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... is still a place of magic and wonder, although you must now make more of an effort to slip free of the tourist economy.
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Jl. Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan, Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia
Bat Cave Temple
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JL Labuan Sait, Pantai Suluban (Blue Point Beach) Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
The monkeys that live here are very mischievious!!! Be careful...they will snatch water bottles and food right out of your hands and even sunglasses straight off your head! We even saw one with some unlucky visitors slippers !!!
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Luwus, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Walking into our guide's house we were treated to a scrumptious spread of the best food we had had in Bali. Lightly sauteed spinach with chicken satay, noodles, Balinese spices and pickles along with tofu dipped in a delicious sauce made for a...
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JL. Uluwatu 111-X, Denpasar, 80361, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Uluwatu is located on the southern tip of Bali and the temple is perched high up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Be careful with those cute little monkeys. They are quite naughty and will take anything not part of your body.
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Jalan Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
This photo was taken a few minutes before the earthquake in bali oct 2011. As the ground and walls began to shake the local women started yelling, chanting in their language (which i cannot understand).... seemed as if they were trying to talk to...
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Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
The best babi guling (suckling pig) in Ubud can be found at the no frills, open air Ibu Oka, Jalan Sueta / Tegal Sari No 2. Sit on the floor in front of a low table (you may have to share) and rip into a plate of tender pork served with rice and a...
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Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia
High atop the island of Bali, a Hindu temple sits "on top of the world", situated in the crater lake of a dormant volcano. The temple is a popular location for devotees and tourists alike, so the site is usually include with day trips to the...
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Sengkidu, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Candidasa was a pleasant surprise in contrast to the busy crowded beaches of kuta
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Jl. Siulan, Penatih Dangin Puri, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237, Indonesia
This is Coffee. In Bali we were lucky enough to meet a man who actually loves coffee more than me. He generously offered to take us to his business partners coffee plantation and show us around for the day. I learned more about the growth,...
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Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Spending an early morning with our family in the monkey forest was a nice way to avoid the crowds, and have fun observing the monkeys. We enjoyed exploring this amazing nature reserve and shoot some family pictures given the lovely morning light.
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a place to wash your soul a place to heal your mind a place to recharge your body
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Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863, Indonesia
A little boy dressed for a traditional Balinese temple procession shows me his best Barong, or lion-dance.
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After taking classes for a month, I am deemed worthy enough to perform the traditional Balinese Welcome Dance in front of a gathering of friends. After adequately performing a dance that any eight year old Balinese girl could do, the following act...
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Jl. Sulawesi No. 1, Dangin Puri Kangin, Denpasar Barat, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80233, Indonesia
Badung is a traditional marketplace in Bali. This is the least expensive place to bargain for handcrafted objects to take home with you, as well as to buy spices (cinnamon, cloves, saffron, and sea salt). Making your way through these bustling...
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Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Tegallalang is situated about 20 minutes north of Ubud and particularly famous for its picturesque terraced rice fields.
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Desa Bunutan, Kec.Abang, Amlapura, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
If you go as far north as Amed (and you should) they still farm and harvest sea salt by hand. This location was not far from Selang Beach along the Jalan Abang - Adem
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Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
On our way to see Ubud Palace (and check if the nearby suckling pig joint was open), my travel companion and I were surprised by a tropical afternoon rainstorm. We were able to duck into a cafe as the rain started coming down in full force, but...
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Jl. Akasia XVI No.100, Sumerta Kelod, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80223, Indonesia
I was fortunate enough to be in Bali recently for some work, and I had some free time to explore around the island..(when there wasn't any good surf...!) A couple hours from Kuta Beach (main beach in Bali) there are a bunch of beautiful villages...
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Jl. Suweta No.31, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
What was supposed to be a solo trip turned into a serendipitous rendevous with one of my dear college friends and creative collaborators, who happened to be in the Philippines right as I was planning to tour Bali, and then Manila. He ended up...
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Jalan Abang - Amlapura, Ababi, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Tirta Gangga is a water garden built for the royal family in Karangasem, East Bali. After a rainstorm, the stepping stones in this pool were submerged. I felt like dancing.
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Jl. Uluwatu No.Desa, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
I'll be honest, you are going to find mixed reviews from travelers about visiting the Uluwatu Temple on the southern tip of Bali. People are going to complain about the thieving monkeys (for good reason), the lack of luster offered by the temple,...
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Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
If you are in Ubud have the opportunity to talk a medicinal or herbal walk through the fields don't miss it. There are an amazing variety of herbs growing along the paths.
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Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Bali sometimes gets an unfair review as being an overhyped and overly-touristed exotic destination. On the contrary, my husband and I enjoyed our three weeks there immensely. We divided our time between unassuming, coastal Jimbaran and Ubud (of...
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Sunset beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Lembongan island, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Located just off the eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia, is a small island called Nusa Lembongan. It is a great place for a day trip if you're vacation in Bali, and it's only a 30-40min boat ride from Sanur. There is a boat that will take you...
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Petulu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Outside of Ubud in the still-quiet country, the father of a friend wades through a sea of green, taking care of his family's ricefields. He is the last of his line to work in the sawah, or rice paddies. His son has graduated college and works on a...
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Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
The temples in Bali, Indonesia are famous for their multi-tiered thatch roofs. This was taken at Pura Taman Ayun in the village of Mengwi. Visitors are not allowed to enter the temples - we could only view from outside the walls. Thankfully the...
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Walk through the old rice fields of Bali, just outside the ancient site of Gunung Kawi.
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Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
At our point of departure from Benoa, Bali, before we boarded the Orion II to take us up and into Borneo/Kalimantan, we spotted this sign for the "waving gallery." At that moment, however, we had no one to wave us bye-bye.
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Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
In Bali this is just another door.
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Satra, Klungkung Sub-District, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
On the road in Gianyar, Bali; image captured as we waited to get around another big truck with a gang of men changing a tire in the middle of the road.
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Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Outside Ubud the work in the rice fields begins soon after dawn.
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Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
First stop in Bali, just off the plane, just a few minutes from the (traffic-crazed) airport: a little restaurant called ACC Minang, because our friend Caroline, who knows how much we love the spicy beef dish called rendang, says this is now the...
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Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
It's been nearly 14 years since our last visit to Bali. In the interim, our friend Caroline, in Bali since 1986, built her house near the village of Abangan, outside of Ubud. This is the view to the east in the morning, from her studio next to the...
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MAS, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
On our first visit to Bali in 1988, our soon-to-be-fast-friends Azman and Caroline took us to the studio of mask-making genius Ida Bagus Anom [http://bit.ly/H8tOmN]. We were instantly enthralled by the expressiveness of the faces he carved and...
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Jalan Batu Belig No.41, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
A stay in Ubud wouldn't be complete without dropping by Naughty Nuri's for a rack of ribs, smoking hot off the grill. Casual, open air dining with more pork than you can shake a rib at, burgers and steak as well. Nuri's is a "local's joint" often...
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Jalan Suweta No.5, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Our friend Caroline has lived in Bali for 25 years. On the second morning of our visit, she cooked up some nasi goreng. It entered the breakfast hall of fame and was without a doubt the best fried rice I've ever had.