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on 15 July 2009 05:03:39 AM. © Indonesia Vacations
Fishing in Bali And Have Fun!Fishing in Bali
is a very amazing tour to explore the wide Indian Ocean with high speed boat to have fun and fish many of tropical fish. As you probably known, Indonesia is a country which is very rich with maritime island. Bali fishing is one or the best spot to fish and catch the big fishes. There you'll fish like the professional fisherman and you will be able to catch many fishes in the Bali Ocean. You'll explore the Bali fishing Trips Point by speed boat with your friends, business partner, family or colleague. You'll get great experiences and enjoy fishing of ocean.
Well, fishing in bali has been quite great. There you'll be buffeted by howling the ocean?s courtesy of the local fisherman which is very common in August. The average fishes catched are usually between 25-50 fishes, weight average between 4-8kg. With some jigging methods it will be more productive.
While cruising around your Bali fishing
tours, you can also enjoy your lunch and dinner with the nice speed boat. If you want another callenge, you can go dive or snorkel. You can also go to visit some islands near to Bali Island, such as Nusa Penida Island
, Nusa Ceningan Island
and Nusa Lembongan Island
. Fishing in Bali is something worth to go for!
If you want to try another adventure, you can visit Gili Islands Lombok
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Flight accident in Madiun
The flight accident in Madiun, East Java
- Indonesia murdered at least 98 people. The Aircraft (Hercules) which is belonging to the Indonesian Air Force fell in Keras Village, Magetan District, on Wednesday, May 20 2009 at 06.00 AM (local), and cause a local citizen who died, reportedly carry 112 people. The Aircraft steered by air force commander Harsono, carried 98 people and 14 crews.
The Aircraft departed from Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, Jakarta with the final goal in Biak, Jayapura. According to some witnesses that the plane fell over two houses. Part of aircraft fell in a rice field. The local residents suspected of a plane engine died. They said the flight accident victims are killed many people.
The (Hercules) aircraft is a routine flight from the international airport Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta with the final goal in Biak, Jayapura. It was a normal flight routine performed TNI AU from Jakarta to Biak with some etape, for example, down in Madiun, Makassar, or wherever needed.
?The flight accident in Madiun, East Java, had killed many people, at least 98 people and about 15 people injured, including military personnel?s and also their family, as well as 2 local inhabitants? An Indonesian Military (TNI) Gen. Leader Djoko Santoso said.
He also said some TNI officers in the not well-fated airplane directing to Biak, Papua, carried with them their family members, contributing to a large number of civilians killed in the military plane crash.
The Gen Leader. Djoko Santoso denied the accusation that the Indonesian military had commercialized the flight service.
"This is an old perform. Do you think how much the salaries of the military officers? If they're willing to assigned to Irian, Papua, who wants to pay for their commercial flight?" he added.
Djoko also denied that the government cut the expenses in maintenance and the operational budget for military aircrafts like Hercules, since the beginning of the budget was "not enough and that the Indonesian government would give more of the priority to make it closer to the best amount.
He said the reason of the flight accident in Madiun, East Java was recently is under investigation, and it probably attributable to the Indonesian weather condition, given that Iswahyudi Airport, where the plane took off, was covered by the ground fog in the morning.
"As we know, the weathers, either in the air, land or sea, have become more unpredictable now along with the climate change," Djoko told reporters after reporting the accident to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Presidential Palace.
The President expressed his condolence for the families of the victims, and instructed the military, mainly the air force, to apply more inspection and give maximum priority to make sure flight safety and security.
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on 15 July 2009 05:02:22 AM. © Indonesia Vacations
Visit Jakarta Museums
Most of Indonesian people prefer to visit Jakarta shopping center
rather than visiting museums. Although there are several local tourist who are interested to visit Jakarta Museums
, the number of them are very small. It's so sad to see that Indonesian people seems not interested and do not care to pay a visit to Jakarta Museums. In overseas I noticed a lot of tourist like to visit the museums. Therefore, today I would like to write about Jakarta museums. I'd be happy if Indonesian people started to realize that Jakarta Museum is one of Jakarta Attractions
. Below are some of the existing museum in Jakarta.Jakarta History Museum
is known as Fatahillah Museum. Jakarta History Museum provides information on Jakarta?s history, starting from the prehistoric age to current age, in a creative way, through the collections of the museum. [Read More...
]Indonesia National Museum
or popular called as MONAS (Indonesia National Monument
) is located in the center of Jakarta city. National Museum is also recognized as Elephant Museum. It?s called as Elephant Museum because there?s an elephant sculpture made of bronze medal at the front park of the museum. The sculpture was a grant from King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Thailand who visited the museum in 1871. Around the sculpture there are cannons which position are facing the Indonesia National Monument (Monas). [Read More
Wayang is a theatrical performance employing puppets or human dancer. The puppet could be made of leather which perform shadow puppets play, or of wooden. Wayang Museum Indonesia
is a museum which keeps collections of wayang from various territories in Indonesia and even from other countries. The idea of building Wayang Museum started when H. Ali Sadikin, the governor of DKI Jakarta, attended the second wayang museum week in 1974. [Read More...
]Textile Museum Jakarta
has thousands collections of traditional textiles with various motif and ornaments from each territories in Indonesia. Textile Museum occupies a very artistic and luxurious building. Inside the building there are display rooms used to display Indonesian textiles, including collections of the museum, designer and textile lover?s society. At the back side of the museum?s main building there is natural dye park which functioned to conserve and introduce the plants can be used as natural coloring material to the textile lovers. Even currently the natural dye has been replaced by synthetic color, however the shift in the use of material and tools not reducing the beauty of Indonesian textile. [Read More...
]Maritime Museum Jakarta
presents complete information about Indonesian nautical matters. Maritime Museum occupied two levels of building used as exhibition rooms from the total of three levels of floor in the building. These material used on the building dominated by wood. Large windows in the building functioned as ventilation, making the building has a good air circulation. [Read More...
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on 15 July 2009 05:00:44 AM. © Indonesia Vacations
Exploring Mount Rinjani LombokMount Rinjani Lombok
is one of Lombok Attractions
. As you probably know, there are several active volcano in Indonesia. Mount Rinjani Lombok is one of active volcano. It is one of big mountain which is 12,224 feet or 3,726 meters, this making Mount Rinjani as the second of the highest volcano in Indonesia.
