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  • WEATHER

    AIRPORT TRANSFERS

    SIM CARDS ANDDIALING PREFIXES

    GETTING AROUND

    CURRENCY

    TIME ZONE

    ELECTRICITY

    IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

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    BALI GUIDEYOUR FREE BALI GUIDE FROM THE ASIA TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

    Bali is perhaps the most famous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Youll find gorgeous stretches of sand along its coasts, majesticmountains, centuries-old temples, lively festivals with unique arts and crafts and friendly people who keep their vibrant traditions alive.

    Discover the best of what Indonesia has to offer on this Island of the Gods.

    With a diverse choice of wonderful resorts, Bali has collected top accolades, such as world-favourite island destination, from populartravel publications. Bali hotels are known to be some of the most hospitable in the world, owing largely to the Balinese culture of warmthand hospitality. The islands amazing landscapes, rolling surf, pristine beaches and an incredible cultural experience make for a fantastic

    holiday destination.

    Bali has two seasons, wet (between Octoberand April) and dry (between May andSeptember), with an average year-roundtemperature of 31C. The wet season bringsrain and overcast days, with the mostprecipitation occurring between Decemberand February. From June to August is thewindy and traditional kite season in Bali. Thecentral highlands are typically cooler than thecoasts.

    Best time to go: May to August, whenhumidity levels are low with cool breezes dayand night. http://www.bali-indonesia.com/weather.htm

    There are three ways to get out of the airportand to your hotel: your hotels transfer service,the Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi and a meteredtaxi outside the airport grounds.

    The first choice is the most convenientmakesure that your booking includes a transferservice and pickup details. Be aware thatNgurah Rai Airport Taxi has a monopoly overthe airport transfers service and thus can beover-priced compared to standard taxi meterfees. The last choice requires you to put inmore effortwalking with your baggage outof the airport grounds and flagging down acab to pay by the meter. Go for the firstoption whenever possible. http://www.bali-indonesia.com/transfer-services.htm

    Mobile phone calls are relatively cheap inIndonesia. SIM cards are widely available bymajor national cellular operators, namelyTelkomsel, Indosat, XL, AXIS, Smart Telecom,and Hutchison Telecommunications or Tri3, with the first four numbers, identifyingthe operator.

    The bemo (becak-mobil or motor-cab) isBali's main public transportation, and it is themost economical way to cover distancesbetween and among Denpasar and theregional terminals in Gilimanuk, Singaraja,Amlapura and Gianyar. Full-sized buses andlarger minibuses cover longer routes from thesame stations as the bemos. There are nofixed fares, so its best to ask fellowpassengers how much they pay and followsuit. But remember to pay while still on boardto prevent them driving off with your change.It is normal to be charged extra for excessiveluggage.

    Metered taxis in the main southern touristareas abound, crawling along main streetsbeeping at tourists. Always stick to themeters. Several hotels also providecomplimentary shuttle services to specificareas, so plan your day and make good use ofthe service.http://www.bali-indonesia.com/information/getting-around.htm

    Indonesian Rupiah (Rp or IDR). USD 1 = approximately IDR 12,000

    GMT +8 or Central Indonesian Time (WaktuIndonesia Tengah or WITA), same asSingapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

    Voltage is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Plugs and socketsare the European two-pronged variety.

    Emergency Call Number 112

    Police110 or (0361)751598

    Tourist Police (0361) 1554

    Ambulance118 or (0361)257550

    Fire Brigade 113

    Balawista Lifeguards (0361) 755660

    Sanglah Central GeneralPublic Hospital

    (0361) 227911

    International SOS MedicalClinic

    (0361) 710505

    BIMC Hospital (0361) 761263

    Ngurah Rai InternationalAirport

    (0361) 751011

    Bali Taxi (0361) 701111

    Bali Government TourismOffice

    (0361) 222387

  • 1 KUTA 2 NUSA DUA 3 SANUR

    4 UBUD 5 CANDIDASA 6 DENPASAR

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    BALI AREA GUIDES Balis surf and beaches have been the main magnets of visitors to the island, where sun, sand and surf make for a perfect combination. Excellent surfspots can be found around the southern Bukit Peninsula, while the island's north and easterly beaches are better for snorkelling and diving. Into theheartland, areas such as Ubud and Kintamani offer blends of nature and unique cultural experiences. The islands rich history can also be found in theprovincial capital, Denpasar

    Kuta, located in southern Bali, was a sleepyfishing village half a century ago, but it hasexpanded since the 1960s after its long sandybeach was discovered by travellers from Asiaand wandering surfers from nearby Australia.Ever since, it has perhaps become the best-known tourist resort area on the island. Thesedays, Kuta is quite busy and packed withvaried accommodation from five-star hotelsto budget hostels. Cheap bars and clubsmake it a party centre, while local andinternational restaurants offer great dining.Kuta also has shopping aplenty, from the chicbeachfront Discovery Shopping Mall andKuta Square.

