Friday, May 29, 2015

10 Best Tourism Destinations in Aceh, Indonesia

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NAD or better known as Aceh is a province at the tip of Sumatra Island. This province has outstanding natural beauty, ranging from the coast to the mountains. After the damage caused by the tsunami in 2004 in most of the region including tourist places, Aceh back up and organize the tourism sector very well.

10 Best Tourism Destinations in Aceh

Planning a holiday to Aceh? See the best 10 Tourism Destinations in Aceh which are worth to visit:

1. Baiturrahman Mosque

The mosque was built by Sultan Iskandar Muda in 1612 has become an icon of Aceh. The main building of the mosque is white with large black dome surrounded by seven towers. Magnificent impression increasingly felt in the presence of a large pond and fountain in front of the mosque is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal in India.

The mosque is a place of tourism in Aceh which is much visited for its beauty. Huffington Post website put Baiturrahman Mosque into the list of 100 most beautiful mosques in the world, even Yahoo! calls this mosque as one of the 10 most beautiful mosques in the world. This is of course more and makes proud people of Aceh and Indonesia.

If you want to buy a souvenir, you can come to the Aceh market, located at the back of the mosque. After being around, you can have culinary tour because there are plenty of food vendors in this market.

Baiturahman Mosque

2. Blang Kolam Waterfall

The waterfall is located in the Sidomulyo village, North Aceh and can be reached within 30 minutes from Lhokseumawe. Here you can see the twin waterfalls with a height of 75 meters surrounded by shady trees. If you want a different experience, try to come up with to bring your camping gear.

Blang Kolam Waterfall

3. Suhom Waterfall

The waterfall is located in the Suhom village, Lhoong District, Aceh Besar. To be able to reach these places, you have to pass through streets heaving with mountain views Paro and Kulu. On the way, do not be surprised to see a lot of monkeys hanging around in the street. These monkeys are usually requested fruit or other snacks on road users passing by.

Suhom Waterfall

4. Lampuuk Beach

Acehnese don’t need to be jealous to Bali which has many beautiful beaches since there are also many beaches with stunning scenery in Aceh. One of the tourism destinations that can be seen is Lampuuk Beach. This beach is also known as Kuta Beach in Aceh. Lampuuk beach has a coastline of 5 km from south to north with soft white sand and cliffs at the end of the beach. Many activities you can do at this beach ranging from surfing, sunbathing, swimming and also play banana boat.

Lampuuk Beach

5. Tsunami Museum

Tsunami stroked Aceh in 2004 leaving a mourning feeling for the survivors. To honor the memory of the victims, Tsunami Museum was built in Sultan Iskandar Muda street in 2009.

Inside the museum, there is a long hallway with the roar of the waves and running water that will remind you of the major disaster. This Tourism destination is always visited by many tourists who want to see what is left of a tsunami. Many displayed objects as the rest of disasters such as the victim's bike. In addition, there are photos of the victims who died and the testimony of survivors stories also electronic earthquake simulation tools.

The museum was built as an educational center and a shelter if a tsunami came back. The Museum is open every day except Friday from 10:00 to 17:00.

Tsunami Museum

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6. Iboih Beach

Iboih beach offers beauty beneath the sea that you can enjoy without having to swim though. Here you can snorkel and diving. When you snorkel, get ready you will be fascinated with clear water. If you are not satisfied playing in the water, you can still spend time picnicking at the seashore, under the palm that is so soothing or bask in the sunlight.

Iboih Beach

7. Lhoknga Beach

Lhoknga beach location is close to Lampuuk beach located about 20 km from Banda Aceh. Lhoknga beach has wide and sloping sand, suitable use for sunbathing or playing beach volleyball. There is also a shady tree to where you relax. If you are not satisfied relaxing and sunbathing, you can try surfing in the sea. Lhoknga Beach has the waves which are suitable for surfing with a height of 1.5 to 2 meters.

Lhoknga Beach

8. Ulee Lheue Beach

Ulee Lheue beach is only about 3 km from the center of Banda Aceh, precisely located in the Meuraxa District. The most popular activities at this beach are fishing. In coastal areas there are many sellers of fishing equipment if you forget to bring the tools for fishing. There are mountain ranges that exist across the beach, so that adds to the beauty of Ulee Lheue Beach.

