Sprawling, hectic and ever-growing, Bali’s capital has been the focus of a lot of the island’s growth and wealth over the last five decades. It can seem a daunting and chaotic place but spend a little time on its tree-lined streets in the relatively affluent government and business district of Renon, and you’ll discover a more genteel side.
Denpasar might not be a tropical paradise, but it’s as much a part of ‘the real Bali’ as the rice paddies and cliff-top temples. After landing at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) airport, many travellers seeking beautiful beaches, family activities, romance and adventure make their way to the touristy resorts of the south such as Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud. For an insight into the life and culture of a local, however, Denpasar is hard to beat.
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