Island of the God
With its iconic beaches, pounding surf, picturesque rice terraces and enclaves of artisans, this small volcanic island charms everyone who sets foot on its shores. As the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia, Bali has more than its share of ornate temples and colourful festivals. These are all framed by stunning landscapes, including spectacular mountains and waterfalls.
From dolphin watching on the north coast to the organic café scene and art galleries of Ubud, located in the island’s centre, Bali has it all. You can hike a volcano, indulge in 5-star spa treatments, raft through deep gorges, ride some world-class waves, dive WW2 shipwrecks and underwater temples or fall in love with the culture and beautiful smiles. Bali consistently attracts travel awards for its world-class lavish hotels and spas.
Island of the God
Should your interest be to experience Bali ‘how it used to be’, it is probably best to opt for the sleepy beach village of Sanur. If you prefer the foothills over the beach, a splendid alternative is the traditional village of Ubud in the Gianyar Regency, since long the artistic and cultural centre of Bali. In a way Ubud and its surroundings may also be considered as a destination all by itself.
In case you have the luxury of being able to stay a longer time and prefer perfect peace and quiet over hustle and bustle you may even wish to go to Candi Dasa on the east coast or to Lovina or Pemuteran in the north.
Denpasar may at first seem ill-adapted for tourism as it is the capital city and the centre of Bali’s economy, but actually Denpasar is home to several historical, multi-cultural, traditional, and religious gems. There are museums and monuments from the Dutch colonial period and from even more recent years, while temples will surprise you with their allure.....
Badung is a regency of Bali, Indonesia. Its regency seat is in Mangupura. It has undergone a population boom in the last decade, and has grown into the largest of the suburban regions of Greater Denpasar. It covers Bali's most heavy tourist regions, including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Canggu, Uluwatu, Badung, and Mengwi.....
Gianyar is a regency (kabupaten) in the Indonesian province and island of Bali, Indonesia. It has an area of 368 km2 and population of 470,380, making it the second most densely populated district in Bali (after Badung). Its regency seat is Gianyar. The civil registry survey of April 2011 listed 480,447 people, of which 469,929 were classified as Hindu.