Ulee Lheue Beach

9. Pantan Terong hill

Pantan Terong is a hill that used to enjoy the beauty of Central Aceh from above. This tourist spot located at an altitude of about 1830 meters above sea level. You can see Lake Sea Fresh resembling giant cauldrons from here. In addition you can also enjoy the sunrise and sunset with the view was gorgeous.

Pantan Terong Hill

Pantan Terong Hill

10. Kuala Merisi

Kuala Merisi is a place to enjoy the beach with a quiet and silent atmosphere. It is Located at the Ketapang village in Krueng Sabee district. With a long coastline and a small beach the waves of Kuala Merisi is very suitable to play water at the seashore. It is also frequently used as a surfing location because the waves are very suitable for water sports.

Kuala Merisi

Kuala Merisi

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

10 Interesting Tourist Destinations in North Sumatra, Indonesia

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North Sumatra Province is located at 1 ° - 4 ° North and 98 ° - 100 ° East Longitude, it’s breadth of 72981.23 km².

North Sumatra can basically be divided into:

   East coast
   Bukit Barisan mountains
   West coast
   Nias Islands

The east coast is the fastest growing region since the infrastructure is relatively more complete than any other regions. Eastern coastal region has also more densely population compared to other areas. In the Dutch East Indies of colonial era, the region was including in the residentie Sumatra’s Oostkust along with Riau province.

10 Interesting Tourist Destinations in North Sumatra

North Sumatra is a province in Sumatra Island that is visited by many tourists. If a place visited by many tourists, it means that in that place there is an attractive tourist destination. What are they?

1. Maimun Palace
Maimun Palace which is now become an icon of the city of Medan, North Sumatra is a relic of the Royal Deli. Since 1946, the palace was inhabited by the heirs of the sultanate of Deli. Palace of more than 2,700 meters has more than 30 pieces of the room with an interior design that is a blend of Malay culture, Islamic, Spain, and Italy. In addition to take pictures in this historic building, visitors can also see the Old Dutch furniture collection, a collection of photographs of family the sultan, and the collection of all kinds of weapons.

Maimun Palace

2. Sipiso-piso waterfall
Sipiso-piso waterfall located close to the Tongging village, North Sumatra. Sipiso-piso waterfall was managed as one of the tourist attractions in North Sumatra by the Government of Karo Regency. The word “Piso” comes from the knife because of the swift waterfall is like a sharp of the knife. Sipiso-piso waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia.

Sipiso-piso waterfall

3. Great Mosque of Medan
Great Mosque of Medan is located in Medan, North Sumatra was built in 1906 in the style of a mix among the Middle East, Spain, and India. Great Mosque of Medan is very easily found by tourists who are attracted by the elegance of Great Mosque of Medan.

Great Mosque of Medan

4. Toba Lake
Toba Lake is the most famous lake in Indonesia because of its large size and unique form where there is an island in the middle of the Lake. With a length of about 100 KM and and a width of about 30 KM, Toba lake is the largest volcanic lake in Southeast Asia. Toba Lake is a tourist place in North Sumatra, the most famous, so no need to worry if you want to stay in Toba Lake because at the side of Toba Lake there are many lodging.

Toba Lake

5. Samosir Island
Samosir Island is an island located in the middle of Toba Lake which has an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. Travelers can cross over to the island of Samosir by using the ferry boat or by using a landline. At Samosir Island you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, enjoy historical tours, cultural tours and culinary of Bataknese, up by visiting the thermal baths.

Samosir Island

6. Nias Island
Nias has a worldwide reputation with the charm of the jumping stone and surfing activities. 2 meter high stone wall can be skipped by the local youth so easily. It is a famous Nias attraction which you can find in the Bawomatauo village.

Surfing in Nias is one of the best in the world with huge and challenging waves, something that can also be found in Hawaii.

