The soothing sounds of gamelan music—a mix of gongs, xylophone-type instruments and flutes—drifts through the balmy air from nearby temples. This sound, like so much else about the paradise island of Bali, is unique. Bali is an intoxicating place—just over three-and-a-half hours from Perth...
Most people have heard of nasi goreng (fried rice) and mie goreng (fried noodles) which are the staples of the Indonesian diet and are eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are available everywhere in Bali and justly popular. But some of the more specifically Balinese dishes are perhaps less known and sadly not appreciated as much as they might be.
Luxurious villas with private pools at low costs—that’s Bali. Don’t get me wrong, you can spend just as much or more than you would in Australia on a fancy home, but in Bali, you don’t need to. Life on this tropical island is luxurious and no matter what town you choose, you can find a private home near the heart of it to suit your budget.
It’s the most flower-filled place I have ever been. Every morning the pavements are scrubbed and little baskets of blooms are laid out. Frangipani flowers are strewn on statues and steps, baskets of woven palm are filled with white lime, red betel-nut and more…each colour has a meaning…yellow for the god Mahadeva…blue for Vishnu…