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Ubud is a beautiful little town sitting in the center of Bali. A treasure trove of museums and art work, Ubud has attracted visitors for several years. The town and the surrounding villages add to the serenity and beauty of the area. Visitors interested in Balinese art and craft will find Ubud an excellent destination. The nearby Monkey Park is an apt place to spot the long-tailed macaques. \r\n   The Bali Bird Park is also a great place to visit especially for those interested in bird-watching. For the lovers of adrenaline rush whitewater rafting is available at the Ayung River located towards the west of Ubud. The town is best known for preserving culture and promoting art. There are numerous art galleries dotted all across Ubud. The Bali Center for Artistic Creativity, Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women and the Neka Art Museum are some good places that one can visit for getting a peek into the local art. \r\n   For those interested in shopping, Ubud is a fantastic place to buy jewelry and artwork. The Ubud Market offers an excellent shoping experience where visitors are free to bargain. There are several craft villages located between Ubud and Sanur. Some of these places include Celuk, Batuan, Mas and Singakerta. ...more

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Ubud is a beautiful little town sitting in the center of Bali. A treasure trove of museums and art work, Ubud has attracted visitors for several years. The town and the surrounding villages add to the serenity and beauty of the area. Visitors interested in Balinese art and craft will find Ubud an excellent destination. The nearby Monkey Park is an apt place to spot the long-tailed macaques.

 

The Bali Bird Park is also a great place to visit especially for those interested in bird-watching. For the lovers of adrenaline rush whitewater rafting is available at the Ayung River located towards the west of Ubud. The town is best known for preserving culture and promoting art. There are numerous art galleries dotted all across Ubud. The Bali Center for Artistic Creativity, Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women and the Neka Art Museum are some good places that one can visit for getting a peek into the local art.

 

For those interested in shopping, Ubud is a fantastic place to buy jewelry and artwork. The Ubud Market offers an excellent shoping experience where visitors are free to bargain. There are several craft villages located between Ubud and Sanur. Some of these places include Celuk, Batuan, Mas and Singakerta.

Nearby Airports

The nearest airport to Ubud is the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. Depending on the traffic it takes about 1-1.5 hours to reach Ubudfrom the airport. Visitors can easily get taxis from the airport. Taxis from the airport usually cost around Rp 195,000 (one-way trip). Car rentals are also available from the airport to Ubud. Finding public transport or shuttle service from the Airport to Ubud is a rarity.

Halal Restaurants

There are a few good halal restaurants in Ubud where visitors can relish local cuisine. Casa Luna, Warung Ijo and Rumah Makan Padang are some of the halal restaurants in the town. All these restaurants serve Indonesian cuisine cooked in traditional manner.

Mosques

There is a mosque located in the center of the town of Ubud. The mosque is known as Yayasan Ubudiyah. Visitors can get help from locals in locating the mosque.

Things to Do and See in Ubud

  • Puri Saren Agung/ Royal Palace
  • Yeh Pulu
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art
  • Bali Center for Artistic Creativity
  • Neka Art Museum
  • Museum Puri Lukisan
  • Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women
  • Bali Bird Park
  • Monkey Forest Park
  • Botanic Garden
  • The White Herons of Petulu
  • Get Your Dream Floating Breakfast And Feel Like Royalty For A Day At These 5 Resorts in Bali!

