Welcome to Java
The heart of the nation, Java is an island of megacities, mesmerising natural beauty, magical archaeological sites and profound traditions in art, music and dance.Boasting a dazzling array of bewitching landscapes – iridescent rice paddies, smoking volcanoes, rainforest and savannah, not to mention virgin beaches – most journeys here are defined by scenic excesses. The island is at its most excessive in the cities:... Read More
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Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago
When booking, select from four ticket options: luxurious VIP seating, an A-category seat with a prime view, a B-category seat with a good view or a C-category seat with a rear view. VIP, A and B include round-trip transport from your hotel to Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, located in one of the island's most upscale areas; C-category seats do not include transport. (Click on the 'View additional info' link below for a seating chart.)Upon arrival at the theater, follow a host to your seat, and settle in for the 90-minute performance of Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago, a performance that will have you swept up in a magical tour of Indonesia that includes both traditional and contemporary music and dance. The Devdan story begins when two young children, who are part of a tour group in Bali, feel bored and climb toward a cliff. They find a treasure chest containing various items that will bring them, and the audience, on a spectacular journey through this country of islands. A unique cultural experience, the show is a theatrical tribute to Indonesia, intended to aid in the preservation of its diverse traditions and entertain audiences of all ages from around the world. This energetic visual tour of the Indonesian archipelago — from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua — offers a fusion of aerial acrobatics, astounding costumes and high-tech special effects.Conde Nast Traveller listed Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago in '10 Things to Do with Kids in Bali,' so don't hesitate to bring your kids; the dynamic show invites everyone to participate and dance along with the performers.Please note: A minimum of of two people per booking is required.
Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago in Bali
This unique cultural performance is a theatrical tribute to the traditions of Indonesia, intended to aid in the preservation of its diverse cultures and entertain audiences of all ages from around the world. This high-energy visual tour of the Indonesian archipelago – from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua – offers a fusion of aerial acrobatics, astounding costumes and hi-tech special effects. During the 90-minute performance, you’ll be swept up in a magical tour of Indonesia that includes both traditional and contemporary music and dance.At one of Bali’s most memorable attractions, you’ll be entertained by the Devdan story, which begins when two young children who are part of a tour group in Bali feel bored and climb toward a cliff. They find a treasure chest containing various items that will bring them, and the audience, on a spectacular journey through Indonesia.Conde Nast Traveller listed ‘Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago’ in '10 Things to Do with Kids in Bali.' The dynamic performance invites the audience – including children – to participate with the stage characters and even to dance along!Upon arrival your host will accompany you to your seat at Bali’s most advanced theatrical complex, located in the heart of Nusa Dua, the island’s number one entertainment area. Choose from an A-category seat with a prime view or enjoy more luxurious VIP seating. If you’d like, you can upgrade your tour to include round-trip transport from your hotel.
Bali Temples Day Tour Including Luwak Coffee Tasting
08.00 - Pick up from your hotel on selected area only ( Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua only)09.30 - 10.15Your first visit is Taman Ayun Temple, The royal temple of the Mengwi Empire built in 16th century. Enjoy a walking tour of this temple built on land surrounded by the giant lotus fish ponds and gardens. There is also beautiful temple building with multi-tiered roofing and other examples of Balinese architecture 10.30 - 11.00 Visit local coffee plantation where you will be able to taste local coffee blends, including the most expensive coffee in the world" coffee luwak. Here also you can see many types of Indonesian coffee plantations and also learn the traditional way to process the coffee bean into smooth and rich flavored Balinese coffee 11.30 - 12.30 Enjoy sightseeing at one of the iconic temple in Bali located in the shore of beautiful Beratan lake, Ulun Danu Temple. This temple was very important for the local farm, who prayed to Dewi Danu, the Goddess of water, river, and lakes, who bestows fertile soil and excellent harvests.12.45 - 13.30 Indonesian buffet lunch (if option selected) or lunch at your own expenses15.00 - 16.00The last visit is the iconic temple of Tanah Lot. The temples were built on the giant rock by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a Hindu priest from Java who succeeded in spreading Hinduism in the Island of Bali. The temples have a stunning postcard view.16.00 - Tour ends and you'll be taken back to your hotel
2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple
