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Four Star Hotel in Bali: Puri Saron, Right on the Beach

YOEXPLORE, Family Vacation – Family vacation is eagerly awaited moment before holiday coming. Mostly various kinds of tourist destinations are flooded with tourists, both local as well as foreigners. And, Bali Island in Indonesia is definitely one of the most favorite destination. Not only during holiday season, even all season in the year, Bali is […] The post Four Star Hotel in Bali: Puri Saron, Right on the Beach appeared first on YoExplore...

YOEXPLORE, Family Vacation – Family vacation is eagerly awaited moment before holiday coming. Mostly various kinds of tourist destinations are flooded with tourists, both local as well as foreigners. And, Bali Island in Indonesia is definitely one of the most favorite destination. Not only during holiday season, even all season in the year, Bali is always crowded by visitors. Especially, because of its extraordinaire natural beauty. In addition, Balinese cultures and customs that are inherent in everyday life of its communities becomes an unique attractiveness to its visitors. And during spending holiday, we prefer to have the accommodation that provides comfortable as well as great view. One of the best four star hotel in Bali that we could recommend is Puri Saron Hotel in Seminyak Bali.

Read Also: Four Star Hotel Recommended by YoExplore

Four Star Hotel in Bali, Puri Saron Seminyak

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Puri Saron Hotel located at Camplung Tanduk Street in Seminyak, Bali. This four star hotel offers facilities that could be enjoyed by its customers. It has a superiority located right on the Seminyak Beach. The swimming pool facing up directly to the beach. So, visitors could enjoy the sound of the waves and white sand along the beach shore. The best view of beach that you could enjoy during staying at the hotel. Especially, the color of golden yellow sand during the sunset or sunrise.

four star hotel in Bali

As you could imagine from the above picture, the swimming pool design is so beautiful where you could see the beautiful scenery of the beach in front of the pool. This spot could be the best spot for you to spend your peaceful afternoon with family. And if you travel with kids, you just need to walk from your room to reach the beach. No need to visit other beaches that are quite far from your hotel. Moreover, the Seminyak Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali Island. Therefore, spending quality time with family in Puri Saron Hotel could be the best experience for you and family.

four star hotel in Bali

Should not you be impressed with this incredible sunset view? Surely everyone shall enjoy this beautiful evening scenery. You should not miss it too! Moreover, the waves are not too heavy, so it is suitable for children playing at the beach. Clean and white sand that stretch along the shore could be an advantage. You could find the good spot that is not too crowded by visitors.

Special Honeymoon Package for its Visitors!

four star hotel in Bali

For couples who want the unforgettable honeymoon tour, Puri Saron Hotel also provides a package for honeymoon. The room as well as the swimming pool shall be decorated romantically and beautifully. Enjoying honeymoon in Bali is certainly the best choice. And we recommend you to choose Puri Saron Hotel for your best overnight in Bali Island.

four star hotel in Bali

Furthermore, Puri Saron Hotel, Seminyak is also not too far from Ngurah Rai International Airport. You just need 25 minutes to reach the hotel from the Airport. In addition, the view of its garden and outdoor facilities is incredible great. The best spot where you could blend with nature. Enjoy the beautiful garden whose trees charmed with colorful lights. You could spend your evening by walking around the garden.

Spa Treatment at Four Star Hotel in Bali

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Besides the swimming pool with its spectacular beach view, Puri Saron Hotel also provides special spa treatment. In addition, you could enjoy free WiFi in your bedroom as well as public spaces. Each room is equipped with complete interiors. Moreover, the location is near to many tourist destinations. Among other Ku De Ta Restaurant and Legian Beach.

The room is designed with elegant color and spacious. In addition, you shall have your own balcony that faces the hotel landscape. And, you shall fall in love with the luxury design of its bathroom. You could spend hours to spoil your body in its bathtub.

 

four star hotel in Bali

Could you see the luxury of its bathroom from the above picture? We believe you fall in love with the hotel. You shall enjoy the comfort that is provided by the hotel room. Besides its privacy, the facilities are also great that guarantee you to have the best rest time in the hotel.

Local and International Food Service

four star hotel in Bali

The Puri Saron Hotel also has a restaurant called Mawar Saron Restaurant. In this restaurant, you could order appetizer such as eggs, noodles, breads, muffins and many others. Besides appetizer, you could order special local menu as well as international menu.

Last but not least, the hotel also serves welcome drink when you firstly come to the hotel. There is also room service that you could utilize when you need any assistance.

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The hotel friendly staffs with their hospitality shall always ready for you when needed. Therefore, book it soon for your holiday in Bali. You could book it with our application, Qloti. Click this link or contact us via Whatsapp +62-813-22222-575.

