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Bali Travel Guide  

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5632 km2
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Denpasar
Denpasar, Bali’s capital city, has many community temples called Pura. One is the Pura Jagatnatha Museum dedicated to Sang Hyang Widi Wasa, the Supreme God.
The statue of a turtle and two dragons, so prevalent in all temples, means the foundation of the world.
The Museum offers a variety of prehistoric and modern art, whereas its architectural design resembles that of a palace. A yearly art festival is organized between June and July, with performances, exhibitions, art contest, etc.


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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Sanur Sanur beach has always been a popular site for foreigners. Sanur offers many good hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities. It is not far away from Denpasar’s public transports also available until late into ... more the night! Offshore reefs protect the beach againts the waves making it popular for windsurfing, boating and other watersports! Kuta On Denpasar’s route, towards the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is a flourishing tourist resort, mainly popular among the youngs. It is a famous beach for surfing though currents make sometimes swimming difficult. Sunsets are simply wonderful in Kuta and highly romantic! The village has lots of restaurants, shops, discos and other tourist facilities. It is easier to enjoy regular performances of both Balinese music and dance in Kuta, than anywhere else in Bali! Some performances are staged at night. The area is ideal for meeting people, locals as well, and why not, it’s an occasion to make friends, too! Nusa Dua Nusa Dua is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Here are some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels of the area!. The resort is notorious for both its clean, white beaches and clear, transparent waters. The motto for tourists is “Get a taxi to flash everywhere on time!” Batubulan Stone figures on the roadside enrich and characterize the village of Batubulan: divinities and demons carved from sandstone decorate both houses and temples. Artists can be seen at work in workshops. Batuan Antique and notorious centre of the arts, it is known for its dancing, wood panel carving and paintings. Celuk The village is famous for its silver and gold works of jewelry. Mas It’s mainly a village of woodcarvers: many of Bali's old masters still live there. Art galleries preserve some of their best works. Tourists are welcomed into the Balinese style houses where carved wooden pillars can be admired and artists at work or instructing apprentices seen! Ubud The centre of Balinese painting, Purl Lukisan the name, has a permanent collection of modern works of Balinese art which traces its origins back to the turn of the century. The Young artist style popular in Balinese painting was first introduced by the Dutch painter Arie Smith. In the past, other foreign painters inspired Balinese artists to adopt western techniques, though traditional Balinese paintings are still en vogue! Ubud has many small hotels located on a higher altitude where to enjoy a pleasant climate and a magic atmosphere! Peliatan Peliatan is located between Ubud and Mast. It has been known and still is the centre of traditional music, and dances. Local woodcarvers started a new style of wood-carving producing fruits, flowers and trees in their real shapes and colourings. Goa Gajah Goa Gajah, dates back to the 11th century and is thought to have been built as a monastery. Carvings on the wall show a demon head over the entrance, flanked by two statues. The cave contains a statue of Ganesha. Escavations have uncovered a bathing place with six statues of nymphs holding water-spouts. Tampak Siring The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring. The temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification. Kintamani The villages of Kintamani and Penelokan offer a good view of the still active Mount Batur and Lake, as well. The caldera of Batur is impressive: 7 miles in diameter and 60 feet deep. From Penelokan, a road leads to Kedisan the lake where boats can be hired to cross over to Trunyan. This ancient village is inhabited by the Bali Aga or Original Balinese who have maintained much of their culture and tradition. Bangli Bangli is Bali's second largest temple with three terraced courtyards where the balustrades are decorated with both carvings and statues. A large Banyan tree with a tower shades the lowest and second courtyard, while the shrines in the third welcome gods and ancestors of the past. Klungkun Former seat of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom in Bali from where Balinese royalty draws its blood line, Klungkung was the oldest kingdom on the island and its "Raja" the most exalted. The Kerta Gosa or Royal Court of Justice built in the 1 8th century, is notorious for its ceiling murals, painted in the traditional wayang style, portraying punishment in hell and rewards in heaven, along with other moralities. Goa Lawah Goa Lawah is also famous under the name of bat cave, as the roof is covered with thousands of bats. The entrance is guarded by a temple, once thought founded by a sage nearly nine centuries ago. Besakih Bali’s mother temple, the Sanctuary of Besakih, on the slopes of Mount. Agung, is the biggest and holiest of the whole Balinese temples. Over a thousand years old steps drive to the main courtyard where the Trinity Shrines are decorated with flower offerings. Around the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Wisnu, are 18 separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies. A visit to the temples is a special pilgrimage, of course! Menjangan island This little island is famous for its beautiful coral reefs found nearby and the wealth of tropical fish. The island, not to forget Terima Bay, deserves a visit because of its extraordinary and unforgettable landscape!
