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     New Experiences 

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     Lovely place for a romantic holiday or honeymoon 

Bali Things to Do

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  • Beaches

    Located just south of Denpassar Airport and a short Taxi ride is Kuta Beach..I arrived at my accomodation..and after the flight and settling things at the hotel, I was ready for some relaxing time at the beach that was just a short walk from where I was staying. Kuta is a long beach and can get quite crowded with surfers ..The main attraction of...

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  • Monkey Forest

    Bali Zoo is home to more than 350 creatures. Situated in the cultural heart of Bali, the zoo is only a ten minute drive from Ubud. About forty five minutes from the tourist areas of Kuta, Tuban, Legian and Seminyak. Bali Zoo open daily from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm. The ticket fee : Adult US$ 15.00, Child (2-14 years old) US$ 7.00 Family (2 Adults + 2...

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  • Day Trip

    On doing the day trip, Mr. Norman drove us to Puncak Bagus at Jl. Raya Pancasari where from the top of the hill, the big Danau Buyan is on our left and the smaller lake, the Danau Tamblingan is at the right. There are a few coffee shops where the tourists can have a rest and have a cup of Kopi Luwak. It is cool at the Puncak Bagus. Joining pictures...

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Bali Hotels

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Bali Restaurants

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  • Obsessed with Crispy Chicken and Bali...

    I went there last week with a couple of friends. Ambience is really good to relax and chat with friends. They play lounge music and not really loud so it will not disturb you. Has a really nice garden lounge and they open until midnight! Staff are really nice and attentive.Crispy chicken is really tasty and served in nicely decorated plate. Heard...

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  • Great italian food

    Definitely one of the best Italian resturants on Bali. I would also suugest a visit to Rumours, a nearby bar owned by the same people, for a pre dinner drink.This place does get busy and rightly so, best to book a table. The signature wagyu beef steak was wonderful to eat - FILETTO DI MANZO AL BARBARESCO200 Gr US WAGYU MB 6-7 Tenderloin Steak...

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  • Biku

    Very delicious local restaurant, nice decoration and comfortable designs. Prices are quite reasonable, highly recommended The Indonesian specialties.

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Bali Nightlife

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  • Just go and drink your hearts out!

    Ku De Ta is just a place to visit when you get around Bali. Whether you are a single traveler or in a group, it's just nice to have a cozy dinner & drink along the soaring waves.Atmosphere is superb. Meals are quite expensive but this is a bit high-end so to speak. But every cent is actually worth it - so why not splurge once in a while and enjoy!

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  • Sang Spa (Ubud)

    Sang Spa provide affordable massage with excellent services. I was in Ubud for three days and visit SANg Spa every evening for different body massage and manicure.Do remember to call in advance to make your booking as they are very popular. We did a traditional Balinese massage for an hour and paid 70,000 RP on the 1st evening. The next day, I was...

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  • partying

    Kuta is the centre for young people's partying and nightlife. The Skybar garden is a throbing thumping music den, currently being expanded, that offers various level of drinking, eating and social interaction.From the top floor and balconies you can chill with a cocktail or cold beer, relax or dance to the music and watch the pretty little things...

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Bali Transportation

  • Rent a Motorbike in Bali

    I saw many local people travel on their motobike. There are many tourists who used motorbike as their mode of transport too, carrying hugh item such as the surf board with a holding rack attached to the body. With motorbike, one can move faster as traffic jam is common during peak holiday season. If you are extra adventurous, you may rent a...

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  • Transportation to Hidden Beach

    When you want to explore Bali especially if you want to see the best beach in the island, you have to think about the transportation, because most of the beach will lies hidden at the end of the road. Make sure you have arranged your transportation. It is better for you to have a private van with the driver to assist you in a day with fixed price....

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  • Bali Joes Tour Guide

    Joe is such an amazing bloke. I think my husband could have easily moved in next door and they could talk football and grow old together! HA! Joe looked after our transfers and took us on a tour. When we go back we will definitely book Joe again. He takes you off the beaten path, know where to find great food and beautiful views. He shared his...

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Bali Shopping

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  • Bali Wooden Craft

    The skillful Balinese workmanship has made the Bali wooden crafts so attractive. They all display in the stall with higher price waiting for one who like and appreciate the art to bring them home. For the priceless item, one who love it can always negotiate for a better price. They owner can help you to arrange the item to be freight to your home...

