The appeal of a Bali holiday lies in its amalgamation of breathtaking scenery, friendly locals, rich artistic heritage, breezy resorts and sandy beaches that promise an exciting array of water activities. With hilly terrains, rugged coastlines, cerulean waters and picturesque padi terraces, Bali – the famed Island of the Gods, has something to enchant every traveller.
This island paradise is Indonesia‘s top tourist destination, and the only island out of 17,000-over in the Indonesian archipelago that has been awarded the World’s Best Island by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2009.
Shopping in Bali
High-end shoppers and bargain hunters alike will be pleased at the number of shopping options in Balinese shops, handicraft villages and markets. Antique and modern furniture, paintings, jewellery, batik fabrics and wood and stone carvings are just some of shopping you can find in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, the Sukawati market en route to Ubud, and in the town of Ubud itself.
People in Bali
Visitors to Bali are often struck by the warmth and hospitality of its people, who mostly reside in the southern coastal areas of the capital of Denpasar. Bali’s ethnically-diverse population includes people from the smaller islands of Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lebongan, Nusa Peninda, Serangan and Menjangan.
Food in Bali
Food options in Bali span a huge variety of cafes and restaurants that offer both Indonesian and international fare. Go to smaller local restaurants for cheaper, authentic Balinese food. Rice is a staple in typical Indonesian dishes like nasi goreng or fried rice and nasi campur, which is basically steamed rice accompanied by spicy vegetables, fish and meat with a side of sambal or chili paste.
Quick facts about Bali
Going To Bali
Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, or Denpasar Airport (DPS) for short, is the main airport where flights to Bali land. It is a major air hub and the third busiest airport in Indonesia. The two terminals of DPS are used by both international and domestic flights; its international flight services come from Australia, Europe, America, and most Asian countries, including Singapore.
The Best Bits of Bali
Bali has become a famous holiday destination, seeing a vast and sudden increase in popularity these past 25 years. The Indonesian island, just 5,780 km in size, is of particular interest thanks to its unique, rich culture, friendly locals, surf, excellent weather and gorgeous, diverse scenery. In summary, I’d say Bali is that typical tropical experience with a twist; the twist being the indelible little idiosyncrasies in the landscape and culture that make Bali both a place of relaxation but also one of exciting foreign exploration.