Barb
Level 12     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 5
Overall Guide : Bali is a great place. The locals are very sweet and accommodating. HOWEVER, the traffic is not good. Spent hours waiting in traffic due to construction on the bypass between Kuta and Sanur (had 2 very minor accidents - one... more taxi hit us from behind, no damage but still. A small toyota took out our side mirror, he didn't want to share the road - cost us nothing but glue). Who starts a construction project during the rainy season?? (I have a p/t home in Nusa Dua so I'm stuck in traffic if I ever want to go ANYWHERE.) 2 lanes turned into 6...really as the Balinese have no sense of order in traffic. Motorcycles always go to the front of the line and plug up the intersections as well as weaving in and out of traffic. two lanes always turn into 3 or 4 at intersections. People drive on the wrong side to get around the traffic and the signals are very long giving plenty of time for folks behind you to squeeze in and cut you off. i think it would flow better if they were of a shorter duration. What used to be cheap is now very expensive. Coffee bars cost more than in the USA and so is the breakfast food. I love Bali and come every year but it is very frustrating to an American used to a certain order about things.
Not to be missed Religious ceremonies , Homestay in Ubud , social service
naomi
Level 14     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends, Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Love it. Bali is an amazing place that i would recommend anyone to at the very least experience. Regarding safety i really do believe it is up to the induvidual to provide safety for yourself, if you do stupid things... more then stupid things will happen to you. Also i would recommend eating local food and doing local things... what is the fun in doing what every other tourist is doing?? Other then that please be respectful.
agus
Level 11     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : This was such a great activity. We were collected and driven to breakfast with a stunning view of the volcanoes and lake. Then off we went for our ride (wear sunscreen!!!). The locations we rode through and villages we saw... more were beautiful. I hadn't been on a bike for about 20 years but it was easy enough and the guides were so helpful. We were able to take it at our own pace and the ride finished with a delicious lunch over looking beautiful rice fields. The whole team involved with Bali Hai were so friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this tour for anybody who is keen for a pleasant ride in a beautiful area of Bali.
Bebek Semar Warung Made Suryawan
Level 12     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali's major arts and culture centres, it has developed a... more large tourism industry. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people, but it is becoming difficult to distinguish the town itself from the villages that surround it.
Not to be missed Sanur Beach , ubud
felicia eugene
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : I really love Bali. First time i came to Bali on my vacation, i really impressed to Balinese Ceremonial, and daily pray. I could seen many temple and "canang" in every where... i promise to my self that i would... more spent my entire life to stayed in this beautiful island... and then 1 year after my vacation, i had back and stay here, work here and makes me love Bali more and more...
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : - Very relaxing place to visit/holiday - Local people are very kind and good-natured and always keen to help you - According to the beliefs of many Balinese, it is their spiritual responsibility that tourists/visitors enjoy their stay in Bali. If you... more are happy, they are happy - Incredible range of cuisines for very little cost - includes both local and international foods
Dewi Juliana
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Bali Island like a heaven for me and my family... the traditional culture and the peoples very welcom to the other people... is the safe, mistis, and romance... my experience tour from Bali island i can't forget about it, i want... more come to Bali island or the famous with the name Pulau Dewata again with my boyfrient n get merried in Bali...
Not to be missed Monkey forest , Kuta Beach
gex tha
Overall rating 4
Overall Guide : Bali just small island but there are a lot-of think you can do in that small island, just like traveling, shopping, painting, and also dancing, so many place you can visit in Bali some people said Bali was the last... more paradise or Bali is Island with 1000 temple, that Bali very interested place to spare time for holiday.
simona de francesco
Level 12     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : Bali has stayed in my heart, I was there 2 years ago and I still get goosebumps of excitement when I remember the places and the people. The food that they prepare every morning and that you find that everywhere,... more even on the beach or on the street is really good and the atmosphere is priceless!!
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