    Nusa Dua would normally refer to the tourismenclave on the south-eastern side of the BukitPeninsula. The enclave is a host of luxuryhotels, and home to a popular golf course, anup-market shopping complex and the majorconvention centre on the island. Howevermost refer to the whole area east of thepeninsula as Nusa Dua, spanning the TanjungBenoa water sport-filled outcrop to thegolden beaches and seaweed farms of Gegerand Sawangan. Though its the mostdeveloped and modern area in Bali, it stillhouses many temples, a museum, and lots ofother attractions.

    Similar to Nusa Dua, Sanur is a coastal stretchof beach on the southeast of the island, butmore of a quieter little town than a tourismenclave. The northern part of Sanur beach wasthe historical landing site for invasion troopsduring the Dutch intervention in Bali in 1906.During World War II, Sanur was again theentry point through which the Japanese forceslanded to occupy the island of Bali. Sanurtoday is also dotted with a number of classichotels and resorts such as the Grand BaliBeach and the Bali Hyatt, and has becomeknown as a popular tourist destination forrepeat guests.

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    Ubud is Balis tourism playground in theheartland. Located among rice paddies andsteep ravines in the central foothills of theGianyar regency, it is one of Bali's major artsand cultural centres that has developed alarge tourism industry. Tourism on the islanddeveloped after the arrival of Walter Spies, aRussian-born German who taught paintingand music. Spies and foreign painters WillemHofker and Rudolf Bonnet entertainedcelebrities including Charlie Chaplin, NoelCoward, Barbara Hutton, HG Wells and VickiBaum. They brought in some of the greatestartists from all over Bali to teach and train theBalinese in arts.

    Candidasa is a popular tourist stopover, andis often considered a far-flung, but still easilyaccessible, quiet retreat in the islands east.The once traditional fishing village teemedwith life in the 12th century, and is best knownfor its lagoon temple, with its original namebeing Cilidasa or ten children, payingtribute to the temple figurines there depictinga group of children surrounding the Hindumother goddess of Hariti. The idyllic settingand superb snorkelling and diving options inthe bay, as well as its accessibility, has led toCandidasa becoming a favourite retreatdestination.

    The islands provincial capital city boasts arich historical background. It was conqueredby the Dutch during their intervention in 1906.The royal palace was ransacked, facing fiercesuicidal retaliation by the court and itspeople, known as the Puputan rite,remembered through a statue in today's"Taman Puputan" central civic square. Thetraditional market of Badung is the best placeto witness the islands vast collection of curiosand wares, from artwork, pottery, andsilverware to textiles and traditional cottonbatik cloths. Museum Bali, next to theJagatnatha temple.

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  • THE SAMAYA BALI 1 THE LIGHT EXCLUSIVE VILLAS &SPA

    2 SEMINYAK ICON 3

    AYANA RESORT & SPA BALI 1 W RETREAT & SPA BALI 2 GRAND NIKKO BALI 3

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    BEST VILLAS

    Offering a five-star luxury beachfrontexperience coupled with Balinese hospitalityin the upscale beach resort area of Seminyak,The Samaya also features a convenientlocation on the famous Jalan Kayu Aya, withamong Balis best restaurants and sunset chill-out spots within easy reach. Resort guestsenjoy direct beach access, and luxury villasfeature modern and chic interiors with theirown full-size private swimming pools. Enjoy24-hour butler services and in-villa diningoptions, or dine with ocean views at BreezeRestaurant. A full range of treatments awaitsat the beachfront Spa at The Samaya.

    Featuring a collection of luxurious one, two,three and four-bedroom private pool villas,The Light offers a secluded place to retreat inthe upscale beach resort area of Seminyak.The spacious villas are fitted with modernamenities, and come complete with a privatepool, living and dining area, and a fullkitchenette. An onsite restaurant adjacent theresorts lobby serves a fine selection ofwestern and Indonesian cuisine for breakfast,lunch and dinner with regular cultural nightshows, while a dedicated spa f