Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa – Bali, Indonesia

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa – Bali, Indonesia

I loved my time walking the streets of Ubud, therefore, I thought it was time to venture to another part of Bali, a different and quieter part of Bali, and with my very own two feet, this time I’m walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa.

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Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa

Praying on the streets of Tanjung Benoa.

 

Tanjung Benoa is a magnificent part of Bali, which is situated on the East coast of the famous tourist island of Indonesia and only a stone throw from Nusa Dua. The area is known for its active beach over the Benoa Bay, top-class beachside resorts and a relaxed atmosphere throughout the township.

The kind of relaxed atmosphere that someone like me loves to be associated with, because as far as I am concerned, you can give me a relaxed vibe anytime of the week and I’ll be a happy man.

 

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Relaxed on the streets.

 

A quieter part of Bali

 

As I have mentioned, it is a quieter part of Bali, at least when it comes to the streets, I’ll touch on the busy beach in a moment, therefore for a tourist who is seeking a quieter vacation, Tanjung Benoa will deliver for you.

It’s a town that has magnificent resorts and plenty of stunning beach bars that over look the bay, even if the drinks come at a price. Still, you can’t beat sipping a cocktail amongst beautiful surrounds of the bay close by.

 

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The Sakala Resort at Tanjung Benoa

 

The streets of the town are pleasant too and it offers the same as other parts of Bali, but with a lot less hustle and bustle, and here, the locals are not in your face constantly and trying to sell you a singlet or stubby holder.

It even includes a Starbucks café, that offers instant relief from the heat with a tasty frappe, hot cappuccino and much appreciated air-conditioning. It’s fair to say I purchased an ice-cold coffee or two during my brief stay in Tanjung Benoa and lazed around in the coolness of the lounge area.

 

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Enjoy a cold frappe at Starbucks.

 

Off the streets and into the busy beach

 

Once you step off the streets and onto the beach during the middle part of the day, it is a different ball game, as you step onto the sands and enter the leisure beach of Bali.

The tour companies are waiting in their numbers to the give the tourist a good time, including the adrenaline rush that will follow as you participated in the activities. And if you love your beach sports this is where you want to be.

 

The action happens on the beach.

 

There is jet-skiing, parasailing, cruise boats to islands and lot more going on in the waters and the sands of Benoa Bay. I particularly enjoyed rising high in the parasail and getting the birds eye view of the madness below, with the number of boats being a disorganised chaos.

Of course, I need to mention some of those locals, the ones that are out there, trying to make a buck by selling a whole range of souvenirs that are cloaked around their bodies, and surely feeling every bit of that unforgiving heat.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the beach, even it was a little hairy out on the waters. That’s another reason not to forget to purchase your travel insurance before you travel.

 

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Getting high in the blue sky.

 

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa

 

It was a pleasant change to walk the streets of Tanjung Benoa, and excluding the madness on the beach during the day, the streets in the evening were mild and safe.

It’s a township that has plenty of happy locals, decent restaurants, bars, market stalls and even trustworthy massage parlours, where you can relax in comfort.

The more I visit Bali, the more I become very fond of this famous island, and while no destination in the world is perfect, Bali does understand tourist needs and that extends to Tanjung Benoa.

Enjoying the walking the streets series? Check out my adventures in Vientiane, Laos and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

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The streets get a little quiet and to some that is a good thing.

 

 

 

 

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Walking the Streets of Ubud – Bali, Indonesia

Walking the Streets of Ubud – Bali, Indonesia

Another fantastic destination, and another walking the streets experience. This time we are heading to Bali, Indonesia and I’m walking the streets of Ubud.

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The town on Ubud an a wet day.

 

Now, I haven’t been to every town in Bali, far from it, but I have been to a few, like Tanjung Benoa, Kuta, Sanur and even Seminak, but the pick of the crop for me is the town of Ubud.

That’s right, I love Ubud, imagine myself walking down the street swinging my arms, head held high and whistling out loud as I wave to the friendly locals and just happy to be alive in paradise.

