Many cultural and language courses are available, particularly in the main tourist areas. Once again Bali takes the lead, offering a little something to just about everyone. Ubud is Bali’s culinary capital and there are courses to teach the inquisitive gastronome a thing or two. Look for advertisements at your hotel, enquire at local restaurants and bars, ask fellow travellers and hotel staff, and check out the tourist newspapers and magazines.
Culture junkies and art addicts are also looked after with a host of courses in Ubud teaching pottery, woodcarving, batik, Bahasa Indonesia and more. Short batik courses are popular in Yogyakarta and in Solo. Also in Java, dance and art classes are held at the Mangun Dhama Art Centre in Candi Jago.
Many students come to Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia. The better private courses can charge US$15 or more per hour, though many offer individual tuition. Some of the embassies arrange courses, or have information about teachers and language institutes. Courses are offered in Bandung and Yogyakarta, both in Java.
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