Bali, the most well-known tourism and leisure destination in Indonesia, is rated as one of the most fascinating holiday resorts in the world by many travel magazines:In the south, you find beautiful white sandy beaches and warm sunshine – visitors love Kuta and Nusa Dua above all others.Those looking for nature are attracted by the eastern and northern regions where Tulamben is best for diving and Mount Batur for mountain climbing.Visiting the central region is taking an art journey as you travel through Batubulan, the birthplace of stone carvings, Celuk Village, famous for its silversmiths, and Ubud, the cultural center of Bali, offering you the arts and religious heritage.
Tanah Lot, built in the 16th century, is one of Bali's most important seaside temples.Tanah Lot means "land in the sea" in Balinese.The temple lies on a huge rock formation on the seaside. Whenever the tide rises, the temple, isolated from the land, stands alone in the sea, the rock surrounded by seawater.The temple is not accessible by land until the tide falls.Tanah Lot is a part of Bali mythology. It is said that poisonous sea snakes under the rock are the guardians of the temple and prevent evil spirits and intruders from disturbing it.
Address: Desa Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan.
Tirta Empul Temple
Legend has it that, in a war between the powerful and evil king Mayadenawa and the gods, Mayadenawa poisoned the water while the troops of god Indra slept. Indra appeared and created another spring that saved his troops.This spring is called Tirta Empul. Tirta Empul Temple has 13 spouts of crystal-clear water flowing for more that a millennium.Each spout has a different function. Some ward off calamities; some treat pain; and some cleanse the soul. Nearby residents come to bathe in the morning, afternoon and evening.A European-style building stands on the hill near Tirta Empul Temple and serves as Indonesia's presidential palace, hosting politicians from all over the world.
Address: Banjar Tampak Siring, Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia.
"Blue Point" is located on Uluwatu cliff over an unrivaled romantic seascape.The famous surfing destination below the cliff attracts top European and American surfers.The infinity pool with incomparable seascape looks as though the swimming pool and sea are one.By contrast, the nearby wedding chapel shows is more romantic, the entire structure made of a single piece of transparent glass, except the white roof and structural column. It faces the clear and vast Indian Ocean and takes you to a fairyland.
Address:Blue Point, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.
One of the most famous beaches in Bali. It is located a short distance from the airport and has many inexpensive hostels.Kuta Beach, considered the most beautiful coast in Bali, is a surfing and skateboarding paradise, with flat landform and fine, pure-white grains of sand.It was once a small village between Batang and Phuket Burning Sura and is now a bustling tourist destination.Kuta's charm lies in its unique waves suitable for all ages.Both ends of the crescent-shaped bay are perfect for wading and learning how to surf. The middle area is perfect for advanced and professional surfers.What's more, there are many places to eat, as well as all kinds of convenience stores.
Address:About 10 km from Denpasar.About 10 dollars by taxi from the airport to Kuta Beach.
Nusa Dua Beach, located in the south of Bali, is a part of Bukit Peninsula.A resort known for attracting the rich, it boasts beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, with elegant scenery.Uluwatu, standing in the southwest corner of the peninsula, is famous for the remarkable cliff landscape and beautiful vistas.Nusa Dua Beach is divided into private hotel beaches, leading to the least-populated and quietest beach of the three majors beaches in Bali.As a sightseeing and leisure destination, the beach is perfectly planned and landscaped for relaxation.The Nusa Dua area is also a great place to enjoy the sunrise.The beaches have gentle breezes and calm waves, suitable for such activities as windsurfing, small boats and swimming.
Address:Southeast coast at the southern end of Bali.
Kuta is the traditional business and tourist shopping center in Bali, where Matahari and Discovery Shopping Mall are the largest.In addition, Matahari and some stores around it form a shopping and business street near the beach, where KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut branches are frequented by many Chinese visitors.On the first floor of Matahari is a supermarket where you can purchase everything from groceries and fresh fruit to handicrafts, cosmetics and sunblock.
Ubud Traditional Market:
Ubud Traditional Market (Pasar Ubud) is located in the center of Ubud in front of Ubud Palace.The three roads, Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Hanoman and Monkey Forest, lined with a variety of shops, is where you go for Ubud’s top specialties, such as silver crafts, wood carvings, weaving, all kinds of fruits and vegetables, clothing, leather goods, shoes, souvenirs, musical instruments, and much more.The highly specialized stores, which leave room for bargaining, bring you closer to local life and offer you a shopping mecca.
