Balinese Family Temple

Ancestors are very important to the Balinese. Each Balinese family has a family temple to worship God almighty and glorify the ancestor and of course, in this family temple ancestors worship is given a great emphasis.

Bamboo in Balinese Life

Bamboo, called tiing by Balinese is an indispensable part of Balinese culture. In Bali bamboo is not grown within the house compound. Balinese believe that if the bamboo sprouts by itself within a house compound it is allowed to remain, but its growth is discouraged by indirect means.


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Jl. Trenggana No. 108,
Denpasar, Bali - Indonesia

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Bali Travel News

UN considers climate change summit
Apr 12, 2007

The United Nations is considering bringing members together for a "high level" meeting on climate change later in the year, as a prelude to a summit in 2008, it was reported today. The UN's secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, told the Financial Times that a meeting between ministers and senior delegates, possibly in September this year, would be a useful precursor to December's meeting of environment ministers in Indonesia. Mr Ban said the discussions "may be able to give some clear guidelines to the December Bali meeting".He added that if the talks were successful then "a summit meeting will have to be discussed later on ... It may be 2008 or 2009." Mr Ban, who took over as secretary general in January, believes climate change is as big a threat to the world as war. He has pledged to make tackling the problem one of his top priorities and has repeatedly urged the US to take a lead on the issue. However, Mr Ban told the FT that "one difficulty is whether I can see for sure the participation of all the major countries, including the United States". Environment ministers from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the conference in Bali where a key item on the agenda will be the successor to the Kyoto protocol, which ends in 2012. One UN adviser told the FT there were concerns that without a high-level push, the Bali talks could end without delegates reaching a consensus on a follow-up to Kyoto. "If we stay on the current course it does not look like the Bali meeting will ... set the groundwork for negotiations past Kyoto," the official said. Any international policy on tackling climate change will need the agreement of the US, China and India - countries that were not bound by the Kyoto agreement.

Indonesia probe says Garuda jet descended too fast
Apr 11, 2007

An Indonesian airliner that crashed at Yogyakarta airport last month killing 21 people came down too fast and at a sharp angle, preliminary results from a crash investigation showed on Wednesday. The chief of the country's Transport Safety Commission said the Garuda Indonesia operated Boeing 737-400 plane bounced and skidded off the runway before bursting into flames. "When the plane was about to land, it looked too high over the runway coming down with a quite high speed," Tatang Kurniadi told a news conference. "After touching the ground, the plane bounced twice and around exit delta the front wheel broke causing the plane to slide with the shock strut exposed." Exit delta refers to a point on the runway. "This caused friction between metal and the runway igniting sparks," he said. The commission's statement said flight GA 200 approached the runway at a 40 degree angle. Kurniadi said the investigation had not yet reached a conclusion so could not apportion blame. The final report will take more than two months more to complete and it would only be issued publicly after parties related to the flight had received a copy, he said. Garuda's operations director, Ari Sapari, said the pilot and co-pilot had been grounded until the final report is out. Survivors of the crash have described how the aircraft approached the runway in Yogyakarta at a "crazy" speed. It had 140 people on board when it overshot and then burst into flames. Five Australians were among the casualties. They were part of a group who had been accompanying Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who was not on board the ill-fated plane, on a visit to Indonesia. Rapid growth in air travel in Indonesia, a country of more than 17,000 islands, has raised questions over whether safety has been compromised and whether the infrastructure and personnel can cope with the huge increase. Indonesia has suffered a string of transport accidents in recent months, including an Adam Air aircraft that disappeared in January with 102 passengers and crew on board. On Monday, maritime authorities heard the testimony of the captain and crewmen of a ferry that sank off Jakarta in February after being engulfed by fire. "The passengers exceeded capacity. The manifest had 227 passengers but the truck drivers and their assistants that number around 80 were not included," said ship captain Andi Kurniawan. About 300 people are known to have survived the blaze and the known death toll was at least 48, but the number of missing is still unclear due to uncertainty over how many on board were unlisted. Ferries are a popular means of transport in Indonesia, but safety standards are not always strictly enforced.

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Hotel Press Releases

Ubud Hanging Gardens
Desa Buahan,, 80571, Ubud, Bali - Indonesia

Orient-Express to Acquire Pansea Hotels Group

Orient-Express Hotels has announced that it has reached agreement to accelerate its planned acquisition of the Pansea group of hotels in South East Asia.

Orient-Express Hotels’ relationship with Pansea dates back to 2004 when Orient-Express invested funds to assist the original owners with the development of the business. The structure of the deal allowed for Orient-Express Hotels to acquire 100 per cent of Pansea after five years, in 2009.

There are six Pansea Orient-Express hotels. They are La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos; The Governor’s Residence in Rangoon, Burma, a former palace; La Résidence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, close to the famous temples of Ankor Wat; Napasai in Koh Samui on the Gulf of Siam in Thailand; and Bali, Indonesia where there are two hotels, Jimbaran Puri Bali in an exceptional beach location and the other, Ubud Hanging Gardens, on the spectacular Ayung river gorge.

The managements of Orient-Express Hotels and Pansea have worked together since 2004 and although Orient-Express control of the hotels was effective on 1 July 2006, there is no change to the existing booking channels available to agents, detailed below. The Pansea Orient-Express management and staff will also remain in the business.

The six Pansea properties plus the Eastern & Oriental tourist train which operates between Singapore and Bangkok, and the Road to Mandalay cruise ship in Burma, give Orient-Express Hotels a meaningful presence in South East Asia and a platform on which to expand. In due course the company will be considering additional properties in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and China.

Commenting on the acquisition, Nick Varian, Vice President, Orient-Express Hotels said, “It made sense to both parties to accelerate the original deal. We have had two years working alongside Pansea with its excellent management and staff, who share our commitment to providing the highest levels of service and hospitality in these excellent locations. The travel industry has played an important part in the success of the Pansea hotels and we do not anticipate any change to the mutually beneficial arrangements already in place. We look forward to working with agents, tour operators and tourist boards as we continue to develop our portfolio in South East Asia.”

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