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India is a large country deep in culture, delicious cuisine and amazing architecture.  Think about what interests you and what you want to experience. The most popular India tour is the time-less India Golden Triangle Tour but you can always journey on the road less traveled. However if you’re pressed for time and budget this quick and fascinating introduction to three of India’s most iconic destinations will leave you feeling fulfilled yet wanting more. Most Golden triangle tours start in Delhi where you can visit Hamayun’s Tomb, the Old Fort and so much more before traveling on to Agra. In Agra you can discover the impressive Fort with its column hallways but the jewel of Agra and arguably all of India is the Taj Mahal. Tour to Jaipur also known as the “Pink City” where you can discover the Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar complex, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. Head back to Delhi where you can shop its wonderful bazaars and enjoy the Indian metropolitan life before heading home.

Take Advantage of Slow Time
After spending a full day touring iconic sites and getting around, the last thing you may want to do is take advantage of slow time and although a restful break back at your hotel is probably a good idea, getting out and discovering on your own without your tour group is a great way to find hidden jewels. Seeing your host city slowly is a rewarding way to experience the local culture, plus you’ll be less stressed and gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to build relationships or discover off-the-map places you’ll never forget.

Try to Avoid Large Crowds
In India a traveler may find it difficult to avoid crowds, but you may want to avoid exceptionally large crowds. You can find quiet escapes in local cafes and if you’re in Delhi you can shop in the Sarojini Nagar neighborhood where you can get amazing bargains and food treats. You can also experience local restaurants and boutique shopping that can help your vacation feel more like an India luxury vacation.

Stay Full and Enjoy Local Foods
Unfortunately its common knowledge that you should try to avoid drinking the local tap water and try to avoid foods that may have been washed in it such as fruits. Also you may need to avoid having ice and most salads. You can still enjoy delicious cuisine in local restaurants that wont leave you second guessing yourself including the restaurants at your hotel and if you book your India tour with an experienced India tour company they can help set up several restaurants you can enjoy throughout your trip. Another great option is contacting your hotel’s concierge desk for suggestion on where you can eat.

Keeping Cool
Follow standard methods of keeping hydrated to make sure you enjoy India as comfortable as possible. Always have plenty of bottle water on you as you travel, you may need to carry a back-pack. Dress in clothing made of material that breaths such as cotton, and wear hats or carry a parasol to use when on location. You should also try to avoid eating highly oily foods or salty foods for breakfast or lunch as this will make you feel tired throughout the day. Remember to pay attention to how you feel so you have a good time while visiting India.



The Li River
China has much more to offer the traveler than silk bags and tasty foods, it has wonderful natural beauty, exotic architecture and a diverse wildlife. Our first destination is the Li River that flows into Guilin and where it may be considered its most picturesque location. The mountains and hills that surround the Li River have been eroded to tall round pillar like shapes, that emerge from the landscape to create a surreal and unique landscape.  It’s magnificent features include reed-flute rock, a limestone cave with a large number of stalactites, stalacto-stalagmites, rocky curtains, and cave corals. The mountain of splendid hues consisting of many layers of colored rocks and elephant-trunk hill, a riverside cliff that looks like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. Guilin is a pictorial town and one of the best-known tourist destinations in China with its many scenic places in short traveling distance of Guilin. Destinations include Longsheng with its famous Longji rice terraces; the Li River itself that is printed on the back of the ¥20 bank note and Yangshuo, a small county downstream from Guilin plus so much more. A luxury Li River cruise can also be a wonderful way to experience this iconic destination, as the traveler can enjoy the fantastic visions with a panoramic view.

Snow Mountains of Tibet
Traveling to Tibet will make one feel as though they’ve entered an ancient tribal world. With over 1,500 lakes, eight peaks over 21,000 feet and a rich cultural heritage, there are countless things to experience in Tibet. The land offers intense sunshine, crystal-clear blue rivers and sapphire lakes with terraced fields of gold barley and where the Tibetan people are extremely religious, viewing their daily lives and environment as challenges along the path of life. Aside from the endless human cultural experience are the iconic site of Lhasa including the Ganden Monastery that consist of eight major buildings the most impressive structure being the Gold Tomb of Tsongkhapa in the center of the complex, recognized by the recently built white small shrine and standing before the red building. A path circulates the monastery and starts from the parking area, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Lhasa River Valley and only takes about an hour to complete.


