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GUIDE TO BALI
This BALI GUIDE is currently "renovated" and we are going to launch within the next few weeks the brand new and comprehensive Guide to Bali
BALI — THE "ULTIMATE ISLAND"
In spite of many changes caused by the rapid development of Bali's economy, local and international tourism, and communications (television, fax, pagers, GSM hand phones, Internet), the influx of people from other Indonesian islands, and the strong influence of the government and "big business" in Jakarta, the island of Bali in Indonesia is year after year voted by the readers of all major travel magazines the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world.
Bali's wide variety of attractions, the physical beauty of the island, and the year-round pleasant climate make Bali a place regarded by many visitors as the "Ultimate Island".
The friendly people and the absence of any serious criminal activities guarantee visitors a totally relaxing stay which is a very pleasant surprise for guests who repeatedly felt threatened in Barbados, Jamaica, and other "dream islands" in the Caribbean. To read comments of recent visitors to Bali, please visit the BALItravelFORUM.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE ISLAND OF BALI
- Detailed Bali Map (39k).
Probably the most up-to-date and detailed map of the island of Bali on the Web. "Stolen" by many other web sites, but we'll keep it up-to-date for you.
- Geography, Climate, Population, Economy, and What Makes Bali so Special.
General information, facts you might find useful, and some personal impressions.
- Kuta Sweats Sex.
Report by Denise Dowling (Urban Desires, September 1996).
- Ubud, the Heart of Bali.
Report by Jamie James (The Atlantic Monthly, August 1999).
- The Paradise Paradox.
Report by Keith Loveord (Asiaweek, October 1997).
PLANNING YOUR BALI HOLIDAY
CHOOSING YOUR BALI HOTEL, VILLA, OR RESORT ACCOMMODATION
BALI INSIDER'S GUIDE (continually updated)
- Bali Weather Report & 5-Day Forecast.
This report is for the whole island of Bali: this means even if you see rain showers announced these might only be in Ubud and in the mountains while the coastal areas are sunny.
- Money Matters.
Information on local currency, how to change money, credit cards and ATMs.
- Currency Exchange Rates.
Local exchange rates quoted daily by BII - Bank Indonesia Internasional.
- VISA ATM Locator.
Listing of all VISA ATM machines worldwide – including Indonesia and Bali.
- Internet Access from Bali.
How and where temporary visitors can access the Internet during their stay in Bali.
- What You can See and Do in Bali.
The most important tours and excursions; Balinese dance performances; Wayang Kulit & traditional drama; museums & exhibitions; sports & many other leisure activities, and shopping.
- Food & Restaurants to Enjoy in Bali.
Prices & opening hours; "Chaîne des Rôtisseurs" events; International cuisines; Indonesian cooking, Padang food & Balinese delicacies; beer, wine & local alcoholic beverages. Restaurant suggestions: where to eat in Sanur; restaurants in the Kuta area; seafood in Jimbaran; eating out in Nusa Dua; Ubud & surroundings.
- The Food of Bali Recipes and Instructions.
Lavishly illustrated recipes for 75 Balinese delicacies and detailed instructions how to prepare them. Compiled by Bali's food guru Heinz von Holzen.
- Bali after Dark.
The most popular pubs, bars and discos for tourists and residents in the Kuta area, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Ubud. Updated frequently!
- Drugs: Don't even think about it!
The use (or just ownership) of narcotic drugs is illegal in Indonesia and punishable by death. Drugs offered on the street are of questionable content, and often mixed with toxic substances. Many street vendors cooperate also with the police. If you buy you will be arrested soon afterwards, and you will be released only after paying US$60,000 or more – if at all!
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