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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Must See Attractions in Bali

1. The Iconic Temple of Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is widely known as the place of the most iconic Temple in Bali. This temple is located on the top of a big rock which is surrounded by the sea.

You’ll impress yourself when you saw this temple for the first time. The sound of the waves that crashing on the base of the big rock will be the background music that calming your mind. Moreover, you’ll see the best sunset view in your life from this place.

2. Uluwatu Temple

Aside from The Temple of Tanah Lot, Uluwatu temple is another iconic temple in Bali that worth to visit. Standing on the cliff edge in southwestern Bukit peninsula, this temple has attracted many tourists to come and enjoy a beautiful blue ocean landscapes from this temple. Uluwatu temple also the best place to view a beautiful sunset.

3. Besakih Temple

The largest temple in Bali that also known as ‘the mother of temples’ by the local people is another place that worth to visit when you come to Bali. It’s located in Mount Agung, the famous mountain in Bali.

What makes this temple more unique than other temples are that there are eighteen separated sanctuaries which belonging to a different caste. And there are three main temples which are dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Scenic Golf Travel Destination

Indah Puri doesn’t have the high reputation of Bintan, but it is definitely one of the most scenic courses in Batam. The course runs parallel to the ocean one moment, then meanders between scenic lakes and bunkers the next.

Laguna Bintan offers scenic golf along the South China Sea. On the front nine, twice you come down to the palm-fringed beach. The first occasion, the tough par-3 8th, requires a shot across the beach, over a rocky shore and onto a secluded green lined by trees. Though this hole looks intimidating, the stress is minimized by the beautiful ocean view, with Malaysia in the distance and the Banyan Tree villas situated on a jungled hill across the bay. The second beach encounter happens on the other side of the resort. Here you will find the short and palm-fringed par-3 12th.

Next on the list is the beautiful Ria Bintan Golf Club, and its spectacular Ocean course. The impressive par-4 5th and 6th holes take you through scenic natural jungle. Then on the award-winning par-5 7th, you tee-off in the jungle and arrive at a green with a small pond on the front-right, and the South China Sea beyond. The next two holes are even more spectacular. The par-4 8th features a green which appears to sit out in the ocean, while the tough par-3 9th is played across the ocean to another stunningly framed green, this time situated above the ocean on a rocky platform.

Although golf at the Tering Bay G&CC does not have the excellent reputation of neighboring Bintan, with poorer maintenance standards often cited, it does have a reputation as another of Batam’s best courses. Set among green hills, tropical jungle, and luscious lakes, the scenery alone would be worth the visit.

Trip Planning Advice For Indonesia

Day 1 – Arrive Jakarta.

2 – Jakarta.

3 – Fly to Yogyakarta.

4 – Yogyakarta.

5 – Fly to Bali.

6 and 7-Bali.

8 – Fly to Flores.

9 – Flores.

10 – Fly to Sumatra (via Denpasar, Bali).

11 – Sumatra.

12 – Full-day trip (with cruise) to Lake Toba.

Day 13 – Back to Jakarta to depart country.

For the travelers with less time, and interest only in Bali, I’d recommend the following 8-day trip.

Day 1 – Arrive Denpasar, Bali. Overnight in either Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua, depending on your interests.

2 – Depart in the morning for Ubud, stopping at craft villages along the way. Stroll through town and attend an evening dance performance.

3 – Ubud. Spend the day exploring the surrounding sites and villages.

4 – Depart in the morning for a drive to Batur Volcano and Lake, the Mother Temple and the royal baths at Tirtagangaa. Overnight in either Candidasa or Tulamben.

5 – In Tulamben, spend the morning snorkeling or scuba diving around the offshore wreck of the USS Liberty. Depart in the afternoon for Lovina.

6 – Get up early in the morning to see the dolphins.

7 – Depart Lovina. Head for Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua for overnight.

Day 8 – Spend the day shopping and on the beach. Visit the Uluwatu or Tanah Lot temples. Depart in the evening.

If you are able to stay longer in Indonesia, consider extending the stay in Bali one week or adding a week on the islands of Ambon and Sulawesi. Another option would be to spend 3 to 5 days on Bali, travel to Surabaya by bus (or van) and ferry, take a train to Yogyakarta (a daylong trip) and spend a few days there before flying to Denpasar or Jakarta for your departure. Other alternatives include a trip to Komodo Island; a two- or three-day trip to the easternmost major island, Papua, to see the birds and jungles and try its fabulous diving; a four-day trip to Kalimantan to visit the orangutans; or a few days on an excursion to one of the volcanoes. Most travelers see only the major islands and sights and leave satisfied. But if you have lots of time and patience, you can visit literally hundreds of other islands. Most are only seen by dedicated anthropologists, ornithologists or long-term around-the-world adventurers.

Discount Travel Deals Info

One way to get a good deal is to look over “undercover hotel” offers. The prices are so low that the hotels don’t want to advertise the offers outright; you won’t find out the name of the hotel until after the booking. While this may seem like a gamble, many top-name hotels like Marriott, Hilton, and Sheraton are involved with these offers. You can usually view some information about the neighborhood the hotel is located in and the types of amenities it offers before you decide whether or not you want to book.

Another way to obtain discount travel deals is to use budget airlines. More and more budget carriers are offering long haul trips – some of which are even offering flights to other countries. WOW and Norwegian Air are two airlines to look into if you want to fly internationally. For domestic flights, consider Jet Blue or Allegiant Air.

Flying direct might not always be the answer, either. Sure, you might get to your destination a lot faster, but you might end up paying a lot more. It might be a lot cheaper to book a flight to another city first, and then book a separate flight from that city to your intended destination.

Warnings for Discount Travel Deals

Watch out for airfare that seems TOO low. You might wind up getting hit by a bunch of hidden fees. Some smaller airlines charge extra for onboard drinks and snacks – including water. You might also get charged for a carry-on bag. Be sure to read over the fine print to determine if you really will be getting a good deal.

You can save money if you book with a hotel and airline that are partners with each other. On travel booking sites, there is usually an option to combine your flight and your hotel room. There are also memberships and loyalty points to consider. If you’re an American Airlines AAdvantage member, for instance, you can earn points for staying at hotels such as Best Western, Hilton, Marriott, La Quinta Inn, etc. Convert those points into free air miles. There are many, many opportunities like these. Some credit card companies also reward points that can be redeemed for airfare or free hotel rooms.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any discount travel deals right away – sometimes it takes just a bit of patience. The perfect offer will eventually pop up.