Nias Island located in the Indian Ocean on the west of the island of Sumatra. Sitoli Mountain is a city that became one of the central tourism there. You can find the Nias Heritage Museum in the city with 6,500 collections of objects of cultural heritage of Nias Society. Together with Toba Lake, Nias Island is some of the tourist destinations in North Sumatra that is well known in foreign countries.

Nias Island

7. Love Cross
This is Tarutung city landmark, a cross-shaped monument built in the hill of Dolok Siatas Barita in order to honor the service, dedication, and exceptional devotion of Dr. Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen. Nommensen is a missionary origin from Marsch Nordstrand, the North Germany who taught Christianity in the Land of Batak to free Bataknese society from animism and underdevelopment of civilization.

At the peak of this Siatas Barita, Nommensen ever tried to be killed by the people of Batak when ritual worship took place to sombaon Siatas Barita, the spirit of nature which was worshipped by the Bataknese. When the spiritual leader (Sibaso) ordered his followers to kill, Nommensen deal with it and said that the spirits are the spirits of demons. After that, Sibaso fell down and did not bother him anymore.

From the position of this cross, you can view the city of Tarutung. There is also an altar and seating with a capacity of 600 people for church service. There are also small houses, called the House of Prayer, a place where tourists can prayers to the Lord. The charm of this tourist attraction is always crowded by the visit of tourists.

Love Cross

8. Sigura-Gura waterfall
This is the highest waterfall in Indonesia, elevation of 250 meters and is located in the landscape near the Toba Lake. The cool and airy environment is the character of this tourist destination.

The flow of the river from the Sigura-Gura waterfall is often becomes a rafting competition in Indonesia as well as the world with a torrent and rocks contoured. Some popular activities besides rafting are of course camping in the waterfall area.

Sigura-gura waterfall

9. Tarutung City
Tarutung is the capital of the North Tapanuli district, which at the beginning of the 19th century is a crowded place visited by people around it to trade that come from the area of Silindung, Humbang, Samosir, Toba, Dairi, including from the south as Pahae, Sipirok, to Sibolga and Barus,

Currently, Tarutung has been renowned as a center of religious tourism in North Sumatra. In this city the center of HKBP Church activity is located.

Besides the Love Cross which is another lure landmark, in Tarutung there is also a soda water bathing pool which there are only two in the world besides in Venezuela, which is called Aek Rara Tarutung.

Tarutung City

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10. Mount Sibayak
Mount Sibayak volcano is still active. The charming attraction of the mountain is a beautiful natural panorama. Sibayak Mountain located in Tanah Karo is also called Raja Mountain, is a favorite place for those who want to see the beautiful panorama of the city of Medan and enjoy the sunrise.

Mount Sibayak

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best 10 Places to Visit in China

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The fastest growing world economy has for a long time cemented itself as a leader in tourism offering a plethora of destinations that are ideal for each kind of traveler. Whether you are looking for a touring experience in history, architecture or nature, you can rest assured that China has the ability to meet and surpass your expectations by far.

However, with that much variety, finding the ideal places to visit in china can be a daunting task given all the interesting places that the country has to offer. To help guide in your endeavor to explore the best that China has to offer, here are 10 places that you should not leave without seeing.

Best 10 Places to Visit in China

10. The Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Declared by UNESCO as a cultural heritage site in 1994, this is a huge treasure house also known as the symbol of Tibet is filled with articles and materials of Tibetan history, art and culture. It is also known for the precious scriptures, antiques and Buddhist statues which it houses.

The Potala Palace in Lhasa

9. West Lake in Hangzhou.

Better known as China’s paradise on earth, this is a beautifully crafted place that signifies and oozes tranquility offers a rare and unpolluted piece of china that was created to express the love that the Chinese have for garden style parks for the purpose of recreation. The tree-lined walkways offer a great stroll and atmosphere for you to unwind.

West Lake in Hangzhou

8. Xi’an.

Even though this has been recently discovered, it has a significant part in the history of commerce for countries in Europe and Asia. It was once the Silk Road that supported the commerce between the countries. It was also one of the four Great Ancient Capital of China and is a true site to behold.


