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  • BaliPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Jul 19, 2014

    Come for the culture, great food, and over-the-top resorts that won't break the bank. Contrary to Western perception, this isn't really a great beach destination. Most of the beaches are similar to what you might find on a rocky California shore line. That said, I've returned here many times because the island has a lot to offer -- especially if you are willing to escape Kuta.

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    Andy Kush
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    5 Jul 10, 2014

    I LOVE Bali! The best place in the world that I ever visited. Here you can find white sand beach, great night life, beautiful mountains, paddy field, traditional dance that will captivated you, naughty monkey, and lots of hot chick! :)

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    Dino
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    5 May 24, 2014

    Bali is a wonderful place. I've been there many times. try to get away from the southern area unless you go there for the nightlife. kuta is crazy, bu Sanur, ubud, the Bukit and Manjegan are all great. love the people, the love the culture, love the island of Bali. not to mention the world-class surf!

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    Shivangi
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    5 Jan 25, 2014

    We spent 7 nights in Bali and this truely is an island of gods.
    The thing that hits you instantly about the place is the simplicity. People sincerely follow their religion. Bali is a hindu island that eats pork. They love Baba Guling.

    Some things that stuck with us:-
    - Every Balinese home has a temple inside to ward off the evil
    - Balinese art and craft is simple awesome- Woodwork and painting
    - Each temple even the lesser known ones is just gorgeous
    - Rice paddies are gorgeous, if you get a chance to speak with the farmers working there, do so, they are super friendly.
    -The locals outside of the tourist areas are far warm and friendly. Almost everyone is up for a conversation:)

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  • BaliPro 2014
    Anisha Shah
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    5 Dec 12, 2013

    The ultra-elegant uber-luxurious Amanusa hotel is Bali with a seriously chic accent. A prevailing sense of peace and spirituality is synonymous with Aman hotels throughout Indonesia. Located on a sensational cliff-top with 35 suites, all with private pools, this was once Princess Diana’s Bali abode. Privacy and seclusion are guaranteed. A private beach, complete with daybeds in secluded alcoves is the setting of my Bali highlight – romantic private beach Balinese massage and candlelight dinner under the stars with team of chefs.

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  • BaliPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
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    4 Oct 28, 2013

    Bali. Tourism exploded here about 20 years ago and they've never looked back. There is bad traffic and all the other trappings of tourism development. But beyond all the international hotels, identical souvenir shops, foreigner-filled restaurants, drunk Australian teenagers, there is something special about Bali. It is still a magical place. It's just harder to find. It is a place of people with a very rich culture and traditions and one which cannot be separated from their Hindi religion. Get out of Kuta and explore this island of incredible natural beauty.

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  • BaliPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Oct 18, 2013

    Any review of Bali has to be firmly divided into two separate columns: the physical landscape in one, and the tourist culture on the other. In the first, Bali exhibits a real richness -- stunning beaches and coastline, lovely mountain scenery and palm-fringed rice paddies; in the second, the terrible scamming and dishonesty, the aggressiveness, poison the first. I have wonderful memories of my time in Bali, driving the coast roads or into the mountains, or watching a school of fish circulate around my body as I snorkeled. I also remember, however, being kicked off of a public bus at the side of a highway for refusing to pay double the correct fare, and being shaken down by police for bribes. Be aware before you come that both these sides exist to the island, and both are very real.

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    Baxter Jackson
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    5 Jan 03, 2014

    One of my dad's favorite stories was when it was just me and him walking along Bali's infamous Kuta Beach (I was about 11, I think). Lots of Europeans and Ozzies were there getting massaged and sunbathing topless. So I turned him and said, 'Hey, dad - did you notice these women aren't wearing any tops?' He chuckled, put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'They sure aren't son, they sure aren't' and then busted into a big belly laugh. Haven't been back since 'Eat Pray Love' went viral but I bet not much has changed ;-)

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  • BaliPro 2014
    Juno Kim
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    4 Oct 16, 2013

    Bali, the land of the Gods, is a special place. As soon as you land in Bali, you'll feel the change of the atmosphere. The deep breath, calming feeling and light breeze will welcome you to this special place.

    The best way to explore Bali is walk. Get out of the main street; walk around the little branches of little streets. The offerings, temples, religious features and street dogs... everything about Bali is somehow different than other places in the country.

    Walk along the rice paddies. Have a cup of ice tea or two. Just enjoy the breeze. That's the best thing to do is Bali.

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    Grace Susetyo
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    3 Sep 29, 2013

    Lovely beaches, friendly artistic locals, ancient traditional customs still religiously practiced today, and tourist facilities well in place--Bali has all the qualities of the ideal tropical paradise getaway.