Bit extreme, yes of course, but that’s just how I feel in this vibrant and cultural town that I instantly grew fond of when I was walking the streets of Ubud in Bali.

 

Ubud

Meet Wadi at the Monkey Cave.

 

Off the streets into breathtaking Resorts

 

In one moment I am standing in the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, surrounded by massage parlours and restaurants, with people flocking in every direction. Then, in an instant, I step into a lobby of a spectacular resort. It’s like I entered into another Kingdom.

Ubud is full of accommodation with all budgets and ratings, but it’s the breathtaking 5-star resorts that tourist come to stay. Easy to see why with it’s luxury rooms, swimming pools, top-class restaurants, and even Spa centres, the best bit is these fine resorts are blended perfectly within the busy town centre of Ubud. It’s all very convenient.

I can’t forget to give a little shout out to the fabulous Alaya Resort either, one of the finest and prettiest resorts I have stayed at. Alaya says culture from the moment you step off the streets and into the lobby.

 

Alaya Resort

Take the path to Alaya Resort.

 

 

Culture lives here

 

Culture does indeed live in Ubud and it’s all around you when you are exploring the popular tourist town. Beautiful temples, The Tegallalang Rice-fields, museums and fine historic palaces are all a great sight to see that offers a cultural experience for all visitors.

A favourite cultural experience of mine was purchasing a ticket to the Balinese Legong dance from a local off the streets and heading to a delightful performance that ran for a about 90-minutes.

The show featured beautiful Balinese women in traditional dress, amazing costumes and a great Balinese story that was told throughout the performance.  A Legong dance features throughout many locations in the town of Ubud and I must suggest that you purchase a cheap ticket to the best show in town.

 

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Beautiful Balinese dancers at the Legong and Barong Dance.

 

Inside the Monkeys Den

 

Monkeys run across the street, monkeys steal your food, but the place you will find the monkeys is inside their very own den, The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. To stroll into the forest, that includes markets, temples and the energetic monkeys swinging form tree to tree and putting on a show is fun to watch.

I know first-hand, that you do need to tread with caution around these cute little monkeys, who are quite tamed but do have a bite and if threatened may decide to have a little chomp with their sharp teeth. Best practice is to let them do their thing and no harm will happen.

 

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Inside the monkey den.

Walking the streets of Ubud

 

It’s loads of fun to walk the streets of Ubud, and to say g’day to the locals who are indeed friendly. To Wander into a coffee shop and enjoy a delicious cappuccino or frappe, or whatever it is you desire.

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Great coffee shops on the side of the street.

 

To walk into the bustling markets and take home a bit of Bali, Indonesia so you can treasure the time spent in Ubud long after you have left. Or window shop for an item and purchase something a little more modern at the range of retail outlets available on the streets.

There may be no beach in Ubud, but that doesn’t take away the romance of being on a tropical vacation in paradise, where the cocktails are still cold, the weather is hot and swimming pools are welcome relief from the heat.

All the while, here I am walking the streets of Bali and savouring everything that this beautiful planet has to offer for the common folk like me and you.

 

Check out other walking the streets articles in Vientiane, Laos and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

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Take a stroll through the Ubud Markets

 

 

 

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Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

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When it comes to planning a weekend break, a lot of people don’t need to invest more than a few hours to research the perfect location and the ideal flight to get there. It’s easy to understand why. Between last minute deals and a getaway that doesn’t require a lot of planning, the click and buy generation is taking over the short holiday market.

There’s no shame about it. After all, sometimes all you need is a quick escape out of everyday routine to recharge your batteries. It doesn’t really matter where you’re going if you’re only going to spend a couple of days there. It’s all about not being at home – or at work for that matter – and instead enjoying the taste of life elsewhere, far away from your daily worries. It’s the quick beach break, the cultural city getaway, or the outlandish countryside weekend.