Why we suggest you to book Puri Saron, the four star hotel in Bali with Qloti? It is merely because we offer special rate for you with cheaper price. You could compare our rate with others. The price is Rp. 700,000/night/room for domestic visitors, while international visitors the rate starts from Rp. 1,000,000/night/room. Cheaper? Off course.

What is Qloti? Qloti is an sister application of YoExplore, a marketplace where you could book online unique experiences. Qloti stands for Quality Lifestyle on the Inside. It is an E-Commerce application that sells various tour packages, hotel rooms and air flight tickets. So, everything is more simple just with Qloti!

So, this is it our review for the four star hotel in Bali, Puri Saron Hotel, Seminyak. We wish our information is useful for you to arrange your family holiday in Bali. See you in another article that review four star hotel in Bali, enjoy your holiday, and have a good day, Explorers!

 

 

 

 

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Visit Pangandaran by Train from Jakarta

Good news from Jakarta! Besides using bus/car or airplane, now Travelers could travel and visit Pangandaran by using the train. The route is Jakarta (Gambir Station) – Bandung – Banjar Station. On 2 January 2019 PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesia Railways Company) has formally announced the reactivation of the New Pangandaran Train. It is a […] The post Visit Pangandaran by Train from Jakarta appeared first on YoExplore...

Good news from Jakarta! Besides using bus/car or airplane, now Travelers could travel and visit Pangandaran by using the train. The route is Jakarta (Gambir Station) – Bandung – Banjar Station. On 2 January 2019 PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesia Railways Company) has formally announced the reactivation of the New Pangandaran Train. It is a positive effort of PT. KAI in collaboration with the Sub-National Government of West Java to support the success of Wonderful Indonesia Program. Hopefully, by developing easy access to the Southern Part of West Java could increase the growth of the tourism sector. Therefore, travelers could be easier to visit Garut, Tasikmalaya, Banjar, and Pangandaran area.

Visit Pangandaran: Family Vacation at Premier Beach Resort

Pangandaran is very famous for beach recreations, water sports, and spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Located at Pananjung Bay, a small peninsula, Pangandaran is the right destination for beach lovers.

 

 

 

Visit Pangandaran

Visit Pangandaran: Beautiful Panorama at the Batu Hiu Beach

Beautiful Beaches

At least, there are five most favorite beaches in Pangandaran, among other Pangandaran Beach, Penanjung Beach, Batu Karas Beach, Karang Nini Beach, and Batu Hiu Beach. You could enjoy black as well as white sand beaches where you could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and many other water activities.

Snorkeling at Pangandaran

Visit Pangandaran National Park

Moreover, Pangandaran also the best destination for nature lovers since it has Pangandaran National Park. There are millions of attractions inside the National Park. You shall amaze with the richness of its flora and fauna. You could meet wild birds, forest deer, hornbills, monkeys, and other endangered wildlife.

Grand Canyon

Another attractive destination in Pangandaran is exploring caves with beautiful natural stalactite and stalagmite as well as crystal stones with beautiful lights. And Green Canyon is the most famous and most-visited spot that you should not miss. Local people called it Cukang Taneuh.

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Visit Pangandaran: Body Rafting at Grand Canyon

You could rent a wooden boat from the Ciseureuh Port for 15 minutes to reach the spot. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of two giant walls with waterfalls and river flowing between those hills. Once arriving, you could try a unique experience called body rafting and cliff jumping. You could book body rafting here and our local guide shall assist you to get the best and safe experience. On the other hand, you could enjoy the spot by walking around and do photography.

Fishing

Alternatively, you could spend your quiet and peaceful day by fishing. Pangandaran is a fishing village where you could meet many fishermen with their boats. And Pangandaran should be proud because of our current Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and a successful businesswoman, Mrs. Susi Pudjiastuti comes from this district. So, you could enjoy fishing activities and join fishermen spreading nets and pulling it out with heavy fishes inside it.

Last but not least, Pangandaran is the heaven for fresh seafood menu. So, visit the local market or local restaurant to enjoy the seafood culinary tour.

Therefore, we could conclude that Pangandaran is the best recreation destination for everyone, for family vacation, companies gathering trip with a range of ages from toddlers up to adults. And you could visit it at any time of the year.

Read also: Family Trips to Bali: Get Closer to Villagers

Train Schedule from Jakarta to Banjar Station

The New Pangandaran Train consists of 4 executive units plus 4 economy premium units with a total of 520 seats. If you decide to visit Pangandaran by train, then the trip starts from Gambir Station at Jakarta. The length of destination from Jakarta to Banjar Station is around 238.8 km. Normally, it shall take 8 hours to travel with transit at Bandung Station. The ticket is Rp. 160,000 up to Rp. 520,000 for Executive Class and Rp. 110,000 up to Rp. 330,000 for Economy Class.

