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It's one of the famous beach for surfing in Canggu Beach, Bali. The beach is quite flat but it may not be suitable to swim because of the strong current.
Great concept, excellent location but again too crowded (perhaps I was there during school holiday). Local crowds (non hotel guests) started to arrive around 5pm after which there was little privacy for in house guests
It's supposed to be one of the happening beach clubs in Bali but when I went there it was too crowded.
One of the latest of many hotels in Bali located at Jimbaran, near the famous Jimbaran seafood. It's a compact hotel, efficiently designed. Room feels fresh with its white themed art deco design. It has a private beach club located at the crowded Jimbaran beach.
There are a few beach clubs recently opened in Bali and this one is located at Canggu Beach where it is relatively less crowded.
It's an upscale and smart villas located at the hip area of Seminyak. It's so sleek that I didn't get the Bali feel when I stay there unfortunately.
A relatively decent restaurant near Makale, Tana Toraja, with the view of rice field. Even though it does not have a lot of selection, the food here is tasty (had chicken satay and butter shrimps). Price is reasonable.
It's a modest place near Rantepao that sells traditionally brewed Arabica coffee. You can't miss this place as the traditional coffee is one the best ones that I have ever tasted. The owner bought semi processed coffee beans himself from an area called Awan, refined them further (selected beans that have same sizes) and traditionally roasted them using a clay pot to ensure certain temperature is obtained.
Another must visit place when you visit Tana Toraja as you can see not only rice field but also the view of Rantepao.
I love this spot and can stay for hours just to enjoy the scenic view of rice field (if you have been to Ubud, Bali, and you like it, you will like this place too!).
It's a traditional cotton weaving village located in the North of Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Makassar. It is worth visiting to see traditional Toraja houses (Tongkonan) and also to see the traditional weaving (don't forget to get a piece of the woven cloth here not only for souvenir but to help the villagers too (I hope the younger generation in the village continue this tradition).
One of the oldest burial sites in Tana Toraja that is quite scenic. The wooden statues placed on the wall represented the deceased ones that they were carved near perfection that they looked alive!
It's not an art store but it's a small village of Tongkonan or traditional Toraja houses which specializes in wood carvings. Even though some of the houses are still being used, the entire area is quite 'made' and feels touristy compared to the traditional ones in the villages. Behind this, there is a burial site for the royal family which has been used for hundreds of years.
This is a burial site for the royal family. Unfortunately it's surrounding is not clean. I was lucky to visit this place and was able to see a cock fighting (yes, it's cruel but it's part of the series of event leading to the funeral), held before the people start working on carving the wall of the mountain (to create a rectangular hole used to place the corpses).
In one of the villages of Tana Toraja, the people burry the deceased babies inside a carved Tara tree as they believe the soul of the babies will continue to grow as long as the tree grows.
There are a few burial sites in Toraja and I must say that this is my favorite one because of its location, next to rice field. The statues on the wall represent the deads and they were original (some were carved hundreds of years ago). The people of Tana Toraja don't burry the deads on the ground as they believe they shouldn't 'contaminate' the purity of earth. Instead they would place the deceased ones inside a man made cave on the rocky mountain - after they go through a series of ceremonies which sometimes take months during which the mummified corpse is being kept in the house.