7. The Bund, Shanghai.

For lovers of structure, this is the place to be. It is among the most recognizable symbols of shanghai and shows the world the other side of Hangzhou with its European colonial architecture buildings. While the buildings in themselves can be quite breathtaking, it is even more impressive when night falls and the yellow rays of lights strike them. The glow is just spectacular.

The Bund, Shanghai

6. Giant Pandas in Chengdu.

Even at the verge of extinction, these gentle giants have remained a darling to many and are not only a favorite of the Chinese are also loved by foreigners, children and adults alike. While there are couple of zoos that you can see them, there is nothing that beats being able to see them in their natural habitat and one of the places to visit in China which can allow you to do that is Chengdu.

Giant Pandas in Chengdu

5. The Yellow Mountains.

The yellow mountains not only offer a scenic view that is bound to wow any visitors but feature five wonders that include the sun rise, the seas of clouds, hot springs, twisted pine trees as well as oddly shaped rocks all make the Yellow Mountains a true marvel to behold and among must visit places to visit in China while here on a trip.

The Yellow Maountains

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4. The Li River in Guilin.

For ages, artists and poets have been inspired by the beauty of the Karst landscape that surrounds the Li River and have consistently tried to capture this by pen and brush but nothing comes close to this breath-taking natural scenery. It is a great photography destination and the one place that should strike you when you think of a scenic and beautiful landscape.

The Li River in Guilin

3. The Forbidden City.

Once a palace city, one of the greatest places to visit in China got its name from the fact that ordinary people were in ancient times forbidden from entering the city. This extravagant demonstration of ancient Chinese architecture boasts of over 8,000 rooms that have golden roofs with elegant designs. The rich history that this city has to offer is a true eye opener other than its magnificent structure.

The Forbidden City

2. The Terracotta Army in Xi’an.

In 1974, farmers digging a well uncovered the greatest archeological sites in the world which had laid underground for more than 2,000 years. These life size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies in the Warring States. They were also a decisive force in bringing together a united China hence its significance.

The Terracotta Army in Xi'an

1. The Great Wall.

For most travelers, you have not really been to china if you have not been to The Great Wall of China which happens to be among the most popular places to visit in China. Its history, architecture and defensive structure are among the factors that earned this monumental structure a spot in the Seven Wonders of the World List.

The Great Wall

Being the gateway to Asia, China has plenty to offer in terms of economy and the best thing is that while you might be here on business there is also a lot of natural pleasure that this country also has to offer.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Discover the Best 10 Places to Visit in Australia

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Experience awe inspiring scenes as you step inside the kangaroo ridden land, Australia which is nestled around the Pacific Ocean and harbors a cultural feast. If you’ve decided to conquer this tourist friendly hotspot, Australia offers so much more than an oceanic bonanza. Right from midnight trails to colorful reefs, you can explore the natural diversity which is a once in a lifetime vacation.

Whether you’re traveling with family or backpacking with your friends tourists from around the world can discover towering volcanoes, cerulean waves and lush expanse of jungles in some of the best places to visit in Australia.

Best 10 Places to Visit in Australia

1. Sydney

One of the first places to visit in Australia is Sydney, the leading metropolitan and capital of New South Whales which is defined by its scenic harbor. You can catch a ferry for a glimpse of the iconic Sydney Opera House and the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. You can visit the watery ends of Camp Cove or relax at Bronte Park enjoying a fine meal of Brazilian barbecue.


2. Great Barrier Reef

Thinking of water surfing? With exclusive islands nestled in and around Australian waters, the Great Barrier Reef is an exquisite sight to behold. Located off the coast of Queensland, the reef is the largest in the world that preserves 2900 coral reefs and is inhabited by diverse aquatic biodiversity. The exotic ecosystems that exist in the coral reefs are a tourist’s delight during scuba diving and snorkeling sessions.

Great Barrier Reef

3. Alice Springs

Around 900 miles from the nearest city, Alice Springs is nestled in the heart of Australia which consists of a multitude of beautiful geological formations. Right from boundless dessert landscapes to treacherous caverns, the destination holds a pioneering history. The remotely placed aboriginal communities are a mystery to the world however tourists can always check out Red Centre or take a hike up Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock.

