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The Hip Youth’s Capital: What to do in Shibuya

I’ll never tire to say that simply being in Shibuya is an experience in itself. There is no a shortage of things that you can do in this Tokyo ward that is dubbed as the youth’s capital. Shibuya also houses the Takeshita street, famous for the youth fashion that encapsulate a broad range of sub-culture and styles. It’s famous as a symbol of the Japanese fashion. While shopping for unique clothes and fashion items is an obvious thing to do in Shibuya, there are actually numerous things you can do in this Tokyo’s highly fashionable district.

The Hip Youth’s Capital: What to do in Shibuya

Vlog, take pictures, simply bask in the atmosphere

Being in such a large ever-crowded space can feel overwhelming. But during your travels, it can be such a novel experience. The crowd in Shibuya has always been a favorite of many photographers. A point of interest would be the Shibuya crossing. You’ve probably seen millions of pictures of that crossing alone. Taken in all of the seasons, at any time of the day. Blogging and taking pictures in Shibuya would definitely get you some Instagram-worthy shots.

 

Enjoy Strolling in Yoyogi Park

Take a break from the liveliness of the ever-buzzing crowd in Shibuya by strolling around in its park. Yoyogi park is fortunately free of entrance fee. You can enjoy the park the whole day and it’s open 24 hours. Yoyogi Koen can be reached by 5 minutes walk from the Harajuku (Meiji-jingumae) Station on the JR Line. The Meiji Shrine is also right next on the park. You can enjoy strolling, jogging, and even picnic and hanami (flower-seeing commonly done in Sakura season).

 

Meiji Jingu

The most famous shrine in Shibuya in which the Shibuya station is named after. Located within the northern part of the shrine is the Meiji shrine treasure house. The treasure house showcased personal items of the Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan who ascended throne in 1867. Currently, the treasure house is closed because of renovation work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Meiji Shrine until October 2019. However, visitors are still able to go to visit the shrine.

 

The Hachiko Statue

This statue is a popular meeting spot for both locals and foreigners alike. It stood as a reminder of a tear-jerking story between Professor Ueno, Hachiko’s owner who brought Hachiko from Akita Prefecture to work in Tokyo. A lot of people take pictures daily in this meeting spot.

 

Japan Official Broadcasting Station NHK

Touring to a television broadcasting studio may not cross your mind when you’re traveling. But it’s one of the fun things you can do in Shibuya, where the broadcasting station has a theme park inside. The entrance fee is very cheap, only 200 JPY (less than 2 USD). There are a number of NHK character mascots happy to greet you. Here’s their official website. There are animation factory, creative lab, as well as studio park news. All of which can let you experience the fun in producing tv shows and news. It’s a good place to visit for both adults and kids.

 

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The Good and Down Side of Sailing in A Komodo Liveaboard

Komodo liveaboard continues to grow as the most popular vessel in Labuan Bajo as the region blooms with natural attraction. There are fast boats and fishing boats offered in the port town’s wooden docks, but there’s something in liveaboard that makes a sailing trip around Komodo feels more fulfilling. And like everything else in the world, sailing with this ship comes with a set of plus and minus. If you are curious whether liveaboard sailing trip is for you or not, you definitely need to read this to the last point.

 

Plus and Minus of Sailing in A Komodo Liveaboard

Komodo liveaboard makes everything simpler

You might not think about it, but sailing with Komodo liveaboard makes the exploration trips simpler. As there are no hotels or other sorts of accommodations in the protected park, liveaboard cut out the needs of going back and froth from Labuan Bajo to the park. All you need is to pack the bag and let the liveaboard take care pf your needs. It get even more convenient for divers as they don’t need to transport their heavy diving gears back and froth from that car to the dive sites. Everything is here where you’ll need it. And mind you, Komodo has dozens of wonderful dive sites to explore.

You are allowed to do dozens of dives

Either budget or luxury liveaboard Komodo, being in one allows you to do as many dives as you can. Often times, it’s the literal version of sleep-dive-repeat circle, allowing 4-5 dives a day if you desire so. A perfect life for divers, indeed. Liveaboard also make a night dive in Komodo possible.

