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Bali awakens a tropical state of mind; it is a wonderland of cascading waterfalls, ancient volcanoes, and grand temples. This island province, nestled between Java and Lombok, is a home to carefully preserved arts like painting, traditional dances, music and exceptional metalwork.

The largest archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a vivacious bundle of religious diversity, 300 languages and distinctive culinary in each territory that offers a variety of myriad experiences. Bali has also had Portuguese and Dutch influences because of the colonial past.

Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts.

Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.

 

A major surfing destination across the globe, Bali also provides an opportunity to participate in varied water activities. Its coastline is spectacular and wildlife in abundance. This ever-intriguing, ever-intoxicating land offers some of the last great adventures on earth.

Country Summary:

  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Major Airports: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali), Juanda International Airport (Surabaya), Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (Makassar)
  • Recommended cities/destinations: Jakarta, Bali, Java, Yogyakarta, Medan, Raja Ampat, Lombok, Makassar, Banyuwangi, Wakatobi, Semarang, Lake Toba.

Book Recommendations:

  • A house in Bali by Colin McPhee: Written by a Canadian writer/composer, this book captures McPhee’s journey to Bali during the pre-WWII era and accounts the life he decided to build on the island, mainly through his understanding of Balinese music culture and all its complexities.
  • Love and Death In  Bali— Vicky Baum: Capturing the chilling account of the Dutch military intervention in Bali, this novel interweaves several different stories detailing the lives of various actors in colonial life, from casteless peasants, feudal lords, impulsive youths, slaves, mystics to bureaucrats.
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia — Elizabeth Gilbert: The most famous published novel ever that made Ubud a mainstream tourist trail and got turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts and James Franco.

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