    In October of this year, American socialite and TV personality Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé, had a vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful islands in Indonesia. During their stay in Bali, they shared their experience at the luxurious Soori Hotel on Instagram. This hotel is one of the top 50 best beach hotels in the world! One of their posts showed them starting off their day with a floating breakfast accompanied by the sound of crashing waves. Unsurprisingly, the post blew up and now people across the globe are eager to try it for themselves. Soori Hotel might just be the most expensive hotel in Bali so here are 5 other places where you can also enjoy a fancy floating breakfast. Read more about Bali 1. AYANA Resort and Spa Picture: Kiwi Collection Only 10 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport, AYANA Resort and Spa is a world-class resort in Badung Regency. Located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land above Jimbaran Bay, it offers an ocean-front view and a white-sand beach. You can start your day in style with an unforgettable breakfast served on a floating tray in your private plunge pool. A butler will set sail to this three-course gourmet brunch accompanied by coffee and tea when you request for no champagne. Adress: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten BadungContact: (+62) 361 702 222Website: Ayana 2. Kamandalu Ubud Picture: The Bali Bible This five-star hotel resort has existed since 1992. It is located on the hills of Ubud, an area famous for its rice terraces, ancient temples and traditional arts. This resort is beautifully built on curving ridges above the flowing Petanu River. It takes an hour to reach this resort from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Kamandalu resort has a facility called Awana Pool and Lounge where you can begin your day with a floating breakfast. You can have a relaxing swim while feasting on healthy and delicious dishes with exotic drinks on a large floating tray. As you are enjoying this unique experience in the pool, you can appreciate the view of Ubud’s magnificent tropical forest and terraced landscape. Do remember to inform their staff if you have dietary requirements so that they can make necessary adjustments. Address: Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi, UbudContact: +62 361 975825Website: KamandaluResort 3. Aksari Villa Picture: Aksari Villa Combining the enchanting culture, fascinating traditions and beautiful natural scenery of Bali, Aksari Villa is a perfect place for a romantic honeymoon on the Island of Gods. It is a luxury private villa where you can get a private pool and Jacuzzi. When you wake up seeing floating breakfast waiting for your arrival on your personal pool, you will definitely feel like royalty for a day. It is strategically located close to Legian and Seminyak which is just a 10 minutes drive from Seminyak Square and Padma Beach Legian. Address: Jl. Sunset Road Gang Baik Baik 2 No. 8, Seminyak, KutaContact: +6281238504678Website: AksariVilla 4. W Bali Picture: EatAndTreats The winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017 is located around 15 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport.  It is a perfect choice if you would like to enjoy Bali's fascinating culture and nearby eclectic boutiques, famous art galleries and concept restaurants in Seminyak. Offering spacious rooms with sea views, W Bali is just a one-minute walk from Seminyak Beach. It has classy restaurants where you can taste the world’s exquisite flavors from finest meats, seafood, and spices. To start your day in the morning, you can order a floating breakfast with the freshest selection of dishes on a colorful tray. Do note that they also serve champagne but you can definitely request for your serving to be alcohol-free. Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak BaliContact: +62 361 3000106Website: Marriott 5. Royal Purnama Picture: TheRoyalPurnama Around 15km from Sanur and 16km from Ubud, The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas is located alongside the beautiful Purnama Beach on the southeast coast of Bali, in Sukawati, Gianyar. Locals believe that Purnama(full moon) is a sacred day when Gods descend to the earth and give their blessing. The Purnama Beach itself has glittering volcanic black crystal sand that people like to use for therapy due to its mineral content. When you arrive, you will see lush plantations and rice fields on one side and the glittering black crystal sands of the beach on the other. Picture: TheRoyalPurnama One of the restaurants that they have is the luxurious Standing Stones Restaurant, an open-air beach lounge with a meandering freeform swimming pool. While swimming and relaxing, you can experience a floating pool breakfast and enjoy their food all day long. Their impressive menu merges western classics with Asian favorites. Address: Jl. Pantai Purnama, Sukawati, Gianyar, BaliContact: +62361 8493706Website: TheRoyalPurnama Get travel inspirations for 2019...

  • Witness Beauty And Experience Excitement At These 9 Islands In Indonesia!

