At Home on an Indonesian Island: Rent $300 a Month

As I wander through bustling streets, the soundtrack changes with each turn I take…first jazz plays, then hip-hop, rock, even a full gamelan orchestra… Mingling with the music in the air is a delicious aroma of spicy and sweet sauces, especially the Indonesian specialty sambal, rising up from little warungs or street-side food stalls serving up ayam goreng (fried chicken with rice; $1) and gado-gado (a salad with peanut dressing; $1)...

When Business Meets Pleasure In Bali…

Ubud, on the Indonesian island of Bali, is a lovely place to spend time. Green rice paddies…mixed Balinese and Dutch colonial architecture…and a “big village” feel. Ubud has kept the artsy, Hindu vibe that seems mostly missing from the modern beach fronts of Southern Bali. And it has seen enough tourism since the 60s to have developed a great selection of restaurants, bars, hotels and villas to suit all budgets.

7 Steps to Bali Bliss

Towering volcanoes…world-class surfing…superb beaches…fiery Indian Ocean sunsets…. Bali is a feast for the eyes. Adding to its appeal is cheap and tasty cuisine…a super-low cost-of-living…amazing nightlife…and locals whose friendliness borders on legendary. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more alluring destination in Asia. I’m not the first to notice. This Indonesian archipelago welcomed over a one-and-a-half million international visitors in the first half of 2015. Point is, it can get crowded — especially in Kuta, the main resort town.

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