The schedule of the New Pangandaran Train

– KA 12410 Departs from Gambir Station, Jakarta at07.50 AM and arrives in Bandung at 11:07 AM. The train departs from Bandung at 11:40 AM and arrives at Banjar Station at 3:05 PM.

– KA 12379 Departs from Banjar Station at 04:20 PM and reaches Bandung City at 20:34 PM.

– KA 12377 Departs from Banjar Station at 01:55 PM and reaches Bandung City at 06:34 PM. Then it departs from Bandung at 07:05 PM and arrives at Gambir Station at 10:34 PM.

– KA 12379 Departs from Banjar Station at 04:20 PM and arrives in Bandung at 08:34 PM.

From Banjar Station, you still need 2 hours more (around 75 km) to reach Pangandaran City. You could join bus with route Tasik – Banjar – Pangandaran, Tasik – Banjar – Cijulang, or Tasik – Banjar – Cimerak.

Besides using the New Pangandaran Train from Gambir Station, you could choose the Economy Train Serayu which departs from Senen Station, Jakarta Kota to Kroya. The train shall pass and stop at Jatinegara – Bekasi – Karawang – Cikampek – Purwakarta – Padalarang – Bandung – Kiaracondong – Tasikmalaya – Banjar – up to Kroya.

The schedule of the Seroya Train

– Morning Schedule: KA 218/215 departs from Senen Station on 09:15 AM and arrives at Banjar Station on 05:20 PM. For Banjar – Jakarta route, the train departs from Banjar Station on 09:10 AM and arrives at Senen Station on 05:13 PM.

– Evening Schedule: KA 220/221 departs from Senen Station on 09:00 PM and arrives at Banjar Station on 05:47 AM. From Banjar – Jakarta route, the train departs from Banjar Station on 07:15 PM and arrives at Senen Station on 04:02 AM.

Visit Pangandaran could be the best family gateway since it could be reached from Jakarta, Bandung or Yogyakarta easily. We recommend you to have an unforgettable family trip with a local guide who knows well the hot spots in Pangandaran. And contact YoExplore to connect you with the best local guides, to get the best deal for your hotels/accommodations, and to ease you to arrange the trip.

 

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Let’s have cultural holidays in Jakarta by learning Betawi Culture !

What will you see while you are in Jakarta? Skyscrapers? Magnificent malls in the city center? Jakarta is indeed not a famous tourist destination in Indonesia. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and also a business center. Many tourists just transit in Jakarta before heading to several famous tourist destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Raja […] The post Let’s have cultural holidays in Jakarta by learning Betawi Culture ! appeared first on YoExplore...

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Tranquil lake in busy Jakarta ?

What will you see while you are in Jakarta? Skyscrapers? Magnificent malls in the city center? Jakarta is indeed not a famous tourist destination in Indonesia. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and also a business center. Many tourists just transit in Jakarta before heading to several famous tourist destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Raja Ampat, Komodo island and others. But don’t worry. this article  will give recommendation for you who like history and culture. We have  recommended destination for cultural holidays in Jakarta!

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Ondel-ondel (traditional doll)

What can be done when you stay for 2 days in Jakarta? You can explore  old Jakarta as the capital city of an arechipelago country in the equator. If you look at its history, Jakarta is a city with a lot of cultural mixes that eventually form a unique culture. Jakarta was once known as Sunda Kelapa in the era of the Sundanese empire, Jayakarta in the era of the Sultanate of Banten, Batavia in the Dutch colonial era and then Jakarta in the era of Japanese colonialism. Cultural holidays in Jakarta with your family is an interesting thing you have to try!

Let’s Get in touch with Betawi Culture !

Did you know, the indigenous people of Jakarta are known as the Betawi Tribe. This tribe is a descendant of people who settled in Batavia from the seventeenth century. The Betawi tribe itself is a mixture of various ethnics who have already lived in Jakarta, such as Sundanese, Malays, Javanese, Arabs, Balinese, Bugis, Makassarese, Ambonese, Chinese, and Indians. If you want to get to know more about Betawi people and their culture, there are interesting destinations for cultural holidays in Jakarta that you must visit.

I had the opportunity to visit this place when I felt bored with all the touristic destinations I ever visited in Jakarta. A friend of mine then recommended me to come to this cultural holiday destination. The place is Setu Babakan.

