Just east of Java, Bali, with its legendary status, needs no introductions. Bali has held the imaginations of travelers captive for centuries with its exotic culture of arts, dance, music, and other unique traditions blended in a way that creates a deep and memorable impression on visitors.
The Balinese people have perfected the art of holding onto a traditional lifestyle while developing a modern, 21st century tourism industry. Come here if you’re looking for a lush tropical wilderness. Come here if you’re seeking some of the best scuba diving in the world. Come here if you’re a surfer looking for fantastic reef breaks. Come here if you want to party around the clock. Come here if you want to sleepily pass your days on a powdery, white sand beach. Come here with your family, or come alone – you won’t be disappointed.
Bali’s provincial capital is Denpasar and is where the international airport is located. The highlights of Bali are Amed, Candidasa, Danau Beratan Area, Gunung Batur Area, Kuta, Lovina, Nusa Lembongan, Padangbai, Sanur, Tirta Gangga, Tulamben, and Ubud.
Lombok is just 25 miles east of Bali and is quite easily accessible by air and boat. It is often referred to as “the unspoiled Bali”, or “the laid back Bali.” Lombok is truly a tropical paradise. Most visitors begin their stay in Senggigi – the most developed tourist area on Lombok. It has a wide variety of accommodation, restaurants, night clubs, travel agents, and shopping options. On the south coast, beautiful Kuta beach has legendary status with surfers and beach lovers. Trekkers from around the world marvel at their experience in Mount Rinjani National Park. At 3726 meters, Mount Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest peak and a very active volcano. Mataram is the capital of the province. It’s a fun and interesting city to explore for visitors who are interested culture and history. East Lombok offers a rare chance to experience traditional life in rural Indonesia.
The three islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan offer the chance to experience the best island life has to offer. Cars and motor bikes are not allowed, so there is a quiet atmosphere of sun and fun in a tropical paradise, and all that goes with it.
Food and Drink
Food from Bali & Lombok is a little bit of a hotch potch of Indonesian cuisine and world cuisine all mixed together. In fact you will some of the best western food from all over the world in the fantastic cafes and restaurants that line the streets in Bali, boasting international chefs.
Some popular dishes from Indonesia are:
- Ayam goreng (fried chicken)
- Bakso (meatball soup)
- Bakmi goreng (fried noodles)
- Botok daging sapi (spicy minced beef, tofu, tempe and coconut milk)
- Bubur ayam (chicken porridge)
- Cap cay (mixed stir fried vegetables)
- Es campur (fruits, chocolate sauce, milk on shaved ice)
- Gado gado (steamed vegetables peanut sauce)
- Kangkung (water spinach)
- Lumpia (spring rolls)
- Nasi campur (‘mixed rice’)
- Nasi goreng (fried rice – The fish and chips of Indonesia)
- Pisang goreng (fried banana)
- Rujak (Indonesian fruit salad)
- Rujak petis (fruit and vegetable salad with spicy peanut and shrimp sauce)
- Tahu goreng telur (Tofu omelette)
- Sate (‘satay’. Skewered Meats)
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