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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kuta / Legian / Seminyak
The main road in Kuta has a multitude of shops and restaurants on each side selling a wide variety of goods including swimwear, sarongs, handicrafts, cassette's, CD's, jewelry, clothing furniture and leather goods. There are many street hawkers selling watches, transport and bracelets. If you don't want to buy, don't make any contact to them.

Kuta has some department stores and shopping centres where the prices are fixed, try Kuta Square and Kuta Centre located very close to each other in Jalan Kartika Plaza.

The upper end of Legian Street from Seminyak to Kerobokan has turned into an enclave of boutiques specializing in men's and ladies clothing, interior and homewares stores, antiques, furniture and some interesting deli's and warungs.

Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua has a small market at the entrance way to Nusa Dua where you can still find some bargains. The main shopping complex is the Galleria with a variety of restaurants and stores. There are Tragia supermarket and department stores and also Keris Gallery. The stores have mostly fixed price selling high quality items.

The capital of Bali is not generally a tourist area but there are a few main areas worth checking out. Denpasar has a large selection of department stores, like Matahari, Libi, Rimo, New Dewata Ayu, Tiara Dewata, Ramayana or Tragia. Supermarkets are located within the areas of most of these department stores. If you are looking for handicrafts there are quite a few shops in Jalan Gajah Mada selling similar items to those seen in Kuta.

The Bypass
Proceeding the main road or the by pass from Nusa Dua to Sanur you will see on either side of the road, many pottery, wrought iron and furniture stores. You can find some good pieces if you look carefully and smart bargain.

Batubulan is renowned for stone carvings. Traditionally, stone sculptures carved from soft volcanic rock called paras were used to adorn temples and palaces but recently they are sold for export as well. The craftsmen can make practically anything you request.

Continuing on the road to Ubud, you will pass through Celuk, home of silver and gold artisans. Huge stores house a wide variety of all types of intricately designed pieces. The silver filigree work is quite amazing. If you can go off the main road into the village where the craftsmen work and live you will get better prices.

Bona is a village known for bamboo growing and goods produced from bamboo such as furniture and mats. The villagers also produce goods made of lontar leaves.

Home of woodcarvers, this village and nearby villages specialize in the carving of soft wood figures. Brightly painted flowers, frogs, fruits and animal figures feature heavily

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