Bali: A Paradise on Earth
Bali has become one of the most sought after tourist locations on the world map in the past few decades. In a recent meeting, the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Development (ISTD) struck up a plan to ensure that Bali continues to develop as a tourist destination while retaining its eco-friendly green nature. This implies that Bali would continue to remain a great place to spend some time off.
As a tourist spot, Bali offers a wide range of activities and pass times to indulge in.
Blessed with pristine oceans and rich cultural history, there is something for everyone in Bali. While planning your trip, ensure that you ear mark the most important places you want to visit so that you are not wasting time picking and choosing while you are there. The most popular attractions in Bali include museums, beaches, textiles and art and culture.
There are several museums in Bali that touch up various aspects of the region’s cultural, spiritual past. Walking through the aisles of these museums takes you into the past and tells you a story like never before. You can view pictures depicting events from Mahabharata – a Hindu Epic poem – to ancient documents written in leaves preserved through all these years. There are many other museums focusing on other forms of arts, artefacts – each reflecting upon a slice of ancient times.
If the utterance of the word “Bali” brings up a picture of white beaches with blue waters, then you are certainly in the right place. Bali does have a string of neat and clean beaches where people can indulge in water sports or just lie down and enjoy some sunshine. Most of these beaches also offer some adventurous activities like snorkelling, diving and even a chance to interact with resident dolphins.
Art and Culture
If you are into art and culture, then Bali offers motley of cultural avenues. Indonesian cuisine is certainly worth a try. This rice dominated cuisine offers a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and well as meat and seafood options. The Bali crafts are well known all over the world – almost everyone in the world has seen some kind of Bali craft in a painting, sculpture or other form of art – and here you can get them right at the source. Besides these, popular folk culture is evident in puppet shows, music and dance events that give you glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the country and the region.
While the Balinese textile industry is feeding the growing demand for clothes in the West, there is a strong and vibrant local ethnic wear business that is bound to impress you. Bali offers a wide range of traditional textiles like Endek, Songket, Gringsing, Batik, Ikat among others. Each textile has a distinctive look and feel to it, and is a great buy if you love to wear different kinds of dresses.
Finally to experience true Bali, you need to find a great place to stay. Fortunately, you have plenty of options available to you. If you are on a very tight budget, you can book rooms in the hotels. If you truly want to make your trip memorable, you should look at villas. These are independent houses with swimming pools, and host of other amenities that will give you the ultimate luxury experience.