The Great Wall of China
Touring The Great Wall of China is considered a-must destination for many people from all around the world. It can be visited at many places along its length of several thousand miles. The condition of the wall ranges from excellent to ruined and access can be easy or difficult depending on where you try to view it. There are many ways to visit the wall and some visitors admire the views from popular tourist sections and take advantage of the amenities offered such as restaurants and shops. Others choose to explore the more rugged sections of the wall with extended hikes of the wild sections. Another great reason for traveling to the Great Wall is the diverse Chinese wildlife around it. You may be able to spot the rare Siberian tiger in the northeast to the protected and rare Giant Panda in southern Gansu. Other types of wild mammals include the manchurian weasel, brown and black bear, northern pika and deer include the sitka deer, roe deer and the long-sought-after spotted deer. The birds of the region include various pheasants, black grouse, pine grosbeak, various woodpeckers, the colorful mandarin duck and the fairy pitta with its somewhat tail-less shape, colorful body and green luminescent wings that catch the sun and seem to glow.


Beautiful Pandas
Although not a place but an animal, Pandas are one of the world’s most recognizable and loved animal. Traveling to The Bifengxia Panda Reserve Center will give the you a chance to interact with pandas on a personal level. The reserve is situated in 5 miles from Ya‘an City. The reserve is the first effort in creating a scenic destination into a natural eco-zoo in China that includes sightseeing and entertainment. The Ecological Wild Animal zoo was built in 1999 in the Bifeng Gorges. with more than 20 locations designated for panda-related activities and scientific research. There are dedicated grazing grounds, “kindergartens” for young pandas and a panda hospital alongside a research institute. Several different varieties of bamboo have been planted in the base either by the water or on the slopes to allow the pandas to graze naturally. Visitors can spend the day volunteering with pandas at Bifengxia with opportunities to take pictures with pandas. The male panda Tai Shan, born at the National Zoo in Washington DC, now makes his home in Bifengxia.


First and Last European Colony of Macau
As the first European and the last European colony in Asia Macau has more colonial history and architecture than Hong Kong. The Portuguese and Macanese population continues to maintain a presence, but most of the population and culture is Chinese and although Macau is best known for gambling the city has lots of historical and cultural attractions that have both European and Chinese influences. An interesting sight to see is the statue of the Bodhisatta Avalokitesvara located next to the Sands Casino and MGM Grand. Besides the statue being a Chinese deity its design is very slick and European with minimal adornment. Travelers can also enjoy a day in Fisherman’s Wharf where you can experience theme-park activities and shopping or admire the Ruins Of Saint Paul’s Cathedral that consist of the southern stone façade intricately carved in the 1620s by local craftsmen. From colonial church ruins and grand temples to the iconic Portuguese custard tarts famous throughout the island, traveling to Macau provides a true blend of European west and Exotic east.


Traveling to India will always consist of icons such as the Taj Mahal  but the Temple town of Swamimalai can give the experienced traveler a local’s experience. Located in the Thanjavur District of India near the banks of the river Cauvery and most famous for being one of the six Battle Camps of the Lord Murugan the town is crowned with a picturesque and brightly colored icon. The name of the town means ‘God’s mountain’ and where the impressive Swamimalai Murugan Hindu Temple is located. The temple featured on the left, is built in a step format and is adorned with brightly colored motives. Inside the temple are  representations of Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga being shown as one and in the place of the traditional peacock before the Lord there is an elephant that was gifted by Indira after the destruction of the demon Harikesa. The surrounding town is small in comparison and only offers the minimal tourist experience but a much more intimate and local living experience.



