Five Tips For Booking Online Discount Hotels in Bali

Holiday destinations like Bali can make your holiday a memorable one. Bali is an Indonesian Island located in between the islands of Java and Lombok. The scenic beauty in the backdrops of natural ambiance like rice paddies, volcanic mountains, lush tropical forests, and fascinating beaches surround the city. If you want to explore the diversity of culture, natural beauty, and the Balinese society, then come to Bali.In Bali, beach lovers will definitely enjoy the white sandy beaches and warm crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. Apart from these there are many attractive colourful events that take place in Bali. So, to indulge yourself to its interesting happening events what you need is to fix a perfect hotel to stay. If you are looking for discount Bali hotel then undoubtedly you can find such cheap hotels which are pocket and budget friendly.

Before you select a hotel just keep in mind these below mentioned five tips for booking discount Bali hotels.1. Make a search on the internet search engines by selecting a proper keyword relating booking discount Bali hotels online. A few best search engines must to mention here are Google.com, Yahoo.com, Ask.com, Altavista.com, Msn.com etc.2. Get confirm about the relevancy and authenticity of the websites which display the search result of booking cheap Bali hotels. For that you can do some research works like domain age. Domain age is nothing but the lease period of that particular website. The trusted website always has a domain age of at least 2 years. If a website offers online booking then you must check whether it has secure SSL service or not. SSL gives you the authenticity and protects you from being victimised by internet frauds.3. Then search the hotel map and see the location and availability. Location can be determined through encyclopedia or Google maps. You can also search by location and preferred language. For that, you can make changes in settings, every search engines has there own settings.4. Some of the hotel booking sites promises many facilities and offers. Check them whether they are true or not by browsing the particular hotel website. Always compare the discount hotels rates as every hotel has their own discount offers. Also never forget to check the hotel reviews and facilities. Hotel reviews are very popular way to find out about the hotel and its adeptness’s.

5. Don’t be hurry in selecting discount hotels for you need a little research work because it is advisable to compare and contrast the rates of the hotels which are offering discountable rates. By doing these you can get the lowest discount rate hotels and on the same time reliable as well.The aforementioned tips can be a useful advice for the travelers and definitely these five tips for booking discount Bali hotels can minimize the worries and hurries of a budget traveler.

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Bandung, Indonesia – Shopping and Volcanoes, Really!

Background Information
Bandung, the old administrative capital of Dutch colonial rule, is an incredible settlement set in the hills of Indonesia. Now known as the Jakarta elite’s weekend playground, Bandung is host to a dizzying amount of factory outlet stores and so-called ‘richman bungalows.’ However, the imposing figure of Tangkuban Perahu, an active volcano about 1.5hr from the city centre, reminds the traveler that nature is never far in Bandung and indeed, there is a deluge of stuff to do in Bandung, both in terms of shopping and eco-tourism.Most of Bandung’s population are of Sundanese descent, and hence they speak Sundanese, a variant of the official Bahasa Indonesia. There are a large majority of Muslims in Bandung. However, other major religious groups include Christianity, followed by Hinduism and Buddhism. There are many mosques and cathedrals of heritage that can be seen all around Bandung.Accommodation
Hotels are plentiful in Bandung but take note that accommodation prices are noticeably higher than in locations such as Bali or Lombok. We recommend Patradisa Budget Hotel at Jalan Wastu Kencana as we feel it is value for money and the rooms are decently furnished and clean. Breakfast is included and best of all, the hotel is within walking distance of Bandung’s major malls and factory outlets.Things to do* Shopping
Bandung is definitely a place for all the shopaholics out there. There are many high quality fake items.Original goods are available in limited supply. Clothing, handbags, traditional handicrafts are all available in Bandung. Local shopping hotspots include Jalan Riau, Dago Street and Jalan Otto, where Pasar Baru, the 7-storied market and handicraft mega-store is located. You may have to take up to 2-3 days to fully explore and visit all the factory outlets in Bandung.

* Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
Tangkuban Perahu is a moderately active volcano 1.5 hrs north of Bandung. You can drive UP to the peak of Tangkuban Perahu, but strangely, not DOWN from it. Hence, the many local ‘guides’ will swarm towards you and offer their ‘expertise’ to scale down Tangkuban Perahu. If this is your first time here, we reluctantly advise you to pick a guide, who WILL overcharge you. At the peak, there will many local handicraft and strawberry sellers. There are also a few warongs at scenic locations where you can have a cup of coffee and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Scaling down the volcano will take about 1 hour and you will pass by some steaming geysers and hot springs at the base of Tangkuban Perahu. You can have your feet massaged here with volcanic mud for about 20,000RP or alternatively, just dip your feet and relax in the plentiful hot springs around. This is a very touristy area, though.* Kawah Putih Volcano
Kawah Putih (‘White Crater’) is an extinct volcanic crater located south-west of Bandung. The drive from Bandung city will take about 2 hours. There will be pickup vans at the base of Kawah Putih to take you up to the actual crater itself. Driving up with your own private vehicle is possible, but very expensive. These pickups only cost 15,000RP and use open-sided ‘safari-style’ pickup vans, which makes the ride up very interesting. The view of Kawah Putih itself is stunning and at times, surreal. Occasionally, the clouds will intermix with the sulphuric gases from the crater, forming this entirely white backdrop. A stunning location for photographs and a must-visit! A word of advice though,it gets really cold at the summit of Kawah Putih, so do bring along your jacket and gloves.* Mount Papandayan
Mount Papandayan is located in the Garut Region, about 3 hours drive from Bandung. It is an active and highly unstable volcano that last erupted in 2002. Hire a guide at the base of the volcano and the trek up the volcano can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours or an entire day, depending on the route you are taking. Along the way, you will pass by hissing sulphur vents and beautiful, eerily-white sulphur lakes.The stench of sulphuric gases is very strong here, so bring along a towel to cover your nose. At the summit of Mount Papandayan, there is a beautiful lake called Danau Hijau, which you can take swim in, if you want. Definitely a good place to snap great photos as the scenery is breathtaking. A must-go as you can get up-close to boiling craters and sulphur vents with no barriers. Do take your time to enjoy the scenery from the peak of Mount Papandayan.

* Maribaya Waterfalls
The Maribaya Waterfalls are located in Lembang, in the north of Bandung.Upon arrival at the Maribaya Waterfalls, we were disappointed as the waterfalls were not as shown in the brochures/online. However to our surprise, there was a National Park further down the trail called Juanda National Park, which houses historical World War 2 caves used by the Dutch and Japanese. The admission fee is 40,000RP per person to enter Juanda National Park. We then got ourselves ojeks(motorcycles) with local riders for the price of 20,000RP. They brought us down a small and rickety road into two caves,Goa Belanda (Dutch Cave) and Goa Jepang (Japanese Cave). A local guide will be present and a tour around each around 20, 000RP per group. The spooky feeling of being in the pitch-black caves will soon be overriden by the feeling of awe in being in such a historic location. The guide will even take you into the old interrogation and armoury rooms, so truly savour this unique experience.For more information about Bandung, or even Bali Island and Indonesia in general, do go to our main site at http://www.thetravelmanual.com

A Tour to East Java and Mount Bromo in Indonesia

I want to tell my experience about my trip to East Java especially to Mount Bromo when I was still at the secondary school, 12 years ago. I went with my parents, uncle, my friend and a driver. Our family started the tour from Bogor to Tegal, Central Java. We stayed one night in the hotel.The next day, we started our trip from Tegal to Surabaya, East Java. We stayed the night in Garden Hotel at Jl. Pemuda Surabaya. The next day we concluded the trip. We chose the route from Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, and stopped in Gending, a small town, about 12 km at the east of Probolinggo to meet an old friend.In the afternoon we went to Mount Bromo through Probolinggo. When we arrived in Probolinggo, our car turned to the south. During our trip, we crossed jati forests and fresh air. At last we came at the hotel. At this moment we couldn’t see the beautiful scenery from the hotel because of the darkness. The weather became cold and we had to wear thick clothes. We had dinner in a small restaurant near the hotel. After dinner, we slept.

When I was still asleep, at two o’clock in the morning my parents wake up me. I didn’t know what happened. There was an earthquake. Something funny happened, my friend directly brushed his teeth when he was awakened. He thought that we wanted to start to see the scenery. In fact it was only an earthquake. After that we slept again.At 4 o’clock in the morning, the hotel attendant wake us up to be prepared to go to Pananjakan by jeep, a strategic place to watch the beautiful scenery of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru.Time passed by. It was a pity that we couldn’t see the rising sun because of the cloudy sky. We were still lucky because of the good weather we could see the beautiful scenery. The three mountains are located in a National Park. Mount Semeru is the highest mountain in Java island. My father took photos of the beautiful scenery at the National Park.

When it was clear, we went back to the hotel. From the hotel, we went by horse through the sea sand which is going towards the crater. We climb by stairs towards the top. At the top we could see the Mount Bromo’s crater clearly which is still smokey.After that we came back to the hotel and our trip to the mountain is finished. After that we went to Malang, a cold town at the south of Surabaya. After we visited a recreation park near Malang, we rested in the hotel. The next day we went back to Bogor and our trip to East Java was ended.Thank you.