Welcome to Setu Babakan

Setu’ comes from Situ which means Lake. Setu Babakan actually is an artificial lake. The Jakarta city government established Betawi Culture village in the southern area of Jakarta in 2000. Setu Babakan is a lake with an area of 30 hectares (79 acres) with its depth of 1-5 meters where the water comes from the Ciliwung River and is currently used as an alternative tourist spot, for residents and visitors. The function of Setu is not only to preserve the Betawi culture which is increasingly forgiven by the times, but also used as an alternative recreational place located in the southern Jakarta. Besides its main function as a reservoir of absorption water to the south of Jakarta,

A resident cross the lake

What  you can do at Setu Babakan

1. Visit Betawi Museum

In this Betawi cultural village there is Betawi Museum. This museum collection contains paintings, antiques, and other Betawi culture . The faces of Betawi legend, a film actor Benyamin Sueb, composer Ismail Marzuki, and several other prominent Betawi figures were displayed in the museum. Antique objects on display include heirlooms, Betawi classical musical instruments, Betawi batik, and antique bikes.

Benyamin Sueb, Betawi actor

2. Learn Betawi art and culture

As the destination for cultural holidays, you can learn Betawi martial arts, Betawi dances and other types of Betawi art at Setu Babakan.

Especially for Saturday and Sunday they provide workshop and Betawi art performances from 09.00 to 17.00. In the morning the theater area is used for the Betawi Silat practice. Music art performances continued during the day such as Gambang Kromong, Samrah, Gambus, Qasidah, Hadrah, Keroncong Betawi, and Tanjidor.  Then continue with performances of traditional dances and typical Betawi theather such as Lenong, Renggong Dance, Ondelondel, Betawi leather puppets and Betawi masks which held from afternoon to evening

Gambang Kromong, traditional Betawi Music

If you are lucky, while going around the village, visitors can also watch a number of Betawi traditional processions that are still run by the majority of the residents who live in this village. Among the processions are Betawi Wedding party, circumcision, moving house, etc.

Children learning to dance

3. Indulge yourself with exotic Betawi culinary

Doing cultural holidays in Jakarta without try the culinary is not complete. Since the Betawi tribe is a mixture of various tribes who have lived in Jakarta since the Dutch colonial era, therefore there is a mixture of many cultures such as China, Arabic, Portuguese and Malay. This cultural mixture is not only seen in their traditional music, dance and clothing, but also in their culinary. In Setu Babakan, we can buy various kinds of Betawi specialties. The famous Betawi culinary which usually only sold in Jakarta Anniversary is Kerak Telor (egg crust). Kerak Telor is made from fried eggs mixed with white sticky rice, dried shrimp, roasted coconut, ginger, pepper, and red chili. With IDR 15,000 or 1 USD, you can enjoy delicious Kerak Telor.

Kerak telor (Eggs Crust) a famous traditional culinary of Betawi

The other Betawi culinary is ‘Tauge Goreng’ (fried bean sprouts). Tauge Goreng’s ingredients are rice cake, tofu, yellow noodles, tempeh oncom sauce, and boiled bean sprouts. Other traditional Betawi food are laksa, Soto tangkar, Gado-gado, dodol, and asinan betawi.

Tauge Goreng, another Betawi Culinary

Your cultural holiday in Jakarta is not complete if you have not try ‘Bir Pletok’. Bir derives from Beer.  But even though it’s called beer this special beverage doesn’t contain alcohol. Pletok beer is a traditional Betawi drink made from spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and flowers. This beverage was made since the Dutch colonial era to warm the body. Is this

Bir Pletok, the traditional Betawi Beverage

4. Seeing native Betawi houses

Because Setu Babakan is a cultural heritage area, of course you can still see Betawi native huses here. There are several houses with original Betawi style here, complete with distinctive door leaves and spacious terraces. Betawi style furniture is of course also different from other houses. There are also houses that are used as the area management office. It’s really a different atmosphere when entering this area.

Small Mosque influenced with Betawi Architecture

traditional house in Setu Babakan

 

Betawi’s verandah

5. Do Agro Tourism

Setu Babakan not only the right destination for your cultural holidays in Jakarta. But you also get a bonus, enjoying Agro Tourism in this village. In Setu Babakan, visitors can see plantations, and farms belonging to residents. Visitors also can see typical Betawi plants in the courtyard of the residents’ houses Some types of fruit here are starfruit, rambutan, kemuning, buni, guava, dukuh, menteng, gandaria, mengkudu, nam-nam, kecapi, durian. If you want to pick and try the fruits, you can ask and buy from the owner.

Fruits in Setu Babakan

To make the trip more exciting, you can step your feet into the suspension bridge. This suspension bridge connects villages with artificial islands in the center of the lake. So you can enjoy the scenery better from there. This is good also as testing your adrenaline too.

