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Bali Is a Tropical Paradise

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An October 2001 trip to Bali by travelwisdom

Around Bali With Bagush Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: For years I dreamed of a trip to Bali…an island paradise complete with visions of the movie South Pacific and the song Bali Hai. I pictured Bali as an island of tranquil, breathtaking beauty. I was not disappointed.

Bali Is a Tropical Paradise

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The opportunity to visit Bali came one day with an email from a friend who had discovered a small group tour to Singapore, Bali, and Lombok for , including airfare from our hometown. Even though we do not consider ourselves group travelers, we couldn’t resist the temptation. We arrive in Bali very late evening. Before leaving the airport, we become millionaires. Millionaires in Indonesian Rupiah…about .00 U.S. We check in our hotel in Kuta around midnight and crash. Tomorrow will be a full and fascinating day. May be the jet lag, we awake very early and go exploring. Our hotel grounds are a well manicured tropical paradise. Heavy tropical vegetation and Hindu altars, like ancient ruins...Read More

Hotel Chedi

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Hotel | "Escape Reality at the Hotel Chedi"

Hotel Chedi Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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After a hectic day in sightseeing and visiting the markets in Ubud, we enjoyed two nights at the Hotel Chedi (Name is changing to Alila). Perched high on a hillside above terraced rice paddies and lush tropical forests, Hotel Chedi is a secluded and serene retreat. Accommodations are individual cottages with teakwood floors and walls. Bowls of fresh orchids, candles and special snacks. There are private decks inviting guest to simply sit and enjoy the dense, cool, tropical setting. And, then there is the bathroom. Right away we notice there is no shower or tub in the elegant huge green marble bath. French doors lead out of the bath. Exiting, we discover a walled courtyard… our private r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2004

Hotel Chedi
Payangan Village 80572
Bali, Indonesia
62 361 975 963

Around Bali With Bagush

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Around Bali With Bagush Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Our first morning Bali, we meet Bagush, our guide for the next few days. Traffic is heavy. There are hundreds of motorbikes careening down the streets laden with everything from 10 foot PVC pipes to huge baskets filled with produce, laundry, and everything imaginable. Our mini-bus negotiates the chaos well. Bagush points out signs of the Hindu culture everywhere. There are statues to various gods in front of most homes and businesses. The gods wear "skirts" of black and white checked material. This pattern symbolizes the coexistence of good and evil in the world. There are also small offerings fo fruit and flowers on the ground in front of businesses and homes. We’ll have to be careful not to ...Read More

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Around Bali With Bagush
Bus Tours Included In Our Tour
Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot

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Attraction | "Tanah Lot & Kecak are Must-See in Bali"

Tanah Lot Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Tanah Lot is the best known temple in Bali. Linked in a series of pagoda-like structures, it perches literally in the sea on a rocky outcropping. Caves beneath the temple are believed to be inhabited by black and white snakes protecting the holy site from evil. The best time to visit Tanah Lot is at sunset when the pagodas are silhouetted by dramatic colors of the sun as it drops into the sea…an exceptional photographic opportunity. Following the masterpiece of the sunset, we climbed up the steep pathway to a cliff top for a performance of the Kecak Dance. Music and dance are an integral part of Balinese culture. Our guide told us that the Kecak or Monkey Dance is an absolute "must-see" for visi...Read More

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Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, Kediri
Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 811 602

Lombok

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Attraction | "A Side Trip to Lombok"

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Up early, we leave Kuta, Bali taking a morning flight to the island of Lombok. Fewer tourists visit Lombok, so we are much of an attraction as the island and its inhabitants are to us. Our guide warns us that the villagers are very curious about "white" people. They may want to touch us to see if the white comes off. They definitely do want to touch. I have on a loose fitting top. In the first village we visit, little hands try to lift it to see if I am the same color all over. Our video camera almost causes a riot. Curious children surround us to get a look at the strange contraption. When we flip out the side screen and a couple of young boys see themselves on screen, a crowd gathers. Mothers ...Read More

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Lombok
Lombok Island- 100 km from Bali
Bali, Indonesia

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We began our sojourn early morning out of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Over the next 24 hours we will fly to Atlanta, Newark, Amsterdam, and into Singapore. The agony of so long in the air is eased by flying Singapore Airlines. They turn out to be as good as we’ve always heard. The aircraft out of Newark is clean and comfortable. The flight attendants are professional, beautifully dressed, and friendly. Unlike most "cattle cars" the seats have more legroom than usual, footrests, adjustable head rests, and individual videos in each seat back. Another pleasant surprise, we are served hot scented towels before the beverage service and then complimentary Piper Heidsieck Champagne…in coach no less...Read More

Savvy Shopping in Bali

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Between must see – must do tours and attractions, few travelers can resist the lure of shops, bazaars, and markets of Bali. Some of us are avid shoppers and some are tepid shoppers. Some of us seek out trinkets and some go for treasures. For either type travel shopper, Bali is a shopping paradise. There are splendid locally woven batik fabrics, inexpensive ready-made sarongs, intricate woodcarvings, silver and gold jewelry, and unusual artifacts. I won’t presume to tell you what to buy, but hopefully these tips will make your Balinese shopping experience more productive, easier, and more fun. Do your shopping homework before you go. Make a list of things you want to buy and a gift list. ...Read More
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Not an easy question. The answer largely depends on personal definitions of "safe" and personal risk tolerance. Prior to September 11, 2001, most travelers gave little thought to travel safety. Since that terrible terrorist attack, other attacks around the world, and the SARS outbreak, travel safety has become a leading concern of would-be travelers throughout the world. One of our fondest travel memories is a past trip to New York City. A highlight of the trip was a champagne toast with friends at Windows on the World atop the World Trade Center. It is hard to believe it is gone. Months before the terrorist attack in Bali, we enjoyed a vacation there. Who would dream an act of such violence woul...Read More