Day 1: Bali – Yogyakarta (L)You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Bali and taken to the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport) for your morning flight to the island of Java. When you land in the city of Yogyakarta, your guide will meet you at the airport and take you on a sightseeing tour of the city, during which you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of Javanese life.Next, drive 1.5 hours north to Magelang to visit must-see UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur Temple, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple. Take a walking tour of this historical, religious and architectural gem, and admire the lush mountain backdrop. You’ll then visit Candi Prambanan, another 9th-century Hindu temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to the Trimurti -- the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) – Prambanan is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia, and will fascinate you with its ruins that still feature fine contours and intricate stone carvings.After your temple tours, you’ll be taken to your hotel.Overnight: Yogyakarta Plaza Hotel or similar in YogyakartaDay 2: Yogyakarta – Bali (B)After breakfast at your hotel, discover Yogyakarta’s artistic side on another city tour. Start with a visit to Sultan’s Palace, the seat of java’s most powerful royal family. Then, stop by a batik factory to see how these fine Javanese hand-printed textiles are produced. Your last stop is a center where the famous wayang kulit leather puppets are intricately crafted by hand. Your guide will explain how the type of theater that uses these puppets has been designated a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.Your tour will conclude with a transfer back to the airport for your afternoon flight to Bali. When you land, you'll be picked up and taken back to your hotel.Please note: If you'd like to make flight arrangement on your own, please choose '2-Day Java Tour without Flight' option.
Day Trip to Phnom Kulen Mountain from Siem Reap
Once you get picked up by your guide at 8:00am in Siem Reap, you will head off to the Kulen mountain, in an AC minivan. Along the way you will see beautiful scenery including rice paddies and rural Cambodian villages where you can observe the locals in their daily lives.Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateaus, of moderate height, lying south of the Dângrêk Mountains. The range stretches for about 40km in a West North West - East South East direction and is located some 48km north of Siem Reap.Its highest point is 487m and its height is quite regular, averaging 400m all along the range.Geologically, Phnom Kulen is formed of sandstone. It was important as a quarry in Angkorian times, the major quarries being located in the southeastern angle of the massif. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 1, 1992 in the Cultural category.On arrival at Kulen Mountain you will begin to climb up the path through jungle. Your guide will stop along the way to point out the many points of interest, including the ancient ruins of temples including the famous Linga river carvings, or a Pagoda on the mountain, before getting to chill in the waterfall and swim in the pools, while contemplating the crucial moment in history that this place is connected to. Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage.It also has a major symbolic importance for Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, for it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 804 CE. He initiated the Devaraja cult of the king, a linga cult, in what is dated as 804 CE and declaring his independence from Java of whom the Khmer had been a vassalage state (whether this is actually "Java", the Khmer chvea used to describe Champa, or "Lava" (a Lao kingdom) is debated, as well as the legend that he was earlier held as a ransom of the kingdom in Java. During the Angkorian era the relief was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra).The Khmer Rouge used the location as a final stronghold as their regime came to an end in 1979. After you have experienced the historical beauty of Kulen you will stop for lunch and drinks before returning to your accommodation in Siem Reap.
Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta
The Borobudur temple compounds, as they are officially known, were built in three tiers: a large base nearly 400 feet on each side that has five levels; on top of that are three circular platforms covered in 72 bell-shaped stupas, each with a statue of Buddha inside; at the top there is an enormous stupa that is more than 100 feet in the air. The monument is covered in carvings, with 2,600 relief panels and more than 500 statues of Buddha.The UNESCO protected Buddhist monument was abandoned in the 14th century after the bulk of the Javanese population got a taste of Islam. In the 1970’s, a restoration commenced, and now the once ignored Borobudur is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction.The sunrise over Borobudur is without doubt one of the travel world’s most spectacular and unique experiences. But, how do you get prime-time sunrise viewing, without being surrounded by swarms of other tourists? Borobudur is about 45 minutes from the much larger city of Yogyakarta, a city of half a million people that most visitors to Borobudur use as a base. If you want a jump on the hordes, there is an easy way you can get access to Borobudur, an hour and a half before everyone else. You can be at the top of the temple, taking those Borobudur sunrise money-shots when everyone else is still lining up at the gates, waiting to get in.A Borobudur sunrise is an absolute must-do travel experience. It is a very good reason why it is the number one attraction in Indonesia. You will never forget this experience.