Cycling tour allows you to experience the countryside beyond the traditional tourist route. You may cycling downhill from Kitamani the gorgeous volcano, to Ubud. Youll pass through lush environments and the opportunity to walk through rice paddies, visit local villages, temples and a family compound to see the customs and age old traditions of the Balinese people.If you would like to have great activities where you expect to experience the real Balinese culture, this is the thing that you have to do on your next visit to Ubud. If you are not quite active, you shouldnt worry. The track is quite easy, even for beginners it is mostly downhill or flat. Youll go through rice fields, small villages and hamlets, bamboo forest, until the breathtaking view of rice terrace, and of course dog, ducks and cows.

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The legal side

19 August 2011

There are a number of things to take into account when buying property in Bali. One could say that buying property in Bali is really not as straightforward as it is in many other countries around the world. There are complex rules and regulations which change regularly and need knowledgeable advice to guide a buyer through the buying process. Below we will go into further detail on a part of the legal situation in Indonesia (and therefore Bali) and provide a basic legal and taxation guide for buying land in Indonesia. This is just a snippet of the rules involved with buying land. Do not be discouraged, at Ubud Property we have over 10 years of experience with the established laws and (-local- government) regulations involved with real estate.

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Balinese Silence Day

28 February 2011

Every religion or culture all over the world has their own way to define and celebrate their new year. For example, the Chinese have the Imlek year and to celebrate it, have, as they called it in their own language, "Gong Xi Fat Choy". The Moslem societies have their Muharam year, and any of the people over the world using the Gregorian calendar, celebrate the New Year on January 1st. The same thing also occurs in Bali, however the Balinese use many different calendar systems. They have adopted the Gregorian calendar for business and government purposes. But for the endless procession of holy days, temple anniversaries, celebrations, sacred dances, building houses, wedding ceremonies, death and cremation processes and other activities that define Balinese life, they have two calendar systems. The first is the Pawukon (from the word Wuku which means week) and Sasih (which is means month). Wuku consists of 30 items starting from Sinta, the first Wuku and end up with the Watugunung the last one.

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If you want to picture the concept of paradise, you may simply look at most of Bali to get the idea. I should know, because for decades I have lived in a variety of tropical countries. Others, who did their own search for the promised land, either to prepare for retirement or for mixing enjoyment with sound investment, agree: “It doesnt come much better than Bali”. Part of the fun in my daily work is from meeting all these open minded people who have decided to settle here and can see the world for what it is. They confirm that this unique island is truly offering The Good Life which becomes increasingly evasive for most people on our ever changing planet. You may agree that the lure of the Garden of Eden is already tempting. Even so without the added benefit of profit and capital gain. Living just a good life would be very satisfactory in itself already, right? However, here in Bali one does not exclude the other.

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