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Your Travel Guide for Popular Attractions in Bali Ubud

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Bali has become the most popular island holiday destination in Indonesia, and lately became a top romantic destination for honeymooners; because of its exotic nature and breathtaking scenery. It’s known for the marvelous attractions of temples and palaces that are set against stunning natural backdrops. My advice for those interested in traveling to Bali would be to divide their stay to Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta. Each area is special in its own way, because while Ubud greets you with its nature, Seminyak offers exciting clubbing and packed dance floors. The kind of diversity that you sure will be seeking during your trip.

From my own experience at Ubud, here is a list of places that are a must visit:

1- Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest, aka the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; as it’s a natural forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. As an animal lover myself, I have always wanted to see them in their natural habitat and not behind bars. This is exactly why I enjoyed being surrounded with my favorite animal.

Tip: If you want to take a photo with a monkey, hold your palm up with some food in it, but be ready for monkeys to jump on you at any time!

2- Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The huge rice terrace is another popular attraction, the greenery there is breathtaking especially at sunset. Another highlight to go to nearby is the quaint village of Pakudui, where you can find an extraordinary variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings. The shops nearby also sell the nicest local clothes, so make sure you don’t miss out on them.

Tip: wear comfy shoes because you’ll be going down long steps, and it might get muddy as well.

Near by are the coffee fields, where you get to taste their variety of coffees whilst enjoying a splendid view of the fields. Don’t go cheap when it comes to coffee shopping, because for a caffeine addict, this will be your heaven on Earth, so make sure you take some home.

3- Lempuyang Temple

One of my absolute favorites, and definitely worth the trip up to the top. The temple is literally so high that your pictures there are as if you’re standing between the clouds. The best views are higher up the stairs, where you can see all the way across the green forested slopes and neighboring Mount Agung. But only hikers will enjoy reaching this high point via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, but don’t worry, for the not so athletic as myself, you can pay a car to drive you up to the top, but expect a bumpy ride!
4- Finnis Beach Club 

Whether it is Finnis or any other club, spending a day at a beach club is a definite must! I mean can you name a better combination than the beach, good food and music? It won’t even cost you as much as you may think, because with a certain amount, you will have a nice comfy setting, access to the bathrooms, the beach and your choice for a meal and two drinks. And let me tell you, swimming in an island is a whole other experience.

5- Bali Swing 

The swings there are one of the reasons many now know about Bali, but what you might not know is that there are several ones, and their prices vary. So compare between prices, ask if they have life insurance (better safe than sorry) and ask them to check the pictures taken by tourists, and happy swinging!

Bali is beautiful and is surely one of the destinations closest to my heart, and so if you’re not going there for a honeymoon, substitute the fancy villa with a cheaper one, I stayed in Puri Suksma Ubud and it was a nice little hotel with a stunning view. Of course it isn’t like staying at a fancy villa that overlooks the rice terrace or coffee fields but it will definitely do.

One thing that bothered me personally was their currency. You can spend millions there, yes literally speaking, because 100 dollars equal a million and something rupiah! So as a person who sucks at math, it was hectic for me. Especially that you have to compare the prices of trips in dollars, so you would know how to bargain. So my advice is, choose a math geek to join your group.

Other than that, the experience at Bali is a new one, and can be enjoyed at a very reasonable price if you don’t go all fancy.

 

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The Most Outstanding Hotels Around the World

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1. Aman Tokyo  
2. Bvlgari Hotel Beijing  
3. Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara  
4. La Mamounia  
5. Six Senses Yao Noi  
6. Mahali Mzuri  
7. Il Sereno Lago di Como Hotel  
8. On the Rocks Santorini  
9. Ritz Carlton Langkawi  
10. Park Hyatt Sydney  
11. Anassa at Cyprus 
12. Le Bristol Paris

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The Most Outstanding Travel Locations for Ambitious Globetrotters in Christmas

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1.Honolulu Hawaii
Summer vibes in Christmas, and a set out tropical paradise for celebrating the festive
season. The poinsettia bloom flower for Christmas, and tropical temperatures, for
both land and sea. It’s a tropical ambience for the holiday season, especially for
summer lovers.
2.Barcelona Spain
For European city enthusiasts the Catalan city capital offers more than just Christmas
seasons greetings. Celebrations flashing the city and amusement, and joy spreading
Christmas vibes. With lots of celebrations, and tourist attractions such as the boxing
day, La Sagrada Familia, Flamenco shows, and “Merry Christmas Markets” and a
colossal bliss for Christmas celebrations.
3.New York
The most famous city in the world, and the Big Apple. If you’re a lover of the
American Dream, Broadway performances, highflying business tycoons, and a
colossal city that is captivated by people from all over the world then this lovely
destination is for you. Festive winter extravaganzas, festive holiday displays in Dyker
Heights and Fifth Avenue. And most importantly New Year’s Eve at times square.
4.France
A European city coming to life. Festive lights are turned on, Christmas decorations
alleviating the city and ravishing the streets. Joyeux Noël, vibes arouse the Paris with
decorations and Christmas tree encompassing the street. Cities like Dijon, Strasbourg
and Boudreaux, Annecy, spark beauty of European Christmas across the world.
5.Dubai
Where Luxury, modern life, and sky-scraping buildings meet. In a futuristic city
admired by the whole world, Christmas is Dubai is an enjoyable time. A remarkable
season, with stunning decorations, Burj Khalifa’s exuberant Night lighting display.
Fireworks, extravagant shopping, opulent locations and destinations.
6.Tokyo
In the largest Asian city, Tokyo is known for its extravagant Christmas celebrations.
Devouring the iconic Japanese strawberry shortcake, admiring Christmas
illuminations, and Disney Christmas Parades, Cartoonish celebrations. Exchanging
gifts, and shopping. This city is one of the largest, especially if you’re an enthusiast of
gaming, and go karting.
7.California
The home of Hollywood and all of our beloved movies, Venice beach and walk of
fame. The home of the entertainment industry, and LA the City of Angels, taking a
route 66 to Disney land. Or remaining in LA and going large at Beverly Hills and
Rodeo drive, and staying at Beverly Hotel. Either way the city of Angels is a perfect
destination for Christmas.
8.Belgium
Enjoying Jenever, or Glühwein at local markets, while ice skating. Going to the grand
place and admiring the atomium steel atom sculpture. Have a meet and greet with
Santa Claus. This city is a European experience, with European traditions.
9.Maldives
 
Escape the shivering weather, and the vague winter vibes. In a summer paradise with 
azure beaches and amusing nature. A getaway location from urban life and work 
stress, this location will relax your nerves and tranquilize you.  
 

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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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