However, there comes a time when you want something else from your holiday, when it needs to be more than a quick bubble of peace. You know the feeling: You’re drained and you want to rethink your life priorities and set things in the right order for you. That’s the kind of life crisis that calls for a long holiday where you can immerse yourself in a new culture, mindset and landscape. You can’t just click and book a long holiday without considering the destination carefully. If you want to come back feeling refreshed and enlightened, you need to aim for south-east Asia. The Far East, as it used to be called, is rich in history, adventures and flavours. More importantly, it offers the perfect spiritual platform to question your motives and redefine your life.

 

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Enjoy South-East Asia at its finest like at Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos.

 

The countries of south-east Asia

If you haven’t got a map of the world at hand, south-east Asia is a subregion of Asia that refers to all countries that are situated in a region south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. For simplicity, it’s said to consists of what used to be Indochina, and the historical East Indies and Malay Archipelago. Geographically, it’s the equivalent of about 8.5% of the world’s population, which makes it the third most populous region in the world – the two others being south Asia and east Asia. In other words, if you’re going to south-east Asia for a taste of isolation, you might have picked the wrong part of the world for that. But the region has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, history and even business if you’re looking to start a new life elsewhere.

 

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Lara Croft’s temple in Cambodia

 

INDOCHINA

The French influence in Vietnam

Vietnam was one of France’s most profitable colonial possessions after the country gain control over the North of Vietnam as a result of a victory in the Sino-French War of 1883-1884. As with any colony around the world; the themes of exploitation of raw materials, workforce and other natural resources are to be expected. But the French rule has left in Vietnam a variety of historical architecture and customs that give the country its particular attitude. In fact, French architecture is so dominant that the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hanoi. More interestingly, this isn’t the only vestige of a colonialist past in Vietnam. Indeed, according to https://theculturetrip.com, you can find a culinary influence from patisseries to restaurants in most of the country. In fact, if you’re looking to start your career in the gastronomy industry and learn from the best chefs, Vietnam is definitely the place to be.

 

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Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.

 

Thailand, a beautiful country that is shut to foreign opportunities

If you want to enjoy more beaches and less colonialist guilt, take a trip to wild Thailand, and especially Khao Lak. Why there? Because it’s a little less than two hours’ drive from the Island of Phuket, but it benefits from a peaceful and relaxing environment. You won’t find the crowd of tourists you expect so that you can have the sunset, the sandy beaches and the resorts almost to yourself. It’s a little bubble of paradise that awaits you every year between November and May in this area of Thailand. However, you may find it difficult to make a living in Thailand, even if you fall in love with the country and decide to stay. There are very little business opportunities for non-native citizens as a Thai-born person has to own the majority of a company. Only US citizens can own up to 100% of a company in Thailand, but they still need a minimum capital first.

 

Koh Samui

Koh Samui – Thailand.

 

A taste of Lara Croft in Cambodia

If you still remember Angelina Jolie exploring the ruins of a temple in Tomb Raider, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can find these temples in Cambodia. Admittedly; since Angelina went running there in her tiny shorts, the place is crawling with tourists. But with a good guide, you can still see everything and revive your old Lara Croft’s memories. If you’re ready to get up early, you can visit the magnificent Sunrise at Angkor Wat – although be ready to be there before 5:30 am. You can find the famous Tomb Raider’s temple, Ta Prohm, with its intertwined tree roots too. You won’t have much difficulty to imagine life in Cambodia if you’re not afraid to downsize a bit. In fact, a couple of American tourists have made Cambodia their home since 2015 and despite low earnings – less than $35,000 a year – they have all they need. They’re the happiest they’ve ever been in Phnom Penh.

 

Start your spiritual journey in Laos

What if you just want a spiritual awakening for your holiday? Laos is often described as a mystical country by those who have visited it. The most important thing that tourists will tell you about the country is that it remains completely outside the spotlight. There’s barely any tourists in Laos, which means that you can take a good look at ancient Buddhist temples without getting up at dawn to avoid the crowd. Consequently, it’s a great place to find out more about Buddhism and exploring your spiritual side at your own pace. Make sure to attend the Luang Prabang ceremony in northern Laos before you leave. Every morning the monks walk in town to collect the food offerings. You can ask the locals how to participate.