    The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of at least 17,000 islands which are blissful spots that will entice anyone yearning for a tropical getaway. You can get immersed in the local culture when you visit the islands in Indonesia, and marvel at the unique features of each island. If exploring tropical jungles or enjoying the vibrant sunset on a secluded beach sounds appealing, a vacation in Indonesia might be just what you need. Here are 9 of the most exciting and beautiful islands in Indonesia you should visit for your next trip! Visit These Amazing Mosques in Surabaya - Indonesia 1. Bali Picture: NomadCapitalist Bali attracts numerous travelers for its charm - from natural beauty to city attractions, and of course beaches. You can also stay at eco-lodges or traditional style hotels for a unique experience. There is just so much to explore and boredom is never an option! You can take in a serene view of the winding green Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud or spend a fun day out at the white sandy beaches of Seminiyak or Jimbaran and take a dip in the clear blue waters. Picture: MountBaturTrekking If you are feeling adventurous, try trekking up the famous Mount Batur to catch the beautiful sunrise. You can even go flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Beach in Nusa Dua for a great thrill. Last but not least, don’t miss out on a water splashing experience at the Waterbom Bali park especially if you are traveling with your family. Finding Halal food here wouldn'n’t be too hard. You can drop by spots such as Bale Udang or the cafes that line Jimbaran Beach. You can also opt for some delicious seafood or vegetarian options at other dining spots too. 2. Lombok Picture: JourneyEra From luxurious accommodation in tranquil locations to unspoiled natural landscapes, Lombok is really ideal for a peaceful vacation. Lombok is the idyllic getaway for a honeymoon or relaxing vacation in Indonesia, especially if you prefer a chilled-out exception to Bali. It is best known as a surfer’s paradise because of its attractions such as the Tangsi Beach, with its pink sands and excellent spots for diving and snorkeling. If you are a nature buff, trek along Mount Rinjani, where the Segara Ana lake reflects the blue sky or drop by Senaru Village to take in the lush green setting. You have an option to trek to Tiu Kelep Waterfall as well. When it comes to Halal food, Lombok is known to be quite Muslim-friendly. You will easily find great restaurants that serve the local fare, as well as big chain restaurants such as KFC and Mc Donald’s. 3. Gili Islands Picture: Bali Pocket Magazine After Lombok, head down to the Gili Islands to continue your island adventures. Gili Trawangan is ideal for diving and exploring vibrant streets at night, which is great if you are looking for a lively holiday. Gili Meno is just 2km long and great for that peaceful romantic trip and for those looking for a serene spot - and there is a bird sanctuary as well. For thrill seekers, Gili Air has a lot to offer in terms of beach activities such as parasaling. There are plenty of places that serve excellent seafood and more Halal food spots on Gili Trawangan. You can really experience the local flavours at the islands. However, you can enjoy swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking or admire the sunset at all three islands mentioned so far. 4. Bintan Island Picture: Bintan Resorts Bintan is a known favourite weekend getaway among Muslim travelers in Singapore. From lush mangrove forests to delightful beaches and plenty of engaging water sports - there is something for the adventurers and beach loungers alike! Some of the highlights of Bintan island include the seaplane rides, where you can get an impressive view of the island scenery, and the Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque on Penyengat Island. Bintan Island is dotted with gorgeous resorts which makes this the perfect spot for relaxation, honeymoons or big family vacations. You will be pleased to know that finding Halal food won’t be a problem here - you can easily visit the Pujasera Hawker Stalls or simply go for the delicious seafood options. There is a