Snake Fruit: From Exotic Fruit to Tasty Wine

From dozens of tropical fruits that can be found in Bali, Salak or snake fruit is the oddest looking one. It is about the size and shape of a ripe fig usually round with a distinct tip, with an edible pulp; to peel, pinch the tip of the fruit and pull away. The fruit inside consists of three lobes, each lobe containing a large inedible seed. The lobes look and have the consistency of peeled garlic cloves, creamy yellow in color and have a sweet acid taste rather like a pineapple, but are crisp and crunchy. But the most distinctive feature of Salak is its reddish-brown scaly skin, and due to this feature salak is dubbed as snake fruit.

In the Edge of Extinction: Janger Dance

It is rather difficult to trace the origin of Janger. No place in Bali admits to having been responsible for the first janger. The north Bali says it came from south, the south attributed to north. If Bali makes Lombok responsible, Lombok says it learnt from Bali. Some expert said that the janger is derived from Sanghyang dance. The female and male choirs were taken away from Sanghyang Dedari and formed new composition. Some said that janger originated from the song of girls, who picked coffee beans from the trees in North Bali. When they were sitting together during their break in the work, they began to sing together, joined by a few boys and it developed into janger. Other said it was the Balinese answer for Sumatran Rampak Sembilan dance.

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Bali Travel News

United Nations Climate Change Conference, 3-14 December, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
November 1st, 2007

The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, brings together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media. The two week period includes the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol. A ministerial segment in the second week will conclude the Conference.

More information will be posted by the UNFCCC secretariat as it becomes available. In addition, the Government of Indonesia will launch a website providing detailed information on visas, local conditions and hotels.


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Bali Travel Forum

Spiritual Tourism
November 3rd, 2007

The Minister said that all locations in Bali have potential for spiritual tourism together with other destinations in Indonesia, such as Tanah Toraja in Sulawesi and Central Java. Wacik emphasized that in addition to the physical location for this form of tourism, it is also essential to have staff trained in meditative practice and yoga.


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Hotel Press Releases

Kupu Kupu Barong Beach Resort formerly The Sandi Phala
Tuban, Bali - Indonesia

November 2007 Press Release

Kupu Kupu Barong Beach Resort (former The Sandi Phala) is a secret sanctuary on the magical island of Bali. Our stunning boutique hotel is set within a shady tropical garden that gently spills on to a secluded private beach of soft white sand. Our concept was to create a hidden world in keeping with tradition and in tune with nature, simple yet luxurious, exotic and romantic.

We are committed to serving the needs of the sophisticated traveller by blending contemporary style with exceptional hospitality. Offering much more than just the amenities of a hotel, we are proud to present our guests with a rare and blissful lifestyle experience of uncompromising quality and unsurpassed personal service.


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