September 1847 was the first historical eruption of Mount Rinjani. The latest eruption of Mount Rinjani was on 1 October 2004. The volcano and beautiful Segara Anak lake are protected by national park which is founded in 1997. About 6 km 8.5 km oval caldera partially by a lake known as Segara Anak (about 2000m above sea level is at 300 and 200 meters deep), contains the caldera - including Hot Springs. An explosion in the years 1994, 1995 and 1996 were something of Gunung Baru or New Mountain about which is anout 2,300 meters above sea level), it is in the center of the caldera and lava from the eruption in the lake.
In the top of the mountain mostly are forests clad. In the lower area there are rice plantation, tobacco, soybeans, coffee, cotton, vanilla and cinnamon. They are the main crops in the fertile soil of the Lombok island.
Mount Rinjani National Park is located in the main field of bio-geographical transition area called Wallcaeae, where the flora and fauna of Southeast Asia meet the Australia. The National Park was established in 1997. The people of Lombok (Sasaknese) and Balinese are so alike. Mount Rinjani Lombok was respected and sacred for people in Lombok. The Crater Lake is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people each year. Pilgrims offering water to bathe and clean the disease in the spa.
For visitors, the 3 days route of Rinjani trek from Senaru to the crater edge, you can go down to the Crater Lake, and after that go on to Sembalun Lawang,this place is considered as one of the best treks in South East Asia. The Trekkers who like adventurous usually go to the summit, the close way from Sembalun Lawang returning after 4 days to Senaru. If you like, you can join the communities to help with the National Park and tourism revenues. Mt. Rinjani Trek is organized by a company of National Park officials, the private and public sectors of community representatives and industry of Lombok tourism. The community give very cooperatives coordinate of the trek in the Rinjani Trek Center (RTC), it is located in Senaru and also in Sembalun Lawang at the Rinjani Information Center (RIC). Each of them has scheduled system to guide and they also have some porters, activities for touring around the village and find the handicraft sales.
The benefit of entry fees and tourism activities can be used for conservation, management, raining and assisting the National Park and to maintain Rinjani Trek, so that need to making sure sustainability. Overseeing and supporting these activities is the Rinjani Trek Management Board, combining the authority of the central government (National Park) and local government (tourism office), with the voices of Lombok tourisms private sector, and the boundary communities. This institutional model is unique in Indonesia and considered an example for practical implementation of the ideals of ecotourism.How to get to Mount Rinjani
You can manage the transport to Senaru or Sembalun Lawang. These two village can be reached by private and charter vehicle, or by public bus. Form the west, catch a bemo to Anyar, from where bemos travel to Senaru about every 20 minutes until 4 pm. If you are coming from, or going to, eastern of Lombok Island
, get off at the junction near Bayan (your driver will know it), from where bemos go to Senaru. To Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbun, from Kali Putih to the north, a few bemos run along the rough road to both villages, usually only in the morning.Segara Anak Lake
Segara Anak Lake is so wide it appears like the sea with its blue water. The name Segara Anak means child of the sea. Segara Anak Lake holds various mysteries and invisible power.Eternal Flower or Edelweis
The plant or the flowers should not be taken because it grows in the park and in the mysterious world of the spirit kingdom. In the past, someone who wanted this flower must be brave enough to fight and gamble his soul. That is why the flower is called Sandar Nyawa. The flower has never wilted and is as old as the mysterious spirits.The Peak of Rinjani
The people of Lombok believe that the peak of Mt. Rinjani is where Dewi Anjani, the queen spirit and ruler of Mt. Rinjani lives. To the south-east from the peak in a sea of dust called Segara Muncar is the invisible palace of the queen Dewi Anjani and her followers.Mount Baru Jari
Gunung Baru is the name of the new volcano which emerged in the center of Segara Anak Lake. People believe that Gunung Baru is the navel of Mt. Rinjani. That is why if Gunung Baru erupted it will not harm the people of Lombok unless the eruption is from the peak of Mount Rinjani Lombok.
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on 15 July 2009 05:00:19 AM. © Indonesia Vacations
Top Bandung Restaurant
Most people come to Bandung because Bandung shopping is very popular since there are so many factory oulets and distros. But Bandung not only popular for as a shopping city, Bandung also popular because of culinary food. There are so many restaurant in Bandung that you should try. Each of Bandung restaurant have different cuisines, and interesting food. They cook western cuisine, national food and also local food. You've got to try them. Below are the list of my favorite Bandung restaurant..
Canary Bakery Bandung
Canary Bakery Bandung in Jalan Braga, is a great bakery with various delicious cakes, bread, snacks and ice cream. A bit difficult to find parking space though.
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Tomodachi Restaurant is located strategically in Jalan Sukajadi, Bandung, not far from factory outlets, hotels, and Paris Van Java Mall. The price is a bit expensive but they serve a very great western food. Try their favorite dishes: veal and prawn, tenderloin, and financiere.
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Kwong Moy Restaurant
Kwong Moy Restaurant is located in Jalan Sudirman, Bandung. Although it?s not easy to find authentic Chinese food in Bandung, you can still find them in certain parts of the city. Jalan Sudirman is one of the right places to go. Kwong Moy Restaurant is a newly renovated restaurant in Jalan Sudirman, Bandung but they were established since 1948. It specializes in noodle and pork cuisine. [Read more about Kwong Moy Restaurant]
Toko Kue Bawean Bandung
Toko Kue Bawean is located in jalan Riau (Martanegara), Bandung. Toko Kue Bawean (Bawean Bakery) was established in 1946 and its name was Sweetheart Bakery until they changed their name during the New Order regime. The new name is taken from the shop location in Jalan Bawean. [Read more about Toko Kue Bawean]
Ma Uneh Restaurant
Ma Uneh Restaurant or Rumah Makan Khas Sunda Ma Uneh (Ma Uneh Sundanese Restaurant) serve Sundanese food with a good taste and very economical price. You can feel the ambience of an original local Sundanese restaurant here. Initially they only have one restaurant in Jalan Terasana. Since few years back, they opened another branch in Jalan Setiabudi.
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Raja Melayu Restaurant
Raja Melayu Restaurant as if compiled all Malay cuisine from Sumatera island (Aceh, Riau, Tapanuli, etc.) into one spot in Bandung. You will find all exotic Malay dishes such as Gulai Ikan Salai Semalam, Tumis Kangkung, Ayam Tangkap, Daun Ubi Tumbuk, Teh Jialing, Pajri Nanas, Pulut Durian, and many more.
