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Lush, refreshing and culturally inspiring - Bali impresses with its beach-side charms.

Most of Bali is so picturesque that you could be fooled into thinking it was a painted backdrop: rice paddies trip down hillsides like giant steps, volcanoes soar through the clouds, the forests are lush and tropical, and the beaches are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Of course Bali has beaches, surfing, diving and resorts great and small, but it's the essence of Bali - and the Balinese - that make it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun hot spot. It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people. There's also a fun, sly sense of humour behind the smiles; upon seeing a bald tourist, many locals exclaim 'bung ujan' (today's rain is cancelled) - it's their way of saying that the hairless head is like a clear sky. Interesting Fact: Each year in March or April, most businesses in Bali shut down for a day for the Hindu festival of Nyepi. Many Balinese believe that if the whole island stays quiet at this time, visiting evil spirits will think no one is there - its an interesting time to be a tourist!

 

August 7th 2012 | Categories: | 0 Comments

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