Thousands of beautiful tropical islands, rich landscapes and diverse cultures, and some of the most stunning vistas on the earth Indonesia is a treasure trove of tantalizing choices. Where to start? How about on any of the more than 17,508 islands with 238 million people making it the worldâ€™s fourth populous country, still relatively untouched with a mix of long sandy beaches, diving, hiking and intriguing culture, yet also plenty of places to get your luxury fix. Just a short flight from Singapore, one of the most idyllic islands of the worldâ€™s largest archipelago, BALI is known foremost for its natural beauty, terraced hillside rice paddies, lush tropical forests, warm and welcoming beaches, and volcanoes that peak through the clouds. Bali is home to the vast majority of Indonesiaâ€™s small Hindu minority.
Best way to see them? Island hop! Well start with a five nights stay in the Bali beachside resort town of SANUR or UBUD.
Recommended activities in Bali & its neighbourhood
Barong dance performance
Indonesian cooking class
Visit the Puri Lukisan Museum and modern Balinese art galleries
Explore ancient monuments like the rock-cut shrines of Gunung Kawi, Pura Samuan Tiga temple
Dine at some of the Islandâ€™s best restaurants
Unique and soothing Balinese spa treatments
Browse village art studios of weavers, painters, metalsmiths, wood carvers etc
Walk through Monkey Forest
Visit the morning markets...... shop boutiques selling jewellery, furniture, clothing, housewares, and Indonesia crafts
Take a river-raft or a mountain bike ride
Sanur, the original Bali, is a place with a million memories where painters, artists, dancers and colourful boats blend together to create a welcoming neighbourhood. In contrast to other destinations in Bali, Sanur is a unique opportunity for travellers who crave a truly Balinese experience.
UBUD, BALI. This Indonesian island represents an oxymoron the city centre of Denpasar, the gateway city of Bali, crammed with hotels and travellers activity, is renowned for its highly developed arts including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music. The countryside is picturesque scenery with rice paddies flooding the hillsides and volcanoes reaching to the skies. The rain forests are lush and tropical, and the beaches are washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.