Best time to visit
May to September, during the dry season.
Nasi goring (fried rice), the country’s most common dish, and sate (skewered meats with spicy peanut sauce).
Kopi (coffee), as Indonesia is the world’s third-largest coffee producer, black teh (tea); or bir (beer), especially the domestic Bintang and Anker.
World class surfing, komodo dragons; terraced ricescapes; woodcarvings, textiles, basketwork and beadwork, exotic fruits, political corruption.
The Balinese year is only 210 days long; snow is found two degrees south of the equator on ‘Puncak Jaya’ in Papua. Bali’s roosters are the most spoiled animals of Indonesia. Preened, groomed and dined, they are as pampered as Queen Elizabeth’s corgis. Their owners look after them with unerring devotion – take them to meet friends, save them the choicest feed, place them in baskets near roads so they are entertained by passing traffic.