Warm greetings from Sri Lanka, the land of a thousand breathtaking spectacles as you journey through tropical beaches, majestic temple ruins, lush foliage countryside, underwater coral scapes, cascading waterfalls and colorful festival pageantry. Vacationing in Sri Lanka offers a real chance to feel transported to a fantasy with its seemingly endless sites and activities especially when considering it’s an island. Sri Lanka is a tropical country so you can expect rain at almost any time of the year and in most parts. Things to do include surfing and ocean activities, visiting iconic sights including the Citadel of Sigiriya also known as “Lion Rock”, the imposing Dambulla Caves filled with religious relics and artwork. Another location worth visiting is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world and was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. A true paradise vacation.


tour-Ganges-river-globotoursA famous pilgrim destinations for locals but still somewhat hidden from westerners is touring the Ganges river. It’s the most sacred river to Hindus and is a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it. It’s worshiped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism and has historical importance including many former provincial and imperial capitals have been located on its banks. As soon as the day begins, Hindus arrive at the river to begin giving offerings of flowers or food by throwing it in handfuls of grain or flower garlands into the Ganges. Others will float small oil lamps on its surface while praying. In cupped hands they will also take the ritual drink of the Ganges and then fill a container to take with them to the temple. On great festivals Hindus float on the river in boats, shouting “Victory to Mother Ganga!” The entire experience of the Ganges will fill the traveler with a renewed appreciation for religious practices.


maldives-vacation-globotoursThe Maldives are blessed with plenty of sunshine, crystal blue waters and comfortable temperatures throughout the year, making a Maldives vacation a real tropical getaway. Relaxing is the number one thing to do in Maldives and aside from lounging around in your luxurious Maldives water bungalow, the primary activity on the Maldives is scuba diving and surfing. The islands are all coral reef hundreds of miles from any major landmass, and offer excellent water clarity plus an abundant underwater life to seek. Manta rays, sharks, marine wrecks such as planes or ships can be explored all around the island chain. The Maldives are also becoming a popular surfing destination as the turquoise water and perfect waves makes it an ideal and uncrowded destination for surfers looking for prime surfing conditions.




The Khajuraho Monuments in Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations for photographers. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The locals living in the Khajuraho village knew about and kept up the temples as best they could. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the “seven wonders” of India. Only about ten percent of the carvings contain erotic themes and do not show deities the rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian when the carvings were made. The temple complex offers much more than a curios visit. The temples are grouped into three sites; the western, eastern and southern complex. The Khajuraho temples are made of sandstone and where not built using  mortar as the stones were put together with joints and held in place by gravity, the columns were built with megaliths that weighed up to 20 tons.

Khao-Luang-Cave-Thailand-GlobotoursThe Khao Luang Cave is located in the mountains of southern Thailand. The cave is filled with majestic stalactites that create a magical aura surrounded by religious objects and incense smoke alongside Buddha images and chedis relics of different sizes. Most of them were put in place by kings Rama IV and Rama V and the cave can be reached by a short walk from the parking area. Watch out for an opportunity to take pictures of the monkeys. The ideal time to visit the cave is on a clear morning between 9 and 11 when the sun shines through and reflects off the Buddha images and religious relics. For a donation a nun will light  the rear of the cave for a chance to enjoy the full visual effect of this spectacular location. The large monastery Wat Tham Klaep, is located at the bottom of the hill and is open to the public.

Kuching-globotoursOnce the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak Kuching is small enough to be enjoyed on foot but interesting to keep you intrigued for several days and a good base for exploring Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo and is known as the Land of the Hornbills. The name of the city is thought to derive from the Malay word “kucing” meaning cat and why locals refer to Kuching as the “Cat City” but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port (“cochin”) coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat’s-eye). The people of Kuching take pride in being the cleanest city in Malaysia and in their diverse cultures, so be prepared for a totally different experience from that of the West. One of the more unique experiences in when traveling in Kuching is the cat museum and although its basically a mix of ceramics, modern art and toys the museum is free and lighthearted. Another wonderful experience is the Orangutan and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve where you can observe the red-haired orangutan, beautiful tropical butterflies, birds and plants.

tombs-of-Emperor-Tu-Duc-vietnam-globotoursTraveling to the tombs of Emperor Tu Duc located in the Duong Xuan Thuong village, is like traveling into the forgotten culture of Vietnam. It’s one of the most beautiful royal complex site of the Nguyen dynasty, with several buildings and designs made of stone and aged charmingly by the tropical weather. The site is located in a large pine forest about 5 miles from Hue. Also peppered around the countryside that surrounds Hue are several tombs and mausoleums of the Nguyen Dynast rulers but they resembled more palatial monuments than final resting locations. Each site was actually a summer palace complex that was built for each emperor, where construction began as soon as the emperor took the throne and would serve as a retreat from the Imperial City. Each one is different in reflecting the style of the time and the emperors taste. Visiting any one of these sites will give the traveler a more cultured experience when traveling to Vietnam rarely appreciated.

