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Top Choice Fusion in Ubud

Locavore

The foodie haven in Ubud, this temple to locally sourced foods is the town's toughest table. Book weeks in advance. Meals are degustation and can top out at nine courses; expect the joy to last three hours. Chefs Ee…
Top Choice Clothing in South Jakarta

ARA

On the hunt for the best local fashion labels? Then head to ARA, a concept store and independent fashion boutique inside the Colony shopping mall. There’s no other shop quite like this in Jakarta, showcasing Indones…
Top Choice Museum in Denpasar

Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali

Think of this as the British Museum or the Smithsonian of Balinese culture. It's all here, but unlike those world-class institutions, you have to work at sorting it out – the museum could use a dose of curatorial en…
Top Choice Monument in Tampaksiring

Gunung Kawi

At the bottom of a lush green river valley lies one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. Gunung Kawi consists of 10 candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. The…
Top Choice Cave in Bedulu

Goa Gajah

Some 2km southeast of Ubud on the road to Bedulu, Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the cavernous mouth of a demon. Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, th…
Top Choice Museum in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Museum Nasional

The National Museum is the best of its kind in Indonesia and an essential visit. The enormous collection begins around an open courtyard of the 1862 building which is stacked with magnificent millennia-old statuary …
Top Choice Gallery in Ubud

Neka Art Museum

The creation of Suteja Neka, a private collector and dealer in Balinese art, Neka Art Museum has an excellent and diverse collection. It's a good place to learn about the development of painting in Bali. You can get…
Top Choice Palace in Amlapura

Puri Agung Karangasem

Outside the orderly Puri Agung Karangasem, there are beautifully sculpted panels and an impressive multitiered entry gate. After passing through the entry courtyard (all entrances point towards the rising sun in the…
Top Choice Square in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Merdeka Square

The figurative if not the literal centre of Jakarta, Merdeka Square (merdeka means independence) is actually a trapezoid measuring almost 1 sq km. In the 19th century, the Dutch called it Koningsplein (Kings Square)…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Ulu Watu & Around

Pura Luhur Ulu Watu

This important temple is perched precipitously on the southwestern tip of the peninsula, atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the ceaseless surf. You enter through an unusual arched gateway flanked by statues o…