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This is the surprise part of our bali trip. – visit for more information on Bali, Indonesia. What to see / do * Batubulan — The village of Batubulan is marked by stone figures on the roadside. Artists at work can be seen carving divinities and demons from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. * Gianyar – Gianyar is the centre of Bali’s textile industry. Ikat weaving is a speciality of Gianyar and is what the Balinese use for their traditional wear. * Gunung Batur — Gunung Batur is a still-active volcano at an altitude of 1717 m. The Balinese rever to the mountain as the second-holiest mountain on the island and it symbolizes the female element of Agung’s male. * Kuta — Kuta is a thriving tourist resort with beautiful sunsets and is popular for surfing. Tourist facilities include restaurants, shops, discos and regular performances of Balinese music and dance. * Nusa Dua — The Nusa Dua tourist resort offers some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels. Nusa Dua is known for its clean white beaches and clear waters for surfing. * Pura Besakih – Pura Besakih, over a thousand years old, is the mother Temple of Bali and the biggest and holiest of all Balinese temples. * Pura Kehen — Pura Kehen is the religious heart of Bangli’s many temples. * Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali — The Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali has a permanent collection of modern work of Balinese fine art inspired by the natural beauty, people, and the culture of Bali. Events Bali, the most colorful and lively parts of Indonesia
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Bali Travel Guide and Review – Part 1

Bali Introduction: The Geography

Bali is a small volcanic island covering around 5000 square kilometers, just south of the equator. Central Bali is dominated by the island’s major volcanic peaks, from which the land steadily descends all the way down to sea level on the northern and eastern coasts; the southern Bali peninsula is largely flat. There are four major volcanoes in Bali, the highest being Mt Agung at 3124m. Agung erupted violently in 1963 and although many people died in the eruption it has since been a blessing to the Balinese in providing some of the richest soil in Indonesia. The next four highest mountains are no longer alive but the smaller Mt Batur (1717m) is one of the most active volcanoes in the region, puffing regular clouds of ash into the air. Bali, being such a small island, has little space to create rivers of any notable size. Rather it is riddled with small creeks that are channeled into the intricate irrigation system that feeds Balinese rice paddies. Nevertheless, some major rivers do flow, namely the Sungai Pakrisan (“Kris River”), the Sungai Petanu (“Cursed River”) and the Ayung, Bali’s longest river.

Bali Introduction : The History

Many years ago Bali was divided into eight Hindu kingdoms. These small kingdoms were powerful but prone to fighting each other, which weakened their resistance to foreign invasion. As early as the sixth century, Javanese kings conquered parts of Bali although Balinese princes often continued to rule as puppets with Javanese sovereignty pulling their strings. Nevertheless power continued to bounce between various kingdoms of Bali and Java. As links with Java strengthened, Javanese script, sculpture and temples began to appear on the island. Late in the tenth century, ties between the islands were solidified with the marital union of a Balinese Prince and a Javanese Princess. The Javanese Majapahit kingdom conquered Bali in the thirteenth century by vanquishing the semi-demonic king of Bali at the time, ‘Dalem Bedulu’, and attempting to eradicate the ‘vile’ Balinese princes and their ‘barbaric’ customs. Ironically, the supreme Majapahit ruler gave a Balinese the position of ‘King of Bali’, a position that gained little respect from the majority of Balinese who continued to refuse to recognize Javanese sovereignty. The Majapahit presence in Bali turned out to be short and turbulent and during the ensuing centuries, much of the unique Balinese Hindu culture and traditions that we see in Bali today were created. This was possibly a result of a community determined to protect their individuality and not be overcome by imported Javanese culture.

Contact with the west began when a Dutch fleet stumbled across Bali in 1597 and felt they had found ‘paradise’. Many of the crew refused to return home but stories of a magical place leaked back to their homeland. With Dutch royalty eager to establish relations, Dutch ships bearing gifts for the Balinese kings were dispatched. However, from a trading perspective, Bali had little to offer so the opportunity to develop international relations was restricted at first. Originally, its primary export was slaves but as the world slave trade was curtailed, the Balinese Kings turned to other commodities such as coconut oil, thereby putting Bali in a position to enter the world trading market.

Dutch interest in the Indonesian islands changed into the seventeenth century and the merchant ships gave way to war ships. The Dutch had overcome many Javanese kingdoms through ancient principles of divide and conquer and the same approach was taken in Bali. As the Balinese continued to resist, the Dutch became more and more aggressive. Stories of their barbaric tactics were not received well in their homeland and protests led them to complete their invasion more tactfully. Surprisingly, once the Dutch secured control, they protected the island from outside influences and encouraged them to maintain much of their culture and traditions. Grateful of this as we are today, their reasons were not purely benevolent: they considered the Balinese controllable with their peaceful religion but were wary should that religion change to a more fundamental variety.