Address:Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali.Bemo from Denpasar to Ubud nonstop is possible and takes 90 minutes at the price of 10,000 rupiah.
There are many high-quality woodcarving and lamp-making workshops, with glass lamps leading the way with delicate and inexpensive works.Your first choice for elegant handicrafts.
Address:JI, Athena II No, 3 Padang Sumbu, Denpaser Barat.
Located on the only road from Ubud to Rottweiler Beach.Highly recommended is the hard strawberry, sweet and pleasant, with distinctive flavors.In addition, various kinds of vanilla are also worthy of attention, especially for parents who want to teach their children a little local biology.The Spice Market is surrounded by a long line of snack stands where friends gather to enjoy hearty treats.
Address:Candi Kuning, Bedugul, Bali Bedugul 81162
A lot of coconut milk, pepper, cloves, cardamom, curry and other spices and seasonings are used in Indonesian dishes, along with chili sauce ready on the table to create strong flavors.The Balinese staple food is rice, which is very fragrant, especially when steamed in a coconut shell.Chicken, beef, fish, liver, eggs and a variety of vegetables are prepared using the Padang cooking method (Padang is the main city on the island of Sumatra).Roast suckling pig, roast duck, Ubud dirty duck, spicy chicken, spicy fish, fried chicken and delicious fruit platters are local specialties.Coconut milk is one of the favorite beverages in Bali.Roast suckling pig is cooked by steaming and roasting on a low fire in banana leaves, herbs and spices. When cooked, the skin is thin and meat tender and extremely fragrant.
Turmeric in Bali is bright in color and rich in taste and warms the stomach.Nasi kuning is a classic home-cooked dish, often shaped like a pagoda.
Recommended restaurant:“LAKA-LÉKÉ Restaurant
Address:Nyuh Kuning, Ubud.
Baked satay topped with pungent sauce is accompanied by a bowl of the sauce with peanut butter, rich in flavor and widely loved.Bali’s satay sauce tastes a little like curry. Meat is often baked directly on banana leaves to make it very tender. Splashed with curry paste and crispy, deep-fried onions and chips, the dish is delicious.
Recommended restaurant:Bumbu Bali Restaurant
Address:Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, PO Box 132 Nusa Dua 80363.
Bali’s fried chicken is famous for its unique sauce rather than the chicken.Prepared with coconut milk, wild pepper and nuoc-mam in a special recipe, creating a unique flavor. A little spicy, and very appetizing, especially with rice. The delicacy of the chicken and rice are enhanced!
Recommended restaurant:Nomad Restaurant
Address: near Ubud Market.
Papaya is a must. There are two kinds of local papaya; one is small, the other big. Both the juice and whole fruit are delicious.Papaya sweetness is pure.Selection techniques:Larger papayas are sweeter.
Bali is Indonesia's most visited tourist area and has quite convenient transportation.Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is located on the main route between Asia and Central Australia, with many available flights.Bali also has a highly developed cruise ship system, but few tourists choose to take regular cruises to Bali because of their relatively low quality.
You can visit Bali’s larger towns by bus.Reservations for the Shuttle Bus service is available. It is very convenient because you can negotiate the price and choose a time and location in advance.
There are many taxis in Bali, but the most trusted ones are owned by Bali Taxi, which provides formal services. Its taxis are light blue.
Cruises toward Bali sail from Java Island, Sumatra, Kalimantan Island, Malaysia and the Philippines as well as Vietnam and Thailand on the South Sea route.There are different classes of cruises, but most of them are passenger-and-freight boats carrying both passengers and cargo. Quality is generally low, and they are frequently overloaded.Despite low ticket prices, tourists are advised not to take this kind of boat for long journeys.You can come to Surabaya by plane and transfer for a half-hour boat ride to Bali.
Currency:Rupiah (INR), US dollar (USD)
Electricity:230 V / 50 Hz
Country and area code:+62-361
Bali is equatorial and has a tropical, climate with annual average temperature of 28℃. Low temperature is 5℃, and high temperature is 35℃.It has dry and rainy seasons. The dry season is April to October, with relatively little rainfall.The rainy season starts in December and lasts until March. During this period, expect heavy rain almost every day, but most of day is clear and doesn't hinder travel. However, it is very humid.Annual average precipitation is 2000 mm.