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===By road===
Denpasar is centrally located and easily reached by car or taxi from the main tourist regions of south Bali. A trip from [[Kuta]], [[Legian]] and [[Seminyak]] will take 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. [[Sanur]] is just 15 minutes to the east and [[Ubud]] about 30 minutes to the north. [2012: Due to traffic, allow 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the airportfrom Ubud.] [[Tabanan]] is about 40 minutes to the northwest.
A pre-paid taxi from the airport will cost between Rp 70,000 and 100,000, depending on exactly where in Denpasar you are heading to.
* <see name="Taman Wedhi Budaya Cultural Centre" alt="" address="Jl Nusa Indah," directions="" phone="" url="" hours="8AM-3:30PM daily" price="Rp 3,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A museum that covers the history and essence of Balinese art. The classical schools are well represented by both paintings and sculpture and there is a large section featuring contemporary Balinese art. Gamelan orchestra performances are also held here.</see>
*<see name="Taman Budaya" alt="Bali Art Center" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Taman Budaya or Bali Art Center is the culture building complex with the best style of Balinese traditional architecture. It is featuring the good lay-out building of amphitheater to be a place/hall of show performance purpose. It is symbolizing the twiddling of Mandara Giri mount in the milk ocean and spattering the Amerta holy water for the life of endless as according to nature of dynamic culture and stayed alive during the human being still dwell the earth planet. This amphitheater can accommodate up to 6.000 audiences for the show of colossal both for modern and also traditional. This Taman Budaya (Cultural Park) is opened in the year 1973 with the Bali Artistry Party (Pesta Kesenian Bali) within one month. On that month, there are full of entertainment amusement traditional dance, exhibition, and other cultural activities. At the opening ceremony enlivened by artistic parade started from Puputan Park and finish at the Art Center. Its distance is about 2 Km and this parade is followed by entire regencies and towns in Bali by delivering their artistry mission. This event is often followed by other provinces in Indonesia as well as from outside country like Japan, Korea, Europe, America etc. In this culture parade is presented in so many forms those are from the sacral until contemporary traditional. There are also type of marry and custom clothes from each area, instrument of music or gamelan, forms Sesajen (offering) and others</see>
Otherwise, apart from the numerous sights and excellent shopping, there are not really any specific activities to recommend in Denpasar.
<listing>'''Pesta Kesenian Bali (Bali Art Festival)'''</listing>
The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings of dance, music and beauty. On display are trances from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or recently revived village dances, food and offering contests, classical palace dances, stars of Balinese stage, odd musical performances, "kreasi baru" (new creations) from the dance schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary choreography and dance companies from other islands and from abroad.
It is a month long revelry that perhaps no other place in the world can put up on such a low budget as the Balinese. Not only is their traditional culture alive and well, but they have a tremendous pride in it.
It begins in the villages, where the seka or cultural groups are selected and organized at the regency level, vie with each other to perform the Arts Festival and thus display in front of a large audience the uniqueness of their village of birth and resting place of their ancestors.
The Bali Arts Festival is the Denpasar cultural event of the year, perhaps it would no be too far fetched to suggest that it is the cultural event of Indonesia. The festival is thus a unique opportunity to see local village culture both "live" and at first hand. Tourists are warmly welcomed.
When tourism took off after 1965, the Balinese insisted that it followed cultural guidelines: if tourism was to be accepted, it was to be a cultural tourism, or "pariwisata budaya".
As the Balinese put it: "Tourism should be for Bali instead of Bali for tourism." In time, this idea become national policy, as part of a larger revping of regional cultures for national purposes. The policy owes much to the former Director General of Culture (1968-1978) and Governor of Bali (1978-1988), Ida Bagus Mantra, an Indian-educed Balinese. It led, on the one side, to the creation of enclave resorts such as Nusa Dua to limit the direct impact of tourism, and on the other, to a long haul cultural policy aimed at nurturing and preserving the traditional agrarian culture while adapting it to the demands of modernity, and in particular of "cultural tourism".
At the village level, local music groups, dances and other cultural events were inventoried, then supported by a series of contests at the district and regency level. The ensuing competition energized the cultural life of villages, whose "young blood" was already being drained to the city by the process of economic change and urbanization.