 

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Temple in Laos

 

The city of the many pagodas and temples in Myanmar

Another great place to explore your spiritual side is Myanmar, and especially Yangon, the city that has some of the oldest pagodas and temples in the country. Some are even believed to date back to the lifetime of Gautama Buddha over 2500 years ago. The oldest pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon is a 99 metre-high stupa that is entirely covered in gold. It’s a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists as it enshrines a hair relic of Siddhartha Gautama. You can see it from anywhere in town, and it’s impossible not to feel its aura. If you find your calling in Myanmar and are wondering about staying and embracing a new lifestyle, you might be interested in reading this interview http://www.goaway.sg/life-in-myanmar that explains how the expat life feels like in Yangon. As a general rule, locals are friendly and will go out of their way to help you. Besides, you can experience a frontier market in a Buddhist culture, which makes it both challenging and peaceful at the same time.

 

EAST INDIES & MALAY ARCHIPELAGO

Indonesia, the melting pot of cuisines and cultures

There is no bigger melting pot in south-east Asian than in Indonesia. Jakarta, home to 10 million people, offers a tour of colonial architectures, live music venues and fine dining restaurants, all within a few yards from each other. Needless to say that there’s a lot to see and experience in Indonesia, from a metropole culture in Jakarta to UNESCO-listed national parks and volcanoes to hike up on Java. If you love the creative juxtaposition of cultures, wildlife, and without mentioning the world’s biggest Buddhist temple, you’ll be happy to know that the house prices are low: https://rumahdijual.com/. In fact, you can buy a manor house with garden for the price of a small family home in the UK.

 

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Buddhist temple on Java

 

The country of the thousands of islands

With over 7,000 islands to choose from, you know that visiting the Philippines will be an adventurous experience. In fact, for most people, it can be difficult to know where to start, but here’s a little overview of the best sites to see. El Nido, for Pinoy travellers, offers one of the world’s most picture-perfect seascapes, without mentioning its fantastic limestone cliffs. If you’re wondering what Heaven looks like, El Nido might be the closest thing you’ll find to it. If you want a feel for the old history of the place, spend some time in the UNESCO-listed town, Vigan where the Spanish architecture continues to tell the tales of the past. However, you can forget any dream of making your life in the Philippines: Foreigners are not allowed to own property.

Whether you want to reboot your life or just to clear your mind, south-east Asia offers a multitude of landscapes, spiritual encounters, fascinating cultural backgrounds and exciting business opportunities to help you on the way. All you need is to pack your luggage and start your self-discovery tour.

 

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Enjoy South-East Asia at its best like at this Khao Lak Markets.

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3 Awesome Inland Destinations to Visit in Southeast Asia

3 Awesome Inland Destinations to Visit in Southeast Asia

When you think of Southeast Asia the instant thought process is beautiful beaches, palms trees and sipping cocktails all day long without a single care in the world. However, there is no need to exclude those inland destinations that often get neglected when planning your next holiday to the famous tourist region of Asia.

Visiting towns away from the coast line does not mean paradise is instantly taken away, in fact, at times it could be the preferred option. When it comes to choosing any amounts of Inland Destinations in Southeast Asia, the choices are plentiful and you are quite spoilt for options when doing your research. How about a lending hand, below are three inland destinations that must be given every consideration amongst many other splendid locations in Southeast Asia.

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Inland Destinations in Southeast Asia.

3 Awesome Inland Destinations to visit in Southeast Asia

Da Lat, Vietnam

Vietnam is full of chaotic cities and glorious coastlines but in the Central Highlands of Southern Vietnam there is another little secret that’s ready to be explored. Da Lat, is the city I am referring to and it is the picturesque scenery, beautiful lakes and a unique township that makes Da Lat a city that needs every traveller’s attention.