The Breath of Villas in Bali

A villa is basically a house where a family can spend their time together. In Bali however, a villa is a breath of nature for the family, for first time honeymooners, or individuals who want to re-encounter the self being. Most villas in Bali take personal privacy into account, and this is at harmony with nature. The detailed concept of their respective architectures can be various, but privacy and luxury play an important role in the basic concept of many villas.Luxurious, sometimes superbly luxurious, the architecture of many villas in Bali is breathing in the rhythm of space that plays on the silence of the surrounds and fits effortlessly and discreetly into the small community.In recent years the island of the Gods has become the site for many villas, or a cluster of villas referred sometimes as a boutique resort. The beginning of the new super luxury trend began at the end of the 1980’s, precisely with the opening of the Amandari, perched on the edge of Ubud’s Sayan Gorge. The mind behind the resort was renowned Australian architect Peter Muller along with owner Adrian Zecher.Hotels of that era were built with many rooms. Villas, however, have different approach. It is not simply how many hotel rooms you have, but how wonderful they are. Luxury, too, is not only determined by expensive materials for many of these resorts often use the simplest of local materials.

The detail of concepts of boutique resorts and villas have developed since the days of Muller and Zecher, who has initiated the rejuvenation of the Balinese traditional village living within their architecture design. “Nowadays, modern touches are an important component in the design of villas in Bali,” said Popo Danes, a reputable Balinese architect who has designed a plenty of villas in some of Bali’s more remote locations.As a result, according to Popo, the sense of simplicity is becoming stronger.Initially, simple village living has been blended with a luxurious urban lifestyle. Nowadays, however, the sensation of simplicity has built the luxurious atmosphere. Details of architecture of many Balinese villas have beautifully combined the traditional and modern elements and features.There is one feature almost always seen: Balinese traditional gate angkul-angkul , which usually gives access to Balinese compounds in many places of the island, has been utilized to strengthen the traditional senses of the villa building.The presence of angkul-angkul has given a particular atmosphere of village living in many villa resorts. Almost all villa designers’ in Bali, seemingly, consider angkul-angkul as a standard feature for Balinese designed villa. However, the popularity of angkul-angkul has expanded beyond the boundaries of the island. In Jakarta as well as in many places in Java, including in Jogyakarta and in Surabaya, angkul-angkul has gained a particular place in villa design, it is often applied to give access to many private villas even luxurious residences. Perhaps it is to remind them of Bali, to bring about the nuances of Balinese harmony of living.Once you pass the villa’s angkul-angkul , a serene garden awaits you. A garden is apparently another ‘compulsory zone of beauty’ for Bali-based villa designers. With lines of colorful flowering plants or decorative leaves, tropical gardens bring nature into the villas, each of which with their own details according to the sense of their respective landscape designer. The garden is not merely decorating the villa; it is so much important for the image that some villas in Bali use it as a marketing tool and promote the property as a ‘garden villa’.

Adjacent to the garden, often under the shadow of a frangipani tree, often lays the swimming pool. Private pools have been another luxurious trend in villa design. Nowadays, it seems that a villa is not a ‘real’ villa without a private pool. It can be a small swimming pool or even a plunge pool where you guests spend time relaxing and basking under the sun.The garden and the pool sometimes (not sometimes, often!) are perfected with a spectacular backdrop of green rice fields, of mountainside, of river flow or beachfront: according to the blessing of the beauty of the villa’s location. This is Bali, where the stunning panorama of nature has long become an important element of beauty.A villa, by this very definition must be small and limited. Above all, it should have its own recognizable flavor and character. The only similarity between many villas in Bali is the level of luxury and excellence.If you have the money and want to really relax and enjoy yourself while visiting Bali, make sure that you reward yourself by staying in one or more of the world’s best resorts.

Jakarta Hotels – Living in Style in Jakarta

Jakarta is one of the famous tourist destinations of Indonesia. Globetrotters from various parts of the world come to Jakarta to spend their dream vacation and their number is escalating day by day. To offer quality accommodation to both the leisure & business travelers, large number of Jakarta hotels has come up. Step into any of the Jakarta hotels to experience top class amenities and services along with warm Indonesian hospitality.AccommodationThere are various categories of Jakarta hotels. According to your needs and preferences you can opt from luxury hotels, mid-range hotels and even budget hotels. Most of the Jakarta hotels offer quick and easy access to the business, shopping and tourist spots of the city. There are various hotels of the city which are located close to tourist places like Ancol Dream Park, Monas, Museum ABRI and Gedung Proklamasi.

If you want to experience luxurious living in Jakarta then you are welcome to stay in the luxury hotels. Aston Sudirman hotel is a five-star hotel of the city with a provision of 272 suites as well as service apartments to choose from. Located near commercial and entertainment hubs of Jakarta, this hotel offers world class dining, business and recreational facilities as well.For the budget travelers Jakarta has several mid-range and budget hotels. In Central Jakarta most of the mid-range hotels and low-priced hostels are located in Jaksa Street and Kebon Sirih Street. Some of the budget and mid-range hotels of Jakarta are Emeralda Hotel, Mercure Rekso, Peninsula Tower, Boutique Hotel, Sanno Hotel and Pondok Putri Duyung. Like other economy hotels in Indonesia these city hotels are designed to make you feel comfortable.