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Suis Butcher Bandung
Originally Suis Buther were only butcher who sold raw meat especially to the expatriates who lived around northern part of Bandung. Since 1997 they opened a restaurant with steak as their specialization.
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Pagoda Restaurant Bandung
Pagoda Restaurant Bandung is also a halal certified chinese restaurant. Owned by the same group, this restaurant is located in the center of Bandung, near Jalan Dago, and got a higher class than the previous one. [Read more about Pagoda Restaurant]
499 Restaurant Bandung
499 Restaurant Bandung specializes in chinese food without pork or any form of liquor/wine. Of course that makes it not really authentic but here you can taste a very delicious halal version of chinese food with a very affordable price. Such a unique characteristic of Bandung cuisine that you can hardly find in any other country in this region.
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Kedai Nyonya Rumah Bandung
Enjoy having a meal beside a pond full of koi fish. You will find Indonesian and western food here. Some of Kedai Nyonya Rumah specialties that you migth want to try are Nasi Pecel, Nasi Kuning, Nasi Uduk, Satay, Steak, Yoghurt, Lemon Tea, etc. This place is divided into two main areas, in front you can find a bakery whereas the restaurant is located at the back.
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Mie Bakso Akung
For those who love Bakso (Meat Ball), I recommend you to try Mie Bakso Akung. It's my favorite Bakso in Bandung. I often go there once or twice in a month with my friends. It's located in Lodaya Street (Lingkar Selatan Area), Bandung.
The Peak is a very nice restaurant. It's located in the top of Bandung (near to Setiabudy Street). They serve western cuisine and also local food. Since There you can see the beauty of Bandung from the hill. The food also so delicious, especially Steak and Sop Buntut Goreng.
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Like The Peak, The Valley is also an amazing restaurant, it's also located in the top of Bandung. It's in Dago area and near to Juanda street. My favorite cuisines in The Valley are Steak, Sop Buntut and Calamary. Hmm.. so yummyy :)
This is also another great restaurant. They offer western and local food. Not like The Peak or The Valley which are located on side of Bandung, The Atmosphere Restaurant is located in Bandung city, it is in Lengkong Besar street, Bandung.
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on 15 July 2009 04:59:59 AM. © Indonesia Vacations
Exploring Kuta Beach Bali
Although Denpasar is the Capital of Bali, but I think Kuta is the tourist center. Kuta Beach Bali
is very amazing, it is the longest public beach and the most popular party zone in Bali. It has wide crystal white sandy beach. The sunset is very beautiful, there are lots of local and international tourist go to the beach to watch the sunset in Kuta Beach with their friends, family or having romantic dinner near to the beach with their beloved one. So that, don?t forget to bring your camera and take your best shot.
Kuta Beach Bali is the best beach front in Bali Island. A very short drive away from Ngurah Rai airport (Bali International Airport
), meter taxis and motorcycle taxis are easily found around the area to take you anywhere in Kuta area or other places around Bali. The Kuta beach is quite safe, partially clean and well maintained, although the vendors fill up the beach side haphazardly.
However, this beach is really famous for its spectacular sunsets and waves, and attracts tourists who spend hours here swimming, surfing and sunbathing. This place is a well-known destination among surfing enthusiasts: the long sandy beach with its lack of dangerous rocks or coral makes the waves ideal for beginners.
There are lots of bars, internet cafes, shops, and hotels around, so that no need to worry to think where to stay in Kuta. The hotels in Kuta Bali is various from 2 to 5 stars hotels, guest houses and resorts. If you stay in Kuta, you will get easy access for shopping nearby, so you can cut some expenses for transportation.
There are also lots of restaurants in Kuta
. They serve local and international cuisines. Most of them serve seafood because Bali is surrounding by the ocean which is very rich of fishes, crabs, and so on. The seafood in Bali is quite cheap, especially in Jimbaran which is only few minutes from Kuta.What to do in Kuta Beach
About 15 minutes from Kuta Center, or around the end of Jalan Double Six, there is Dreamland Beach. Lots of afternoon action and ball games, with plenty of drinks stands to meet new (girl) friends. No shortage of bars and places to eat with some excellent places to chill and drink like Zanzibar and Blue Ocean.Soccer Beach
Getting tanned but have extra calories that need burning off? No worries, Kuta is full of beach activities. Try a soccer game with some locals. They usually set up goal posts at around 16:00 between Hard Rock Café and Discovery Shopping Mall. Just come along to play, or even better, bring a friend so the teams will be even. It?s time the world knew about your dribbling skills!Bali Surfing
If you like to surf, don?t forget to bring your own board or rent one from the guys on the beach. Prices vary but average around 30,000 Rupiah per hour. If you haven't surfed before its the perfect place to learn for beginners. You can get a boat ride out to the outer reef breaks of Tuban or surf mellow beach breaks in front of the Hard Rock Hotel.
Kuta Beach Nightlife
Kuta's nightlife now extends about 7 kilometres (4 miles) north from the original village of Kuta and includes Legian, Seminyak stretching to Basangkasa. Kuta is entertainment central which means music clubs, open-air pubs, karaoke bars, very noisy discos and drag shows. It's a lively party scene to say the least and the kind of place where being single and alone - male or female is no problem whatsoever.
Kuta has a huge selection of restaurants serving both local and a wide variety of foreign cuisines.Shopping in Kuta
When you are shopping in Kuta, forget your Gucci's and Prada. Bali shopping has its own designers producing one-off pieces for fashion clothing and lifestyle goods.
Lots of individuality here at often reasonable prices. You'll end up with a treasure trove of interesting, fascinating and irresistible buys. Excellent for unusual clothes, jewellry, household and lifestyle items. Kuta's main street has renowned shopping, in mostly small locally owned shops. Individual styles, excellent craftsmanship and low prices. Shopping in Bali
is so much fun!Discovery Shopping Mall Esplanade
Discovery Esplanade is a new concept of entertainment located in the Discovery Shopping Mall?s backyard. Occasionally used for celebrations or some annual events, the Esplanade also offers weekly free entertainment from DJs, and is used for band parades, concerts, product launches, and much more. With a line up of open-air cafés, a deck spinning beats, and a beautiful sunset, what more could you possibly want?Bali Bomber Memorial Statue
The Bali Bomber's unforgettable for local and also international. It was so horrible. I watched in TV and I still can?t forget it. It was very sad moment for all of us. The government has built a permanent memorial on the site of the destroyed Paddy's Pub on Legian Street. (A new bar, named ?Paddy's: Reloaded?, was reopened further along Legian Street).
