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Indonesia

Bali

Best time to go: The cooler dry season from April to October is a good time to visit Bali. It's more humid for the rest of the year, with more rain

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Craig Doyle
When you voted in April 2002, the Indonesian island of Bali was one of your dream destinations, to make it just in the top 50, at number 49.

Sadly since your vote was cast the island has suffered an appalling terrorist attack. Currently the Foreign Office advises against all travel to Indonesia, so it could be sometime before this island gets back on its feet.

Although recent events have changed the island forever, to look at, Bali is the picture postcard island that you dream of, located just east of the island of java in the Indonesian archipelago.

The island of Bali is less than 150 kilometres long at its longest point, with lush tropical forests, scented by clove and cinnamon trees, emerald rice paddies and beautiful white sandy beaches. From east to west, there is a chain of six volcanoes between 1,350 and 3,014 metres high.

Bali is home to incredible wildlife, including 300 species of birds, barking deer and monkeys. Unfortunately the native elephants and tigers are now extinct, but nature lovers will not be disappointed with the rest of the wildlife that is on offer.

Although Bali is just over 5,500 square kilometres (2,000 square miles) in area, there are about 4000 hotels to be found there, which is approximately half the number of hotels found in Indonesia.

Hotels cover every price range: it is possible to live quite cheaply, in various guesthouses, or in rooms rented within the houses of the Balinese people. Most hotels have shrines in their gardens and throughout Bali, you will find stunning Hindu temples including Besaikh, Bali�s 'mother temple' which encompasses about 200 temples and shrines.

Bali goes under many names, the 'Island of the Gods', the 'Dawning of the World' and Shangri-La - 'The Last Paradise'.

   

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Price: Flights to Jakarta around £500 return

Approx flight time: 22.5 hours to Bali, with a change in Jakarta

  • Bali has had its fair share of celebrity weddings, including Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson
  • many Balinese families follow the tradition of naming their first child Wayan, the second Made, the third Nyoman and the fourth Ketut then starting the list again, so the fifth is called Wayan, the sixth Made and so on. For this reason, many Balinese people have the same name
  • the highest point in Bali is Gunung Agung, a volcano which last erupted in 1963 killing more than 1,500 people
What's your holiday money worth?
"Hi, I'm thinking of doing the Sydney to Cairns trip and back again sometime next year. But it's on a budget, so I'm really looking for a bus company that you pay before travelling and just jump on and jump off it when you want. Something like a travel pass. If anyone can help I'd appreciate it! Ta!"

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Country Facts
Time difference
GMT = 7 hours ahead

Visa (with UK passport)
Not required

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Inoculations & health
Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B sometimes recommended

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Currency
Rupiah
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Languages
Bahasa Bali, Bahasa Indonesian, plus English in tourist areas

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