Tamu-Kota-Belud-Borneo-globotoursAnother less traveled destination is Kota Belud located in east Malaysia on the island of Borneo where you’d be sure to drop by the famous Tamu Kota Belud. This weekly market is a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells as traders gather here to sell their produce and goods and where the famed “Cowboys of the East” gather. During the grand Tamu Besar held around the last weeks of November is when all the tribes come out fully dressed in their traditional costumes for three days of a cultural extravaganza. The Bajaus will stage a grand parade of horses and ponies also dressed in colorful costume and perform spirited display of their riding skills. Besides the usual buying and selling of local goods, other organized activities include a display of farm produce and animals. A great time to witness traditional sports such as buffalo racing and the crowning of the Sarempak Beauty Queens.

Bhutan-vacation-globotoursFirst on our list is Bhutan, a small Eastern Himalayan country ranked in the top 10 of countries for the highest diversity of native species and wildlife. Buddhism plays a central role in Bhutanese culture. Men wear a Gho – knee length robe – and women wear a Kira – sheet like robe dress both can be very colorful and purchased as unique souvenirs. When traveling in Bhutan one of the most scenic destinations is the Paro Valley. It’s said that this valley resembles the Swizz alps, with high mountain snow peaks, low valleys of wheat and barley and a land gleaming silver with irrigation channels. Paro Valley is also where the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery is located. The prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex is located high in the cliff-sides overlooking the valley below.  The transition from snow topped mountains to warm valleys is repeated all across Bhutan. Also not worth missing is the local unique cuisine. Bhutanese food can be very spicy and considered only for chilli aficionados but absolutely worth a mouthwatering meal or two.

Halong-Bay-globotoursSecond on our list is Vietnam the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. Don’t be turned away by past happenings as this country is rich in culture, full of friendly people and offers a diverse and delicious cuisine. You will most likely arrive in Ho Chi Minh a city rich in French colonial architecture and wide boulevards filled with motorbikes and shops. You can also explore the more recent history of the country including the War Remnants Museum. Travel on to the Mekong Delta, where life revolves mostly around the Mekong river and many of the villages are only accessible by the rivers and canals. When in the delta enjoy a Cai Luong show, a form of Vietnamese folk opera. Another somewhat still hidden gem of Vietnam is Halong Bay. Touring Halong Bay showcases limestone landforms displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosion features such as arches and caves which form a majestic awe inspiring scene. Although you may be familiar with Pho, Vietnam has many unique cuisine options including banh xeo a crispy crepe filled with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts or the easy to-go Bánh mì or Vietnamese baguette sandwich that combines ingredients from its French roots with native Vietnamese ingredients such as cilantro, hot peppers, and sweet pickled carrots.

Old-Town-Manila-intramuros-globotoursNext on our list is Manila located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, one of the best and natural harbors in the world. Manila is a vibrant metropolis with deep Spanish roots. Travel to Manila can offer a wonderful history and cultural experience especially Old Town Manila also known as the Old Walled city of Manila. The Spanish charm is unparallelled within the walls where you can tour stone palaces, colonial churches, eroded monasteries, Spanish fort ruins and fine courtyard houses. Once you’ve taken in the Spanish architecture its time to try the local cuisine. We recommend skipping the fine restaurants and trying some of the smaller eateries around town. Of course no stop in Manila is complete with out a shopping spree. Head over to the SM Mall of Asia or MOA. MOA is the 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world.