The memorial is made of intricately carved stone, set with a large marble plaque, which bears the names and nationalities, flanked by the national flags of the victims. The monument is well maintained by the local government and is illuminated at night. Every year on 12th October there is a memorial ceremony.Bali Temples
Kuta does not have a popular main bali temples to visit, but sprinkled along the main road you can find regular temples worth a peek at during your holiday here. Positioned on Jalan Pantai Kuta you?ll find Pura Batu Bolong; on Kuta Sidewalk is Pura Penataran; and on Kuta Beach a few metres east from the main gate is Pura Kalangan Majelangu. Every morning and late afternoon right after sunset, the Balinese who live in the neighbourhood come here to pray and present offerings.Getting Around Kuta Beach Bali
Kuta and neighbouring Legian and Seminyak are easy to walk around. Often you'll find yourself browsing the shops at one of town and before you realise it, you're already at the other end! Failing that it's easy and relatively cheap to take taxis. Negotiate first.
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Bali Shopping Paradise
Bali shopping will certainly give you great excellent bargains. You may have a lot of best buys when shopping in Bali, including leather goods, shoes, CDs, furniture, modern artwork, T-shirts, casual summer clothing, knick-knacks, and jeans. Shopping Bali Souvenirs is very exciting!.
If you don?t feel like going too far from the beaches for Bali shopping, you will find that Kuta, Sanur and Legian are the places where you are able to get whatever purchases you wish for, for example, a variety ranger of sandals to sarongs, silver to surf boards, or wooden statues to Javanses puppets.
If you want to go to a one stop shopping for Bali shopping, you may head to Denpasar. There are a couple of department stores located at Jl. Gajah Mada. The stores here are offering a variety of handicrafts and souvenirs. The goods in these department stores are similar with the ones in any other places in Bali.
Or, if you feel like shopping in Bali with a quite atmosphere, you will then need to go to Nusa Dua. There is Galeria Nusa Dua where you may find a great variety of Balinese purchases within a complex free from the hassle of any street vendor.
If you want to buy a unique canvas for a souvenir, then Ubud is the right place to buy such thing for shopping in Bali. Below is the list of where you can get more items of :
- Art ? ubud
- Antiques ? Batubulan
- Clothes ? Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Ubud
- Bamboo ? Bona
- Masks ? Singapadu Ceramic ? Kapal, Campuhan, Tabanan
- Music ? legian, Kuta
- Jewelry ? Denpasar, Jalan Hasanuddin, Celuk
- Stone carving ? Jimbaran Gallery, Batubulan
- Puppets ? Gianyar, Klungkung, Sukawati
- Toys ? Peliatan, Mas, Tampaksiring
- Textiles- Singaraja, Sideman, Jalan Sulawesi, Klungkung market, Negara, Kampunggelgel, Tampaksiring, Denpasar, Batuan, Denpasar, Peliatan
- Wood carving ? Buruan, Pujung, Mas, Nyuh-kuning, Kemenuh, Tegallalang.
Bali shopping is identical as a shopping paradise where you can get a whole range of interesting goods from traditional antiques to modern branded fashions. When you are shopping in Bali, the technique of bargaining is something requires, since almost in every shops, art shops or markets do not offer the buyers fix prices. So, if you want to purchase a good stuff with a good price, then it really depends on how smart you are in bargaining for the Bali shopping. A variety of product ranging from magnificent Balinese hand woven cloth, gold and silver jewelry, garment, wood carving to many others unique Balinese products can be found almost in any art market or market.. When you are shopping in Bali, you will find that stores are grouped under the similarity of items. It is intended to help the tourist locate the stores for certain item easily when shopping in Bali, and also to help them comparing prices easily from certain store to the next one for a certain Bali shopping. You must always remember to have cash in your wallet because not all of the shops in Bali accept the use of credit cards.
When you are in Denpasar, you can have an interesting overview of the common Indonesian market in The Kumbasari market located near to the river. In this market, you will find a three stories building. The basement is a traditional market that is looked a bit darker. The second level is selling a variety of spices and dried goods, while in the third level is selling clothing and household wares. And if you are heading to Jalan Hasanuddin, not too far from the Kumbasari market, you will find that this street is full with golden shops selling 18-22 carat gold jewelry at the both sides of the street. Or if you want to have some fabrics when shopping in Bali, you can head to Jalan Sulawesi. There are many fabric shops on both sides on Jalan Sulawesi. A variety of fabrics can be purchased here.
Besides its beautiful beach, Kuta Beach Bali is also known as a place for a great Bali shopping. If you visit the Kuta Art Market, you will find many shops selling a variety of excellent Balinese goods, such as jewelry, sarong, furniture, handicraft, leather goods and clothing. If you are a careful and smart buyer, you are able to get some great purchases in Kuta for your Bali shopping. There also Kuta Square Shopping Center nearby the Kuta Beach.
When you are in Sanur, there is a main street named as Jalan Danau Tamblingan where you can have a shopping in Bali with a less crowded atmosphere compared to the one in Kuta. There are still some street hawkers in Sanur, but they are less aggressive ones, except the ones in the beach market. In Jalan Danau Tamblingan, you will find many interesting shops and also many nice restaurants. Sanur art market is a special place for sarong, wood carving and other handicrafts.
Sukawati is well-known for its traditional market located on the main and side roads. Recently, there is also a new art market opened in Sukawati for a great bali shopping of art goods. This new art market has a two-stories building where you can find a variety of Balinese products from traditional statues to Balinese dances costumes. The goods here are offered with reasonable prices.A large assortment of woven baskets can be found here along with Balinese ceremonial items made from colorful "Prada" - gold painted cloth. These include dance costumes, fans, umbrellas and clothes worn at tooth filings and weddings. Bargaining is a must.
Many Balinese say that Ubud is the place to see the real face of Bali. Besides that Ubud is also famous as the cultural center of Bali. The image of Bali as the artist land was created in Ubud. The Bali shopping in Ubud is closely related to its traditional charm. You will find many squatting sellers who will be loudly haggling among spices and vegetables. Besides that, the market also sells handicrafts, many made in the neighboring villages of Mas, Tegalalang, and more.
When you are in Bali, you are not only subjecting to traditional Balinese vendors, but you can also find good malls located in and around Kuta and Denpasar, where you can easily get your need. The malls in Bali offer you a variety of goods from tool kits to branded perfume. You will occasionally be spoiled with great discounts on designer branded goods.
