By Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Adam Skolnick
”The mere point out of ‘Bali’ conjures up ideas of paradise. It’s greater than a spot it’s a temper, an aspiration, a tropical country of mind.”—Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lonely Planet author writer
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My biggest concern? Not wanting to leave. Top of section what's new For this new edition of Bali & Lombok, our authors have hunted down the fresh, the revamped, the transformed, the hot and the happening. Here are a few of our favourites. com/indonesia/lombok. UNESCO RECOGNITION 1 After years of waiting, Bali rejoiced when Unesco added its traditional rice-growing culture to the World Heritage List. Included: the Jatiluwih rice terraces and Pura Taman Ayun. ( Click here ) POPULAR CANGGU 2 Shops, restaurants and inns are giving vitality to the villas and rice fields of the Canggu area.
The 210-day wuku (or Pawukon) calendar is used to determine festival dates. The calendar uses 10 different types of weeks between one and 10 days long, which all run simultaneously, and the intersection of the various weeks determines auspicious days. Dates for future Galungan and Kuningan celebrations are as follows: YEAR GALUNGAN KUNINGAN 2013 27 Mar & 23 Oct 6 Apr & 2 Nov 2014 21 May & 17 Dec 31 May & 27 Dec 2015 15 Jul 25 Jul PERANG TOPAT This ‘rice war’ on Lombok is fun. It takes place at Pura Lingsar just outside Mataram and involves a costumed parade, and Hindus and Wektu Telu pelting balls of ketupat (sticky rice) at each other.
Head down to the cute little beach and port town of Padangbai and catch a fast boat to the Gili Islands. Wander the islands, enjoy Gili T’s surprising nightlife and go snorkelling to spot a turtle. Three Weeks Total Bali & Lombok Begin your trip at Balangan Beach. Settle back in the sand and let the jet lag vanish. Stop in Denpasar for a purely Balinese lunch and then head up the hill to Ubud to get a full taste of Balinese culture. Next, tackle Gunung Agung, the spiritual centre of the island.