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A Song and Dance in Ubud

Ubud as I mentioned before is the cultural capital of Bali. This island really excels in the production of art and music. There are thousands of small shops lining the roads selling very intricate and time consuming carvings, in styles and subjects to suit all tastes. I’d put money on it that you’d find some [...]

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All pain no gain

C.M. writes: Bali offers many outlets from which you can indulge in pampering of all shades and colours. One of their specialities is the Bali massage and on every street you will find ladies intoning “Massage, Bali massage” or “Full body massage” like a mantra to any passing tourist, but I trot on by with [...]

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In among the padi fields around Ubud

We headed out of town towards Ubud on our Honda Tiger, the cultural and arty crafty centre of Bali. The problem was that the town never really ran out. The map seems to show that there is a rural area north of Kuta and Denpasar (where the airport is). In fact though, the town never [...]

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Getting into a jam around Kuta

We spent three days at Legian which is a slightly less developed tourist area north of Kuta, the most developed and congested part of the island. Around Kuta you can do bungy jumping, go surfing, and all the beer is served in bottles with foam ‘stubby holders’. Which of course means it’s a big destination [...]

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A bit of background…

Indonesia is not a country we hear much about in the west. It’s never seemed to capture the imagination such as countries like Vietnam or China, but this country is every bit as exotic and interesting as those. This huge archipelago of 17,000 islands straddles the equator and is actually a fairly recent invention, being [...]

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