Exciting and Energetic Things to do in Bali

quad-or-buggy-drivingSome people consider a holiday to be a time of rest and relaxation, while others want it to be the most exciting and exhilarating time of their life. If you are in the latter group, you’ll be pleased to know that Bali won’t disappoint you. No matter how tiring your fun days are, you will be able to sleep well in one of the Seminyak Villas and wake up feeling ready for the next amazing adventure.

Here are some activities to do that will surely make your stay in Bali exciting: –

  • Go white water rafting on the Ayung River. This river has many rapids and Class 3 falls interspersed with lazy pools. The trip leader will guide you around white water bends and rocky obstacles and you can even fit in a swim and lunch.
  • Quad or Buggy driving with a Tubing Excursion for double the fun. You can roar through the Pangayan rainforest on your choice of vehicle – after a short lecture on safety – learning how to cross obstacles and cope with the many challenges of the narrow path and river crossing. After that, jump aboard a tube and head down the Siap River, complete with your wetsuit, life jacket and other safety devices. Pop over waterfalls – only mini ones – slip down chutes and navigate pools on the way. Once the excitement is over you can relax and enjoy a Balinese lunch before heading off to find the next activity.
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Indonesia’s Economy, Beyond Rattan Furniture And Tourism

economyWhile Indonesia has taken its dear, sweet time getting here, it has emerged as one of the newest and most interesting business climates in the international market. This explains the big push for online and tech development in the Indonesian sphere.

ust take a look at these figures: By GDP, Indonesia is the world’s 16th-largest economy. While the rest of the world is still sweating out the global economic malaise, Indonesia is projected to grow by nearly 7% in 2013, according to the World Bank estimate. Indonesia has recently become a member of the G20, and “Foreign Policy” magazine lists 6 Indonesian leaders among its list of “world’s 500 most powerful people.”

Can the Indonesian Steve Jobs or Larry Page be far behind? Maybe that day isn’t coming yet, but Indonesia is getting restless within its economic borders. Agus Martowardojo, the new governor of Indonesia’s central bank, is urging Indonesian banks and businesses to compete overseas. Indonesian tech workers are starting to swell their ranks, and you encounter one in the online global market more and more every day.

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Legian Bali Reopens Doors After Major Renovations

SingosariAccording to Goway Agent News, the Legian Bali has reopened its doors after four months of down time for their firm major face lift since opening back in 1996. It now included a 30-metre infinity lap pool and a beachfront sun deck.

The resort’s exclusive Beach House is the recipient of a new 20 sq-m terrace with loungers that guests are able to access from the master bedroom, which has now been redesigned so that there are more ocean views. The new terrace lighting has enhanced the night time ambiance.

Of course, for those that prefer a villa they will still be looking at local villas. Legian has plenty to offer visitors, but especially those who love a little spa pampering. Legian has a number of excellent spas for a relaxing day, with some even catering to newlyweds.

You will want to be sure to visit the Singosari Temple. While there is not a lot remaining of this temple you must remember it dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most powerful temples in the East Java kingdom of Singosari. Two giant statues once stood guard at the palace front, but only traces remain today. It truly is a piece of history that you will not want to miss seeing.

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Sanur is Popular for Its Yellow Beaches

sanurOn the southern coast of Bali, you will find Sanur. In fact, it’s the main beach resort on the island famous for its yellow sand beaches. The sand from the Sanur beach was actually used in the concrete preparation for the local hotels and restaurants so Sanur actually had to import sand from Nusa Dua.

One of the most significant aspects of this resort is its vast expanse of beach. A trail covering the entire 5km allows visitors to “loiter” and explore the long beach, stopping whenever they want to enjoy a drink or snack in a restaurant located on the beach.

Sanur is actually the oldest upscale resort in the area and even with all the accommodations and restaurants, it remains a nice quiet, relaxing area to spend your time. Sanur is extremely popular with families and middle-aged couples. The Europeans are especially fond of this environment.

Sanur is home to the International Kite Festival, which takes place at Padang Galek beach every July. You will see gigantic traditional Balinese kites flown by teams competing for the various villages. It’s very exciting.

The Le Mayeur Museum is a must see. This was once the home of Adrian Jean Le Mayeur a Belgium impressionist, and today the museum is a dedication to his work.

