TRAVELLING TO BALI
Don’t look for "Bali" in airline time tables. It’s listed as "Denpasar" (DPS) which is the name of the island’s capital. However, from Bali’s international Ngurah Rai Airport it takes you just 15 to 30 minutes by car to Kuta, Legian, Sanur and Nusa Dua, and in about 50 to 60 minutes you can be in Ubud.
Today there is an increasing number of direct flight connections between Bali and Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Brunei, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guam, Honolulu, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Munich, Nagoya, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna, and Zurich. And Airasia has certainly had the biggest impact on how people travel through INdonesia and South East Asia these days. Flights are cheap, planes are great and safe and overall service is simple, straightforward and efficient. You can book online and on short notice. No more painful reconfirmation of flights and tickets necessary.
Bali Handbook, by Bill Dalton. Very detailed and well-researched travel information for everybody seriously interested in Bali, its people, and all things Balinese. However, not much help for those looking for fine dining or luxury accommodation. Second edition revised in 1997.
Knopf Guide Bali. Beautiful layout of photography and artworks complement short essays on everything from detailed explanations of complex Hindu ceremonies to food preparation. The information here is amazingly accurate, and well presented with cross references to basic travel information.
Bali: The Island of the Gods, Periplus Editions (June 2005). In our opinion the best all-round Bali travel book with up-to-date information, detailed maps and beautiful photographs.
Insight Guide Bali, 16th. edition (June 2009) of this popular coffee table book with many beautiful photographs.
Bali & Lombok, Lonely Planet Guides, 12th. edition (April 2009) of this popular guide for the budget traveler.
East of Bali: From Lombok to Timor, by Kal Muller (photographs) and David Pickell, Passport Books. This travel book covers most islands between Bali and Australia.
Fodor’s Indonesia, (1999) by Laura M. Kidder. Travel book covering the whole Indonesian archipelago Fodor style.
Island of Bali, by Miguel Covarrubias. An introduction to the traditional Balinese culture written in the 1930′s by this Mexican painter. A Classic and a Must for serious readers.
Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali, by I Wayan Dibia, Rucina Ballinger and Barbara Anello. Periplus Editions (December 2004). Ideal reading for anyone interested in Balinese culture, this lavishly illustrated book fully explains the history and function of each performance genre.
Bali: Sekala and Niskala I, by Fred B. Eiseman. Essays on religion, ritual and art. A great guide to the elaborate rituals of the Balinese, written by an American scholar who clearly loves this island.
Bali: Sekala and Niskala II, by Fred B. Eiseman. Essays on society, traditional, and craft. Detailed descriptions of every aspect of daily life in Bali, from morning offerings to mask making.
BALI: a Paradise Created, by Adrian Vickers. Over three centuries the West has created the exotic image of a tropical paradise which even has been taken over by the Balinese themselves. This book provides insight in the history full of violence and magic, art and ritual, warring kingdoms, slavery, mass suicides, and colonization.
Bali – the Ultimate Island, by Leonard Lueras and Ian Lloyd. The “ultimate coffee table book” on the “Ultimate Island”.
Bali Style, by Barbara Walker and Rio Helmi. Photographs and descriptions of some of the most beautiful private residences in Bali.