Alice Springs

4. Cairns

Once you’ve enjoyed a marine expedition in the Great Barrier Reef you can always drop down at Cairns, one of Australia’s most popular tourist vacation spots. Settled in the northwest, Cairn showcases an amazing expansion of wildlife sanctuaries like Daintree, extravagant waterfalls at Crystal Cascade and a laid back city style which is worth visiting.


5. Melbourne

A well planned city located on the southeastern tip of Australia, Melbourne, a cultural capital and one of the popular places to visit in Australia is where you can enjoy seafood delicacies, marinated steaks while caravanning and the famous Lamingtons for tea time! Enrich your stay with a visit to a notable museum or an exclusive entry into an art exhibition, the city is at your disposal.


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6. Perth

Your next destination on the list is Perth, a unique territory settled in Western Australia where you can enjoy wine tasting at the Swan Valley, drop down at Fremantle or take a swim in the clear waters of Rottnest Island. Visit the biggest chocolate franchise, Margaret River on this exciting trip or collect trinkets at the Freemantle Market.


7. Brisbane

If you think your gastronomic experience has come to an end, Brisbane surprises you with a plateful of hearty Spanish tapas! Right from visiting Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to exploring the natural settings of Lone Pine Kuala Sanctuary, Brisbane is an ideal destination for visitors.


8. Hobart

Capital city of the Tasmanian Islands, Hobart is a dark horse compared to other destinations which encases Georgian and Victorian architectural delights. Showcasing Tasmanian brewery of the 1800s’, Hobart lies in the shadows of Mount Wellington that offers tourists a spectacular taste of ethnicity in Arthur Circus, suburbs of Sandy Bay and Launceston.


9. Darwin

Unexpected yet appealing, Darwin is becoming one of the most popular places to visit in Australia that lets you explore wildlife in the jungles of Crococaurus Cove or take a cruise past Mary River Wetlands. For nature lovers, experience bird watching thrills in the Mangroves of Darwin or travel through time as you visit Darwin Military Museum.


10. Adelaide

Last in this list of best places to visit in Australia, Adelaide doesn’t stand apart but is in fact a famous destination known historically as the City of Churches. South Australia introduces Adelaide where you can drink in the delights at Jetty Road or swim with dolphins in Glenelg. While Barossa Valley displays finely grown vineyards, Hahndorf with its rich European influence is a must see on your list.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

10 top travel destinations in Bali, Indonesia

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Most people say that Bali is an overrated Travel Destinations, not too worth and too touristy to visit. I presume it all depend on a matter of finding or locating the best destination to enjoy yourself at Bali.

Whilst some Travel Destinations in Bali have suffered from increased commercialism in the recent years, there are still more places to be visited in Bali, as they appear untouched by era. Bali is known to be the island of gods, a distinctive form of Hinduism rules the unique bail’s culture, and it is evident in all other aspect of Balinese life. It starts from the place of worship that ornament every corner of the islands to the daily offering found in every household.

Whether discovering the distinctive cultures of the Balinese community, scuba diving in the reefs, climbing ancient volcanoes or sunbathing on stretches of beaches, Bali has a bit of paradise life to offer one of the best Travel Destinations.

Bali deserves the attention as a traveling destination; here is a list of the 10 top travel destinations in Bali.

10 top travel destinations in Bali, Indonesia


It is perched among the terraces of rice field that ascend the foothills of central mountains at Bali. Ubud is also considered as the central heart of the Bali island. Ubud is a residence to the most important museums in the island, comprising the Nek art museum, which has extensive collection of Balinese painting. There are music and dancing performances in every day of the week throughout the town as well as frequent craft shops and art galleries to be explored. Ubud has been valued among great places to learn Balinese culture and tourism. Ubud is bordered by smoothly rolling rice paddies that helps in creating good-looking impression of greenness.


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Positioned on the southwestern side of the coast; seminyak is a small city that has been covered by the city of kuta. Despite its closeness to Kuta, seminyak is an island with exclusive travel destination in Bali. From its five star restaurants and high-end boutiques to its magnificent spas and hotels, the town attracts well-paid travelers from all over the world. Even though the surf is too deceitful for most swimmers, the beach offers travelers great panoramic analysis of the Indian Ocean and for the professional surfers who gather to this area to surf in the big waves.