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Candi Dasa Gets More Attention as Bali Destination Worth Exploring

candi-dasaCandi Dasa is just a small resort on the eastern coastline. It’s often overlooked because it doesn’t get the attention of some of the heavier populated Bali areas. According to Indo, recently it has been getting more attention as more people discover that it offers an escape from all the hassles that are often found in the heavier populated tourist areas. There’s all kinds of things you can do. Let’s have a look at a few of them.

Tenganan – located near Candi Dasa this is considered the village of the original Balinese people. They still live based on their ancient traditions. They are well known for their palm leaf calendars and ikat weaving. Go early in the day and avoid the busloads of tourists that come later in the day.

Tirta Gangga – Just north of Amplapura is this ancient water palace. It was destroyed by an earthquake but it remains the best-preserved water palace in all of Bali. Enjoy the beautiful garden and you can even swim in the royal pools, a once in a lifetime experience.

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Kuta Bali Turns from Hippy Destination to All Round Destination

Kuta-BaliAccording to the Jakarta Post, which was once a hippy destination, is now one of the most popular places in Bali to visit. During the 1960s and 1970s apart from the Grand Inna, which was owned by the government there were no other hotels to stay at and only the wealthier could afford to stay here, so others had to be more adventurous and stay in tent.

Tenters soon connected with local villagers and began to rent floor space in their homes. Fast forward to the 1990’s when suddenly the entire world became aware of Kuta and the sleepy village where hippies hung out became one of them most popular Bali destinations.

Today there are plenty of places to stay. Hotels have exploded all over Kuta, and there are beautiful Kuta villas to rent for those that prefer a more private, relaxed atmosphere with a little more space to call their own.

So what can you see and do in Kuta? Plenty!

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Seven Amazing Sights Of Bali Tourism

7-wonder-in-baliWhile you’re planning your vacation at a luxury villa in Bali, you might want to just check out some of the amazing things to see and do there. Here’s a few images we’ve rounded up from odd corners of the web:

  • A hanging swimming pool in Ubud. We don’t even know how to explain it. It seems to defy physical laws.
  • A Balinese wedding chapel. Where do they get these architects?
  • Terraced rice paddies. There’s miles of these around the central Bali area.
  • A scene from a vacation villa. This is in Uluwatu. Again, an amazing feat of innovative architecture and beautiful scenery.
  • Yet another ocean-side villa. Seriously, how is architecture like this even possible?
  • Suluban beach in Uluwatu. Did anybody say they like exploring tidepools?
  • A dramatic seaside cliff. This is just west of Benoa.

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Arts and Crafts in Ubud

Arts-and-Crafts-in-UbudLike all of Balinese culture, when shopping the many arts and crafts boutiques during your Bali holiday, the two words that will spring to mind will be “exotic” and “ornate”.

The Balinese, it seems, imbue even the merest candle-snuffer or incense holder with its own soul, and usually with its own facial expression as well. The always-intriguing Do Something Different blog has a post on Ubud arts and crafts.

Ubud is a city in the central south of Bali, surrounded by rice paddies and ravine-dotted foothills. In history, the city was originally home to feudal lords under the king of Gianyar, and the citizens crafted art pieces and useful goods as tribute. Later, the spreading arts reputation of Ubud drew artists from Germany and the Netherlands. Ubud is also home to many museums, including Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Neka and the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

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Balinese Tourism – A Few Tips For Dodging The Crowds

Balinese-TourismBali is making no idle boast when it calls itself the jewel of Indonesia – it’s one of the most popular resort destinations in the world.

A recent survey of tourism throughout Indonesia found that a whopping 80% of Indonesian tourists visit Bali and Bali alone!

For those of you who prefer a vacation with a more relaxed pace, here’s some tips on getting the most out of your Bali experience:

  • July and August are the peak of tourist season. Pick any other month and enjoy fewer crowds as well as huge discounts for the off-season.
  • Stay at a Bali luxury villa instead of a hotel. Hotels tend to charge jacked-up rates compared to what you get, and are naturally more crowded too.
  • Avoid major holidays for any major country. Christmas and New Year’s bring crowds. School holiday weeks in April, June, and September draw large amounts of Australian visitors.
  • Aim for a quieter destination. Candidasa, Sanur, Amed, and Nusa Dua all tend to be quiet coastal towns that cater to the older travelers. Slower pace and more casual atmosphere.
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