Liveaboard can be jammed with too much activities

Taking a liveaboard gives you a prolonged time to go beyond the popular sites. It gives you a vessel to reach the deeper, more remote part of the National Park and exploring the hidden beauty. Sometimes, however, the ‘obligation’ to make the trip into the fullest come with a minor drawback. Schedules can be too packed and your body cannot keep it up. Luckily, every decent liveaboard was built with fun sundecks for a blissful relaxation. Take your favorite book there and take refugee in the sunny loungers.

There’s no nightlife, but you got the sky

If you are a sucker for lively nightlife whenever you are on holiday trip, don’t expect to find it in a liveaboard. However, a night in Komodo have something entirely different for your after-dark delight. Away from busy city lights and dazzling skyscrapers, the Komodo’s sky will entertain you with a clear, starry sky that’s so alive with billons stars and constellations. It’s time to lie back and reconnect with yourself.

When it comes to nightlife versus starry sky, it always result in beautiful draw.

You will be stick around a bunch of worldwide travelers

Unless you are renting the whole Komodo liveaboard for yourself (and your closest ones), you’re guaranteed to share the boat with a set of strangers from all around the world. It means you have to keep the best friendly attitude all the time and practice “go with the flow” philosophy. While dealing with minor quarrel on daily basis sounds rather unpleasant, in the end of the day you gotta find a strong bond and great friendships.

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Insights on Solo Traveling and Should You Meet Travel Buddy?

Traveling solo is something that will give you experience like no other. It’s both eye-opening and liberating. As you travel solo, you’ll learn to rely on yourself more than ever as you learn to navigate environments foreign to you. The process can be daunting. But for those who have done it, it’s something that is certain to be a memorable time.

There’s no denying that there’s simply a lot of romanticization on traveling in general and especially in traveling solo. The BS about “finding yourself”? In how many articles you have read it? Regardless of whether it’s true or not (or rather, regardless whether you agree with the notion or not), traveling solo is undoubtedly an experience that everyone should try at least once in their life. Especially when you’re still young and healthy and there is no significant health issues that may hinder you.

However, it’s undeniable to people who have traveled solo that it’s difficult to avoid feeling lonely during travels. Especially when you’re traveling solo for longer than one week. Even just two weeks can feel overwhelming regardless whether you consider yourself an social butterfly or an introvert. How can you minimize the downsides of traveling solo?

Insights on Solo Traveling and Should You Meet Travel Buddy?

For one, solo traveling automatically opens up the opportunity of meeting new people more than ever, as opposed to when you’re traveling with friends or family. When you’re traveling with people you know, your perception and your interactions with them will be strengthened. While it is a good thing in their own rights, it would also limit your interaction to the person you’re with.

Traveling solo automatically opens up the opportunity of meeting new people without constraints. And the people you can connect with the easiest? That would be fellow solo travelers like you.

One of the best ways to meet people during your travels for sure is to plan your meet up ahead.

Take advantage of social travel websites such as couchsurfing. The common social media sites are also an underrated way to meet new people during your travels. You can visit forums in facebook relevant for your travels. Connect with people according to your destinations and travel time. If you have a certain hobby or a favorite activity, then it may be a great place to start your search for a travel buddy. It may be a bit tricky to match your interests with people who are going to the destination at the same time as you. So be open with your options, and do consider going a social event or a gathering.

You can also meet locals easily through this method. Meeting people who live in your destinations would give you valuable insights about the place as well as where to find the best restaurants locals eat in everyday. You can also chose to stay at accommodations that allows you to connect better with people. Hostels is one of travelers’ favorite ways to meet and connect. However, other alternatives such as airbnb does offer a chance for you to connect with fellow travelers as well. A lot of airbnb listings put the emphasis on being social and even has facilities of social rooms and a shared dining area that you can comfortably take advantage of to meet a travel companion.  

 

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Throw A Pretty Wedding in Komodo Liveaboard

Getting married is one special thing. But getting married in a Komodo liveaboard is a whole new thing. It takes way on another level from our favourite, dreamy beach wedding. Imagine saying the sacred vow in the wooden phinisi’s forecastle, with borderless azure sea serving as a stunning background. Tie the know when the entire ship is basking with golden light of dusk. Invite the guests to share an intimate wedding dinner on boat. Fill the honeymoon right after with a lively adventure in Komodo Island, Padar, Rinca, and chill in Komodo’s secluded beach. Spend the bright noon admiring the underwater wonders, snorkelling between bed of corals and making friends with Manta Rays. This gonna be the ultimate romantic wedding to remember for a life time.