This is the most popular travel destination in Bali. Kuta Beach is a tourist spot, its famous is due to its location close to the airport, wonderful beaches, cheap cost, and suitable waves for novice surfers. Kuta Beach is also famous with beautiful sunset panoramic view. Unique facts of Kuta Beach is that before becoming popular travel destination nowadays, Kuta Beach was a major port as well as trading center in Bali. With the white sand and blue sea, it is equipped with a complete supporting facilities, Kuta Beach is a major travel destination in Bali.



Mount Batur lies in highlands found in Far East of Bali, it has a caldera in kintamani. Climbing to the peak (1700 m) of the active volcano is an immense experience for any travelers. Many people would do this as sunrise hike for a vital experience, beginning from as early as 5 am to 7 am sunrise. This climb is moderately easy and the walks are quite noticeable. From the climax of the mountain, you can views all direction of the Great Island.



It is the largest Travel Destinations on the northern part of Bali. Lovina is best visited due to its black volcanic sand located 5-mile of its beach. Surrounded by several villages, the vicinity is a most popular place for scuba diving and snorkeling adventures since the northern waters are calmer than the rest. Local skippers manage the traditional outrigger known as Perahu stand prepared to take tourist to the best areas of diving. The calm sea is also a perfect suit for dolphin watching and swimming too, making the place ideal travel destination for people.



Nusa lebongan as part of Bali territory is one of the small islands located off in the southeastern seashore of Bali’s mainland. It is so small that guests travel around the entire island on foot in two to four hours. Nusa Lembongan is an admired day-trip destination. Its beaches create a center of attention to most visitors worldwide. It came about after a flourish of a mushroom-shaped coral shore, mushroom beach located near the villages of Jungtbatu .it also features powdery, white sand and clear waters. Most areas around Nusa Lembongan are good for snorkeling and diving, there is abundance in healthy coral and marine. Surfing activities can get a bit tricky, but the water waves are good.



Sanur beach is found in Denpasar village in southeast Bali. The beach is cool and quiet Sanur Beach making it a popular destination for tourist and visitors, which has made the spot the nickname Snore Beach implicating a bit of a misnomer however, as the beach has plenty to watch and do. Apart from the well-kept beach, Sanur has numerous essential historic sites, which includes the Blanjong Temple that contains a column having inscriptions that date back to the 9th century. Sanur beach is located near Le Mayeur Museum, which was once home to Adrian Jean a Belgian impressionist. Le Mayer has many artistic works and features. This travel destination in Bali is quite popular such as Kuta Beach.



PuraLuhur is located in the island referred to as Bukit Peninsula Uluwatu Temple –PuraLuhur a unique feature of the site is a large rocky limestone cliff with a temple balanced on it, nearly like a sight from cliffhanger, which adds to its histrionic grandeur. The island includes Balangan, which has numerous good surfing spots, and Bali’s that has few best beaches. Tourists who go to higher grounds of the temple are able to please with breathtaking view of sunset and the nearby side of the temple. Since 11th Century, the temple has been undergoing expansion by famous safes and balanced on the Indian Ocean at about 70 meters. Uluwatu Temple is one of the travel destinations you must visit.



Nusa Dua is one of the top travel destinations and is a part of the Bukit peninsula found in southern Bali. It has some of the best luxurious and beautiful hotels. The tourist resort is also known for its clean waters and clean white beaches .the waves are gentle along the northern end of the peninsula, superior along the south end. The most suitable form of transportation in Nusa Dua Bali is by a taxi.




Pura Besakih is situated on Gunung Agung, one of the highest mountains in Bali. Pura Besakih is mostly considered as the most significant part of the “kayangan jagat,” the nine directional holy places built to guard the island from any evil. The temple was mainly named after the dragon god; believers say dragon god lives within the depths of the mount Gunung Agung .The temple is comprised of more than 28 structures erected on seven rising terraces. When participating in an organized tour in Bali, the best way to enjoy the site is having, self-designated guides on site who can be insistently be demanding.



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