Sigiriya-Sri-Lanka-globotoursIf you’re looking for an exotic vacation travel to Sri Lanka is perfect. Known simply in antiquity as “Serendipity,” this tropical island has attracted visitors for centuries with its natural beauty, rich culture and diverse wildlife. The island consists mostly of flat to rolling coastal plains with mountains towards the southern part. Stop at the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela which provides care and protection for many orphaned wild elephants that are found wandering in and near the forests nationwide. It’s also recognized as one of the best wild Elephant conservatories worldwide. Another wonderful site to visit is the impressive archeological fort site of Sigiriya. Rising like a red giant this site presents a unique look into the past of Sri Lanka with additional surrounding site of interest including gardens , pool complexes, moats and the iconic Ruins of the Lion located just at the mid-entrance to the site. Once you’ve explored Sri Lanka it’s time to eat! A must food is know as a Hopper. It’s an egg cocked over and inside a cup of coconut-batter pancake with a helping of onion red-sauce. Delicious. Don’t be afraid to try Sri Lankan food, a mouthwatering blend of curry concoctions and deep fried dishes.

Sarawak-vacation-globotoursLast but not least is Sarawak one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Once know for its formidable head-hunters traveling to Sarawak still offers the chance for a real-life Indiana Jones type vacation including longboat rides down murky rivers, hikes through lush green jungles filled with tropical sounds and birds, rustic smoky longhouses and fascinating folk dances of strange creatures. The beauty of Sarawak is in its unparalleled blend of tribal traditions and a beautiful natural jungle settings. After exploring the natural wonders of Sarawak and colorful culture its time to taste the local dishes. One tasteful snack is the Popiah, a type of fresh spring roll filled with vegetables, meats and local spices the Popiah is a popular street food in Malaysia. Try the Char kuay teow, a wonderful mix of stir-fried noodles with a choice of meat or seafood and flavored with dark soy sauce topped with an egg. Yum!

Travelers may think that to enjoy a vacation they need to stay at a so-so hotel and save as much money as possible. But what if you could stay at a five-star hotel and still save. Below are our top five amazing getaway deals all with five-star hotels that are a traveler’s dream.

Banyan-Tree-in-Phuket-Thailand-GlobotoursThe Banyan Tree in Phuket Thailand
Situated near the beach in Thalang, this luxury hotel is close to the Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Bang Tao beach and Layan beach. In addition to five on-site mouthwatering restaurants, the Banyan Tree  features outdoor tennis courts and a full-service spa plus a poolside bar. Guestrooms include complimentary high-speed (wired) internet access and luxurious bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and double sinks, ideal for him and her. Beyond the hotel traveling in Phuket offers a sparkling night-life and a wide range of cultural experiences including the Phuket Fantasea Cultural Theme Park and Old Phuket Town. The Sino-Portuguese architecture and curiosity shops in the center of Phuket’s sleepy provincial capital also has several excellent restaurants set in a unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture that makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon.

Ritz-Carlton-Moscow-globotoursLux Vacation at the Ritz Carlton Moscow
The Ritz Carlton in Moscow is an impressive grand hotel with an ornate facade situated just moments from the Red Square. It has panoramic views from its rooftop that look across the square and to the Kremlin. Guests can enjoy a local favorite drink and lounge on the roof-top bar or spend a rejuvenating afternoon at the hotel’s full service spa with its treatments rooms, pool, steam rooms and saunas plus a beauty studio and fitness center. Guestrooms are traditionally decorated with polished cherry wood and feature marble bathrooms with designer toiletries, robes and minibars. Once you’re cozy in your comfortable room its time to explore. Beyond the marvels of Moscow including the Red Square, visiting the Cathedral of St. Basil and The Kremlin you can appreciate European fine art at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum or take in a show at the Obraztsov Puppet Theater renowned for its uniqueness and deep Russian heritage. Escape to a winter wonderland, or a comfortable summer getaway plus stay at a Ritz Carlton for a well-rounded vacation.

