Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali for few years awarded as the world best island by The International Travel Magazine. Life in Bali is always related to Tri Hita Karana or a tripartite concept that include the spiritual relationship between human and God, and their environment.

The rapid growth of development in tourism has had a big impact and influences to Bali tradition and lifestyle. Interestingly, Balinese culture is still as what it was, growing along with the of globalization. It is the Balinese civilization what makes the island different from other destination.

Truly beautiful tropical island inhabited by a remarkably artistic people who have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies. It is the Balinese civilization what makes the island different from other destination.

Kuta Beach is located on the western side of the island's narrow isthmus and is considered Bali's most famous beach resort destination. Kuta Beach is also minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. The nearby resorts of Tuban, Legian and Seminyak are all within close walking distance. 

Once a simple, rustic and quiet fishing village, Kuta Beach has witnessed a transformation over the past years due to the rise of various accommodations, dining and shopping options. The rapid growth owes much to visitors, beachcombers and art lovers from nearby Australia. Expatriates also helped pioneer surfing in Kuta, as well. 

Although a rather frenzied traffic scene has become commonplace here, Kuta Beach continues to attract thousands of visitors every year with its unique charm. During the peak season from July to August and the holiday season for Christmas and New Year, Kuta Beach is regularly fully-booked by travellers looking forward to a pleasant and affordable Bali escape.

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Transportation: The most common way of long-distance traveling for the locals is either by bus or driving a car. Compact cars, motorcycles, or becak (basically a three-wheeled bike with a seating up front, while the rider pedals it from behind) are usually used by travellers,. You can also find traditional transportation such as delman (a decorated four-wheeled cart heaved by horses) in some areas. 

Taxi is the most efficient and convenience transportation in the island. Either chartered or metered one, they are everywhere and quite inexpensive compared to some other countries. In Bali there are some different companies providing taxi services.

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Official Language:
Balinese and Indonesian are the most widely spoken languages in Bali, and the vast majority of Balinese people are bilingual or trilingual. English and Chinese are the next most common languages (and the primary foreign languages) of many Balinese, owing to the requirements of the tourism industry, as well as the English-speaking community and huge Chinese-Indonesian population.

Weather: October is the start of rainy season. The average temperature in October is 27°C (81°F), while the average low is 23°C (73°F), and the average high comes in at 31°C (88°F). However please be advised that take your winter jacket and umbrella if you want to go shopping or discover the city after the meetings. 

Currency: The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the local currency, commonly also abbreviated to Rp. The Indonesian Rupiah is tied to the US Dollar at a steady exchange rate of USD 1= 13,403.00.IDR

Electricity: Voltage is 230 volts, frequency 50 Hz. Plug sockets are mainly European style 2 pin type ‘C’ sockets are also in use.

Business Hours: Most government offices are open from 8 am to 3 pm. On Fridays, they close at 11:30 am. On Saturdays, they are open until 2 or 3 pm. Business offices open from 8 am or 9 am to 4 pm or 5 pm. Some work half day on Saturdays. Banks open from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays. Banks are closed on Saturdays. Money-changers open longer hours till the evening.

Telephone code: From abroad, dial 00 62, then leave off the zero at the start of the number. 

Time: Indonesia is divided into three time zones. Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is seven hours ahead of GMT, Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara) is eight hours ahead, and East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Irian Jaya) is nine hours ahead.

Emergency Numbers: 

Police: 112 or +62-361 112
Medical Emergency: 112
Tourist Police: +62 (0)361-754599 224111
Fire Department: 113 or +62 361 113
Ambulance: 118 or +62 361 118