Ubud


One thing I enjoy when travelling is attending festivals, carnivals or fairs. Not only are they a great way to experience the local culture and customs but there is always good food available! Besides, it’s a good way to meet people and interact with the residents. Bali, being tourism generated, […]

Two Upcoming Events in Bali


Elusive and just as beautiful, yet endangered, the Bali Starling has been on the WWF list of endangered species for quite some time. The remaining wild population of this bird are to be found only in Bali and only in Bali Barat National Park. This stunning bird, known to the […]

Rare Bali Starlings Released into Bali Barat National Park


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 […]

A Few More Festivals in Bali



For anyone visiting Bali a must-see that should be on their list is the Bali Safari & Marine Park, just a 45-minute drive from Bali’s International Airport. The park is located on the newly developed ocean highway, Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra and thus assuring visitors an easy and fast access […]

The Bali Safari & Marine Park


If you drive for about an hour and a half north-east of Kuta you will find the bohemian cultural centre of Bali, Ubud. Famed for its arts, Ubud is a cool area of Bali and home to many expats. Located in the district of Gianyar, the town of Ubud is […]

Villas and Hotels 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 […]

A Few Excellent Restaurants in Ubud



I have always been a film buff much preferring indie and noir films to the regular crap churned out of the USA. I do have a few friends who are amateur filmmakers and no doubt the Global Social Change Film Festival will be right up their alley. Indeed, for those […]

Global Social Change Film Festival – Ubud


In Bahasa Indonesia they are known as topeng and indeed there are quite a variety and colour as well as expression to be found in Bali. Over the decades I have collected around sixty masks from across the archipelago and, if you are a collector of cultural items then there […]

World Mask Festival to be Held in Bali


The one fantastic thing these days is that more and more travellers are going green by minimizing their travel footprint and seeking out accommodation that is eco-based and one of responsible tourism. I particularly like Wikipedia’s interpretation of ecotourism: Ecotourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas […]

Eco-Hotels in Bali



Any traveller or tourist visiting Bali should endeavour to try a local delicacy called Babi Guling or roasted suckling pig. It is one of the most famous dishes on the island and is a mouth-watering feast not to be missed. A young suckling pig is used because of its tenderness […]

Balinese Food: Babi Guling