 

6. Have fun by doing Water tourism

Visiting a lake with out enjoy the lake ? No way! If you want to relax around the lake, you can rent a boat. There are two boats that you can rent, a small boat for two and a big boat if you want to be with the group.

 

enjoying the lake with the boat

So that’s all my recommendation for your cultural holidays in Jakarta. Is it really interesting right ? Let’s go and pack !

Tips while you are doing your cultural holidays in Jakarta

  1. It is recommended to visit this Betawi Village in weekend. Why? Because Setu Babakan always organize performing arts in stage only at weekend.
  2. If you plan to visit Setu Babakan in a group, you can ask for a tourist guide. Usually tour groups will get a package to study Betawi native culture. You can learn traditional Betawi dance like a mask dance which is displayed by children who take part in a cultural studio in Setu Babakan. Besides seeing the dances, you can also see how to make Betawi snack, named ‘dodol’. Not just looking they make dodol, you can also try to make Betawi dodol, then bring it to hotel as souvenirs.
  3. Consider the traffic, it is recommended to stay at nearby hotel or leave you hotel at morning

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Family Trips to Bali: Get Closer to Villagers

Bali Island is a paradise for Indonesian tourism. We could enjoy any type of tourism on this Gods Island. It includes beautiful beaches, exotic tropical panorama, green paddies terraces, water sports, arts, and cultural performances, and many more. Moreover, Bali Island is a children-friendly destination, so don’t miss to plan your family trips to Bali […] The post Family Trips to Bali: Get Closer to Villagers appeared first on YoExplore...

Bali Island is a paradise for Indonesian tourism. We could enjoy any type of tourism on this Gods Island. It includes beautiful beaches, exotic tropical panorama, green paddies terraces, water sports, arts, and cultural performances, and many more. Moreover, Bali Island is a children-friendly destination, so don’t miss to plan your family trips to Bali in 2019. And read our article “Traveling to Bali with Kids: What to Consider” to gain some valuable information.

Tourism sector contributes to Indonesia GDP significantly. The Government has set up a target of 20 million visitors by focusing on Digital Tourism, Home Stay Village Tourism, and Air Connectivity in 2019. As in other countries, we also concern to involve local people in the tourism development in Indonesia. Therefore, local communities or villagers could participate directly to manage their tourism destinations and accommodations. And we hope it could create sustainable tourism where local people also could gain benefits from tourism. In addition, as travelers, we could also participate in creating sustainable tourism. Previously, we have published an article that describes how we and family could make impacts on local people.

Read also: Family Trips 2019: Supporting Sustainable Tourism for a Better Planet Earth

Therefore, through this article, we would like to list 10 villages that you could visit during your family trips to Bali. Those villages have their own uniqueness whether in the form of the beautiful panorama, how they preserve local cultures, or you could learn traditional dances, paintings, or weavings with the local people.

Family Trips to Bali: 10 Unique Villages

1. Tenganan Ancient Village

Firstly, for your family trips to Bali, you could choose to visit Tenganan Village. Tenganan Village located at Karangasem Regency in the eastern part of Bali. It is one of the original Balinese, also known as the Bali Aga. The east Bali is a very rich region where local communities hold strongly to the tradition inherited from their ancestors. They have traditional raw houses with dominant materials of stones, bamboo, coconut leaves as the roof, and a narrow door.

To explore the village, you could join Kastala Tenganan Rice Terrace Trekking. During trekking, you could enjoy rivers, forest, rice field, subak, and the panorama of Mount Agung. Interact with villagers and observe Balinese traditional ways of life. In addition, you could buy souvenirs from local communities, such as palm leaves art Tenganan calendar or weaving cloth called Gringsing. What unique is the production of Gringsing that takes a long time for 2 – 3 years. Therefore, the Gringsing clothes are scarce and expensive. If you have family trips to Bali in June or July, you could enjoy the Mekare-Kare or Pandan War Festival.

 

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                                          Tenganan – Kastala Rice Field

 

2. Penglipuran Village

Same with Tenganan Village, Penglipuran Village also located at the East Bali in the Bangli Regency. A beautiful highland lies on the foot of Mount Batur about 700 meters above sea level. Therefore, it has a cool temperature. The local people called Bali Muna People, talented people who create their village as one of the cleanest villages in the world. You shall impress with the entrance gates of houses in Penglipuran Village. They are made similar to each other. There is a bamboo forest which is famous among travelers for trekking activities and biking tours. Take a selfie with family members with the beautiful background of Panglipuran Village.

