People praying in Tirta Empul facing an altar with several canang sari

BALINESE FLORAL MOTIFS AND MOSAICS

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FLORAL MOTIFS

Particularly striking is the amount of floral motifs on the island. It is difficult to go through a city without seeing at least one at all times. Considering how perishable they are, it takes a long time to make new ones almost daily. Most are offerings to the gods. There are mainly three types: Continue reading “BALINESE FLORAL MOTIFS AND MOSAICS”

Tree in Goa Gajah

GOA GAJAH TEMPLE

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Entrada Goa GajahAlthough one of the main temples, the Goa Gajah is not one of the biggest, not the most famous, is not the nicest, nor highlighted by a spectacular setting. If I dedicate it a post in particular is because in my opinion is the most complete. The truth is that the most famous temples in Bali I find it difficult to dedicate a post because only allow a picture, certainly spectacular, but little more than a photo from many different angles. It is the case of the very famous and over photographed Ulu Watu, Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu. If you want to see more than a Meru placed next to the sea, then this temple deserves a little visit. In addition, from Ubud you can get there in no time. Continue reading “GOA GAJAH TEMPLE”

Platforms for snorkeling in the bay

NUSA LEMBONGAN

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  • I was here: when I went to Bali in 2012.
  • Number of days: 2
  • My score: 3/5; not bad, but I would not go back unless for diving.

It is a small island belonging to Bali. It is 30 minutes to about two hours southeast of the main island depending on the type of boat you choose. Arguments for and against going:

  • For:
    • It is one of the few places in the southern part of Bali that are not yet overcrowded. There is hardly any street vendors nor traffic, and you can walk calmly through most of the island.
    • There is accommodation and restaurants for all budgets. On this island resorts infinity pool are mixed with basic bamboo bungalows overlooking the sea.
    • Surfing and snorkeling are excellent, as is diving in the east area and in its neighboring Nusa Penida, where the main attraction are the manta rays.
    • For those who want to visit, there is a mangrove area.
  • Against:
    • The beaches are not inviting because they are very rocky or are used for mooring boats. It is a single point against, but more important than it may seem.

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Three varieties of Kopi Luwak and two other infusions. You can try coffe for 3-5 $ per cup, a bargain compared to the 25 -30 $ you would pay in western countries.

KOPI LUWAK, THE BALINESE COFFE

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Some may have heard about Balinese coffee: Balinese coffee is very good, Balinese coffee is unique, Balinese coffee is something typical and national pride, Balinese coffee is very expensive … What’s so special? After all, coffee is still native to America, so is not concerned to an ancient recipe. So, is it really so good? After reading this article, more than one will not be urging to try it. Besides, personally I did not like it at all, which is quite consoling considering how expensive it is. Continue reading “KOPI LUWAK, THE BALINESE COFFE”

A tourist contemplates Jatiluwih rice fields on a rainy day

BALI: WHEN TO GO, MONEY, CHOOSE YOUR BASE CITY

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WHEN TO GO

Please be aware that Indonesia, unlike most of Southeast Asia, is in the southern hemisphere, not in the northern. This means that although the climate remains the same, rainy and dry seasons are opposite: the best time to go to most of Indonesia is just the worst to go to Thailand, Laos or Vietnam. Continue reading “BALI: WHEN TO GO, MONEY, CHOOSE YOUR BASE CITY”

A lady removing her daughter's lice at her fruit stand

PROBLEMS AND ANNOYANCES IN BALI

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The first thing is that I would like to say is that, about the problems I list, I just had to deal with some vendors harassment and sunburn.

Bali is so modern and touristic, sometimes you forget is in a Southeast Asian developing country. Unfortunately, almost every day something will make you realize that. The more independent the travelers, the more they will meet the real Indonesia: Continue reading “PROBLEMS AND ANNOYANCES IN BALI”

Mount Agung from another place

SEE OR CLIMB BALI VOLCANOES: BATUR AND AGUNG

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In Bali there are several, but mainly these two volcanoes are the interesting ones, being the largest and the only active ones. Most tourists are happy with a photo of them, but if someone is thinking about a closer approach, here’s how to do it. Continue reading “SEE OR CLIMB BALI VOLCANOES: BATUR AND AGUNG”

View of Jatiluwih valley  

TEGALLALANG, JATILUWIH AND OTHER RICE TERRACES IN BALI

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Considered among the best in Asia and therefore in the world, a visit to the rice terraces is something essential on every trip to Bali because:

  • They are an awasome landscape.
  • Unlike other well-known like Banaue in the Philippines and Yunnan in China, which need many hours exclusively to get there, the Balinese are easily accessible.
  • In addition, those other sites, the best time to see them is only for a few months a year, but in Bali the terraces are planted in rotation, so at any time of the year there will be areas that are the luscious green we want to see.

Personally, I have not been yet to those more famous, but these ones seemed extraordinarily beautiful to me. Continue reading “TEGALLALANG, JATILUWIH AND OTHER RICE TERRACES IN BALI”