Throw A Pretty Wedding in Komodo Liveaboard

Wedding in Komodo Liveaboard Helps to Keep Everything’s Simple

A lot of people think that throwing a nuptial ceremony in Komodo Liveaboard will break your banks, while it actually helps to compress the budget. The capacity of liveaboard naturally calls for smaller guest lists—which also works as an excellent excuse for couples who want a private wedding without any guests as all. That also gives you a legit reason to not throwing invitation to the whole office or cross out that second cousins you don’t really know.

The smaller-scale events also allows you to save on costly wedding details. It will works very well for typical Indonesian wedding party that, more often than not, is launched in big hall with splendour decoration. Throwing a wedding in Labuan Bajo’s cruises means there’s smaller venue to decorate, less tables and chairs to wrap, and fewer flowers to spend.

Arranging A Liveaboard Wedding

Booking the Ship

While you start planning a cruise wedding, you know that sharing the ship with other random passengers is definitely out of the option. So ditch out the open trip packages and start looking out for Komodo boat charter that can be entirely book for yourself. As Komodo trip with liveaboard is incredibly popular during summer, make sure you book the boat early to avoid the sold out sailing. Keeping the boat before the date also prevent you to get the holiday surcharges.

Plan the Wedding

As cruise wedding hasn’t get really popular in Komodo yet (you gonna start the trend!), most of the cruise line don’t have onboard wedding packages on their menu. It’s better to look for wedding planner that can handle a cruise wedding or let your bridesmaids do their jobs. You also need to arrange the priest (or the religion leader of yours) that will lead the wedding.

Pick Up the Style

Lucky for us, Labuan Bajo has a handful of chic and stylish Komodo Liveaboard that, with a little touch of decorations, will turn out very nice for a cruise wedding. Look one that will sit your style. A nautical-themed ship? The all-wooden ship with teak and white decor? Another thing to take notes is the facility and boat’s capacity, especially when you intend to bring all the guests for a honeymoon trip around Komodo.

Wish you a joyful nautical wedding!

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Choosing Travel Destinations Based on Traveler’s Personality

Every individual has different personality from others. That is why, sometimes personality can be used to sort out wide range options including in travel destination choice. Planning you vacations can be challenging. Of course there are people who also like spontaneous vacation which means they don’t need o necessarily plan everything. However, planning is also part of the fun. Deciding this and that can be challenging but exciting at the same time. Choosing travel destination can be tricky. It is easy to be lured to popular destinations so you have high expectation. However, popular destinations don’t guarantee your satisfaction of having memorable travel.

Northern Croatia

Recommended travel destination based on your personality

People choose travel destinations based on various factors. Some travelers choose based on their hobby, some others choose based on their budget. However, it is still rare to choose travel destination based on the type of traveler. Here are recommended places to visit based on your type of personality:

  • Romantic travellers have many options to go for travelling. Bali is one of the most mesmerizing islands located in Indonesia. This place is already popular indeed. However, there are also virgin beaches and less crowded attractions you can visit. Watching sunset with your partner in the secluded beach can be a memorable moment to remember for a very long time. Or, you can also choose the neighbor island, Lombok. There are many gili (small islands) to explore and still virgin. Not to mention there is Pink beach in this island. For your information, there are only seven pink beaches around the world. So visiting Pink beach in Lombok Island is a rare occasion.
  • If you are introvert person, you can choose Northern Croatia as your next travel destination. You can enjoy the natural and historical beauty in this place through its coast and corridor. The atmosphere is more peaceful and less crowded. Thus, you won’t get stuck in long line just to get into restaurant.
  • If you are the type of person who likes challenge and adventure, you might as well choose Rwanda, Africa as your travel destination. This is where you can visit the real wildlife. You can enjoy your vacation by joining safari, or go trekking to Volcanoes National Park. Prepare yourself to meet the Big Five; Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, and Leopards at Akegara National Park. There is also Akegara Game Lodge in the heart of the park. You can book a room for you to stay longer in the wildlife. If you are more of extrovert person, you may want to visit Sydney, Australia. Extrovert person tend to like interacting with new people. Thus, Sydney is a good choice to visit. There are outdoor activities you can participate in. You can also enjoy your favorite coffee in some cafe stretching along the street in the town. Or, you can also enjoy the nightlife in the bar where you can meet other travelers as well as the locals. Of course, you can also meet Kangaroos and interact with them during the day.
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Bali Scuba Diving Course, How To Learn Good Breathing Techniques

