Asia and Pacific Rim

Ramayana Ballet in Bali

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Spirit of Women & The Womens’ Association of North Ubud present a traditional dance called the Ramayana Ballet, telling the timeless story of Rama and Sita. It is performed at the Lotus Pond, behind the Cafe Lotus on the Ubud’s main street. The Ramayana, of course, is an ancient Indian Sanskrit epic. Consisting of 24,000 verses in seven […]

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Bali’s Monkey Forest

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The monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal are long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicuiaris). Within long-tailed macaque societies, females are typically born into and remain with a single troop for life. In contrast, adult and sub-adult males may migrate between troops — young adult males typically leave their natal troop between the ages of 4 and 8 years. […]

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Wandering in Bali

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Spud Hilton, Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, says, “Like renting a frangipani-scented hut, kicking back and sharing the sensory wonderland that is Bali with a bunch of your fast friends — if your friends knew how to tell really good stories.”

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Dambulla Cave Temples — Sri Lanka

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[nggallery id=33] Dambulla was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Its five caves, or shrine rooms, are part of a vast cavern with more than 80 documented caves in a massive rock that rises 350 feet above the plain. The caves were occupied by Buddhist hermits at least from the reign of King Vattagamani […]

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A Sense of Travel — Sri Lanka

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By Georgia Hesse. Sri Lanka is a never-never land, a phantasmagoria, a mythosphere. Dangling like a teardrop off the southeast coast of India, only slightly larger than West Virginia, she crowds into her space primeval jungles where leopards lurk; swatches of arid desert; wide beaches…

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Bali: See Before You Go

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Enjoy Bali, with more than 300 full-color photos and the quirky story of award-winning travel writer Laurie McAndish King’s visit to an Eat, Pray, Love healer. You’ll see Balinese dancers, Komodo dragons, ancient temples, contemporary art, rice fields, Luwak coffee, traditional batik, magical double-ikat weaving, the salt-makers of Amed…

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Palau: A Living Eden

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By Suzanne Rodriguez. Ever wonder what it’s like to hang out with aliens from another planet? It’s easy enough to find out: just spend an afternoon snorkeling in Palau’s Jellyfish Lake…

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Casa Luna, Our Favorite Place to Eat in Ubud

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Casa Luna is one of the best restaurants in Bali. Adding to the already-great ambiance, owner Janet De Neefe (who founded the Ubud International Writers Conference, recognized world-wide for the top writers it attracts) pulls in literary friends from around the world.

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