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Inland Destination – Da lat, Vietnam.

What’s to like about Da Lat

–          The picturesque scenery –

Within the Da Lat area or the outskirts, the region is full stunning scenery that gives Da Lat its breathtaking views, add the abundance of natural water features and it becomes a photographer’s dream.

Day tours are naturally very popular in the area and a full day exploring the region is the best way to make the most of the outdoors in Da Lat. Hiring a personal driver is the cheapest and most efficient option to get full value in the day.

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Ho Xuan Lake in Da Lat.

Where to go

There are plenty of attractions in Da Lat to go and see, like an amazing bakery in down town Da Lat, a host of Buddhist temples and a magnificent flower centre for those who love colour in their life. Here are a few priorities whenever you reach destination Da Lat.

–          Explore the waterfalls –

Da Lat is full of lively waterfalls with many falls situated far and wide in the surrounding region. Grab a personal driver or hire a car and see as many waterfalls as time allows. The popular falls are the Elephant and Datanla Waterfalls, but take a pick.

Da Lat, Vietnam

Elephant Waterfalls in Da Lat, Vietnam.

–          The Da Lat Flower Centre –

Buzzing with glamor and colour, the Da Lat Flower Centre needs no convincing to be on the list of attractions. A short taxi ride or a decent stroll (preferred) from the city centre, the flower centre is full of various plants, flowers and inside attractions.

–          Da Lat Cathedral –

Even if you are not religious, you will love the light coloured Cathedral of Da Lat, that is a popular attractions for all travellers. No entrance fee is required to go inside the grounds of the Cathedral and a few pictures are bound to be taken, for good reason too.

Da Lat Cathedral

Da Lat Cathedral

Where to Stay

Budget stays and boutique hotels are everywhere in Da Lat and if you are travelling with a family, you can save heaps of dollars by staying at the Nguyen Minh Hostel, the hostel contains private rooms, good location, reasonable bedding and all for only $20-dollars a night.

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Ngyuyen Minh Hostel in Da Lat.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud in Bali is bustling town that is full of life and character. About an hour inland from the tourist hotspot in Kuta, you don’t always need a beach to enjoy paradise in Bali, not when you have epic shopping, lively streets and stunning resorts with gorgeous pools take in the Bali heat.

Ubud

Inland Destinations – Ubud, Bali.

What’s to like

–          A vibrant cultural township –

A vibrant culture hits you at once upon reaching your destination. Fine temples, an abundance of rice fields, traditional dances and busy streets with lots going on, is the masterpiece that makes Ubud popular for all tourists.

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The markets in Ubud Bali.

Where to go

Culture shows, market places, temples and many more places to see in Ubud, below is a list that is a must in this vibrant, Balinese town.

–          Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary –

Flock to the Sanctuary where the monkeys are out in full force and will at times attempt to jump on you. Not only a nice stroll in a magical forest with monkeys, inside there are wonderful temple structures to gaze your eyes upon as well. All for a small entrance fee.

Monkey forest temple

Temple with in the forest

–          Tegallalang Rice Terrace –

The gorgeous rice paddies fields and the surrounding scenery will get your camera clicking frantically as capture images so beautiful. No beaches in Ubud, but the Tegallalang is more than a fitting alternative.

–          Balinese Legong Dance –

Nothing says culture in Ubud like the traditional Balinese Legong Dances, that has all sorts of costumes and creatures coming out at night, including beautiful women in a traditional Bali dress. These performances can be found in a couple of locations at different times in the evening and locals are giving away flyers at every corner.

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Balinese Legong dance.

Where to Stay

Magnificent Resorts make up most of the accommodations in Ubud and it can be quite costly. Anyway, do your homework and you will find suitable accommodation for any required budget. A stunner of a resort in Ubud is the Alaya Resort, great restaurants, stunning gardens and beautifully interior designed rooms that makes Alaya the pick of the crop when seeking a luxury stay.

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The Alaya Resort in Ubud, Bali.