Schools of dance and art were created, in particular the Kokar conservatory and the STSI School of Dance and Music. Beside research, these schools replaced the traditional master/disciple relationship by modern methods of teaching; standardized the dance movements, produced new types of Balinese dances for tourism and modern village entertainment. Most important, it enabled former students to return to the villages as teachers, where they diffused, beside the creed of cultural resilience and renewal, new dances and standardized versions of old ones.
Many of the performances are held at the amphitheater which can hold up to 6,000 spectators, in a temple-like stage.
Each year, the Bali Arts Festival, beside the fed classical dances of the island, such as the legong, gambuh, kecak, barong, baris, mask dances and the like, is based on the theme around which new "dance choreography" is produced and old village dances and activities revived. Over the years, the whole range of classical Balinese stories - Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sutasoma, Panji - have thus been turned into "colossal" Sendratari Ballets.
The main challenge to the Arts Festival is obviously economic in nature. As village life is increasingly feeling the strains of monetary considerations, dancers, musicians and others cannot be expected to continue participating simply for the sake and the pleasure of it. As costs soar, new sources of financing have to be found. The obvious answer is the private sector and in particular the tourism industry. The greater task then is to convince the hotels, travel agencies and tourist guides to be more participatory in the Arts Festival rather than to their own sponsored events.
Considering the pride the Balinese have in their culture, and the adaptability and dynism they have always demonstrated, this little hurdle can be overcome. Trust the Balinese. They will eventually succeed to transform their tradition into a modern, Balinese culture of their own.
<listing>'''Sanur Vilage Festivals'''</listing>
has become a major event in Bali Event Calendar. The main aim of the festival is to attract large number of tourist from various countries. After its huge success last year, the organizers of the event are planning to make this event even better and bigger. These year Sanur village festival promises a lot of water sports activities and adventure. The event is inspired by Marine life which plays a vital role in daily life of Balinese. Sanur Village Festival is highlighted as major tourist attractions of Bali event calendar.
<listing>'''Denpasar Festival a.k.a DenFest'''</listing>
The annual Denpasar Festival is an event that celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity of the city. It offers a variety of food stalls, art and handicrafts for sale, traditional Balinese dancing and local award ceremonies. The festival offers a great collection of traditional Balinese food from Ayam Betutu to Babi Guling to a traditional Balinese sweet drink. “We hope this event can be a memorable closing to the year. The festival near end of the year until Dec. 31.
The festival also hosts awards even for some of the local cuisine and in search of finding the city’s best.
* <eat name="Warung Wardani" alt="" address="Jl Yudistira 2" directions="" phone="+62 361 224398" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Excellent Indonesian cuisine. Look no further than the Nasi Campur (rice with various spicy side dishes) which is what everyone comes here to eat.</eat>
* <eat name="Plengkung" alt="" address="Jl Kaliasem 16" directions="" phone="+62 361 224485" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Main dishes from Rp 10,000">Family run place with excellent and very cheap food and fruit juices. Local come here to eat.</eat>
The foodcourts on the upper levels of Denpasar's department stores all serve surprisingly good food at excellent value prices. Try Ramayana, Matahari and Tiara Dewata department stores.
*<eat name="Ramayana" alt="" address="" directions="Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ramayana on Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza on Jalan Dewi Sartika and Robinsons opposite Matahari. These malls have a huge range of stores selling everything from clothing to arts and crafts as well as more everyday shops such as pharmacies.
*<eat name="Warung Bendega" alt="" address="Jl. Cok Agung Tresna no. 37A-Renon Denpasar" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Bendega means Fisherman in Balinese language. Excellent Balinese food including sambal matah and ikan bakar (grilled fish)</eat>
*<eat name="Warung Subak" alt="" address="Jalan Astasura No. 05 Peguyangan, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Nasi Jinggo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">General term for small package of rice and some side dish, sells cheaply on the sides of the streets in Denpasar at night. It is favorite supper for locals, students and budget traveler.</eat>
*<eat name="Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Warung Bale Timbang" alt="" address="Jln. Trengguli, Penatih, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Traditional Balinese food in the laid back environment. Like having picnic in the middle of forest with serene feeling of ravine water flow.</eat>
There are many small budget hotels in Denpasar which are primarily aimed at domestic business travellers as few foreign tourists stay in the city here. These are reasonably priced and comfortable enough. Within a 500 metre walk of the Alul-Alun Puputan there are many options which will nearly always have availability. Shop around.
