Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
The largest towns are the capital Denpasar, population approximately 450,000 and Singaraja in the north. The main tourist area is Kuta, situated near the airport. This small sleepy village became a major attraction during the tourist boom of the 70's, because of its famed white-sand beaches, the surf, and stunning sunsets. Some of these destinations are:
Kuta is nestled between Jl. Bakungsari to the south and Jl. Melasti to the north. The beach at Kuta is wide and usually has good surf in the late afternoon. If being involved and having everything close by; if you want to party or just shop, Kuta is the place.
Legian stretches between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Double Six and is what may be described as the cosmopolitan area of Bali. The beauty of Legian is the range of accommodation that is on offer virtually there is something for everyone. The restaurants varied and some of Bali’s best can be found here. The shopping is more boutique style. It is best to wander the side streets and browse for many items including casual wear and beach fashions, antiques, handicrafts and souvenirs. It is always nice to walk along the wide beach in the late afternoon, wander past the endless soccer games and tourists setting up cameras to catch the magic sunset.
Seminyak, Kerobokan & Canggu
Seminyak is only just coming of age, it is only approximately 15-20 mins walk along the beach from the shopping of Legian and Kuta. Good, off-white, sandy beach with powerful waves and some strong currents, and less crowded the further you move to the north of Kuta. The number of hotels, good - but reasonably priced - restaurants, Bali's most interesting pubs and discos, shops selling casual wear, furniture, antiques, decorative items and handicrafts; is increasing fast.
Ubud is one the best places to stay in Bali. From Ubud, you are close to; whitewater rafting, mountain cycling, jungle trekking, lake kayaking, monkey forest, visiting Besakih, Bedugul, Kintamani. Ubud is where the most accomplished painters, dancers, musicians, carvers and weavers live and work, and there are a number of very good museums and art galleries. Art is the main attraction to Ubud with many and varied galleries throughout the village - from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. The Neka Art Museum is the most famous, but it is also worth having a look at his son's gallery, Komaneka, in Monkey Forest Rd, which specialises in contemporary young artists.
Sanur is one of the best places to stay in Bali if you are looking for some relaxation but still having the convenience of local shops and restaurants. It is easy to travel anywhere from Sanur, the frenetic shopping and bartering and nightlife of Kuta is only 20 minutes away by taxi, Ubud is only 40 minutes, and the airport is 20 minutes.
Nusa Dua is an exclusive area built primarily for luxury resort style properties. It’s a great place if all you want to do is relax, unwind and forget the world you left behind. Despite popular myths in recent years, there are many shops and restaurants in Nusa Dua. Bali's southern peninsula is where you find most of the island's international 4 and 5 star hotels – set in a manicured garden environment. Nusa Dua is only 25 minutes from the airport and 35 minutes from all the shopping and life of Kuta.
Dance and drama have historically played an important role in Balinese society. Through this medium, people learned about the tales of the Ramayana, Mahabarata, and other epic stories from Balinese history. The following are brief descriptions of some of the better known dance-dreams that are performed regularly on Bali. Some of the dances, are:
Barong and Rangda
This is basically a story about the struggle between good and evil. The Barong and Rangda dance is a very powerful performance and is not taken lightly by those involved, nor should it be by those in the audience.
The Kecak, as a dance, developed in the 1930's, in the village of Bona, where it is still performed regularly. The theme is taken the Ramayana and tells the story of Rama, who, with the help of the monkey army, tries to rescue his wife from the clutches of (the evil) King Rawana. This is a very exiting dance to watch, and is performed by a large group of chanting men sitting in a circle, chanting & waving their arms and swaying to and fro in unison.
This dance tells the story of Princess Rangkesari who is held captive against her will by King Lakesmi. It is performed by three people, two 'Legongs' and their attendant, the 'Condong'. The Legong is a classical and graceful dance, and is always performed by prepubescent girls, often as young as eight or nine years old.
Post-Meeting Tour Arrangements
There are various travel agents which provide tour packages around Bali. The tours are usually in the form of Half Day and Full Day Tours which you can easily get the information any time of day starting from USD 150 for Half Day and USD 250 for Full Day Tours. Delegations who wish to take these tours are advised to contact the Hospitality Desk at the venue or the Tourism Booth at the Exhibition Hall to get the necessary information. Please note that the tour fee will be on personal expenses of the delegations.
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