Swimming is very fun. All like swimming, children to adults. What if you swim freely under the sea? For lovers of water activity, swimming freely under the sea presents its own challenges. This activity is both exciting and extreme, scary and dangerous. Learning diving techniques, doing breathing properly and precisely makes beginner divers more calm and relaxed in diving.

bali scuba diving course

Bali scuba diving course is a way to hone dive skills. For beginner divers, training is a must. Without training, you will never be able to swim freely under the sea. Bali scuba diving course is the main requirement to get a certificate. The diving certificate indicates that you have passed training and can explore the underwater. Some tips for doing proper and good breathing that you can practice while on a Bali scuba diving course

Learn To Relax While Do Bali Scuba Diving Course

Diving has its own sensation. Your first dive will make your heart beat and breathe faster than usual. You might worry that oxygen supply will run out quickly. Training breathing using oxygen cylinders is important for you to learn in the Bali Scuba Diving Course. The important thing is how you control the first dive to be more calm and relaxed. But when you go through several dives you will get used to and know how to consume air well. when you feel comfortable in the water, try to concentrate and remember what you can and don’t.

The most important thing is not to hold your breath underwater because of the risk of lung explosions. Pull and exhale deeper than when you are on land. Maintain a constant position and neutral buoyancy to reduce air consumption. Avoid fighting currents that can get rid of your energy and air consumption. Don’t worry when you lose sight of your friend. If a problem occurs, pause, breathe, calm down and think before acting. Remember that you are underwater with limited air consumption.

Learn to Plan Air Consumption While the Baii Scuba Diving Course

This is very important when you dive. Regulating air consumption in open water for your dives so that you can do it can do a decrease, exploration, and climbing, and a surface with a 725 psi reserve. To prevent unwanted things, do not dive far from the instructor. Professional instructors will take quick action to help you.

Important when conducting a Bali scuba diving course to get as much information as possible. This is the key for novice divers to do diving with the right techniques. Never be shy about asking for anything you don’t know during the Bali scuba diving course.

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Things to Do When Bali Gets Wet

They say it’s always summer in the Island of God. The beaches are forever basking in the sun and the cheery mood never left the place. A lot of travelers from four-season area even flocks to the island to escape freezing winter, in search of warm sunshine. But alas, as the fate for all tropical island, Bali is destined to have rainy season following the our-much beloved dry season.

It takes quite an effort to love the rainy season, particularly for the tropical-sun seekers. Apart from the brief coolness from humidity and heat, it can be hard to do outdoor activities like mountain trekking, open water sport, cliff jumping, and such. There will be days with an hour of raining—leaving the rest of the days safe for beach chilling. However, there will also be days when the rain pours endlessly to the end of the day.

Things to Do When Bali Gets Wet

Raining in Bali can be a bummer. But it can open a curtain to another kind of retreat that otherwise will be looked over during the sunny days. It actually have economical benefit, too. Hotel and airlines tend to put cheaper price during the low season as well as tourist attractions, who often give off promotion discounts during these times. So, what can you do if you happened to stay in Bali during the wet season?

Next Time It’s Raining in Bali, Do This:

A Cup of Coffee for Your Soul

Nothing can be as perfect as rainy days to sip a warm cup of good coffee. Thank God (and tourism), Bali has now plenty go good coffee shops, talented baristas, and high quality coffee beans throughout the island. From Seminyak to Sanur to Ubud, you can always find worthy coffee shops to spend the day. Many of these coffee shops stands out for the unique characteristic of their house blend. Some of them also serve specialty cakes, scones, and other baked goods to accompany your drink.

Immerse in Wellness Retreat

Breath In. Breath Out. Namaste.

