotel in Denpasar onto a stunning white beach. If selecting to remain here in one of the luxurious Denpasar hotels and you want to experience all that Bali has to offer you are going to need to commute from the hotel to the site of your selected activity.
Only the top Denpasar hotels will have a website for you to order online and seeing as the city isn’t a popular tourist destination it is feasible to find accommodation throughout the year without booking in advance. The single time that you may find the hotels fully booked is if there is a major conference being held and then it could be hard to find something. If you do plan to spend a night or 2 here and want to stay in a luxury apartment then it is definitely a good idea to book early ahead. Backpackers and budget travels don’t have to worry as there is always room at the inn somewhere in Denpasar.
Booking into one of the top Denpasar hotels, all your rooms will be air conditioned and all room facilities working, but if going for a cheaper hotel it is best to inspect the room before paying for it to be sure the air-con works and the toilets are use able. The next thing that you need to make sure of is if you need to have a hot bath or shower, make sure that these facilities are available. Coming from a developed country we automatically assume that hot water is available, not so in Bali or anywhere in Indonesia. You may have to order the hot water tank to be switched on a couple of hours before you wish to take a bath at some of the more budget Denpasar hotels.
These days, it seems like germs are everywhere. From the swine flu to the avian flu, we seem to be under siege from deadly bacteria and viruses. Fortunately, when you dine in a vegetarian restaurant, there are some illnesses that you can forget about for an hour or two. Here are 5 germs that you are less likely to encounter when you choose a vegetarian dining option for your next meal.
This illness-causing bacteria is carried primarily in meat and eggs. Most often, people ingest the bacteria when eating meats or eggs that have not been fully cooked. Since your vegetarian meal contains no meat or eggs, you do not have to worry about proper preparation time.
Salmonella can sometimes spread from contaminated meat to other foods and surfaces if the preparer touches the item after handling uncooked meat. Vegetarian restaurant kitchens are safe from any possibility of cross contamination. Even if a germ managed to get on your veggie before it arrived at the restaurant, the bug is eliminated when your chef washes your veggies before use.
2. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) a.k.a. Mad Cow Disease
Rare but deadly, BSE is caused by a mutated protein that enters the body and causes the brain and spinal cord to degenerate, eventually leading to death. It is carried exclusively in meat products and is transmitted by consuming the affected beef. Your dinner at a vegetarian restaurant is guaranteed to be BSE-free.
3. E. coli
E. coli is a bacteria which produces toxins that can cause serious illness and even death, particularly among those with a weakened immune system. It is most commonly transmitted in undercooked meat, such as the hamburger-related outbreak on the West Coast a few years ago. While unwashed produce can occasionally contain E. coli, basic washing eliminates the bacteria. Simply put, as long as your restaurant is washing its vegetables before use, you’re completely safe.
If you’re still worried, go organic for your vegetarian dining. Certified organic farms were found to have a lower incidence of E. coli than other producers. If you want to be doubly sure that your meal is bacteria free, an organic vegetarian restaurant is less likely to have E. coli than other restaurants.
4. Shellfish poisoning
Nearly everyone has known someone who has gotten sick after a seafood dinner. Clams, mussels, oysters and scallops are the most common culprits. These two-shelled bottom feeders often build up toxins as they filter the water for their nutrients. When improperly cooked, those toxins remain in the meat, entering your system and leading to a few days of gastrointestinal misery. You can avoid any risk of shellfish poisoning by opting for a vegetarian dining option instead.
5. Clostridium perfringens
This is another illness-causing bacteria carried in poorly prepared meat and poultry. While the subsequent gastrointestinal upset is not usually fatal, it is weakening and can last for 24 to 48 hours after consumption. Most of us have experienced it at some time or another without knowing it, since studies have shown that the majority of the population has antibodies left over from previous infection. To save yourself from a case of the “stomach flu,” choose a vegetarian restaurant instead.
Dangerous, disease-causing bacteria lurk in incorrectly prepared meat, poultry and shellfish, and you can get your dose unknowingly from a meat-serving restaurant. Choose a vegetarian restaurant instead for a germ free dining experience.