Some of the other noted luxury hotels in Jakarta are The Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt, InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza, The Dharmawangsa and Four Seasons Hotel. These hotels have swimming pool, fitness center and fully equipped business center for its guests.

Indulge In The Pristine Beauty Of Semarang

The Indonesian city of Semarang is the capital of central Java and one of the biggest cities of the country. Lying in the northern part of Central Java, this city is a good blend of Javanese, Chinese, Indian and Arabian cultures. A bustling town, Semarang is well-connected to the outside world via its Ahmad Yani International Airport placed at a close quarter from the city centre. From here, there are regular flights available on daily basis to some of the major cities in Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara, Mandala Air, Adam Air, Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air and Jatayu Airlines have daily flights to Jakarta.As far as international flight is concerned, the airport’s only international flight is available for Singapore. Garuda Indonesia airline offers its flight to Singapore four times a week. This city is connected to Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya also by trains. The beautiful city can be reached even via road from Jakarta in 10 to 12 hours by car. This city is gaining popularity as a growing tourist destination in Indonesia. To facilitate and accommodate the emerging crowd of people, the city has introduced many new resorts and hotels in Semarang, so that the guests can enjoy a comfortable vacation

Semarang is surrounded by hills on all sides that offer great views of the sea, the rice fields, the harbor and the city. Some of the old parts of the city feature colonial Dutch era buildings that serve as some of the great attractions of the city. The traditional Wajang puppet performance is another interesting thing here to watch out for. Jepara, a small place towards the northeast of Semarang is another point of interest for day trips. This place with its beautiful beaches and a Portuguese Fort draws a lot of crowd. Kudus and Demak are two other attractions that can be seen on the way to Jepara.Semarang is a busy administrative and business center and most of the offices, business districts, industrial estates of the city are concentrated in the low land area. On the other hand, the hills and plains have the most concentration of houses with beautiful gardens and superb views of the town and the sea.

There has been a great rise in accommodation options, especially in the number of hotels in Semarang in the recent times. Different hotels, lodges and resorts offer variety of options for travelers to choose the best hotel for their stay. Travelers seeking budget accommodation can stay at cheap hotels with good amenities.For families and couples, there are luxury hotels and resorts along with budget accommodations. You can book a hotels in Semarang with the help of the online internet reservation facility. You can directly visit the official website of the hotel or use any other reliable website for booking.

Lombok Hotels – A Wonderful Assortment

Located in an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia, Lombok is luring tourists with its pristine beauty. The city is placed in the east of Bali and is emerging as a popular destination in Indonesia.The popularity of this place lies in its unspoiled beaches and natural beauty. The emergence of new and comfortable hotels in Lombok is another thing which is appealing travelers to reach this place and spend a luxury vacation. Lombok is the perfectly place for a vacation for peace seeking travelers. This is a place where you can laze, relax, rest and recreate amidst pristine beauty of this destination.When to visit LombokIt offers a tropical weather with hot, humid and dry climate. Because of its humid climate, some of the tourists even prefer to visit this city in the rainy season, which is from October to December.

Activities to do in LombokIt is very silent as far as nightlife is concerned. There is hardly any special nightspot where you can enjoy and have fun. So, don’t expect to enjoy all night long during your sojourn here. Tourists throng to Lombok mainly because of its good water sport facilities. Diving, snorkeling, surfing, hiking and sailing are some popular sports that interest tourists here.Sightseeing in Lombok:Lombok offers some of the very beautiful attractions, which include beaches, large volcano and its natural scenic beauty. A few must see places here can be named as Tanjung Aan, a lovely place near Kuta Beach. This place is popular for its unique pepper like sand. Other attractions include Narmada Park, Youth Fountain etc. Another very important thing that guests at Lombok loves to do in to get a traditional message therapy. Food at Lombok is also wonderful as this city has some great wine and dining options.Transportation in LombokTravelers can reach Lombok via flight which lands at the Mataram Selaparang Airport. This airport connects Lombok with places like Denpasar, Surabaya, Jakarta and international destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Amongst other means of transportation include regular slow boat and fast ferry service between Lombok and Bali. For transportation within the city, there are mini-vans called Bemo, taxis, horse carts, boats, and bicycles.

Hotels in LombokThere are a large number of good hotels in Lombok offering comfortable accommodation to tourists. There are different hotels of different budget, lodges, resorts etc. The hotels here are mostly equipped with modern amenities and serve guests with genuine friendliness, warm welcome and great hospitality. For the budget travelers also, the city offers various low rated hotels and resorts with necessary facilities for the discerning travelers.