Matahari Department Stores
One of great department stores for shopping in Bali is Matahari department Stores. There are so many offers here, such as various branded perfumes and cosmetics outlets, such as Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Body Shop- the free-animal testing products, and Revlon. You can find women's fashion ranging from T-shirts to party gowns, collections for babies and children, including toys and a myriad of colorful fashions, are sorted according to ages. Lea, Tira and Wrangler jeans and T-shirt are found in the men's fashion section, besides formal shirts from Arrow and Charles Jourdan. Besides that some other goods such as household needs, original CDs and VCDs and electronics are available in Matahari Department Store. One special offer from Matahari is the lowest prices for a variety of fruits.
You can find Matahari Department Stores at: Matahari Duta Plaza, Denpasar, 237-364; Galeria Nusa Dua; Bali Mal Galeria, Kuta, 758-875, Matahari Kuta Square and Matahari Legian.
Bali Mal Galeria Kuta
Another great mall for bali shopping is Bali Mal Galerial Kuta. It is a shopping centre in two stories building where you can find so many magnificent products, such as branded sporting items like Adidas and Nike, Branded fashion for women and men in Mark & Spencer and Polo, or kids collections in Osh Kosh B?Gosh. . There are also some beauty salons to spoil your beauty needs.
Bali Mal Galeria is also the island's best place to browse books. In the largest Gramedia bookshop on Bali, stationery, office equipment, imported books, international magazines, novels and best sellers are offered. Periplus Publishers' bookstore offers a wide variety of books on hobbies, recipes, travel, history, politics, Indonesia and culture. There also are book corners for women and kids.
Right in the centre of the mall, there is a shaded garden intended for the non-shopping spouses, tired shoppers and for nourishment. In the second level floor, there is a food court. Another great thing is that there are Planet Hollywood and 21 Cinema and also The Duty Free Shop near to Bali Mal Galeria Kuta that can be reached by walking.
Galeria Nusa Dua
Galeria Nusa Dua is built on over 17-hectare area, offering up to 150 souvenir and handicrafts shops and boutique. The Galeria Nusa Dua building is designed in an open air shopping mall for a friendly and relaxing shopping in Bali. The stores here are mostly having fixed priced high quality items. You can find some designer?s outlets, such as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Prada, and Versace.
In Batik Keris Gallery, many outlets for fine jewelry and onyx souvenirs to scores of first class batik, ikat and handicraft items are priced in rupiah. The Tragia Department Store caters to daily needs and at the Duty Free Shops, for those leaving the country, there are classy tax-free items.
Besides the shops, there are also a great selection of 30 restaurants offering a variety of cuisine from Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and International meals, perfectly served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To help you reaching the distance, there is a shuttle bus service in the complex of Galeria Nusa Dua mall..
Ramayana Bali Mall
Ramayana is the first mall opened in bali around 5 years ago. It is located on one of the busiest street in Denpasar. Ramayana is a 3 stories mall where you can find a great selection of fashion at reasonable prices. Besides that, there are some franchised restaurants available such as Pizza Hut, Dunkin?s Donut, Excelso café, Wendy?s Hamburger, All You Can Eat Hartz Chicken and also a food court.
The fashion section, which presents both local and branded labels. Select men's or women's wear along with accessories, shoes, bags and so on. Pick music cassettes, original CDs, VCDs and DVDs. The Gunung Agung bookstore features stationery, some imported books and office equipment.
Besides the beautiful nature and culture, Bali is famous for its silver and gold goods, splendid Balinese hand woven, handicrafts and wood carvings. These items are always displayed in a very attractive way to attract the tourist
Agung Rai Gallery
Agung Rai Gallery is a gallery of Indonesian?s best young artist in paintings. It is located at Jl. Raya Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar Ubud Phone: 975449
Andy?s gallery is located at Jl. Raya Br. Taman Kerobokan No.15, Kuta. The gallery has a two stories building offering an eclectic mix of furniture and carvings, antique and reproduction furniture, and also an attractive wedding chest.
Galleria Keris is a one-stop shop which is also known as the centre of Indonesian handicrafts and a department store. Galeria keris offers you inexpensive goods ranging from a variety of crafts, clothes, arts and fun gifts. It is open daily from 9 a.m to 10 p.m. Galleria Nusa Dua Phone: 771303
Asmat Kamoro is located at Jl. Patih Jelantik 175 Kuta, phone ; 755-624., just around the corner of Jl. Majapahit.. It is a unique shop where you can find tribal artifacts from Irian Jaya. While you can find lots of junk here, if you dig enough, you may find an occasional treasure. Look for long carved Asmat poles, shields, drums, penis sheaths, axes, and bows and arrows.
Bamboo Gallery Main Road Ubud
Bamboo Gallery is located at the main road of Ubud with a phone number: 975037. Different from the other galleries, the Bamboo gallery is more modern and innovative one. This is the place where you can find many works of bali?s most promising young artist.
Shopping in Bali will certainly be something to do. Bali Bali with its charms offer you a lot of interesting goods, silver and gold jewelry, wood carving, magnificent local hand woven and also so many other handicrafts displayed attractively
Usually, you need to bargain when you are shopping in Bali, such as in art shops, shops and markets. So, the good price that you might get will pretty much depend on your smartness in bargaining. It will certainly be a new challenging experience for certain buyers. However, on most department stores in Bali, prices are tagged and fixed. Major credit cards are accepted. However, in smaller shops, bargaining is required and pay in cash is common.
Kuta / Legian / Seminyak
If you are in Kuta, you will directly see that there are lots of shops and restaurants along the main road, on each side of the road. The Bali shopping in Kuta will offer you a broad variety of products, such as sarong, handicrafts, swimwear, jewelry, leather goods, CD?s and cassette?s. , There are many street hawkers selling watches, transport and bracelets. If you don't want to buy, don't make any contact to them.
You will also find some shopping centres and department stores in Kuta. The products sold here are fixed price. If you want to give a visit to these places, you can head to Kuta centre and Kuta square located in Jalan Kartika Plaza. Each of these shopping centers are also close tone another.
The upper end of Legian Street from Seminyak to Kerobokan has turned into an enclave of boutiques specializing in men's and ladies clothing, interior and homewares stores, antiques, furniture and some interesting deli's and warungs.