World War 2 brought a new era as Japanese armies took over from the Dutch. The Japanese presence in Bali was short lived and they left without a trace as they lost the war. The Dutch tried to return to the Indonesian islands, but their desperate attempts to regain power in the colony were condemned all over the world. Together with the rest of the Dutch East Indies archipelago, Bali was handed over to a new independent Indonesian government that emerged in 1949. Bali had finally lost its liberty and fell to its destiny of economic and political dependence on neighboring Java.

Bali Introduction : The Population

Bali is bursting, with an estimated population of over three million people. Through the controversial transmigration program, Balinese communities have developed in the outer regions of Indonesia such as Sumatra and Sulawesi, in order to relieve the islands’ already stretched natural resources.

to be continued…..

Bali Travel Guide is a comprehensive guide to the island of Bali, a collaboration by Jenifer Bird and Dave Waldheim. A complete Bali introduction with travel tips and reviews of all major bali resorts and bali hotels such as the Grand Bali Beach. You can collect the parts of this travel guide here from this website or download it as a complete ebook with maps and fotos at the Bali vacation website. A Bali travel site featuring articles, island infos and monthly hotel review updates.

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Bali Destination

Bali is a tourism that has been famous since the first epoch in the world. Bali is known because it has a unique culture, natural beauty and beaches with white sand, the beautiful mountains and friendly people of Bali.
The development of tourism in Bali has been increasing is evident at this time because many of the tourists come back to enjoy the beautiful island of Bali.
Development of the hotels, restaurants, Villas provided by the business. Similarly, in the wake of the transportation company by increasing travel agent.
To be able to circumnavigate the island of Bali you can rent a vehicle one day or view days. You can see some tourism places in all Bali. With a local guide or a driver who has experienced for long time. You can also enjoy meals at some restaurant in the whole of Bali have already famus with international services and variaty of food such as europen ,American,Japanese,Italian and Balinese food with spyce souce.
If you driving a vehicle in Bali make sure you have international permission to drive the vehicle. Starting from the south such as Bali Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa in east of Bali.

Candidasa is a tourism object in the eastern part of Bali, the developing. Many of the tourists who come to Bali where you want to find a quiet atmosphere, integrates with the local population and want to know more knowledgeable with Bali’s unique culture.
Many of the tourists who come to Bali Candidasa because you can enjoy the holidays with a cheap cost.  Candidasa in Bali you can get cheap accommodation, cheap tranport.

I Wayan Sudarma an experienced tourism in Bali, will be very pleased to be able to help you if you come to Bali for a holiday. muali from accommodation, tour package, wedding organizer. Please visit the site Evan and Andy continue their journey throughout Bali, Indonesia.
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China Suzhou Amusement Land Travel Guide And Tips

Article by Shane Lee

Suzhou Amusement Land is one of the first groups of national AAAA level scenic spots. Over the past few years, it has been developed as s well-known combined system with travelling and leisure services in the nation, which has possessed five worlds including Happy World, Water World, Candyland World, Wetland World and Hot Spring World.

Happy World occupies 540000 square meters, with the attractions of the natural landscape and the modern rides as the main part. Besides, the imported projects such as Suspended Looping Coaster, Space Shot, and Tornado are really popular among the tourists. Full-fare: RMB 130 for adult (above 1.4 meters), Child tickets: RMB 70 for Children (between 1.1 meters and 1.4 meters), Free for kids under 1.1 meters. Address: Mountain Lion, New District, Suzhou, China. Customer Service Tel: 0512-68717107.

Water World occupies 80000 square meters with oriental bathing culture as its theme, combining exciting water rides and a rich blend of leisure health and sports product. Immersed into the charming garden with the Bali style, tourists are enjoying all kinds of experiences such as sports, entertainment, fitness, gourmet food. Address: No.162, Yushan Road, New District, Suzhou, China. Customer Service Tel: 0512-68717107.

Candyland World, occupying 7300 square meters, is a theme park exclusively designed for kids aged 2-12. The park, centering on candy, combines fantastic colorful packaging, equipment as well as meaningful plots. It works as an indispensable gift for children’s happy growth. Children’s ticket: RMB 60 (Monday to Friday); RMB 80 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). Adult’s ticket: RMB 20. Address No. 162 Yushan Road, Water World Commercial Plaza A area, New District, Suzhou, China. Customer Service Tel: 0512-68717241.

