It is interesting to hear in the trailer, that Liz spoke of Italy, India, and Bali, as if Bali is a country like Italy or India. More correctly, Bali is a small island in Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, after India, China, and the US.
Culturally, Bali is very unique because the majority of the people there are Hindus whereas the majority of Indonesians are Muslim. The World Factbook said that 86.1% of almost 243 millions Indonesians are Muslim which put Indonesia as a country with the most Muslims (almost 210 millions Muslims) followed by Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Just in case some of you are curious, about 62% of the world Muslims live in Asia, not in the Middle-East.
Back to Bali, although Bali is a small island, its unique culture, beautiful beaches, island life style makes it a very attractive place to visit. There is something for everybody. Those who like the beach and to surf can spend time in the beach area like Kuta. For people like me and DH who like more of the art and the quietness of nature, you can stay in Ubud.
During our stay there, in the morning, we strolled around Ubud to see temples, or pura they call them, and galleries. At night, we went to see dance performance. One of the most interesting ones is called Kecak Dance, where the men would be dancing while chanting the word “cak, cak, cak, cak”. Sometimes the men would go into trance and walk on fire or stab themselves with dagger without being injured.
Getting around Bali is quite easy as well. There are many private driver that one can hire for a very decent price. There are also many types of Pura, small, large, on top of a hill, in a lake, close to the ocean, etc. The one on the left, for example is called Tanah Lot, and is accessible during low tide. If you are thinking of visiting Bali, Frommer’s online has many good information.
Well, that’s it about my trip to Bali, Indonesia – one of the most memorable and relaxing place to be. May be love does blooms in such a magical place. What do you think? What is your favorite vacation place?