Kuta sucks hard. That is, unless you’re an angry Australian who likes chain smoking, pounding beers, surfing, vomiting and cursing repeatedly, all before noon. Kuta is a well-known beach destination that is supposed to have some of the best breaks in the world for surfing. But the town is a filthy hole full of downscale hostels, nightclubs and restaurants that only cater to young, poor farang. Kuta’s night scene was also the site of one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in recent memory; a disco was blown up in 2003 and killed 100+ young tourists. It’s totally safe to visit, but it’s the least inspiring part of an amazing island. Go for the day to the beach, but don’t stay overnight.