3. Celuk Silversmiths Village

Thirdly, don’t miss to visit Celuk Village during your family trips to Bali. Celuk Village is as famous as Kota Gede in Yogyakarta. Located at Gianyar District, it is the largest center of silver jewelry. Most of its local communities are goldsmiths and silversmiths. So, you could see many galleries and workshops along the road of Celuk. You could buy the best and high-quality jewelry for yourself or as presents for families or best friends. There are bracelets, necklaces, broaches, earrings with beautiful designs. In addition, you could witness the making process or learn to make your own jewelry.

4. Batuan Village

Batuan Village located in Central Bali, 10 kilometers from south Ubud and 7 kilometers from north Denpasar. It is one of the famous tourist destinations for artwork, paintings, and wood carvings. The painters and craftsmen from this village have been existed since thousand years ago. You could visit the Batuan Painting Gallery to see and buy traditional painting collections from local artisans. Or, you could join a study tour to Batuan Village to join the class of dance, gamelan, wood or leather carving, and painting classes.

5. Tegallalang Village, Ubud

Tegallalang is very famous with its beautiful landscape of terraced rice fields. It is not just a rice field, but it also expresses local culture and local wisdom. The irrigation system known as Subak has been recognized as one of World Heritage by UNESCO. Subak itself reflects the philosophy of Balinese called Tri Hita Karana. It means a harmonious lifestyle between Human to God, Human to Human, and Human to Nature. Tegallalang is also known for its local handicrafts. You could buy Balinese sarong, ornaments, and paintings.

Moreover, while you are in Ubud, you could also join the organic farm and Balinese cooking class. You could choose to join the cooking class in the morning or afternoon. Go to the Tegallalang local market to buy local ingredients Then, harvest your own organic vegetables and learn to cook with local communities.

 

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                                                         Tegallalang Rice Field Terraces

 

6. Batu Bulan Village

Batu Bulan Village located in Gianyar District is a popular place to study traditional Barong and Keris Dance. You could also learn stone carving with local artisans. The local people of Batu Bulan Village, due to their creativity, have changed the village to be an art village. The tourism sector has created good impacts on the welfare of local communities.

 

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7. Pengotan Village

Pengotan Village is also one of Bali Aga or Balinese traditional village. Located in the District of Bangli, Pengotan Village has much potential attractiveness. You could enjoy the beautiful panorama of Mount Batur, bamboo forest, and agriculture. Most of its local people are farmers who plant oranges, coffee, and vegetables. You could enjoy camping ground at Baliwoso Camping Site. During the stay in the camp, visitors could learn traditional dance and traditional games.

8. Mas Village 

Another art village that you could visit during your family trips to Bali Island is Mas Village. Located in Gianyar Regency at the South of Ubud, the village is popular as the center of wood sculptures. The theme of wood carvings is mostly about the harmony between human and nature. The products range from small ornaments up to giant sculptures. While you visit Mas Village, you could also visit an archeological site, Elephant Cave at the northern part of Mas Village.

 

Family Trips to Bali

                                            Elephant Cave (Gua Gajah), Ubud

9. Family Trips to Bali: Buleleng Ancient Villages

Buleleng Regency is very famous with beautiful waterfalls, Lovina Dolphin Tour, and also Bali Alga Villages. The Buleleng Local Government has stipulated 5 villages as Bali Aga Villages, namely Sidatapa Village, Cempaga Village, Tigawasa Village, Pedawa Village, and Banyuseri Village. In Sidatapa Village, you could see traditional houses called Bale Gajah Tumpang Salu. Cempaga Village has the attractiveness of wildlife conservation and natural waterfalls. Most of its local people are farmers who produce coffee, banana, durian, and chocolate. While Tigawasa Village is a Bali Aga whose local people believe that a dead body should be buried directly.

10. Trunyan Village

Trunyan Village is a remote and isolated village located on the eastern shore of Lake Batur. Trunyanese people have the unique tradition in funeral rites for marriage people. They don’t cremate or bury the body but put it into a bamboo cage openly under a magic tree called Taru Menyan tree in the cemetery. The trees produce unique fragrances that absorb the rotting smell. After the body gone naturally, the skulls and skeletons are later placed on a stone altar. Therefore, the village is also known as the skulls island. Somehow, for unmarried people, the local communities buried the dead body. But, we think it is not appropriate to visit this village with young children.

 

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Traveling to Bali with Kids: What to Consider

Traveling to Bali with kids is a great idea. Having fun with your kids in the beautiful beaches and visit interesting cultural and historical places. Experiencing another places and culture would be a very interesting thing to do. If you plan to travel to Bali with kids, I would like to share some important information […] The post Traveling to Bali with Kids: What to Consider appeared first on YoExplore...

Traveling to Bali with kids is a great idea. Having fun with your kids in the beautiful beaches and visit interesting cultural and historical places. Experiencing another places and culture would be a very interesting thing to do. If you plan to travel to Bali with kids, I would like to share some important information you have to consider.

