A Glimps on Caste Strugle in Bali part 1

Hierarchy in a society exists in some areas in the world and Bali is one of them. This island of gods has a special society order. Balinese adopted their society order from India. This order was developed between 2000 until 1000 BC in India by the Aryas (an ethnic group which lived in India at that time).

Ingka: Simple and Practical Balinese Plate

Did you ever attend a Balinese Wedding party? And had meals there? Take a look at what do Balinese use to serve the food? Yes, Balinese usually use ‘ingka’ as a substitute for plate in many ceremonies. It has similar form and function with plate.

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Bali Travel News

Bali still main destination of Australian tourists
February 20th, 2008

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali appears to have remained a main destination for Australians as the number of Australian tourists visiting Bali is only second to that of Japanese tourists, a local statistical official said.

Some 204,473 Australian tourists were among a total of 1,666,079 foreign tourists who visited Bali in 2007, the head of the local statistical bureau, Ida Komang Wisnu, said on Tuesday.

He said it was a significant increase compared with 2006 when the figure was only 137,000.

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese tourists visiting Indonesia in 2007 was recorded at 351,633, while tourists from Taiwan were in the third place with 138,849 people.

He said some of the tourists came to Bali not only for a vacation but also for business.

The head of the local foreign trade office, Ni Wayan Kusumawathi, separately said realization of Bali`s exports of handicraft and other non-oil/non-gas commodities to Australia increased to US$29 million, compared with only US25 million in 2006.

Indonesia has set itself the target of attracting seven million foreign tourists this year through its Visit Indonesia Year 2008 program.

Many provinces, including Papua, have prepared special packages to attract foreign tourists.


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Bali Travel Forum


Tips for Temple Visitor
January 12th, 2008

If you plan to visit many temples or attend temple anniversary frequently, it will be better for you to bring your own sash or shawl and a sarong (if you have any, if not, you can buy it as soon as you step your foot on Bali's soil, buy it in traditional market or Sukawati art market, much cheaper there, don't forget to haggle). It worth all single rupiah you pay for, rather that rent a sarong or sash outside the temple.


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Hotel Press Releases

Elephant Safari Park Lodge
Ubud, Bali - Indonesia

February 2008 Press Release

Guests who book into the Lodge can experience waking up to the sight and sounds of a herd of elephants meandering to the lake for their morning bathing ritual whilst enjoying a gourmet breakfast from the Mammoths Head Bar terrace overlooking 3.5 hectares of pristine tropical parklands and unspoiled national forest.

Enjoy a mid-morning swim in the pachyderm inspired pool with a fresh tropical juice before being collected by a private Elephant Chauffeur from a purpose built landing at the front door of each guests individual lodge room.

After an elephant trek through Taro forest, a sumptuous lunch is served at the Park Restaurant located beside the elephant bathing lake before one of three daily Elephant Talent shows is performed at the specially built Elephant Arena.

Time can be spent at the feeding and petting area for as little or as long as guests like, or with a stroll through the botanical gardens which features a pond with its very own giant fish, an Arapaima Gigas, from South America.

For retail therapy browse the Elephant Shop for souvenirs or visit the museum and gallery for an insight into the Parks’ rescue projects and behind-the-scenes conservation operations. Here guests can also see where some of the world’s most unique elephant memorabilia is held including a 15,000 year old Mammoth Skeleton – the only one in South East Asia.

Back at the Lodge, the Safari Wellness Spa awaits to pamper guests with therapeutic massages or a selection of a signature body, beauty, and hair treatments.

The adjacent Fitness Room features state of the art Matrix equipment and free weights to compliment guest’s workout. Both the Safari Wellness Spa and Fitness Room have incredible vistas of the elephants at rest and play in their lush habitat.

Sunset drinks can be enjoyed poolside or on the terrace at twilight before an Elephant Chauffeur arrives to transport guest for a lavish four-course dinner at the Park Restaurant.

Before retiring for the evening, guest may enjoy a nightcap at the Mammoths Head Bar & Lounge whilst deciding which Bali Adventure Tour additional activity they can partake in the next day, be it White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Trekking or another Spa treatment or Elephant Safari Ride.



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