Hot Spring World is located in Shushan Village, a natural eco-village, which boasts beaufitul environment and convenient transportation. The whole Scenic Area, occupying 22 acres, divided into comprehensive service area, indoor spa and outdoor Japanese hot spring area, will be open to public in 2011, With the exception of the water-spa pool, the Dead Sea bath, fish-spa bath, which are really popular, there is a scenic waterfall with great amounts of magnificent large plastic stones creating waves, an aquatic fountain disco with light, sound and electricity, a behemoth bowlish slide, and many other recreational projects presented one by one. This is a large-scale indoor hot spring resort for all seasons. Address: Shushan Village, New District, Suzhou, China.

Tips(1). You can book your tickets online. This will help you to save some time waiting in the line at the entrance of the Suzhou Amusement Land.(2). There are many exciting games in the Suzhou Amusement Land. Not suitable for the heart disease patients.(3). The Candyland World is a perfect place for kids. Most kids love the little train game in it.(4). Waiting in the line for the games is very time consuming. You can choose to visit here in the workdays. It will be very boring if you come here in the big Chinese holidays (too many people in these days).

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Indonesia Tourism Prospect

Indonesian Senior Statesman Makes a Critical Appraisal the Development of National Tourism.

(1/25/2010) Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia’s most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

The following article is reprinted from The Jakarta Post.

Indonesian Tourism – a National Tragedy
Government officials at all levels claim that Indonesia’s tourism is doing well, with each year seeing robust advancements. On the contrary, however, all the data indicate how dismally Indonesia’s tourism has done this past decade.

In the last 12 years to 2007, tourist numbers fluctuated between 4 million and 5 million visitors. The average length of stay has declined, from 10 days in 1997 to barely 8.5 days in 2008. Worst yet is how Indonesia compares with neighboring Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, which last year attracted 10 million, 15 million and 22 million visitors respectively.

How can such a huge discrepancy occur? How is it that Indonesia, brimming with such wealth in culture and natural beauty, attracts only a quarter of the tourists that basically barren Malaysia does?

This tragedy seems to have its source in the early 1980s, when Indonesia, strapped for funds, pointed to already world-famous Bali as its tourist cash cow. Since then, little has changed. As a result, Indonesia’s tourist attraction has been practically limited to Bali, with devastating consequences. Tourists overflow in quantum leaps to Bali, creating an explosion of infrastructure requirements that visibly erode the natural environment.

The over-concentration of tourists in Bali has not only brought an unmanageable overflow of visitors to the island – often the wrong types who cannot appreciate the unique local culture and natural environment – but has also led to an utter neglect of the other many equally attractive tourist spots throughout the archipelago.

Fabulous sites such as Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Toraja, Bunaken and Ujung Kulon, for instance, have been practically left unheeded. Such complacency has a high price, as can been seen from the destructive erosion that the overcrowding of tourists has brought to Bali’s culture and environment, and how it has stagnated Indonesia’s other richly diverse tourist destinations.

How bad have these other destinations stagnated? Here are a few horrifying statistics:

Borobudur, that World Cultural Heritage icon, was only able to muster about 85,000 foreign tourists last year, compared to more than 1 million by the more recently discovered Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Toraja these last few years has only attracted an average of about 5,000 overseas tourists a year.

Bunaken averaged only about 10,000 foreign visitors a year for as long as one can remember, versus more than 4 million for the similar Pattaya in Thailand.

Ujung Kulon, with its rare one-horned rhino, can only claim an average of 6,000 combined domestic and foreign tourists a year.

A fast recovery is imperative here and the condition for this is a complete change in mind-set. The first order of the day is for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to declare tourism a national priority and for central and regional authorities as well as the government and the private sector to work hand in hand in this effort. This needs to be followed by a preliminary phase of quick-win activities rejuvenating tourist destinations that have so far languished but need only small improvements to boost them back.

Borobudur, for instance, can be brought back to full splendor by relocating the street vendors who have been encroaching on the temple grounds and harassed visitors from fully enjoying this beautiful temple/monastery. Toraja can also attract far more tourists by repairing its forsaken airfield so that visitors can arrive there within 45 minutes from Makassar and avoid the perilous 10-hour journey through steep mountains.

As for Ujung Kulon, tourist numbers can easily rise to more than a million there within a very short time if regular and safe sea transportation is made available from Jakarta. There are other fabulous places besides those mentioned above currently suffering from lack of attention, such as Mount Bromo, Yogyakarta and Komodo Island, which only need small touches to turn them quickly into major tourist destinations while easing the pressure on overcrowded Bali.