Vientiane, Laos

When Laos is a landlocked country, any city or town within the borders will obviously be an inland destination. Vientiane is the pick of a lot, mainly because it is such a fascination to visit a Southeast Asian capital city where the population is modest and the streets are not saturated with pedestrians and motor-bikes.

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Inland destinations – Vientiane Laos

What’s to like about Vientiane

–          The Laid-back Nature of a City –

Being a less populated city, it is enjoyable to be able to walk down the streets with freedom, unlike other over populated cities in Southeast Asia. In Vientiane, you can cross the road without any major fears of getting run down and walk the markets without every shop owner begging you to buy their items.

The Laidback nature of Vientiane allows you to cool off with a relaxing beer in the bar, easy access throughout the city either by foot or a tuc-tuc and enjoy local cuisine without the need to rush. It’s Vientiane and you are in their time now.

Morning prayer in Laos

Morning prayer in a Laos Buddhist Temple in Vientiane, Laos.

Where to go

Lots to see and do in Vientiane, Laos with many temples, palaces, parks and attractions on offer, below is a list of many of must see attractions.

–          Patuxai War Monument –

The Patuxai War Monument stands proud in central Vientiane for all to see. A monument built to celebrate the country’s independence from France in the 1950’s, gather to the fine landmark and capture 360-views of the city from the top.

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The Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos.

–          Ban Anou Night Markets –

Opened from five every evening of the day, The Night Markets are one of the finest you’ll see. A vibrant atmosphere with good affordable products on offer, where you can also local street food and enjoy river walks by the Mekong River.

–          The Golden Palace –

One of the finest Buddhist temples in the city with plenty of historical buildings that will occupy the photo album. The Golden Palace will take most of your attention with its stunning colour and large presence a clear standout.

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The Golden Palace in Vientiane, Laos.

Where to Stay

Vientiane is full of affordable hotels or cheap hostels spread out through the city. The Inter City Hotel has spacious rooms and comfortable beds and is as good as it gets if you want a hotel room with all the comforts. The Hotel overlooks the Mekong River and Night Markets, with café’s, Bor Pen Yang rooftop bar and restaurants within close vicinity.

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Intercity Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

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10 Reasons Why Bali is a Tourist Hotspot

10 Reasons Why Bali is a Tourist Hotspot

 When travellers think of paradise, Bali comes to mind straight away. It is the popular tourist hotspot that understands traveller’s desires and needs when searching for a  luxury experience. No destination in the world is perfect, Bali included, but this popular tourist hotspot get tourist from far and wide, which suggest they get it right when it comes to tourism.

When travellers seek to choose a destination that offers luxury, sun and cocktails by the pool, the popular exotic Island of Indonesia is on top of the list. Whatever the occasion, a lovers retreat or a family getaway, Bali is perfectly set up for tourist and it hardly ever disappoints in its pursuit to deliver top level hospitality and in doing so, travellers return year after year.  

Bali tourist hotspot

Bali, the tourist hotspot.

 

10 Reasons why Bali is a tourist hotspot 

1.        Travellers Love Bali – The stats say it all, travellers love Bali and when you love something you come back for more, as often as you possibly can. It’s like dining at a wonderful restaurant with delicious cuisines, you don’t go once, you keep going back for more and that is exactly how other traveller’s feel.

Tanjung Benoa Bali

It’s easy to see why I love Bali.

 

  2.       The People Rock – Do you ever get out and meet the locals, it is great to learn about the locals values, beliefs and family history. The Balinese locals are no different, they are pleasant folk to have a chat with, so next time you are in Bali, don’t forget to say “hi.”

Meet the locals

Meet great locals

 

  3.       So does the Culture – Like most Asian countries, the culture is obvious from the time you hit the streets. From their beliefs in family values and religion, to the laws of the country, Bali or Indonesia, have their own unique culture that needs to be admired and respected by all visitors. I know it is one thing that I certainly respect about Indonesia and their people.

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Marvel at the culture and the Balinese dancers.

