Balinese Culture


A Few More Festivals in Bali

Bali, being tourism generated, has a lot of festivals throughout the year just like the Bali Arts Festival I wrote about in a previous article. A majority of these festivals are excellent for families on holiday in Bali and most are a definite must-see mainly because of what they have […]


33rd Bali Arts Festival

Starting on the 11th June and going through until the 9th July, the Bali Arts Festival will prove to be bigger and better than previous years. The Bali Arts Festival opens with its traditional Grand Parade in downtown Denpasar scheduled to kick-off at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2011. […]


Photo of the Day: Pura Ulu Danau Bratan

The two most photographed places on the island of Bali undoubtedly are the sea temple of Pura Tanah Lot and the other, Pura Ulun Danau Bratan located 2 hours north of Kuta on the shores of Lake Bratan. The temple is one of Bali’s kayangan jagat or directional temples and […]


Hari Waisak – Waisak Day

Today in Bali and across Indonesia is Waisak Day. This is a Bhuddist holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Bhuddism. The day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. This celebration is enlivened by religious and social activities in Buddhist temples. In Indonesia, […]


Photo of the Day -Denpasar Museum

The museum is located opposite Puputan Square in Denpasar. Set in traditional grounds, adjacent to Pura Jagatnata, a visit to the museum is a relaxing and affordable place. Here you can learn about Balinese history in detail. Split into 4 main buildings, the museum is stocked with artifacts dating back […]


Durian Time in Bali

It’s that time of the year again when you can’t take them into a taxi or a bus, or even into a shopping centre and, some hotels even ban them being devoured in their rooms. In fact, Durian is one of those fruits that give off an odour even before […]


A Few Excellent Restaurants in Ubud

Ubud is a place where you could spend your entire holiday in Bali and it is also a great place to base yourself for exploring the rest of the island. Being a relatively tranquil place, it is a haven for tourists, lovers of art and a delightful area to spend […]


Indulging in Traditional Foods in Bali

It is said that to get to know a country one must immerse themselves in all aspects of the culture and that includes food. Unlike in the rest of Muslim Indonesia, the Balinese food is somewhat different to other Indonesian foods in that it often includes pork dishes such as […]


Photo of the Day: Sumatran Nasi Padang

At one time (until they moved to Jalan Legian) ACC Padang was down a small lane (Gang Ronta) that runs off Poppies Lane 2. It was my favourite nasi padang place in Bali. The exterior of the place was certainly not that typical of your usual warung or restaurant in […]


Balinese Names and the Confusion for First Time Travellers

When you first travel to Bali and meet the friendly Balinese people it can be very confusing in some respects and mainly concerning their names. It will seem that every second person has the same name! There are a tremendous amount of Wayans and Mades in Bali. Unlike in western […]