The quick-win phase should be followed by a longer-term buildup of other tourist sites nationwide, which will require more infrastructure investment to put them on the travel map. These sites are currently still relatively unfamiliar places, but have the potential to offer inherently unique attractions and help sustain the long-term development of Indonesia’s tourist industry.

Such places include Trowulan and Kota Gede for historical interests, Banda Naira and Raja Ampat for spectacular surfing, and the Baliem Valley and Waikabubak for unparalleled ethnic experiences. There are many other such tourist sites and they can be offered in clusters of similar attractions to make the trip for tourists richer and more diverse.

Both during the quick-win and long-term phases, the tourism recovery effort has to be supported by appropriately directed promotional campaigns with a common national branding. Malaysia has its “Truly Asia”, India its “Incredible” claim while Singapore and Thailand have respectively dubbed themselves “Uniquely Singapore” and “Amazing Thailand”. Branding is important to position the country concerned at the top of mind of would-be tourists while also filtering the right tourists who can appreciate what that country offers.

Increased arrivals of tourists, who show their appreciation of the local specialties, will make the local people proud of their heritage and motivate them to strengthen it further, which in turn will bring even more like-minded tourists. This will result in an upward spiral of tourists and local people hand in hand strengthening the traditional inheritance of the land.

A successful tourism program can have many priceless benefits for Indonesia, including making it the most diverse tourist destination in the world, providing it with a sustainable and environmentally clean source of revenue larger than any of its current ones, and bringing overall prosperity to the people throughout the archipelago (and not just Bali) through grassroots empowerment and self-sustenance.

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Bali Travel Information

Bali is just one of 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia and is certainly the most popular island target for visitors. All around the planet, Bali is recognized as a paradise island with sun drenched beaches, white sand, excellent surf spots, fishing villages, and masses more. When you travel to Bali you aren’t only going to stay| in some of the most plush Bali accommodation that is on par with any other spot, but you will find tiny villages that have not changed in centuries and it is going to be as though you stepped back in time.

Balinese folk are extremely friendly and will always return a grin and attempt to make you feel as cosy as possible by providing glorious services when you stay with them. Some places don’t allow tipping, but you’ll always want to even in the most expensive cafes because of the attention and service you will receive. The currency that’s used in Bali is the IDR ( Indonesian Rupiah ) and coming from a developed country your money will go a good way.

Manners and respect are crucial to the Balinese, so it is important to learn a couple of their customs. Though they are accepting of the westerners ways you will always find that folk will be much friendlier if you try to observe there customs, even if you do not get it right, they will appreciate you effort.

Some of the most important ones that may cause offense are, never touch or pat somebody on the head, including children as it is considered very rude. Taking your shoes off before entering somebody’s house is an indication of respect. Pointing with your hand is alright, but never point with your foot. When visiting a temple, don’t hang any clothing on the temple walls, Balinese folk take their religion seriously, always sit lower than sacred objects and honored guests at marriages or rites. When doing your washing hang your underwear on the lowest rung and if going for a stroll don’t walk under a washing line so that underwear is above your head.

Getting to Bali is reasonably simple from any country and flights leave daily, although a stopover could be required from some places. There are no Bali visa requirements if you hold a passport of one of the Indonesian states and most other nationals can get a visa easily. VOA ( visas on arrival ) are going to be available at the airport when you land and cost between and depending how long you are staying, a visa will give you 30days. Never overstay your visa as the Indonesian nations are very stern when it comes to this.

Before you make a decision to go to Bali, always check with your doctor for any vaccination treatments that you may need. The reason that Bali is a beautiful country is that it is tropical and with the superb vegetation and marine life comes some unpleasant little bugs. You will be quite safe if you get all of your jags before you leave. One thing that you shouldn’t do is drink the tap water, and some people recommendation not to clean your teeth with it either. Bottled water is cheap and freely available so use it. If you do not you might end up with a thing by the name of Bali Belly and you do not need this.

Taking a few precautions and following some simple advice will make sure that your holiday is a problem free one and that you can enjoy all that Bali has to offer which is a lot. Given that a holiday is generally short it is important to head this advise as a case of| serious case of| bad case of} some tropical ailment could devastate your holiday and see you lying in bed for the whole duration.

When traveling to Bali on holiday it is important to have the right Bali Travel Information, from flight schedules to visa requirements. For everything you need to make your travel plans easy, visit Bali Accommodation for all the latest up to date information.

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