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Bali (Indonesia)

When one talks about Bali Island, often the word “paradise” comes to mind. Indeed, this island abounds with cliches: world-class surfing, paradise for food, golden magnificent beaches, wild and crazy nightlife… But if generally a cliche is an ensemble of false ideas, here the cliche turns out to be true, as all the elements quoted above can be found in Bali. But above all, Bali has a unique culture, made of ancient legends and myths, and beyond that, made of a great open mindedness. With its internationally renowned many forms of art such as dance, music, painting, sculpting, Bali is not done amazing you.A�

Kuta

Despite its infamous partying lifestyle, Kuta has many things to offer and is the ideal gateway for your adventure in Bali. Indeed, it is 10 minutes away from the Denpasar Airport and by bemo, motorbike or taxi, not far from towns like Seminiak, Ubud or Lovina. Apart from that, you will enjoy Kuta for its gorgeous sunsets and the golden sands. There are also a reasonable number of places to shop to buy handicrafts, batiks and local souvenirs.A�

Ubud

Ubud is a little town located about 45 minutes from Kuta. Famously and deservedly called the center of Bali’s art scene, Ubud guarantees a romantic and clever escapade. Ubud is located at 300m above sea level, and hence enjoys a cool climate. This latter fact makes it a perfect spot to flee from the heat and the crowd of the other Balinese towns.

Ubud city is a real concentration of culture, typical Balinese architecture, and eagerness for knowledge. It is the best place on the island to have a real glimpse at Bali’s Hindu. Heritage and will delight all the curious and inspired people who want to experience something more than the fun and sun. These last fews years though, Ubud has inevitably lost a tiny bit of its charm as the merciless machinery of mass tourism spares none city. Nevertheless, if the town center is a bit noisier and competitive than before, the lane and the corners that are located away from it are really worth the visit and constitute a true must to put first on your to-do list. There, the nightly traditional dances which render Ubud so special and popular are exceptional.

Many beautiful rice fields surround Ubud and they constitute a relaxing and interesting activity to do. Many people like to hire bikes and ride in the paddy fields. There are also a lot of temples, historical sites, museums and galleries that are worth the visit. The icing on the cake is that every landscape that will accompany you is breath taking, so bring your camera along. Be it the long lanes full of art galleries or the magnificent greeneries of the fields, you will be charmed by Ubud.A�

Borobudur (yogyakarta) (Indonesia)

Along with the Angkor Wat Temple, Borobudur is one of the finest wonders of South East Asia and doubtlessly the most prestigious monument in whole Indonesia. It is a Buddhist temple located about 40km northwest of Yogyakarta. Place of pilgrimage, Borobudur is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. It has a lot of dramatic history behind it. According to some sources, it was built around 800 AD, but it is unclear by whom exactly and 75 years were necessary to finish its construction. After heyday for Buddhist people, the monument sank into oblivion under volcanic ashes and jungle that grew over it. Its “second life” in 1814 when Stamford Raffles (the Singapore Discoverer ) made the Dutch engineer Cornelius’ discovery public. All the credit was given to Raffles although he did not participate to the unearthing itself.

After this discovery, the site was under archeological attention and in the same time, slightly became more and more appreciated. Being a World Heritage Site, it has been renovated between 1975 and 1982. Now, it draws tourists but especially pilgrims from all over the world and is the most sacred place of worship for all Indonesian Buddhists.

To have a wonderful and unique experience, you can go to Borobudur during the Waisak festival (During the full moon in May). This ceremony celebrates the birth, life and death of Buddha with a long procession that goes from Candi Mendut to Borobudur. It is the perfect occasion to see all the rituals that accompany this kind of Buddhist celebration. It a colorful, spiritual and unforgettable experience.

Borobudur is shaped like a mandala. A mandala is a circular diagram that has its roots in Tibetan traditions. The whole temple is a representation of body, speech and mind of the Lord Buddha. All its architecture and statues live in harmony, and all the elements that form Borobudur are part of a pattern that serves for meditation. It is a real and spiritual guidance for pilgrims for them to find and achieve their way to Nirvana.

Tana Toraja, Sulawesi (Indonesia) Tana Toraja, or ” The Land of Heavenly Kings” is a region located up in the hills of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The two important cities of this region are Makale, the capital, and Rantepao, the largest town. The inhabitants are the ethnic group the Torajans. They are predominantly Christians but obey to their cultural heritage and stick to it.

Tana Toraja is nothing compared to what you have seen or experienced before. You will be stunned by their culture. What makes Tana Toraja so special and unique is all their spectacular funeral rituals and their fascination with the dead.

Death Ceremony in Tana Toraja

An array of beliefs and rituals accompany the daily life of the Torajan people. When someone dies, it is believed that the deceased is not separated directly from the family as he continues to protect and save them by bringing them good luck. Also, as the funeral is considered the most important ceremony in the Torajan’s life, it takes time for the family to save money to buy a buffalo. Indeed, the burials are accompanied by buffalo and pig sacrifices. The more important the deceased, the more the buffalo. Some dances are executed; the dancers’ outfits are based on traditional warrior dress and weaponry. Therefore the funerals can happen a long time after the death.