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  • Souvenir shopping in Tanah Lot

    There are two rows of shoplot along walkway to Tanah Lot Temple by the seaside.On your left, the Agung Bali is a big shop which offer a lot of souvenirs for sales with fixed price.There are small matters from printed t-shirt, key chains, Bali Magnet, Bali Batik until big piece like Bali Painting and Bali Hand craft. Bali printed T-shirt, Bali Key...

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  • Painting, anyone?

    Here, Ubud artists work on their pieces, put them to display, and sell them. There are lots of paintings, big and small, different mediums and genres that can be seen. Most reflect that of Balinese culture and local landscape sceneries. An art piece of your choice. Something you might want to place in your house or in a room. Price starts at...

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Bali Local Customs

  • Attap Roofing

    To some part of the world, this kind of roof has became history as it is not economic.I am really greatful when I met the attap roof in Puri Wirata or Puri Tulamben Resort and Dive. The roof of its front desk and restaurant is an attap roof, I salute to the owner who take action to preserve ancient method of building the roof. With this kind of...

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  • Balinese beer & wine

    The popular 4.7% refreshing pils Bintang (=star) is a Heineken twin... normal the brand is owned by Heineken and brewed in Surabaya since 1929. Bali has also local wines. I taste some products from the Hatten winery located around Singaraja area with 14.5 hectares vineyards.To drink in moderation as usual. Don't drink and drive or dive!

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  • Island of the Gods

    Bali is often named the island of the Gods. Although Indonesia is mostly Muslim, Hindu is prominent in Bali. Sacred rituals honour Gods, Nature, Man, Dead or Monks through a multitude of temples (more than 3000), statues of divinity, offering ceremony or religious procession.Balinese Saka calendar based on lunar calculations has some important...

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Bali Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic Jam in Bali

    Traffic jam in Kuta, Bali is usual especially during holiday. With international tourists and domestic tourists is double up yearly. The jam is more worst during Indonesian holidays with local travelers drive their own vehicles to Bali.One can feel the jam especially in Kuta, the streets are narrow, the drivers sometimes undecided where to turn to...

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  • Beware of Money Changers!

    The money changers are the airport give you terrible rates, so it's probably best to avoid them. When you get into town, there are money changers everywhere. Be extremely careful when you are changing money. I had money changers try to distract us while counting the money, and struck up unnecessary conversation about where you're from, where you're...

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  • Rupiah : A tale of Exchange rates in ...

    Since I used to study in Medan in the early 90s, I thought that exchanging money will be of no hassle but......1.There are so many money changing booth where you cant just walk in look at the rate and get the displayed change.....so what's wrong? I went to booth A , checked the exchange rate and told the guy I wanted to change 100 US for the...

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Bali Tourist Traps

  • Hotel Prices in USD and Paid in...

    The biggest game, which all the hotels play is the setting up of the USD rate very far apart from the offical exchange rate , while charging your card, finally you end up paying not the USD price, but atleast 10% higher price on exchange manipulation. Never buy the hotel in USD, but always in the local currency and pay in the local currency. Best...

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  • Get a discount on tours!

    Whenever you book a tour , always ask to pick you at the nearest convenient store( there are practical one near every hotel) or restaurant/eatery and dont reveal your hotel especially if it is situated at a posh district . Besides improving security , many tour operators will flatly refuse any discount/bargain if you are staying at a 4 star hotel...

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  • Tirta Empul : Aggresive Vendors

    Tirta Empul has a purifing pool and those who took a bath experienced elation .But in the street next to it were the vendors have setup shop , the vendors are quite aggressive and one of our fellow tourist was cornered and out of fear she bought something to escape from them as she was alone. So....go in a group if you are intimidated by groups of...

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Bali What to Pack

  • National Flag

    As I guess a momento to this trip is needed, plus we are going to Bali on the Malaysian Merdeka Day holiday, for me, I feel rather proud travelling in a car flying Malaysian flag during 2011 National Day. My Bali Driver was happy to put the flag on his car's dashboard, hope he will collect more flags from his guests of honored.

