The Best Areas to Stay in Bali IELTS Reading General Training
Reading Passage 1
THE BEST AREAS TO STAY IN BALI
A. With its vast range of places to stay and eat and surprisingly vibrant live music scene, Ubud is a perfect base for exploring the delights of central Bali. It’s easy to charter a car with a driver to visit the nearby extraordinary sights on day-trips, such as the cliff sculptures at Gunung Kawi, more distant and less-visited areas, like the UNESCO-listed rice-terraces at Jatiluwih; and man-made attractions, such as the Bali Zoo. Minibus transfers to organized rafting, hiking, and mountain-biking tours are shorter and cheaper from Ubud than the southern beach towns. But Ubud is not, obviously, that convenient for surfing, snorkeling, and diving.
B. Among typically seedy (but lively) options are multi-story nightclubs along Jalan Legian street with international DJs and numerous sports bars, each fiercely competing with ‘cocktail specials’, ‘free BBQ’ and `girls drink for free’. A quick taxi ride to the north, Seminyak offers a more sophisticated blend of live jazz, soul and R&B in intimate settings, while further north again in Canggu the &tor and prices in clubs are comparable to those in Europe, but patrons would need their own transport or a chartered car or taxi on standby.
C. Seminyak Kuta offers the widest choice and lowest prices, and places in Canggu can be pretentious and remote, so Seminyak wins this award. The twisted lanes are packed with alluring cafés and bistros offering cuisines from just about every country on earth — even Indonesia! Some directly face the sea, so early diners or pre-dinner drinkers can relish the sublime sunsets. Also, cafés perched on the beach scatter beanbags across the sand each afternoon for guests to enjoy the sunset, cocktails and, later, live music. ielts-reading.com
D. Nusa Lembongan is more genuine and boasts more attractions than any of the three Gili Islands (off the coast of neighbouring Lombok). Lembongan has minimal shopping and even less nightlife, but that’s part of the attraction for many. There are (almost) no four-wheeled vehicles, so it’s perfect for exploring the eerie mangroves, remote beaches and quaint villages on foot, by motorbike or on a bicycle (although the interior is hilly). Boats from Sanur only take 30-45 minutes, and hotels in all ranges are available in Jungutbatu village and the crescent-shaped Mushroom Bay, which is best for swimming and snorkelling.
E. Whether for meditation, yoga, ‘spiritual healing’ or even traditional medical therapies, some tourists stay nowhere else on Bali — and never leave! The lofty village of Penestanan (part of Ubud) is dotted with yoga shalas (studios) offering casual drop-in or private classes, and even training courses, while some resorts nestled in the jungle nearby offer one- or two-week ‘rejuvenation’ packages In town, numerous cafés cater to the health-conscious with organic food and drinks made from locally-grown products.
F. Often ignored by those rushing to/from the (ii i Islands by speedboat or hopping on althe ferry to Lombok, Padangbai is delightfully unpretentious, with a genuine village vibe. Facing a postcard-perfect arched bay and hemmed in by hills, it is spared the unrelenting hotel constriction found elsewhere on the island. So, the cluster of streets is based around the school, market, and temples, rather than bars, clubs and bistros. A wonderful base from which to explote the east coast, Padangbai also boasts a 1000 year old clifftop temple and trusoe-esque beach called Blue Lagoon.
Questions 1 – 6
Read the Passage 1 which has six paragraphs, A-F.
Choose the correct heading for paragraphs A-F from the list of headings below.
Write the correct number, I-VIII.
List of headings
I. Exploring village
II. Nearby Islands
IV. Organic food
V. Spiritual visit
VI. Food and restaurant
VII. Forest and vegetation
VIII. Sight seeing and outdoor events
1. Paragraph A
2. Paragraph B
3. Paragraph C
4. Paragraph D
5. Paragraph E
6. Paragraph F
Questions 7- 11
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.
7. Which place in Bali would offer special cuisines along with the beauty of a sunset?
8. Which part of Bali is away from the reach of hotel industry and still a beautiful visit?
9. Name the place where the fanning methods have been renowned by a world organisation.
10. Name the place which is best for snorkelling?
11. Which place is known for its ancient holy place?
Read the text below and answer Questions 12-16.
ORANGE SMILE Our friendly receptionist Rochelle has made the list of three possible hotels for stay
A. Stay in the heart of Brisbane – Excellent location – one of our bestsellers in Brisbane! This hotel is located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD (Central Business District), Meriton Serviced Apartments Adelaide Street offers 74 levels of spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness centre. Guests enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi at the ApartHotel.
Each stylish air-conditioned suite features full kitchen and laundry facilities. The living area includes a flat-screen TV and a DVD player is available on request. Union Pay credit cards are accepted at this ApartHotel.
These luxurious suites are just 10 minutes’ walk from Central Station, the Riverside City Cat Wharf and Queen Street Shopping Mall. Brisbane Private Hospital is at a 15-minutes walk.
B. Quest Royal Gardens Serviced Apartments 4 stars Airport shuttle available for an additional charge.
Situated within easy walking distance of Melbourne city centre, Quest Royal Gardens Serviced Apartments are ideal for guests wanting spacious self-catering ApartHotel in a peaceful garden setting.
Each of the fully-serviced apartments at Quest Royal Gardens has a separate living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. They also include a balcony or garden courtyard.
Leisure facilities within the gardens include an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue area. Restaurants, shops and cafés are within the easy reach of the ApartHotel.
C. Stay in the heart of Sydney – Excellent location. One of our top picks in Sydney.
Offering modern luxury apartments in the heart of Sydney CBD (Central Business District). Many suites offer excellent views of the city. Guests enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi at the ApartHotel.
The air-conditioned suites feature laundry facilities. Each suite has a seating area with flat-screen cable TV. Studios have a kitchenette, and all other suites have a full kitchen.
The apartment complex is located opposite to the trendy World Square shopping centre, 2 minutes’ walk from Town Hall Station. Queen Victoria Building and Darling Harbour are each within a 10-minute walk.
Sydney CBD is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, food and restaurants. Couples particularly like the location they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip. This ApartHotel is also rated for the best value in Sydney! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
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The above passage has three restaurants labelled A, B and C.
Which restaurant or hotel would provide the following facilities?
NB: You may use any letter more than once
12. This area is particularly suitable for peaceful natural surroundings.
13. One can hire multimedia facilities in this hotel.
14. This hotel provides a flowered terrace.
15. One can particularly see the exotic location of city through their suite.
16. This hotel can provide gymnasium facility.
The Best Areas to Stay in Bali IELTS Reading Answers
7. SEMINYAK KUTA
8. PADANGBAI (LAMBOK)
10. MUSHROOM BAY