The funeral season takes place during the months of July and August, so naturally it draws more tourists and curious than the usual. Do not hesitate to get a bit off the beaten track to have the best perception of this amazing Torajan life, or to come during the rest of the year. Makale is the capital of the Tana Toraja Regency. Rantepao is the cultural center of Tana Toraja and is a good gateway for your adventure in Tana Toraja. An absolute must-see in Rantepao is its market, Pasar Bolu.A�

Nias Island (Indonesia)

Nias Island is an Indonesian island located on the western side of Sumatra. It is a paradisaical place known for its turquoise waters and, above all, for being a great surf destination. As a matter of fact, one of the main source of income of the locals is seasoning surf. It is an internationally known surfing spot renowned for its world class waves, the most popular site being Lagundri Bay.

Apart from these surfing features, Nias Island is blessed with gorgeous scenery and a lot of other water activities to do: Fishing, diving… Indeed, the waters there are very rich.

The people of Nias, who calls itself “Ono Niha” (it means “People’s children”) will amazed you with their strong culture. They live simply and are very hospitable towards tourists. Earning their lives mainly by fishing or farming, they live in old traditional houses, built with heavy woods and following a special architecture to resist the wrath of the weather conditions.

Favorite Holiday Destinations – Honeymoon Packages in India

Bali Vacations

Densely populated forests, pristine beaches and a vibrant culture and scenic destination Bali, undoubtedly, a dream place for everyone. Interesting and fascinating beaches by deafening surf and white sand make Bali an ideal place to enjoy with family and friends. Go on a tour of the Kintamani to feel the splendor of the volcano dynamics and a beautiful lake or traveling around the town of Ubud for the benefit of confined culture and crafts. A Balinese massage and spa treatment full of luxury is famous throughout the world. It is an excellent way to get completely revitalized, while in a rewarding holiday.

Honeymoon Packages in India

The burden of honeymoon packages in India is very low, indicating that the newlyweds can enjoy everything possible to better and more reasonable prices. Love and eternal happiness is what it feels like a honeymoon tour in India. The honeymoon destinations in India are beautiful beaches of Goa, backwaters of Kerala, Rajasthan vibrant and numerous ski resorts offering tranquil and ideal for couples on their honeymoon. A list of travel agencies available to ensure that you have an ideal honeymoon in India and well within their means.

Thailand Tour Packages

Thailand Tour Packages have been really popular and the number of tourists is actually multiply every day. You can enjoy a free vacation to the delight of the beginning of your wedding and new life. Thailand Tour Packages cover about everything. You can also get custom packages where you can get both events and meals covered. There are different types of packages available and honeymoon package is all inclusive of almost everything you need. Most packages are not all complete package that has the lowest rate. However, you can have a good number of them who are the most expensive. The result, however is a comfortable and luxurious vacation that will be appreciated, loved and hard to beat for many years. People have the opportunity to have a honeymoon only once in his life and has to be full of fun and should be an unforgettable experience full of fun before we really start their married life. Thailand has nearly everything a beloved partner may want to want to when it comes to vacation and hang-out.

Find Simple Hotels At Popular Tourist Destinations

As you may know, Bali is one of the popular tourist destinations in the world. The popularity of this Island is increasing in recent years. One of the reasons is that you can experience the unique Indonesian culture in this place. You can explore the religion of people living in the country through visiting Bali, and you can also experience the simple culture of the people in this country. In order to experience more about the culture of people in Bali, living in the hotel murah bali would be something appropriate.

In fact, there are a lot of hotels which are affordable to people with a limited amount of money. The hotel is actually for people who are interested in sightseeing more than sticking to the hotel. For the tourists who come as a backpacker, the hotel would be very important in saving their money. Unlike the packaged tours, the backpackers usually need to find the hotel on their own and they would be able to find the cheaper hotel so that they can save the money.

The accommodation provided by hotel is simple, but the services are comprehensive. Visitors can stay in the hotel room and enjoy the sea views of Bali Island provided that they can living in those rooms which can face the sea. They can also experience the breeze if they are living near the sea level. Many people love to enjoy staying in hotel murah bali. They would not go to have spa or other kinds of beauty treatments in the hotel. Instead, they would enjoy staying in the room and watching the beautiful scenery at the evening.

Of course, hotel would provide the suitable transports for the tourists to go to other places in Bali. This is something that many people like to enjoy as well. They will not need to travel on the taxi. Instead, the hotel murah would arrange the transportation.

These years, Bali is developing rapidly. It is not difficult for you to discover that there are a lot of modern constructions being done on the Island. Many people are interested in building the infrastructure in the Island in order to make money. However, hotel murah bali keeps the simple culture and the original culture of people in Bali.

All in all, living in the hotel in Bali is something that a lot of tourists would like to do. Therefore, people can consider booking for the hotels there. During peak seasons, the booking should be done months before because there are really a lot of people who are interested in joining these cheaper hotels and save the cost of their whole tour. Sometimes, you may also need to compete with some travel agencies in the hotel murah because they may also want to provide this kind of option to their clients indeed. Wish you have a nice holiday if you are going to visit Bali or other places of the world.