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Discovering Bali, Indonesia

Bali occupies a surface area of only 5,632 square kilometers and on this land; there exists people with a rich culture to brag about. In case you cannot point it on a map, Bali is an Indonesian island that will stretch form ninety miles east to west. A journey from the north to the south-most point of the island will cover fifty-five miles.

Exploring the island is every visitors dream. Because of this, there are hotels around the island to ensure that you have a good stay even as you tour the picturesque places.

Between 25oo B.C and now, the population of Bali has grown greatly to over 3 million people. This is a stark difference from that time when the first settlers immigrated from china. The inhabitants are majority Hindus but there are also Muslims.

Despansar is the capital of Bali and has a population of over 370,000. There are still a great number of people who prefer to stay towards the coastal areas in the South

Bali exports a lot of textiles, handicrafts, and garments to other countries as a source of income. Therefore the whole country’s economy relies greatly on this, as half of the country’s economy is derived form these.

Among the sites you should strive to set foot on are Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua. The hotel and tourist industry is experiencing a boom because of these places which also have activities like mountain climbing paragliding, cruising, rafting. They are way beyond average if you are looking for somewhere to relax and indulge in holiday fever. It is a wonder tourist destination.

Many people have always dreamt of jetting to Bali to have a breather over the holidays but have since changed their minds. Lately, there is a great fear that terrorists may strike at any minute. A great number of people were affected by this disaster as both the ones who wanted to travel then, and those who may want to travel today will remember the terrorist attacks in October 2002 and the consequent devastation.

The Balinese people are a hardworking and forward-looking lot. Their level of determination allows them to rise up once again and despite it all, get things running and look for better days ahead.

Bali Tour Guide: Top Destinations And Activities That You Must Not Miss At Bali Indonesia

Bali is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Asia, with many beautiful coastline, spectacular scenery, picturesque hillside rice terraces, magnificence active volcanoes over 3000 meters high, lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife and rich cultural heritage with over 20000 temples and palaces. It has been voted regularly as the world most enchanting holiday destination by tourists that enjoy their Bali tour.

Bali has many beautiful and famous beach resorts. Sanur is the first developed beach resort in Bali. The rapid growth of development in tourism did not affecting the Balinese culture practiced by the people here. Therefore tourists today are able to see many spectacular Balinese temples that are well-preserved here, along with its beautiful beaches.

Nusa Dua is the latest luxury destination where you will discover the world’s most sumptuous accommodations in conjunction with golden sandy coastline. Along with its warm and crystal blue sea water, it is really a perfect location for snorkeling and diving fan.

Kuta is another famous beach destination that is best for watching sunset while laying on the beaches. After the sunset, Kuta and area around Legian nightlife promises you with numerous excitement, from having romantic moon light dinner to watching the amazing Kecak dance, or enjoy beers at bars or dancing at discos or nightclubs.

Bali has several historical temples with remarkable architecture design which you ought to check out during your Bali tour. For instance, Pura Besakih which is the Bali’s most sacred and largest Hindu temple that was constructed in 11th Century at the 3000m height slope of Mount Agung. Another amazing temple is Tanah Lot, constructed on a gigantic rock that is bounded by sea water in the event of high tides. It is the perfect location to observe the amazing sunset.

Shopping for casual and tailored clothing, handicrafts, antiques, local made jewelry and bargain with the local shopkeepers are the two activities that every visitor must do here. At this shopping paradise, you could find and bargain for many leather products like jackets, coats and handbag at a very cheap price.

With top-notch beach resorts, electrifying nightlife, great surfing and diving spot, various cultural, historic and archaeological points of interest, Bali is one of the world’s most well-known island destinations which will undeniably deliver a wonderful and unforgettable Bali tour for you.

How to Extend a Visa on Arrival (VOA) In Indonesia

I have recently extended my Indonesian visa on arrival (VOA) in Bali. It took about a week, three visits to the immigration office, and Rp251,600, but it was a lot easier than leaving the country to get a new one.

Luckily for me, I live near an immigration office (in Singaraja), so the whole process only took about an hour in total, including journey time. If your nearest office is further away, then you’ll need to decide whether it’s easier to make the 3 trips or just one trip abroad instead.

In my case I needed a sponsor, but I’ve heard of other people not needing one. When you do this for the first time, I suggest you take a suitable local person with you just in case. They can always help with translation and filling in the visa application forms.

Also, I didn’t need a photo, but I’ve heard of other people beings asked to provide one, so it’s probably best to bring one just in case. It’s always a good idea to carry a few passport photos when you visit an immigration office as you never know when they might ask for one. These should be with a red background.

Since I used my wife as a sponsor for my visa, I had to provide a copy of our wedding certificate. Presumably, if you use someone else, this won’t be necessary.

I had to fill in 3 forms. One of these is a sponsor’s letter, which my wife completed. The others I completed myself (with some help from my wife as one is entirely in Indonesian). One of the forms needs a “materai” (stamp) which costs Rp6,000. You stick in on the indicated square at the bottom of the form and both you and your sponsor sign so that your signatures overlap it.

The second time I did this, they asked me to bring in my return ticket, presumably to prove that I was going to leave the country.

One small but important detail: make sure you complete the forms in black ink and in capital letters, otherwise they could be rejected. Really! Oh, and it’s a good idea to dress reasonably well when you go into the immigration office, so vests, shorts and flip-flops are out, as are mini-skirts and skimpy tops. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but at least long trousers/skirt (jeans are fine) and shirt or t-shirt.

You also need to provide photocopies of your passport (showing your identity details and current visa), your sponsor’s identity card (KTP), and your marriage certificate (if your spouse is sponsoring you).

5 days after dropping the forms off, I returned to the immigration office and paid Rp250,000 (equivalent to 25 US dollars).

3 days after that, I returned to pick up my visa. Oh, and I had to pay Rp1,000 for them to photocopy my passport with the new visa stamp in it.

I was initially concerned that, since the whole process was going to take a week, I would end up overstaying on my original visa (which ran out 2 days into the process), but this wasn’t a problem as I dropped off the forms before my visa expired. Ideally, you should go in one week before your visa expires but, even though I didn’t do that, they back-dated the new visa to start from the day my original one ran out. Nice!

Apart from the reduced hassle of doing this (compared to leaving the country on a visa run), there’s another advantage: the visa stamp they use only takes up half a page in your passport compared to a full page for the standard VOA stamp.

I hope this helps clarify the process for you.

One final tip: don’t listen to anything they tell you in Denpasar airport about this as they have been giving out inaccurate information there. For example, they may tell you there’s an immigration office in the airport, which isn’t true. There is one nearby, but not in the airport itself. They’ve also been known to tell people they can get their VOA extended while they wait, which is simply not true. I suggest you save your energy and avoid asking about this in the airport.

Good luck and happy travelling!