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If you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia later this year, there is no better destination than Indonesia in which to base yourself. Boasting more than 18,000 islands, a variety of cultures, and a food scene that is the envy of the region, travelers that end up coming here rarely go away without being completely enthralled by what they experience here.
Throughout Indonesia, there are a wide variety of historical sites and cultural highlights that make multi-destination tour of this country a very good idea for the traveler that has the sufficient time for such a trip.
If you are staying in Bali exclusively though, there are enough cultural attractions situated here that it will make your holiday in this part of Indonesia enriching enough on its own.
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If Bali is known for one thing, it’s the many intricate temples that are situated across its territory. One of its most picturesque can be found along the southern coast of Bali.
Tanah Lot is one of several directional temples that purportedly ward away evil from the island. Spectacular to photograph due to the crashing of waves on its shores, it can also be accessed during low tide.
Try to come near sunset, as the cliff top restaurants directly across from Tanah Lot are a great place to have a sundowner beer as the sultry sun sinks into the horizon.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
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Another photogenic temple that you shouldn’t miss while on Bali is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Located in the central highlands more than 3,500 feet above sea level, the climate up here is refreshing, so be sure to bring a sweater before setting out on a tour to this landmark.
Its importance is underlined by the fact that it graces the back of the 50,000 rupiah bill, and whether the weather is misty or brilliantly sunny, the beauty of its pagoda sitting before a lake surrounded by flowers will be one that will lodge itself in your travel memory bank for the rest of your life.
Agung Rai Museum of Art
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When you find yourself in Ubud, make time to see the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Consisting of the private collection that was started by the man that gave his name to this institution, you will not only find Balinese works here, but plenty of sculptures and paintings from elsewhere in Asia and Europe.
Make time to stroll through the exterior garden as well, as it stands out in a place that already has so many amazing examples of greenery cultivated in an artistic manner.
Balinese cooking classes
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Finally, some think that the best kind of art out there is the type that you can eat when you have finished creating it.
If you are of the same mind, don’t just content yourself to dine on the food that other chefs make for you in Bali, but also learn how to make these meals for yourself.
To that end, there are plenty of cooking schools that will teach you how to make Babi Guling and other Balinese specialties in tourism hotspots such as Kuta and Ubud.
If you staying at Citadines Kuta Beach Bali for example, be sure to ask the front desk about the best schools that will help you take home some serious Balinese cooking skills.