Best Time to Visit Bali

Bali is a small island in Indonesian Archipelago with its tropical climate. You can enjoy the sunshine every day. The temperature is usually high with a humid air condition. The combination of hot weather and the high concentration of water in the air will make you and your kids feel uncomfortable if you are not used to staying in this kind of weather condition.

Bali has two seasons, the dry season and wet season. During the dry season, the weather is quite hot, and it can reach 33 degrees Celcius. This season usually starts in April and last until October. In some case, the dry season might not start until May. On the other hand, the wet season will start on October and last until April. If you wish to spend your time outdoors during traveling to Bali with kids, you can come during the dry season. However, the best time to visit Bali around June-August, when the sun is shining all day, but the weather is not really hot.

Place to stay when traveling with kids to Bali

Bali has a lot of places to stay. From Uluwatu in the south most region to beautiful Lovina Beach in the north. If you are traveling to Bali with kids, I advise you to avoid the crowded tourist area such as Kuta and Legian. You can choose the quieter area such as Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and Ubud. These areas are not as crowded as Kuta but have good amenities.

Place to Visit

There are many interesting places in Bali. If you are traveling to Bali with kids, you might need to choose your destination carefully. There are so many choices that you can choose. Ranging from waterpark, cultural attractions, and natural spot are some of the attractions that you can choose while traveling with kids in Bali.

Please pay attention when you are decided to visit a natural habitat of the animal such as the monkey sanctuary. Give extra care for your child as they might approach the animal beyond the safe distance. Another thing that you need to consider is to bring mosquito repellent when visiting any natural places. Dengue fever is the big threat that you should aware of.

If you want to visit a temple, please obey the rule. The general rules of visiting the temple usually found on the announcement board in the front of the temple. However, many temples have their special rules. For example, there are some temples that prohibit children who are not lost their milk teeth to enter the temple. Make sure that you check it with your guide or local people around the temple before entering the temple.

Food- traveling to Bali with Kids

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Tropical fruits in Bali source: Pixabay

Bali has a lot of food to offer. You can find any kind of food you could imagine here in Bali. From the western, continental, even to vegan and raw food are available in Bali. However, If your kids have an allergy with a certain food, you will have to choose your eating places carefully.

If your kids are allergic to gluten, you can choose the gluten-free restaurant to have your meals. There are some gluten-free restaurants around the island and it is not hard to find the touristic area. Another problem usually comes from nuts allergy. Many Balinese traditional foods contain nut and its variant. So please be aware of choosing your restaurant if you have a nut allergy and make sure that you have asked the waiter about your food.

The problem will become more complicated when you go to the area far from the touristic area. Usually, there are some restaurants, but the food choice is not as many as the restaurant in Kuta or Ubud. My advice for this kind of situation is to bring your own food when you are visiting the places far away from the touristic area. By doing this, your traveling to Bali with kids will be easier.

Are you and your family vegetarian or vegan? If yes, you do not need to worry about foods here in Bali. You can find many vegetarian or vegan restaurant in almost all area of Bali. If you are not sure what to eat, you can always order fresh fruits.

Healthcare Facilities

As a tourist destination, Bali has some modern health facilities. Most of the healthcare facilities will have 24-hour emergency assistance, with the specialist doctor on call to the emergency department. However, those clinics and hospitals mostly located in the southern part of Bali. If you are far away from the touristic area, you might find it is harder to find the healthcare services. When you need the assistance, you can ask your accommodation as they usually know the nearest medical assistance from their premises.

You can also ask for “Puskesmas” or Public Health Care Centre that available in every district but mostly operated during the day only. The Puskesmas is not as sophisticated as a private clinic, but they are able to deliver the basic care for your health need. If they are unable to help you, they will refer you to nearst hospital. In the evening, you can visit a GP practice when you need assistance. Ask your host to find you a “Dokter Praktek”.

If you or your child need to take medicine regularly, I recommend you bring extra medicine from your home country as some medicines are not available here in Indonesia. You might also need a prescription for some medicine that you can buy over the counter in your home country.

Insurance

I will say that you must have medical insurance when traveling to Bali and make sure that you know what is covered and not covered by your insurance. Read your insurance policy carefully and make sure you know which facilities I Bali you can use the cashless facilities, and what is their reimbursement policy. This will help you a lot when you get sick in Bali.

Those are the things you should consider before traveling with kids to Bali. Feel free to ask or leave a comment. You can also read my another article about what to pack before traveling to Bali with toddlers. Have a good holiday!

