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How To Find The Heart Of Bali by [Benzin, Kate]
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Bali has become a top vacation spot for travelers from all over the world who often become enchanted with the island and return over and over. 

Mick Jagger brought Bali to the world's attention when he got married there to Jerry Hall. The marriage did not last, but Bali is still considered by many to be the Home of the Gods. Later, everyone could see the beauty of Bali in Julia Roberts' movie Eat Pray Love.

In How To Find The Heart Of Bali, you will discover for yourself the passion that Bali has
inspired in Western visitors for more than a hundred years. Kate Benzin is a highly experienced tour director who has lived in Indonesia for more than 30 years and knows the island as few other outsiders do.

As Kate makes clear in her Introduction, this is not a typical guidebook and does not recommend specific hotels or restaurants. Rather, it is an introduction to social and cultural Bali so that the first time traveler to Bali can experience a dream holiday in this iconic 'tropical island paradise' destination full of culture and wonder.

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About the Author

Kate Benzin is originally from Chicago, but started moving around immediately after college. She is a seasoned traveler who has lived in Indonesia for most of the past 30 years since 1982 when she arrived for a 3-month contract to train people as word processors - and she is still living in Indonesia because she found that living in Indonesia gave her the kind of adventurous life that she had been seeking. So she stayed and taught English for 14 years. When Kate needed a new direction in her working life, she changed careers and became a tour director which allowed her to continue living in Indonesia while working all over the world - Indonesia, Russia, Spain, China, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, France and more. Now she spends most of her time writing in her home/office just north of Yogyakarta in Central Java which she shares with her three dogs. In her first book How To Find The Heart Of Bali, she shares insights that she gained during her many years in Indonesia. In her second book Transformative Travel, she shares how she fulfilled a lifelong dream of trekking in the Himalayan Mountains.

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  • Print Length: 180 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RUTPI4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Good introduction for the 1st time traveller to Bali that wants to experience Bali and not party in the tourist zone.
I was hoping for some insight beyond the travel guides but it failed to meet those expectations. This book may be great for some but as a traveller planning my 4th trip, i don't think i got anything out of this book.
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Having never traveled to Bali I found the style and ease of language enjoyable. I gained enough information to pique my interest. It was short and as the author says was not designed as a guide book; however, I did find the book interesting as a whole.
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HASH(0x9f730f90) out of 5 stars not much of a book Sept. 6 2012
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I bought this book thinking it would give me a nice insight into Bali. I have been there before, and I can tell you I know more info then the author has presented here.
It is really just a brochure. Sorry to give such a bad review, but it was a waste of money.
Just go and enjoy this beautiful island.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7331f8) out of 5 stars Concise Bali Resource April 12 2012
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Excellent resource for someone traveling to Bali. Created by an American who has lived in Indonesia since 1982.
Very consise and practical information.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f733438) out of 5 stars Practical and enticing April 28 2012
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Reading this book is easy because it's like having a conversation with a local about the place she knows and loves. It gives you enough practical information to make you more eager than ever to plan a trip to Bali. Thanks to this book I now have specific things I will do on this island and I know how to do them. Especially intriguing for shoppers are the step by step bargaining hints.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7335dc) out of 5 stars Excellent Bali Resource! July 26 2012
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I recently read another book by Kate Benzin ~ Transformative Travel: One Person's Journey to Fulfill a Dream and loved it. So I decided to buy How to Find the Heart of Bali. First, Kate is very clear that this is not a guide book. It's filled with extensive information that a friend would give another about what it's like to visit Bali. I think the title is very apt ~ the book is about finding the heart of Bali.

There's information about when to travel to Bali, how long to stay, safety, food, immunizations, shopping, haggling, spas, cell phones, scams to avoid, drugs,what to wear, what not to miss. And there's more!

There's also information about the friendly Balinese people and their culture. I found the section on festivals and rituals really fascinating. Indonesia is Muslim but the people of Bali follow Hinduism. Kate also provides snapshot information for many of the towns in Bali to not miss.

In the back there's a sample itinerary, a list of consulates,a list of 24 hour hospitals and a list of clinics where English is spoken.

Last but definitely not least ~ the photographs are numerous and beautiful.

This is a great travel book that really does give you a feel for the heart of Bali.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7334b0) out of 5 stars Fabulous resource for anyone thinking of going to Bali April 12 2012
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What a great job Ms. Benzin did on describing Bali. Her short and concise book really makes me want to go NOW. I loved her explanation of the different festivals, and especially the life cycle events.