popular restaurant known as Sederhana Restaurant Nasi Padang as well. 5. Wakatobi Islands Picture: Wakatobi.com The Wakatobi Islands are best known for diving and snorkeling spots that are teeming with brightly colourful marine life and coral gardens. If you are a beginner or an advanced diving enthusiast, do drop by The Wakatobi National Park where you can appreciate the underwater scenery. The island is located within the Coral Triangle and is ideal for an escapade for something quieter rather than the ever-popular Bali. If you prefer something more engaging – motorcycle tours, kayaking, and kitesurfing are some of the livelier things to do on the Wakatobi Islands. It might be a bit hard to locate Halal food on the Wakatobi Islands, but there are few spots such as WarKop Sombu DIVE and Kopi Paste Shop that you can visit. There are plenty of seafood options here as well. 6. Flores Picture: CruiseMapper This beautiful island with lush greenery gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘flores’ which means flowers. The island beaches are known for their pinkish sand that frames the blue waters. You can swim or dive in this serene paradise. Some of the unique aspects of the island include the uniquely beautiful crater lakes on Mount Kelimutu with their ever-changing colours. Liang Bua Limestone Cave, is another unique aspect of this island. Home to a number of fossils, it would definitely appeal to trekkers and backpackers. In addition, when it comes to Halal food options, there are a few restaurants that serve Halal food such as Blue Corner and Warung Mama. You can stick to seafood or vegan/vegetarian options as well. 7. Komodo Island Picture: Unesco World Heritage Centre After your trip to Flores, head to the home of the famous Komodo dragons – Komodo Island. This island, with its diverse marine life and gorgeous coral gardens, is ideal for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. You can stroll along the pink sandy beaches and enjoy the beautiful sunset too. Even though island is quite popular among tourists, don’t let that deter you from enjoying the wonderful scenery or going trekking among the dormant volcanoes. Of course, you must visit the famous Komodo National Park to observe the Komodo dragons and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Do note that there are very few restaurants on the Island. However, the island has a Muslim majority so you have high chances of finding Halal food options. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for help. 8. Belitung Picture: Indonesia.Travel Belitung is a peaceful getaway from the bustle. Located east of Sumatra, it is notable for its white sandy beaches lined with large granite boulders. You can enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters, or go snorkeling to admire the diverse marine life and bright corals at the Tanjung Tinggi Beach or Tanjung Kelayang. Some island highlights include the Danau Kaolin or the Blue Lake where you can take insta-worthy photos. You can also climb the old lighthouse on Pulau Lengkuas for a bird’s eye view of the area. When it comes to Halal food options, you can stop for some delicious seafood at Pulau Kapayang or enjoy most of the restaurants on Belitung as the island is a seafood heaven. However, it might be hard to locate Halal restaurants on this island. 9. Nusa Lembongan Picture: AirBali Nusa Lembongan is a tropical paradise which is located southeast of Bali. The first things you will notice as you approach the island are azure waters and unique rock formations. Along with some great resorts, the island is another spot that is extremely popular for snorkeling and diving sites. If you’re for up something adventurous, you can head to the famous Blue Lagoon for cliff diving! Nusa Lembongan is ideal for beach lovers who doesn’t mind small crowds and loves breathtakingly gorgeous ocean scenery. From catching the sunset at Jungut Batu Beach to unwinding at Mushroom Bay, this island is a great spot for a beach holiday in Indonesia. Unfortunately, finding Halal food on this island will be quite a challenge. However, you can stick to the seafood or vegetarian/vegan options during your stay. Read more about Indonesia...