Before entering Nusa Dua, you will find a small market located right at the Nusa Dua entrance gate. If you want to do some bali shopping here, you also need to bargain. Nusa Dua has a shopping complex called as Galleria. In this shopping complex, you will find lots of stores and restaurants. Besides that, there are also Tragia supermarket and department stores and also Keris Gallery. The stores have mostly fixed price selling high quality items.
Denpasar, as the capital of Bali, is not really recognized as a tourist destination. However, there are some places worth visiting. You will find many department stores in Denpasar, such as Rimo, Matahari, Libi, Tiara Dewa, Ramayana, Dewata Ayu or Tragja. Supermarkets are located within the areas of most of these department stores. If you are looking for handicrafts there are quite a few shops in Jalan Gajah Mada selling similar items to those seen in Kuta.
Along the road connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua, you will find many stores on either side of the road selling wrought iron, pottery and furniture. If you are careful and selected buyer, you may find some masterpieces.
Batubulan is known as the centre of stone carving art. The stone sculptures in Bali were traditionally carved out from paras, soft volcanic rock. These sculptures were used to adorn palaces and temples, but recently they have been exported too. The craftsmen can make practically anything you request.
If you are heading off from Ubud, you will come to a location called as Celuk. Celuk is famous as a centre of silver and gold jewelry in Bali. You will find many huge jewelry stores selling a variety of beautiful and sophisticated design of silver and gold jewelries. The silver filigree work is quite amazing. If you can go off the main road into the village where the craftsmen work and live you will get better prices.
Bona is rich of bamboo plantations. That?s why, Bona has been developed as a centre of bamboo furniture and mats. Besides making use of bamboo, the local villagers also make use of lontar leaves to produce some variety of goods.
One of Bali shopping for wood carving will be in Tegalalang. This village and the surrounding areas have a specialty in soft good carving. The features which are commonly use for the ornaments are the figures of fruits, flowers, frogs, and some animal fugures.
Duty Free Shopping
If you want to shop in the duty free outlets for Bali shopping, you can head to Sanur, Nusa Dua or Kuta. You will then need to go to DFS and Plaza Bali. Besides that, there is also a duty free shopping in the Ngurah Rai, the international airport of Bali.
They have a wide range of designer label boutiques. Bare in mind some products in Indonesia don't have a high duty, such as cigarettes.
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Exploring Lombok Attractions
Lombok island is quiter than Bali. So that, for traveler who don't like crowded places, Lombok is the best choice. Lombok attractions are various, Lombok beach, Lombok diving and snorkeling in Gili islands, and so many more. Below are some interesting places to visit in Lombok.
Kuta Beach Lombok
One of the best beaches in the popular beach in Lombok Island is Kuta Beach Lombok. I like this beach because it is very clean, with crystal white Sands it's enough to make this beach so special. Unlike Kuta beach Bali, Kuta beach Lombok calmer and quieter because not many tourist who know of the existence of this beach. This beach is ideal for the tourist crowd who does not like and want privacy. [Read more about Kuta Beach Lombok]
Batu Bolong Beach Lombok
Batu Bolong Beach is one of Lombok attractions. It is located 9 km from Mataram (capital of Lombok). Batu Bolong Beach has a big rock with a huge hole in it. It is a good place to see the amazing sunset from Lombok Strait. After the sunbathing, relaxing and frolicking on this wonderful beach, you can try to stay until the evening to watch one of the best stunning sunset you have ever seen when the sun goes down slowly and started to to disappear behind the Mount Agung Bali with incredibly flaming colors. A Hindu temple lies on top facing the Lombok Strait and beyond is the contour of majestic Mount Agung of Bali. Colorful and musical religious ceremonies are often held in this beautiful temple. [Read more about Batu Bolong Beach Lombok]
Senggigi Beach Lombok
Senggigi Beach is the most beautiful beach in Lombok Island. Like other lombok beach, Senggigi beach also has a very clean beach and crystal white Sands. So that the wide beach tourist akan freely and have more privacy. This beach is not so crowded, so for those of you who do not crowd the beach like this will give comfort. Along the coast also have international hotel, from 2 to 3 stars hotels, as well as traditional and western restaurant that will spoil you so that your tongue. [Read more about Senggigi Beach Lombok]
Mangsit Beach Lombok
Mangsit Beach is located about 10 minutes of North Senggigi, located just a few minutes to the north of Senggigi, Mangsit Beach caters to the upmarket traveller. These carefully designed boutique villas are located on stunning Mangsit Beach just north of Senggigi on the island of Lombok, 22 miles east of Bali.
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Komodo National Park
One of the best of Lombok attractions is Komodo National Park. It is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the Lesser Sunda Islands, at a distance of 200 nautical miles to the east of Bali. It has a total land area of 75,000 hectares and encompasses a number of islands, the largest of which are Komodo (34,000 hectares), Rinca (20,000 hectares), Padar, Nusa Kode, Motang, numerous smaller islands, and the Wae Wuul sanctuary on Flores. A total of 112,500 hectares of the surrounding waters are also under the jurisdiction of the park rangers.
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Mount Rinjani Lombok
Mount Rinjani Lombok is one of interest of Lombok Island. As you probably know, there are several active volcano in Indonesia. Mount Rinjani Lombok is one of active volcano. It is one of big mountain which is 12,224 feet or 3,726 meters, this making Mount Rinjani as the second of the highest volcano in Indonesia.
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Gili Islands Lombok
Gili Islands Lombok are a small-scale backpacker mecca and Lombok's most popular tourist destination. The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes playing reggae and serving up banana pancakes, and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. The beaches are without a doubt better than anywhere on Bali or Lombok. The flip side of the coin is that as they exist solely to cater for travellers, they're also rather anonymous (you might as well be at anywhere) and, aside from snorkeling and diving, there's little if anything to do. Note that there are no ATMs on the islands, so bring plenty of cash with you.
From west to east, the islands are:
Gili Air Lombok, Gili Trawangan Lombok, Gili Meno Lombok, Gili Nanggu Lombok.