Kowloon-Shangri-la-globotoursFar-East Getaway and Kowloon Shangri-la
This is probably our favorite vacation due to the unbelievable value and savings, but like most amazing opportunities this one wont last. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Victoria Harbour and is located within walking distance of many attractions including street markets, factory outlets, museums, entertainment centers, trains and ferries that enable travel around China. The hotel offers a wide variety of exercise equipment. The on-site health club includes an indoor pool, spa tub, solarium, sauna and massage services. Guestrooms are outfitted in European-influenced decor with Asian accents and feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows with city, harbor or garden views and all rooms have free high-speed Internet access. Once your ready to explore Hong Kong, you can enjoy exceptional shopping bargains just about anywhere you look. Alongside shopping one can enjoy an almost endless menu of local cuisine as well as fusion foods from trendy corner eateries to black-tie award winning restaurants. Hong Kong offers the chance for an extraordinary getaway including a glamorous nightlife,  modern museums, animated architecture and natural wonders, all capable of making this one of the best budget getaways that includes a stay at a five-star hotel.

ritz-carlton-singapore-globotoursSoutheast Asia Vacation and Ritz Carlton Singapore
Located in a garden setting within the Marina Bay business district the Ritz Carlton Millennia Hotel is steps from the Singapore Flyer and Marina Square and just opposite the Esplanade-Theatres, the city center for performing arts. The hotel has a Greco-Roman inspired pool surrounded by a lush tropical style garden. Guestrooms feature panoramic Marina Bay views or city skyline views and are equipped with walk-in closets and wireless Internet access. Discover Singapore just beyond your hotel with a stop at the Garden by the Bay with its three waterfront gardens that’s reachable by a short car ride or walk. You can also spend a day shopping the hi-tech bargains around town, take in the Night Safari park, stroll through the Art galleries at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, order a delicious Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles or enjoy any number of unique award-winning restaurants a vacation in Singapore has to offer.

Taj-Mahal-Palace-Resort-globotoursIndia Culture and Taj Mahal Palace Resort
Overlooking the Gateway of India monument with panoramic views of the bay, this five-star hotel was built in the grand Victorian style in 1903 and is the center for social life in Mumbai. The Taj Club offers exclusive access to the Club Lounge with tea service, cocktails and other special privileges. The fitness center has numerous equipment to keep guests refreshed and the Taj salon offers luxury salon services. The hotel also provides concierge services and can arrange activities around Mumbai. After taking in the history of the Taj Mahal Palace, you can set out to visit Mumbai’s numerous cultural sites including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum the preeminent institution of ancient artifacts from India. You can book a Bollywood studio tour to get a close-up experience of the Bollywood film culture or shop for oddities at the Mahatma Crawford Market situated in a British style building completed in 1869. From unforgettable cuisine to an incredibly colorful culture, a luxury India vacation can offer the accomplished and novice traveler an unforgettable experience.

bali-temple-globotoursWhen visiting Bali its worth traveling to Lake Batur, a local natural wonder and sacred location. The lake is located in the Danau Batur crater and fills the south-eastern side of the caldera. It’s Bali’s largest lake and as Gunung Agung is revered by Pura Besakih as Bali’s largest mountain, Batur is revered with its own temple, pictured on the left, called Pura Ulun Danu Batur, as Bali’s largest lake. Pura Batur is considered Bali’s second-most important temple, after Besakih.

Other wonderful locations to visit in Bali are the picturesque and rustic jungle temple of Tampak Siring and Mount Kawi. The temple of Tampak Siring has two bathing spots that have been used by the Balinese people for over a thousand years as a way to promote good health and prosperity. The natural spring water is believed to have the power to cure just about any ailment. Regular ceremonies take place here and if one is willing to get wet, you too can participate in local customs.

A little off the main road in Tampaksiring is Mount Kawi with its group of large stone memorials cut high into white stone cliffs on either side of the picturesque river valley. Tampak Siring artists also produce marvelous wood carvings and other local gifts perfect for souvenirs. Both sites are open daily and can be reached with your tour guide or by public transportation from Ubud.

After you’ve relaxed on the beaches and in yoga classes, one of the next can’t miss cultural experiences is a traditional Barong and Keris Dance. The dance drama in which the Barong a lion-like creature, appears and dances together with Rangda to the theatrical use of magic intended to restore balance. The mythical dance consist of the creature dancing along beautiful sets filled with color and traditional stone carvings with traditional tribal songs. The songs and story alone are worth experiencing a Barong dance when visiting Bali together with the lavish costumes and cultural details, will inspire you and make your visit complete.