 

  4.       Great Restaurants with cheap food – The key is to choose the right restaurant and not those dodgy ones that will have you sitting on the toilet. The good news is that there are plenty of quality, affordable restaurants where it is easy on your stomach, you just need do your research using TripAdvisor reviews, or find the restaurants where other foreigners are dining, It means it will have  a decent reputation.

Manisan

The Manisan Restaurant is one of Bali’s finest at Alaya Resort, Ubud.

 

  5.       Luxury Resorts that are affordable –  Staying in affordable quality resorts, with sparkling swimming pools and sun deck chairs is the dream for most travellers. In Bali, you are spoilt for choices in many ways, whether it is or resorts you are bound to find the perfect accommodation that suites your needs.

Sakala Resort

Lose your self at the Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa.

 

  6.       Fun in the sun – Shorts or singlets for the men, bikini for the women, it is fun in the sun when you make your way to Bali. Beaches, bars and plenty of swimming pools, whatever paradise it is you seek, you can bet your bottom dollar that Bali has it in droves.

Bali Beach

Weather is hot, so head to the beach.

 

  7.       Cocktails and Beers – Fun in the sun means the drinks come out quite early in the day than anticipated. Whether it is sunbaking at the resort while the bartenders deliver your cocktail, or sitting at pool-bar for countless hours and taking cover from the heat with a Bintang or two, you will plenty of opportunities to refresh your thirst.

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Ease your thirst with a cocktail.

 

  8.       Relax with a massage – Don’t let stereotype fool, in Bali, you will find plenty of professional, clean and relaxing massage parlours where you can shut your eyes and be pampered in style. For a ridiculous low price, you can have a professional massage that will soothe the body and the mind.

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Relax with a soothing massage.

 

  9.       Shop till you drop – Absolutely, in some parts of Bali, you will get harassed, in a nice way, to buy some useless item that is certainly not needed, they mean well and it is all harmless. Bargains are bound to be found when wandering the streets, with plenty of souvenirs, jewellery, hats and singlets available in most market stalls. If you want to escape, head to some of the fine shopping malls, a little more expensive, but it is shopping with freedom.

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Take in the excitement of the Bali Markets.

 

  10.   It’s Paradise – Quite simple really, Bali is paradise, sure there are some shady places, but no destination is without its fault. Bali is designed for travellers and on most occasions, they get it right. Well, it’s hard to get it wrong when the weather is perfect all year round.

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Paradise by the palms.

 

There you have it, 10 reasons why Bali is a tourist hotspot. I am sure there are plenty more reasons to give, but for now I’ll leave you with the ten.  Remember, if paradise in the sun, luxury resorts, cheap food and drinks and great people you seek on any adventure, Bali is waiting for you with open arms.

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9 Things to do in Bali for a Perfect Romantic Escape

9 Things to do in Bali for a Perfect Romantic Escape

By Jyotsna Ramani at Wander With Jo

The natural beauty of Bali is a haven for lovebirds looking for a romantic escape into the island’s many idyllic vistas amid lush green forests as well as breathtaking views from the top of the cliffs.

With a plethora of exceptional accommodation, fine dining options and plenty of places to walk hand in hand and cuddle in, Bali is a paradise for couples and honeymooners alike.

So in case you decide on the perfect vacation to Bali next time with your loved one, be sure to spend a couple of days to experience the island’s fascinating culture.

Before you tear your hair apart doing hard research work, here are some ready-made romantic suggestions which can be experienced in Bali alone and get that love tingling before you even book a flight.

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Treat yourself in style during a romantic escape in Bali.

 

 

1. Stretch out at the mystical Tjampuhan Spa

Apart from an array of day spas in Bali situated amidst exquisite coastal splendour, the mysterious riverside spa of Tjampuhan is all about healing and rejuvenation in an entirely different sense.

Come with your loved one to feel and experience the healing effects of water gushing forth from a hot and cold spring jacuzzi, situated in a magical and exceptionally carved mythical stone cavern.

