Day 337.. bali3… My last day in Seminyak is checking out the more upmarket area as the boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here. For a pure Balinese haggling experience, we head to Kuta and Legian, both bargain-hunters’ paradises. I am hopeless so my mate Amanda helps a little here. Bali’s famous shopping strip, Jalan Legian starts in Kuta for sarongs and souvenirs, and turns into the more upmarket Jalan Raya Seminyak at the other end for designer threads and homewares. The air around the markets is heavy with smells of overripe fruit and Balinese spice-scented cigarettes.
It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has its downside, and the whole district has become very congested. After shopping we grab lunch, an awesome massage and i fly back to Jakarta. .. 2 hours delayed. Sigh.