  • A Muslim Traveler's Guide to Bali : Exploring Hidden Gems in Bali

    In today's society, sustainability has become an important aspect to life, which has gradually improved over the years and has brought people closer to one another. In addition, different cultures can be discovered throughout different parts of the world. Just south of the equator and east of Java, lies a small Indonesian island recognized as Bali. We know of Bali as a beach heaven, a place for rest, relaxation and a great tan. But few people know the hidden gems in Bali, the places that could take your travel adventures to the next level and reveal the cultural significance of Bali. The Balinese people are a momentous example of how culture has been formed through art, food production, marriage, social organization, and religion. If you don’t experience the extraordinary, you’ll never know what you’ve been missing out.   Check out the best period to travel to Bali   Best vacation package to Bali   So Go off the beaten track and discover Bali through our Muslim- friendly guide to hidden attractions around this Island!   Photoshoot in the Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati Photo Credit - www.bestthingstodoinbali.com   Although Bali is best known for amazing beaches and beautiful rice paddies, Bali also has plenty of Canyons and beautiful rock formations which maybe new to some Muslim travellers. The Guwang Hidden Canyon – yes, people named it as hidden as the location – is located in Guwang, a small village in Sukawati, Gianyar Regency just around 30 minutes from the city center of Denpasar through Bypass Ida Bagus Sumantra. You might find that entrance of the canyon is next to the temple, Pura Dalem Guwang.   For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit in your muslim-friendly travel to Bali.   Located Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, it is just a short 5 – 10 minutes walk along the shallow river. However, do take note that some climbing over rocks are required to reach the canyon. You will also pass a river, which may very in depth and flow. Many parts of the river are very shallow, but some can be deeper than it seems so watch your step. Don’t worry about looking for Bali Travel Guides For Muslim Travelers in Bali as there are many available in Bali that can direct you to find halal food in Bali. You can also browse our Muslim Travel Blog before you visit this Bali for more information.   Travel to Bali, Indonesia   Plan your Muslim-friendly family tour to Bali now!     Take a camel on a joyride in Nikko Beach Nusa Dua Photo Credit - www.bernardbaliadvisor.com Would you like to try unusual things in Bali? Then, take a camel on a joyride on the beach with the white sands of Nusa Dua Bali and immerse yourself in the nature around it with the surrounding temples. The Camel Safari in Bali is as popular as an Elephant Safari. The Bali Camel Safari have packages that include lunch at the restaurant of Nikko Bali Resort or at seafood restaurant in Jimbaran. On the back of these camels, the view is picturesque - you can even have a brief Middle-Eastern moment right here in Bali. There are many photogenic places for potential wedding photo shoots along the way and also chances to stop for some refreshing and complimentary drinks by friendly locals.   Beside that, if you want to find nearby mosques and prayer places in Bali, Nusa Dua, you can visit the Ibnu Batutah Grand Moswue. The mosque is right next to a Hindu temple and a Christian church. It features dominant gold-yellow linings in its exterior and a prism-shaped roof.   Plan your Halal trip to Bali, Indonesia now!     Get Picnic on Bukit Teletubbies, Nusa Penida Photo Credit - www.www.thebalibible.com   Another unusual thing to do in Bali is picnic on Bukit Teletubbies. The name is a reference to the rounded green hills that were home to the fuzzy aliens from the children’s television program. During or just after the rainy season is when the hills are a vivid green and most resemble the cutesy world of our gobbledygook speaking space critters is the best time to visit there.   You can also find nearby Halal food in Bali, and there are so many restaurants to visit. If you want to enjoy Indonesia cuisine, do visit Warung Pondok Nusal Penida, a cute little breezy place right on the beach. Enjoy well-prepared Indonesian dishes and seafood (or an odd international dish or two) while taking in the views to Bali. You might want to try the 'seaweed mocktail' dessert as well.   Find nearby Halal restaurants in Bali   Visit Ubud Art and Culture Photo Credit - www.baligreentour.com   Maybe you know the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, yes it caused Ubud to be famous and became epicenter of Balinese art and culture. This is where the modern Balinese art movement was born, with the surrounding royal palaces and temples acting as the main patrons. Until now several excellent local museums and galleries can be found to celebrate its evolution and traditions. Art gazing is particularly rewarding here, as many collections are housed in traditional Balinese buildings surrounded by serene tropical gardens.   For an overview of Balinese art, your first stops should be Agung Rai Museum of Art(ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum, which lie within a short stroll of the Ubud Monkey Forest. Both display works spanning from traditional to contemporary works, including kris (ceremonial daggers), photography, and classical wayang (puppet-figure) paintings. Other worthwhile art galleries and museums in the Ubud area include Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets featuring ceremonial masks from Asia and beyond; Museum Puri Lukisan, which showcases a range of Balinese artistic styles; and the Don Antonio Blanco Museum, at the artist's former home and studio.   FYI, The Bali people also have domestic shrines, which portrays carved figures of god like deities. Culture and art throughout Bali has become popular amongst tourist. It has become an asset to the Island, which has given them the opportunity to continue to create cultural art, while helping their economy. The men typically make paintings, sculptures, and musical instrument. While the women put the dyes and weaves together. The art that they create is unique because it is intertwined with their culture and religion.   If shopping for art is more your style, don't miss the the Ubud Art Market. You will find many things there, this labyrinth of stalls brimming with carvings, sculptures, jewelry, sarongs, paintings, and homewares is one of the top tourist attractions in town as well.   What to do and see in Bali   We’ve had the adventure of a lifetime discovering these hidden gems in Bali. Go forth and have the time of your life!   Check out shopping places in Bali  Find nearby Halal food and restaurants in Bali, Indonesia Halal/Muslim-friendly travel and holiday packages to Bali Where to find Halal food in Bali   ...