===Budget=== * <sleep name="Adi Yasa Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Nakula 23" directions="" phone="+62 361 222679" url="j" checkin="" checkout="" price="from From Rp 8090,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Huge old and dirty rooms with private bathroomsCharming, authentic, family-run, budget hotel. It's no frills, friendly managementhas cold water, off but the proprietors are very friendly and accommodating. Excellent location close to many tourist trapssites and very inexpensive, authentic restaurants. Includes private bathrooms and good Internet connection in every room. Near cheap eats Considered to be one of the oldest hotels in Denpasar and internetone of the best-kept secrets for the budget traveller. Room price 30% higher during high seasons.
* <sleep name="Aston Denpasar Hotel and Conference CentreNakula Familiar Inn" alt="" address="Jl Gatot Subroto Barat No 283Nakula 4" directions="" phone="+62 361 225681" email="" fax="226446" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="from about From Rp 130,000 single, Rp 800150,000double" lat="8°39'4.61"S" long="115°12'50.24"E" fax="">Huge, modern rooms, Wi-Fi, each with a balcony and choice of fan or a/c. A 3welcoming homestay with beautiful family temple and shrines. Extremely good value. Close to the centre of Denpasar and Badung Market, Puputan Square, Bali Museum. Best place to go if arriving from Java by bus.</4 star sleep> * <sleep name="Tirta Lestari Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Nangka 62" directions="" phone="+62 361 229882" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 120,000">Simple and clean hotel from the Aston chainwhich may appeal to travelers on a budget. Probably the best standard hotel in Denpasar but very much Mostly aimed at domestic travellers. Located 1 kilometre north of the conference and business travel marketcity centre.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Genesis Hotel and Spa" address="Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai 888" phone="+62 361 722071" urlMid-range=="" price="Rates start at US$ 85">A four star hotel & spa that offers 76 rooms which comprise of 5 suites and 71 superior rooms, including 9 sets of interconnecting rooms for families. Well located with easy access to the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass and on to the airport, Sanur beaches and the major department stores of Denpasar.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Inna Bali Inn" alt="Natour Bali Hotel" address="Jl VeterenVeteran" directions="" phone="+62 361 225681" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 400500,000 to Rp 1,200,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A mid-market hotel owned by the government and designed principally for hosting conferences. Good city location though, but quality of service and friendliness can vary a lot. Has an interesting colonial past and a few nice historical touches remain. Good restaurant.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Merta Sari Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Hasanudin 24" directions="" phone="62 361 222428" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Simple and clean hotel just 2 minutes walk south from the Alun-Alun Puputan.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Nakula Familiar InnTaman Suci Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Nakula 4Imam Bonjol 45" directions="" phone="+62 361 226446485254" urlemail="http://www.nakulafamiliarinn[email protected].com/" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 130,000 single, Rp 150325,000 double" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Huge, modern rooms, Wi-Fi, each with a balcony and choice of fan or a/c, and A 45 room hotel in a welcoming family-stylestrategic city position. Extremely good value. Close to the centre of DenpasarPopular with domestic travellers.</sleep> ===Splurge===
* <sleep name="Taman Suci Aston Denpasar Hoteland Conference Centre" alt="" address="Jl Imam Bonjol 45Gatot Subroto Barat No 283" directions="" phone="+62 361 485254225681" email="[email protected] " fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From from about Rp 325800,000">A 45 room 3/4 star hotel from the Aston chain. Probably the best standard hotel in a strategic city position. Popular with domestic travellersDenpasar but very much aimed at the conference and business travel market. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Tirta Lestari Genesis Hotel" alt="and Spa" address="Jl Nangka 62" directions="Bypass Ngurah Rai 888" phone="+62 361 229882" email="" fax="722071" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 120,000Rates start at US$ 85">Simple and clean A four star hotel & spa that offers 76 rooms which will appeal comprise of 5 suites and 71 superior rooms, including 9 sets of interconnecting rooms for families. Well located with easy access to travelers the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass and on a budget. Located 1 kilometre north to the airport, Sanur beaches and the major department stores of the city centreDenpasar.</sleep>
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