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Bali Travel Tips For Tourist
Map of Bali
When you are visiting Bali, there are some Bali Travel Tips
that may come handy for you. First of all, you are required to know the items which are prohibited when you are entering Bali. The prohibited items are narcotics, pornography, weapon and radio-cassette. You will find it unusually for the radio-cassette to be one of the prohibited items, however, the law on this one is commonly not to be imposed in a greater state of act. Besides these items, any item you bring which has any Chinese characters written on it is also not allowed to enter Bali. Plants, fruits, animals, exposed films and videos are also among the things under the prohibition regulation. If you feel like cannot go on vacation without your beloved pets, then you are required to have a document prepared by your veterinarian stating that your pet is free of any disease. However, although you already have the document needed, it doesn?t mean that your pet is free of any quarantine. To get more detailed information regarding to this regulation, you may contact your Embassies in Jakarta
or Consulates in Bali
Another Bali Travel Tips that is important to ensure your pleasant holiday in Bali is stated as below. Any problem you may find during your holiday can be consulted at the nearest consulate.Customs
When you are coming to Bali, you are not allowed to bring more than one liter of alcohol, 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes and 100 grams of tobacco. Perfume in a reasonable amount is allowed. The declaration form that you must fulfilled before entering Bali must be stated if you bring any typewriters, photographic equipment and radio. Besides that, the regulation of the currency import and export stated that the traveler is not allowed to import or export the Rupiah (Indonesian currency) with an amount more than RP. 5 million. Besides the currency, any national treasure, such as crocodile skins, tortoise shell, and ivory are not coming out of Indonesia by tourist.The following need to be declared when entering the country;
Prohibited from entry are;
- photographic equipment
- tape recorders
- TV sets
- arms and ammunition
- printed matter in Chinese characters
- Chinese medicines
All movie films and video cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board.
Fresh fruits, plants and animals must have quarantine permits.
There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies. However, the export or import of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp.50,000 is prohibited.Immigration
Another Bali Travel Tips regarding to immigration regulation is that your passport must be valid for minimum another 6 months of period after entering Indonesia, and you also must have an onward destination proof.If you are coming from some countries, visa is not required. Below are the nationals that are free from the visa requirement:
Australia, Argentina Austria, Brazil, Belgium Brunei, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireand, Iceland, Japan, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, , Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, United States of America, United Kingdom (Great Britain), United Emirate Arab, Yugoslavia, Venezuela
The length of staying period allowed in Bali is within two months, and it can be extendedDeparture Tax
When you have any departure flight from Bali, you are subjected on a departure tax. The domestic departure tax costs Rp.30.000,- while for the International departure tax costs Rp.75.000,-. If you bring your children under 2 years old, they are not subjected to the departure tax.Medical Insurance
One of another very important Bali Travel Tips is relating to the medical insurance. So, it is highly recommended to have a medical insurance before departing from your country. It will save you a fortune just in case there is any health problem during your vacation in Bali. To get the best medical insurance plans information, you can consult to your travel agent. To remind you, if you decide to extend your staying in Bali, your insurance cover must also be extended.Health
Driving in Bali
- Travellers should be aware that the Blood Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh) Negative blood.
- Personal Security. You could be robbed at any time. Watch out for pickpockets and bag-snatchers, and always lock your hotel room and car.
- Keep your valuables (passport, airline ticket, credit cards, travellers cheques and cash) in a safe deposit box at your hotel, or at a bank.
- Secure the key in your money belt; don't leave it in your hotel room when you go out.
- Money belts are better than 'bum bags', which are an open invitation to pickpockets. Hide your money belt under your clothes.
- Carry your handbag on the side of the road furthest from the roadway.
- Keep copies of your travel documents and emergency contact details on your person.
- An unattended car can be broken into within minutes. If you are touring in Indonesia, either carry everything with you when you leave the car, or find somewhere to stay first and secure items at the hotel before you go out.
- If you really need to travel with all your valuables, secure items in various places rather than lose everything if one bag is stolen.
Characteristics of driving in Bali
- To drive legally in Indonesia you must have a current Indonesian or International Driver's License that is valid for the type of vehicle you are driving.
- If you rent a vehicle and you don't have such a license, you will be driving illegally and your insurer may refuse any claim you make.
- Insist on paying for comprehensive insurance when you rent a vehicle. Negotiations with vehicle owners and families of injured parties can take at least a week to resolve.
- If you have organized comprehensive insurance, the rental agency is responsible.
- You wouldn't ride without a helmet in your own country; don't when overseas. Check your travel insurance does it cover motorcycle riding?
- Most companies that rent motorcycles only provide flimsy helmets. Bring a proper helmet with you or only rent from a company that supplies them.
- Wear protective clothing (not shorts and thongs).
Water Sports Safety
- Get use to bikes and cars swerving into your lane without indicating.
- Watch out for large holes in the road or obstacles such as small trees to indicate where holes are.
- Many food carts and salespeople operate off the side of the road- beware.
- Merging traffic only give way if they are smaller than you.
- Every man for himself when entering a round-a-bout.
- There are many one lane roads and you may have to go quite a distance to return to the same location.
- Balinese are not use to drivers driving with there parking or head lights on during the daytime.
- Watch out for drivers, including trucks and buses overtaking on busy roads.
Remember, friends and relatives may need to contact you in an emergency. Here are some tips:
- Check your travel insurance does it cover water sports?
- Bali's beaches have strong 'rips'. Only swim between the lifesavers' flags. Don't swim in the sea at night or when the beach is unpatrolled.
- 'Jet-ski' accidents are common because of the speed these craft travel at. Be careful.
- Don't 'para-sail' with cheap, unlicensed amateurs. Only use major companies that are insured.
Emergency Contact Details
Money and Currency Exchange
- Leave copies of your itinerary, passport and insurance policy with friends or relatives.
- If you don't have any firm plans, make a schedule to call home regularly and stick to it.
- Update your contact details through the airline you are traveling with (sometimes messages are left with the airline for forwarding).
Another Bali Travel Tips that you need to know is on the money and currency exchange. The Indonesian currency is known as Rupiah, which is commonly abbreviated as Rp. The Indonesian currency have some denomination, ranging from Rp50,- to Rp.100.000,-. The value of Rp.50, Rp. 100 and Rp. 500 are in the coin form. While the value of Rp. 1000, Rp. 5000, Rp. 10.000, Rp. 20.000, Rp. 50.000 and Rp. 100.000,- are in the form of bills. You may hardly find any value below Rp.50,- these days, it is commonly substituted with a candy as a change by the sellers. Even though you plan to stay for a quite long time in Bali, you are not suggested to exchange a large amount of money due to the rupiah volatility. Most of the hotels in Bali, from mid ones to the five stars hotels, some tourism destinations, restaurants, tour companies, car rental agencies have their prices listed in USD dollar. For your information, the Rupiah is also taken, but you may not get a good exchange rate as a tourist. If you want to get a traveller?s check, you can get one in the post office. The traveller?s check is called as the Cek Pos. The main post office will exchange your cash for the traveller?s check that can be used throughout Indonesia. You can also cash back your traveller?s check in the main post office. However, you need to remember that such traveller?s checks cannot be accepted by individuals.