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  • CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    I ALWAYS carry a small backpack that holds the daily neccesitiesMY DIGITAL CAMERAS AND LENSES (OUT OF SIGHT)SOME OF WHAT IS LISTED SOME I WEAR..SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED WATER (TROPICAL TEMPERATURES CAN BE EXTREME)I ALWAYS CARRY (AND USE ) A RELIABLE INSECT AND MOSQUITO REPELLANT ( DENGUE AND MALARIA ARE PREVELLANT IN THE TROPICS.A SMALL FACE TOWEL...

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  • If you are planning to stay in budget...

    get a packet of zip-lock bags at the nearest supermarket. They are essential if you like snacking, and you want to keep ants out of your room/bed/backpack :-)) I always carry heaps of them with me take toilet paper, and soap, as these are NOT provided in budget accommodation. Instead of carrying soap + hair shampoo, I tend to use shower gel which...

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Bali Off The Beaten Path

  • Amazing views of Gunung Agung at a...

    On one of my trips to Indonesia I was invited to attend a ceremony in a small temple built alongside ricefields in the upper area of Bug Bug village in east Bali. My friend and his family were giving offerings in respect to his grandfather who had passed away a year earlier. Being able to witness the ceremony close at hand was a unique experience,...

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  • Travel Guide

    We were just in Bali for 6 days actually. I was great. However, I strongly suggest you get a guide. We used Wayan Budiasa thorugh American Express Travel Services. His English was perfect, he showed us all the cool local spots, and we could just sit back and relax until we got to our destination. There is quite a bit of traffic in Bali so it is...

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  • Klung Klung Court

    Klung Klung the orginal balinese court this place is worth a stop if you have some time!! Rather interesting with the interal showing the levels of Karma and what would happen to you in your after life...or punishment for the crime that you have commited!!Not a grand site but still interesting to see!!

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Bali Sports & Outdoors

  • Canyoning in Bali

    Experience canyoning tours in Bali! If you are looking for fun and adrenaline-filled adventure, it is for you. It's ridiculously fun and extremely safe provided you go with an experienced instructor.This activity is an ultimate outdoor adventure and sport using a variety of techniques that may include walking, abseiling, jumping, sliding down...

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  • Climbing Mt Batur, central Bali

    Mt Batur rises dramatically from its base at Lake Batur and there are several paths leading to the top. Climbs start early in the morning - around 3.30am - to ensure you reach the top before sunrise. There is a small gradient on the lower stretches but it gets steeper as you reach the top. It can be a bit slippery as there is loose scree in some...

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  • Snorkelling at Blue Lagoon Beach,...

    There is some good snorkelling to be had at Blue Lagoon Beach, 2.5km north east of Padangbai or accessed by jukung from Candidasa. The beach is in a sheltered cove although the currents can be strong. Snorkelling is best at the southern end of the beach. There is some decent coral and plenty of small fish. Unfortunately there has been some dynamite...

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Bali Favorites

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  • Appreciate the flora greets

    Balinese love to put real flowers in a vase, in a pot of water to cheer and greet their visitors.This kind of decoration can be easily located at the hotels lobby and reception counter, and even in the wash room. Some of the hotel and restaurant's washroom is designed to rather unique and I enjoyed been there.

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  • Mount Agung from Puri Tulamben Dive...

    My family stayed for 1 night in Puri Tulamben Dive Resort and Spa or Puri Wirata in August 2013. It is not a big hotel in Tulamben but right straight from the restaurant, we can get clear and magnificent view of Mount Agung. It was a great feeling. I got a few photos of it, from panorama to close distance.The 4th picture I got it from google...

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  • Reflexology Bali in Ubud

    This was our first trip in Bali and I must say that my wife and I were impressed. During our stay we had the pleasure to visit this treatment center twice. We were impressed by the whole experience, from the facilities to the treatments. The staff was very friendly and professional. Reflexology massage was really amazing and relaxing! Last but not...

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Top 10 Paddleboarding Beaches: Bali

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In the middle of Indonesia, Bali has long been known for its lush vegetation and temples, but it also has a growing following as a surf destination. While many tourists flock to the Kuta area near the airport, we suggest some of the slightly calmer, but much less crowded, beaches to the north, like Balian and Medewi. On the opposite side, Sanur is a great spot to check out for SUP.

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