Have you ever realise the sheer peace that hang in the air when the sky is raining? It’s time to get back into clarity and refresh your mind. Ubud is one of the best place in Bali to meditate, do yoga, or take part in Balinese purification rituals. Surrounded by lush tropical nature and strong connection to Mother Nature, Ubud has been growing as wellness mecca. The serenity feeling get even more stronger with the chilling rain—everything feels fresher and greener after the rain. Maybe cool air and wellness retreat are made to be together.

Pamper in Spa

We tend to think about curling up and pampering ourselves when the rain is pouring out. Take the advantage of moody mood to indulge in spa treatment. Escape the storm and enjoy Balinese traditional spa complete with the herbal bath and flowery steam.

Cooking Class!

Under the hot and sunny weather, we often got tempted by simple meals like pasta and soda, which are literally everywhere. But if your diet has consistently feature the signature nasi goreng, mi goreng, pasta, pizza, and beers, it’s time to get into different menus. The trapping rain wouldn’t feel so long when you are learning to cook a foreign dish. Take the chance to get into cooking class and learn how to make simple satay or the fabulous Balinese “Nasi Campur”.

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Incredible Places for Solitude in A Komodo Trip – Part II

“Waldeinsamkeit”

A beautiful German words to describe feeling of having solitude, being alone and connected to nature.

Sometimes, all we want when we decide to embark on a journey into the unknown is having deep reconnection with the mother nature. To be away from any worldly business and just enjoying the rare solitude. Having the luxury of free time from external pressures; all the deadlines and expectation. To have the chance of absorbing all the beauty of nature without the need of impressing people in social media. And embarking on Komodo trip definitely is what you need if you are looking for a communal or solitary solitude.

Incredible Places for Solitude in A Komodo Trip: Part II

Imagine the jagged,  deserted hills that just rose from aquamarine ocean. No civilisation and human hands to disturb the natural setting. Imagine travelling back in time, exploring the Jurassic-looking lands. With no wifi signals, brick, and roads, the untouched landscape of Komodo serves perfect for some splendid isolation.

The previous article has discussed some best places around Komodo to have a quiet, blissful time alone, such as a secluded nook in Padar Island, Gili Lawa, and the hidden Pink beach. Here are a number of other soothing and spectacular places to enjoy a meaningful Komodo trip:

Places to get alone during a Komodo trip:

Kelor Island’s Hills

This tiny little islands sits right in the front go Flores’s beautiful hills, one of the must-visit list on many trip to Komodo. During the dry season, Kelor get strikingly beautiful. The hills turn into crips brown and yellowish savannah, standing in contrast with the glowing white beach and deep turquoise water. It’s like a scene from tastefully-edited wallpaper that makes you want to stay there forever.

Kanawa Island

Kanawa island is one of few island around Komodo with a touch of human civilization. This lovely little green paradise features phenomenal coral reefs which circle the island and strikingly clear shores with starfishes and sea urchins lying around. Kanawa lets out chill vibes that’s perfect for some downtime after all the hikes and dives. A number of beach huts and small bars has begun selling snacks, beers, and cold beverages. It’s time to grab some drinks and cool down.

Wae Rebo Villahe

When you have the time, we highly recommend you to include the wondrous Wae Rebo village in the mainland Flores in your Komodo trip. Sits in top of Porocoko Mountain, this atmosphere of this traditional village is thick with spirituality and strong ties to nature. Thin haze hangs all around the village, creating the famous epithet—“A town above the clouds”. If Wae Rebo cannot bring you a sense of tranquility and blissful seclusion, we don’t know what else.

In Your Komodo Boat, In the Middle of the Ocean

After all those Komodo trip to the unknown places, your own Komodo boat can be the last—and the first—perfect place for peaceful solitary moment. Le down in one of the deck’s lounger. Head to your private balcony. Find the comfiest spot for your personal space. It’s time to unwind everything and let it disperse in the blowing wind as you are staring to the endless sea. Isn’t it the best?