If you want to exchange your foreign currency, either in the form of traveller?s checks or banknotes, you should do it at the authorized money changers or at the major banks. You will find that the rates are commonly higher at the authorized money changer than the one in the bank. It is also quicker in the money changer. If you wants to use your dollars for shopping, you need to carefully notice the exchange rates as displayed on the board outside the shops windows or along the footpath sideways. You will also need to ask about the commission that will be imposed for the money exchange. Is there any or not? The money changers usually give a higher rate, but they also charge for a certain amount of commission which is commonly considerably not too big.
Banks in Bali
- Lost of stolen travellers cheques can be replaced - stolen cash is gone! By the way, the old paper banknotes can be difficult to exchange.
- Ask you bank about drawing cash from you account anywhere in the world via your ATM keycard and the CIRRUS system. It may be best to have a credit card available just for emergencies?
- Be careful with you money at money changers. Some money changers have 'adjusted calculators, as well as forget to tell you they have deduct unadvertised commissions and use many other magical tricks to take your money.
- Try to reputatable authorized moneychagners that do no t charge a commission. Always count your Rupiah yourself before leaving the premises.
If you need to do any bank transactions, you can find the major banks at most main tourism centers in Bali. It may be a bit difficult to find in the smaller towns though. If there is any, the exchange rate offered is not good. The banks in Indonesia open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m to 3 p.m daily. There are some banks offering certain services on Saturdays, but usually only opens for a half day or up to 12 a.m.Credit Cards
If you have a credit card, it will really come handy for you. Many large and small shops accept the use of credit cards, but you will be subjected with a 3-5 % addition to the bill of your purchases. There are abundant Automatic teller Machines spreading all around, especially in the bank branches and shopping malls. These machines are mostly connected to the International Banking Network, such as Mastercard, Visa and American Express, so that you can get some cash using your credit card. The amount of cash that you will get is in Rupiah, but the bill is converted into your domestic currency.Security in Bali
Rather than taking your money in cash, it will be much better and safer to bring it in the form of traveller?s checks. Your credit cards can be used for the backing up, especially for your major purchases. The most accepted currency almost in everywhere in Bali is US dollars. However, it will be more practical to have some exchange needed before traveling to remote areas. It is another Bali Travel Tips which is practical and also safe.Drugs in Bali
- Don't allow drugs to spoil your holiday in Bali.
- Like many popular tourist destinations around the world, the drug penalties in Indonesia are severe.
This in not a general practise in Bali. Most of the larger hotesl and restaurants add a service charge and tax which on average is around 20%. In smaller establishments tips are not expected but appreciated!Tourist Information Center
To help your travel, there will be many local travel agents ready to assist you. Or just ask people and also read tourist magazines and newspapers. Here are some offices that provide the information that might be needed by touristsBali Provincial Tourist Service
This office provides the latest information on tourist attractions, interesting destinations, bemo timetables, and ferry services. All staff speaks English.Address:
Jl. S. Parman, Renon
Denpasar, Telephone: 0361 222 387Regional Office of Tourism, Arts & Culture:
This office provides tourist information for people who want to explore Bali. All the staff speaks English.Address:
Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon
Telephone: 0361 225 649 or 233 474Bali Government Tourist Information Service
Telephone: 0361 753 540
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Restaurants in Bali
When you are in Bali, you do not need to get worried about the variety of Bali food
that you can have. There are a lot of restaurants in Bali
serving various menus ranging from the European taste, Asian taste to American taste, besides the local menus of course. Bali restaurants will give you another experience of world cuisine. What do you expect to have for your breakfast to dinner? You may have Chinese favorites such as Hong Kong style dimsum, smoked duck from Szechuan or scallops in black bean sauce, Korean bulgogi beef and kimchi, Japanese sushi, yakitori or shabu-shabu, spicy Thai tom yam, Indian tandori chicken or rogan josh, Australian wiener schnitzel, Italian lasagna or pizza, Mexican enchiladas or tacos, German wurst or rindsrouladen, Spanish tapas or paella, Swiss cheese or beef fondue. The history of being in contact with other countries for centuries has been developing the Indonesian?s cuisine, and this can be proven in the Bali restaurants. However, you may find that the taste served in the restaurants in Bali might be a little bit different, perhaps due to the local taste adaptation, or the particular ingredients? availability. So, It is wise if you do not compare them to the origin?s country, just enjoy it and I believe that they are the enjoyable ones.
You will find some Bali restaurants
which open 24 hours a day, and one of them is the Padang restaurants. Padang is a name of major city in Sumatra, and it is famous with its original cuisine. Padang restaurants in Bali, and everywhere else, will always display a variety of meal in 10 to 15 different bowls and plates in a glass compartment which is commonly put at the entrance. You will see that Padang restaurants serve fish, chicken, beef, eggs, liver and many other varieties of Padang style vegetables. When you want to eat in Padang restaurants in Bali, you will be served with every menu of prepared dishes, each in every single plate, and also a plate of rice on your table. You don?t have to eat them all, just pick the dishes that you want, and leave the others on the table. What you have taken are the ones that will be counted. Padang restaurants in Bali will cost you around US$2. If you are keen on such Padang dishes in Bali restaurants, you will find many of them at the south of Bali.
Bali restaurants offer a variety of dishes suitable to your budget and taste. You may find the basic one to the fancy one in Bali restaurants. Each of them will certainly be different in the prices, style, service, decoration and presentation. When you only have a quite small of budget, but you expect to have a tasty meal, you can go to the warung (a mobile chart) where you may have a tasty food in Bali
for only Rp. 4,000,- or Rp. 5,000,- . Or if you want to have a fancy meal that will cost you US$150 or more per person, you can always go to one of five-star restaurants in Bali.
If you want to have a sumptuous buffet dinner accompanied by the performance of Bali dance
, it will cost you around US$ 40-50 per person. The major tourist destinations in Bali, such as main streets of Sanur, Kuta, Ubud, Lombok, Legian, Lovina, Candidasa are some places where you can find good restaurants in Bali. Some of them are having cane furniture and topped with grass. You may find such Bali restaurants almost everywhere.
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