  • Discover the natural beauty of Indonesia

    Indonesia is a country rich in diversity and natural wonders. With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It has many magnificent islands waiting to be explored and promises an experience filled with adventure, relaxation, culinary delights and beautiful memories. Among the top tourist attractions in Indonesia, there are several places to observe Indonesia’s natural beauty.  Read on to learn more about these natural beauty spots in Indonesia so you can plan a visit to some or all of them during your Halal Trip to Indonesia. Venture off the well-worn tourist trail and uncover some of these extraordinary sights! Credit - giphy.com   1.Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara Located in East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Island is one of Indonesia destinations. Komodo Island features some beautiful beaches and wild bushes. There is so much to do on the many islands around Komodo and most of these islands are uninhabited with exotic beaches. The blue skies and calm seas make it a perfect location for sunbathing or diving. The best attraction in Komodo Island is indeed the Komodo dragons. The dragons are native to Indonesia, and Komodo Island is one of the several places where they can be found living in the wild. The Komodo Natural Park is a protected site in Indonesia, and it has become illegal to hunt or harm these deadly dragons. With the permission of the local government, local and foreign tourists alike can visit the islands every year.   2. Gili Islands, Lombok Lombok is the most famous place in Indonesia for sunbathing, diving and snorkelling. It has villas with such a romantic panorama, that there is no way to forget them while making a list of most wonderful places in Indonesia. Lombok has the stunning beaches of Indonesia. Fringed by white sand beaches and blue water, the complex of three small and isolated islands named Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air bears have unique scenic appeal. This is a perfect site to spend hours of your Halal Travel to Indonesia as there are many places to stay. Besides adventure sports like snorkelling, surfing and diving, you can go island hopping, fishing and tour in glass-bottom boats. Else, just chill out in a beachside cafe or shack with your significant other.   3. Raja Ampat, Papua Raja Ampat, meaning Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising islands Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta, besides 1500 minor ones. Located in the western part of Papua Island in Indonesia Part, Raja Ampat is one of the Indonesia's most famous attractions. The culture in Raja Ampat society, as elsewhere, is a mix of indigenous cultures and the descendants of successive waves of migration from outside the area which began in ancient times and continues to this day. The awe-inspiring backdrop of steep, forested islands, sizzling beaches, and marshy lagoons, small atolls looking like mushrooms and shining turquoise water makes the place a perfect delight for travellers. The area is rich in marine flora and fauna diversity including rare species of corals. That’s why Raja Ampat is one of the best tourist attractions in Indonesia. When getting here, do be careful as you will have to pass several rivers and you might also have to climb some big slippery rocks. Other than that feel free to explore the area to your heart’s content and fully appreciate it's magnificence. 4. Bali Island We know of Bali as a beach haven, a place for rest, relaxation and a great tan. Travelling to Bali is alluring to visitors in search of sea and sun. Indonesian culture in Bali is unique, don’t worry you can take a tour package to explore Bali and learn about their culture. Few people don’t know the hidden side of Bali, places that could take your travel adventures to the next level. If you don’t experience the extraordinary, you’ll never know what you’ve been missing out. Have you ever started planning a trip with your friends and family, then got lost and had no clue what to include in your itinerary? Whether you’re in Bali with friends, family or with your couple for a honeymoon, there are endless activities available in Bali so you know you’ll never be bored. Some of the best places to visit in Bali are Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Mount Batur, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach, Tanah Lot Temple, Ubud Monkey Forest, Elephant Safari Park North Ubud, and etc. Now you know the secrets to a super fun and photogenic vacation in Bali. You can also find Halal Tours to Bali to serve Muslim travellers around the world.   5. Bintan, Riau Islands Province Part of the Riau Islands Province, Bintan Island is ideal for sports and recreation. The unique side of Bintan is that it offers the perfect getaway with its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and refreshing coastal atmosphere. There are plenty of photography spots with a beautiful panoramic view in Bintan, such as street art at Tanjung Pinang, Louhan Temple, Trikora Beach, Calypso Bar-Nirwana Gardens, Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque, and Sky Lantern-Bintan Lagoon Resort. As most resorts face the beach, you can easily avail these activities in the water sports centres of Bintan. November to March are ideal for boogie boarding, windsurfing, and longboarding as the north-easterly winds give the water a perfect swell that is a surfer’s delight. On the other hand, April to October sees calmer waters that make it ideal for jet skiing, water skiing, and, of course, diving and snorkelling. Don’t forget to get shopping when you visit Bintan. You will find Bintan’s capital, Tanjung Pinang – a small and friendly town – to be a great hub for trying out local food, picking up souvenirs, and learning about the island’s culture. There's been so much hype about Indonesia. So pack your bags and discover the natural beauty of Indonesia! ...

