BALI

POP: 4.22 MILLION

GPS: 8.3405° S, 115.0920° E

AREA: 5,780 km²

CUR: Rupiah

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. We've been going to Bali since 1990 to enjoy the spirit and calmness of the Balinese people, along the way watching this small primitive holiday destination turn into a bustling, frantic destinatoin that has somehow managed to retain its spirituality and calmness.