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Family Trips 2019: Supporting Sustainable Tourism for a Better Planet Earth

Currently, time for a family is a very valuable thing. Especially for a family where father and mother work full time. Parents are busy for working as well as children spend most of their time for schools/academics. Therefore, holidays are the only time where family members could stay and do something together. Usually, the period for […] The post Family Trips 2019: Supporting Sustainable Tourism for a Better Planet Earth appeared first on YoExplore...

Currently, time for a family is a very valuable thing. Especially for a family where father and mother work full time. Parents are busy for working as well as children spend most of their time for schools/academics. Therefore, holidays are the only time where family members could stay and do something together. Usually, the period for holidays is usually limited so that we choose activities that are meaningful to strengthen family relations. One example is an adventurous trip or geo-tourism for family trips 2019.

Therefore, nowadays people choose family holidays to experience unique activities, adventurous activities and create memorable moments together. And, it causes spending time together through family holidays becomes a luxury stuff. In addition, researches revealed that there are many benefits from having family trips with kids.

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Currently, people also use family holidays for a gadget or digital detox. Technologies and devices are affected current modern lifestyle including a family. Not only children, but adults also must minimize the use of devices to give a good example to children. And, by spending time through outdoor activities, family members could practice doing digital detox regularly.

Moreover, children, as well as parents, could learn new things by visiting new places and meet new people. An effective way of learning more than classroom activities or searching answers on Google engine is through traveling. Therefore, family tourism grows significantly and provides a positive contribution to the tourism industry.  In 2012, it contributes to about 30% of the leisure travel market.  And we could predict that family trips in 2019 could contribute higher to the tourism industry.

As we are aware that tourism grows faster worldwide and becomes the main income for many countries. The growth of the tourism industry is also due to the ease of sharing information through internet among travelers and backpackers. Somehow, the vast tourism development causes good and bad impacts. Therefore, the concept of sustainable tourism appears to preserve good local values, cultures and improve local economies in long-term impacts for local people.

 

Family Trips 2019 to Support Creating Sustainable Tourism

So, as a family, we could also support the development of sustainable tourism. We could make a plan for family trips in 2019 that choose activities or destinations that are not only meaningful to our family but also benefiting local communities. Here are lists of idea on how to contribute to promoting sustainable tourism during our family trips 2019:

Avoid participating in “zero dollar tour”

What is zero dollars tour practice? This bad behavior is lately hit and harms local government and local people in Indonesia as well as Thailand. There are mass tourists from China visit Bali Island and Manado City in North Sulawesi. They bought very cheap tour packages with heavily discounts from tour operators in China. The price includes accommodation, flights, and transport during tour, meals, and translators. Somehow, most of those tour operators are illegal and have no permit for tourism business in Indonesia.

Moreover, the payment method is by using online payment in China so that no need to pay an additional fee for the exchange rate. Those tour operators collaborate with Chinese-shop owners in Indonesia where tourists must shop overpriced products from the stores. Then, the revenue gained from the stores send to the tour operators in China to cover the discounted price of tour packages. Even though the mass of Chinese tourists visits Bali or Manado, it does not contribute much to the well-being of local people. And the image of “Bali for Cheap” shall also harm local economies.

Family Trips 2019: Combine Leisure and Learning

While spending a week or couple days for family trips 2019, you could combine leisure, luxury, and learning local arts and cultures. Spend one or two days by learning arts such as dance class, cooking class, painting class or weaving scarf workshop with local communities. Learning local cultures during family trips could make it unique and unforgettable.

 

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Visit local restaurants to taste local foods

Foods could be the best way to learn local people with their culture. Traditional dishes could represent history, social norms, and way of life. And food could convey love and warmth. Taste the world through food tour. It could be difficult to ask your kids, the picky eaters to enjoy the foods. Try to find foods that are almost similar to your daily menus. Or combine local dishes with recognizable restaurants. And they could learn more open to another culture and respect others through local cuisines.

 

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Choose local guides or local operators

Connect with local hosts who understand well the traditions, cultures, and best places of the destinations that you visit. Sometimes language could be a barrier, but it also could lead to a beautiful relationship. You could learn the native language from your local guides. The tour operators shall ease your holiday especially if you are not familiar with the new destination. And choose licensed operators for your safety.

Take public transportations

This is a great way to experience the daily life of locals. You probably could get lost, but it gives you the opportunity to communicate with locals.

Buy local souvenirs

You could visit traditional markets which sell local products/souvenirs that made by local people. Or you could visit art workshops where also sell handicrafts. Therefore, you could see directly the process of making the handicrafts. Or you could find the best local products such as coffee, tea, or local snacks. Moreover, the price is also cheaper compared if you buy it at shopping malls. The crafters shall be so excited if we value their skills.  And you also participate in improving local welfare.

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