  • Beautiful Bali - Is the Food Halal?

    If you're looking for Halal food in Bali, this article is for you. Bali is one of the top tourist destinations in the world with wildlife, nature and beautiful islands to visit. However, finding restaurants and hotels serving Halal food in Bali is not too hard, but most places will not have a 100% Halal-certification. Most of Balinese cuisine contains pork, but there are plenty of other dishes that you can enjoy. Well known items like sate are prepared with chicken, beef and other meats including pork and might sometimes be placed together. The main issue in almost all places is that food is not served as 100% Halal, but is usually free of pork and pork based items and alcohol. Before you order your meal, ask the owner or manager of the restaurant about the food items they serve. Where to Find Halal Food in Bali Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak have become popular tourist spots for Muslims in Bali since there are a number of Muslim-owned warungs or street vendors. There are many of warungs who sell local cuisine and Muslims in Bali can experience traditional and authentic food too. Some cafés and warungs in Jimbaran noted for their seafood do not serve pork or alcohol but it is always better if you check before ordering. In Ubud, the uplands of Bali, there are places with vegetarian options but first inquire if they serve alcohol as most them do.  You can stick to ordering seafood and vegetarian items but ask the staff beforehand whether any pork is a part of the meal preparation. Halal Restaurants in Bali to Visit Most of the chain restaurants like Pizza Hut, McDonalds and KFC are Halal-certified but then you would miss out on traditional cuisine. Most Muslims in Bali also recommend the Nasi Padang restaurant chain which is not only Halal certified, but owned by Muslims too. In the Discovery shopping mall you can even find restaurants in the food court with the Halal logo displayed. Before going ahead with your travel plans get online, search for Halal-certified restaurants and make a list when you can, just to be prepared or ask any friends for their recommendations. for more information about Nasi Padang, click here! Finding Muslim-Friendly Facilities in Bali To ensure Muslim-friendly holidays, the less stressful way to go would be by traveling on a Halal tour package where you are assured you will be taken to restaurants that serve Halal food in Bali and stay in hotels with Muslim-friendly facilities in Bali. For a Muslim honeymoon in Bali, look for special tour packages with meals and entertainment included as there are holiday villas you can stay in and be directed to Halal restaurants for meals.  But there is a significant rise in Muslim tourists from Asia and the Middles East, so hotels are now trying to provide more Muslim-friendly facilities in Bali to make visiting Muslims in Bali feel more welcome. You will find mosques located in Denpasar, North and South Kuta and Nusa Dua. Traveling Muslims in Bali can now experience Muslim-friendly holidays since there are Halal certified hotels and villas that can be checked for their certification online, or by getting information from the management. Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides to Indonesia ...



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