When one speaks of holiday destinations in Asia, the Indonesian island of Bali features quite prominently. Bali is both an island and a province of Indonesia and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. One of the main reasons for this popularity is the different experiences that each district and town in Bali offer the intrepid traveller.
For the tourist that wishes to gain a glimpse into the arts and crafts as well as the heritage of Indonesia, there is no better place than Ubud to visit. For some iconic vacations in the sun, the beaches of Bali such as Kuta Beach can be quite accommodating. Home to the Bali Bomb Memorial and one of the best surfing beaches in Bali, finding and staying at the best resort in Kuta is worth the effort. While Kuta boasts of resorts such as the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, the real joy of this town lies in the beauty of its beach and the enthusiasm the locals display regarding surfing. For a change of scenery, making a day trip to Gianyar, for instance, can provide a welcome distraction.
Gianyar is home to the artistic town of Ubud and is a regency that is divided into seven districts, namely, Sukawati, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Tampaksiring, Ubud, Tegallalang and Payangan. While Ubud is well known for arts and crafts, the other well known town in the regency is Tampaksiring, home to an archaeological site as well as the Gunung Kawi Temple. The most striking feature of the regency is that it is the administrative capital of the district and is easily one of the wealthiest and most affluent in the island. Gianyar is also the perfect place to purchase some souvenirs such as batiks and other types of fabric which can also make great gifts for loved ones back home.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.