Lastly, the most unique attraction of the area is the adjoining Elephant Safari Park which allows glimpses of these gentle giants from the spa treatment rooms. How is that for a perfect view during your romantic escape?

 

2. Enjoy an evening of Fairytale Cuisine

Bali has many weird, wonderful and at the same time romantic dining options, but none are a match for this outlet.

This most interestingly themed restaurant, titled Frankenstein’s Laboratory, allows you to dine among zombies, pirates and even Frankenstein himself. Come darkness, and these monsters will come back from the dead to terrify you till you scream your head off.

An evening of special entertainment awaits the couple who dare to venture here. Live music, cocktails concoctions which can become creepy, monster bites, monster band with vampires and mummies all come together to provide high class fun throughout the evening.

 

3. Visit the sea of gold at Desa Belok

Just a quick fifteen minute drive from Bedugul to Kintamani, these stunning fields of marigold can be found by the wayside.

The marigold occupies a significant place in the culture of Bali, especially as offerings. This is due to the fact that the colour of gold is associated with the Supreme Balinese God.

The sea of gold is sure to have an electrifying effect and charm your companion with the freshness and splendour of the area.

 

4. Stroll along the Campuhan Ridge

The walk along the Campuhan Ridge is unusually romantic. This short trek will take the couple through rice fields and past quaint villages and villas.

An early morning walk, preferably before sunrise, makes this 3 km walk an extremely private and comfortable stroll. With butterflies as company, most of the way, the Campuhan walk, commences from the Campuhan bridge near the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villa boundary.

 

5. Take her for a 100 candlelight dinner

Swept Away, as the name suggests is literally the place to sweep your partner of her feet with a magical 100 candle dinner service. Dine under the stars on a secluded wooden deck, overlooking the gushing river. The surrounding palm trees and lush green vegetation will quickly melt all your blues.

The exclusive restaurant comes alive every evening, when 100 lit candles are immersed in the river creating a great flickering effect. The ambience so created is truly magical and will transform the two of you in a different world altogether.

 

6. Enjoy a tea session at the Metis Bali

A visit to Metis is said to be an experience for the senses. An ideal getaway for a couple looking for that luxurious and private date in a nice old restaurant is what a tea session here is all about.

This is the ultimate venue for a romantic tea for two, perched on the lush terrace of the restaurant offering a 360 degree view of the surroundings. The best part is that you can the high tea package of your choice from the large collection.

 

7. Pamper her for a night at the Kamuela Villas

This incredible option for couples in Seminyak at the really affordable Kamuela Villas, comes complete with a private pool, you can jump into straight from the bed, as well as a large indoor tub.

The environment is such that it encourages a couple to spend quality time in the company of each other in the luxurious villas. These rooms have a host of private amenities, specially for couples and newlyweds.

 

8. Have a picnic at Bukit Asah Bugbug.

This secret paradise of Bukit Adah Bugbug is an ideal place for a picnic of a different kind, along the slope of the hills overlooking the ocean.

This spot is ideal for lovers, to catch a view of the rising sun and the panorama of the Indian Ocean below with the coral reefs and islands dotting the sea.

 

9. Chill out at the Tamblingan Lake

If you are looking for the most romantic place, offering stunning views and serenity, the largely untouched Tamblingan Lake is the place to go.

The surrounding area also happens to be popular with couples who are about to get married because of the photography opportunities which abound here for them.

Simply rent a boat and row to the middle of the lake to take in the fresh air and enjoy the flora and fauna of the scenic place.

Alaya Resort

Experience great food during your romantic getaway in Bali.

 

So the next time you plan for a date, that special anniversary or decide to spend a honeymoon in Bali, keep a tab on the places highlighted here. We promise you that you will find many lovey dovey moments to enjoy together as a couple.

 

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Enjoy gorgeous sunsets on your romantic escape.

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Let love be the potion on your next romantic getaway.

 

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Anthony Jury

Anthony Jury

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