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Urban Glamping Destinations You Can Choose

Glamping or glamour camping has become more and more popular. People are not tied to conventional camping in the forest or suburban area anymore. Urban glamping is a new trend in travel world these days. Thus, you might as well starting to research about urban glamping destination to pick for your next camping plan. Glamour camping is a more fun and luxurious way to camp. This type of camping offers luxury and irresistible facilities. Urban glamping is another level of just a mix of luxury and camping. The atmosphere of the city is what makes this glamping is different. You can camp under the stars at night and enjoy the world-class attractions to the fullest.

Pick the best urban glamping destination to your bucket-list

Since urban glamping is still new, there are only few places which are suitable for this type of camping. Even though the term is urban camping doesn’t mean the camp can be built in random streets of a city. There are some criteria to be fulfilled so the camping will be called urban glamping such as the view, the luxury, and the location. Here are the best sites for urban glamping you can try:

  • Notel, Melbourne, Australia is one of the most unique pots for urban glamping. The location is on the roof top of a parking lot. In this place, you will find six chrome airstream trailers. Those are refitted to become perfect accommodation for camping. There are facilities you will enjoy during your glamping here such as Wi-Fi, iPad, and queen sized-bedding. Ensuite bathroom along with cooling and heating system are also available to accommodate your comfort during your stay.
  • Vintage Caravan, Oakland, California is urban glamping destination you won’t regret to try. Even though the camp is made up of vintage caravan, you will receive luxury in the form of modern convenience including mini kitchen, Wi-Fi, full bathroom with separate shower, and many more. The vintage caravan is painted with lively colors which make your camping experience more fun to do.
  • Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, California is the next recommended urban glamping destination you can pick. This spot is located at Veranda Suite. It is more like studio-style complemented with European decor. If you are seeking for not only urban glamping but also the private one, this spot is the best to choose. There are luxurious amenities you can take advantage of such as comfortable bed, soaking tub, and mesmerizing view of the city.
  • The Urban Yurt, Austin, Texas is one of urban glamping spots you can try. It is located at the heart of the city. Facilities you will enjoy while urban glamping in this site are private outdoor shower, communal fire pit, HD projector, and many more. It is easy to find the best restaurant, bars, as well as attraction while glamping in this spot. This urban glamping destination is also the best place for stargazing. The greenery around the site is enough to make you feel connected to nature even when you are at the heart of the city.
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Property For Sale In Ubud Bali, A Great Investment With Grow Value

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Balinese nightlife, there are still amazing 360-degree views in every corner of the house in Ubud. There are almost no other properties in your view because when buying property for sale in Ubud your Bali member is more than just a vacation home. Property for sale in Ubud Bali, whether the villa or house is a place to immerse and blend with nature. This is a good opportunity to get to know a unique Hindu culture, rich in traditional and religious ceremonies with complicated processions that occur every day.

Property For Sale In Ubud Bali

New studies on a real estate show a sharp increase in land purchases and property for sale in Ubud Bali. The trend in property values continues to rise and it would be wise to invest in property. Bali cannot be separated from high tourist visits every day. This is one reason investors invest their money in buying property for sale in Ubud Bali.

There are many hotels for all budget travelers. Even villas, which have recently been favored by tourists, are increasingly seen popping up. This situation is very favored by domestic and foreign investors. Don’t be confused if it’s increasingly difficult to find property for sale in Ubud Bali at a low price. Ubud does offer a different atmosphere with comfort and high relaxation for tourists.

Bali has attracted investors to property from all corners of the world. Investor competition is certainly a property for sale in Bali on a large scale. You can also invest. If you believe your monthly finances are stable, investment is a smart way. Property for sale in Ubud Bali is indeed of high value. There are several reasons why investment property for sale in Ubud Bali is a smart move.

Bali Arts and Dance Center

Ubud thrives amid changing times and modernization. Where other areas have been crushed by development and modernization, Ubud retains its uniqueness and beauty. The green expanse of rice fields and a “Subak” irrigation system that is recognized as a world heritage is a real attraction in Ubud. Art events continue to be held in Ubud every year and attract the interest of world artists.

A Friendly City for All

This is one reason why foreigners are increasingly interested in investing or living in Ubud. The hospitality of local residents makes tourists more comfortable to decide Bali as a second home. Real estate agents are increasingly aggressively offering a property for sale in Ubud Bali and little help foreigners to process the law of a property.

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