Renowned for its highly developed arts, interesting culture and glorious beaches, one will never have a dull day in the Indonesian paradise that is Bali. Although the island attracts large numbers of visitors there are still areas that remain undeveloped on the whole, places to find peace and escape the crowds. On the other hand if you are looking for a good dose of lively nightlife and excellent restaurants you will also be very happy to stay in the area of Seminyak.
Mountains and active volcanoes, rice crops and rivers provide diverse landscape and awe-inspiring scenery through the centre of the island, where wildlife such as mischievous monkeys may be spotted and the sounds of the jungle will surround you.
The artistic capital of Ubud has now grown these days from the once small village-like town, revered for being an artistic hub, to a buzzing large town with plenty of shops, restaurants and things to see and do. It has still retained a charm however and is a lovely place to spend some days. Ubud does remain a spiritual and holistic centre with plenty of opportunity for yoga and retreats. Further cultural experiences include visiting various Hindu temples such as the Tanah Lot or taking a trip to the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which irrigates the paddy fields in Jatiluwih.
There is a plethora of fantastic places to stay in Bali along the south and east coast from Canggu, a trendy enclave for surfer types and great for families to bohemian Uluwatu, east of the airport and then further along this coast, a scattering of gorgeous places set in dramatic scenery with volcanic beaches. The north is largely untouched by tourism and there are a few lovely places to visit for those with more time to explore, including a national park in the north west.
Bali is also host to many festivals, including the Indonesian International Film Festival and International Kite Festival. The Balinese people are gentle, friendly and welcoming and are one of the many reasons visitors return to this lovely island repeatedly.
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