    Click here to find amazing photos of Bali: http://tinyurl.com/nbqvl26

    While I personally wouldn't dub this "Isle of the Gods" the most beautiful place in Indonesia, but it certainly makes a convenient travel destination if your idea of a holiday is mainly about relaxing by the beach at fully serviced luxury resorts and doing yoga to the back sound of the dynamic gamelan in a room full of intricate wood carvings and fine woven ikat textiles.

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    5 Sep 27, 2013

    I can not think of another place in the world where you get great people, fantastic accommodation, loads to see and do, plenty of beaches and a very pleasant tropical climate all year around. There's a destination for everyone and to really get good idea I would suggest to travel around a bit. Sure, Bali has its shortcomings but a lot of them are being fixed up right now.

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    5 Jan 03, 2014

    A peaceful oasis in the ocean. Climb mount Agung at night to watch the sunrise, buy carved masks in Ubud, navigate the monkey sanctuary, surf your brains out, meditate in a temple, and relax on a perfect secluded beach.

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    Kayko
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    5 May 31, 2013

    Bali stole my heart the moment we climbed through an old temple, passing monkeys down to a secluded cove to go surfing.

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    Kenneth Loo
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    5 May 22, 2013

    An island tucked away from the rest of the world, it has become famous for tourists over the years. Be sure to check it out sometime in your life.

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    Jack Chi
    5 Mar 01, 2013

    Bali, an island in the Indonesian archipelago chain, is an ideal holiday destination for people of all ages. It has a developed tourist industry but still maintains the charm of an undiscovered paradise.

    I stayed in Bali for 2 weeks. This will not be my last visit to Bali.

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    Peachie
    5 Feb 12, 2013

    One of the best trips I've ever had. The place was amazing. The beaches were so sweet and romantic.

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    Christi Brown Steckel
    5 Jan 25, 2013

    I went to Bali with my two sisters for an Eat, Pray, Shop adventure. We and an amazing time exploring the island of wonder. The people, food and sights are incredible. We stayed at the Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa that is a quality hotel with a beautiful setting. We were greeted with complimentary drinks and shown to our room with friendly staff. The room was clean and comfortable, but we didn't spend much time there because there was so much to see. We had lunch on the beach and the food and drinks were delicious. The beach was really nice, but there was quite a bit of seaweed. One of our days there we spent with a personal driver through the Bali Traditional Tours. Our driver, Ketut Mawa, picked us up directly at the hotel and although we had chosen a specific tour he was willing to take us to any location we desired. We toured the artisan villages where specific areas determine what you will see. There was textiles, silver, wood carving and temple designs. It was definitely a highlight to see the talents of the people. We stopped in Ubud for lunch at the Melting Wok and had delicious curry with coconut milk. We visited amazing temples and our driver gave us a history on the hindu beliefs and cultures. Driving through the rice paddies and villages was a beautiful contrast to the beach view we also had. I definitely suggest adding a tour to your visit especially if you're only there for a short time like we were. Overall, I loved Bali and will definitely go back for an extended stay...and probably set up a crate to send back beautiful hand-made furniture!

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    Yen Phan
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    5 Dec 10, 2012

    Beautiful Bali; Forever Bali. Ubud is so lush and traditional in ways of life. Jimbaran and the resort areas are so wonderfully designed, still maintaining aspects of island style. Kuta is a mix of backpackers, surfers, nightlife, and local style. I fell in love with Bali in 2008. It had nothing to do with Eat Pray Love story but I had a personal story that came from that trip and experience. It inspired me to move to another island (O'ahu) to live, experience, embrace, and share another culture in which I was so fond of. Bali is such a beautiful island rich in culture and with THE friendliest people.

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    5 Nov 09, 2012

    Bali is a magical place. The Balinese culture is fascinating - with beautiful architecture, strange music and dance. The beaches are incredible - both for diving and surfing, the jungle towns like Ubud are also great. One of my favorite spots in Asia.

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    Jenny Thompson
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    4 Nov 08, 2012

    Very cheap holiday, huge accommodation choices, places to eat, cheap shopping. Amazing experience

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Indonesian Island Bali’s beaches, Hindu population, and traditional music and dance, and artisan crafts make it a magical place. Arabica coffee grows near Mount Batur. Beaches have white sand in the south and black sand in the north. Kecak monkey chant (which was actually invented by an anthropologist in the 1930s) is spectacular nonetheless, with concentric circles of chanters alternating counts ... read more
of nine. Traditional Balinese Gamelans are the type of music group to look for. Bali has been periodically plagued by terrorist threats or attacks, like the 2005 bombing. The richness of culture and the natural world, with volcanoes, coral reefs, and beaches, make it worth the journey.

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