Bali - Indonesia, 2008
Nov 30th - Dec 3rd
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SITIS'08 Venue

    Bali Dynasty Resort
    Jl. Kartika, P.O. Box 2047, Tuban 80361, South Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
    Phone:(62-361) 752403 fax:(62-361) 752402

    For attendees arriving (from abroad) directly to Bali , Ngurah Rai International airport is the only choice. For attendees arriving from another Indonesian city (for example Jakarta ) in Java island, they can use Ngurah Rai International airport as well.

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  • About Indonesia
  • About Bali
  • Travelling
  • Visa
  • What to Visit
  • Cuisine

About Indonesia

    Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited. These are scattered over both sides of the equator. The five largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi. Indonesia's size, tropical climate, and archipelagic geography, support the world's second highest level of biodiversity (after Brazil), and its flora and fauna is a mixture of Asian and Australasian species. The Indonesian Central Statistics Bureau and Statistics Indonesia estimate a population of 222 million for 2006. Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural differences developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Malay, and European sources. Traditional Javanese and Balinese dances, for example, contain aspects of Hindu culture and mythology, as do wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performances. Textiles such as batik, ikat and songket are created across Indonesia in styles that vary by region. The most dominant influences on Indonesian architecture have traditionally been Indian; however, Chinese, Arab, and European architectural influences have been significant.


    The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west black sand. The beach town of Padangbai in the south east has both: the main beach and the secret beach have white sand and the south beach and the blue lagoon have much darker sand. Tourism is the economy's largest industry, agriculture is still the island's biggest employer, most notably rice cultivation. Crops grown in smaller amounts include fruit, vegetables and other cash and subsistence crops. A significant number of Balinese are also fishermen. Bali is also famous for its artisans who produce batik and ikat cloth and clothing, wooden carvings, stone carvings and silverware. Bali is famous for many forms of art, including painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Balinese gamelan music is highly developed and varied. The dances portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana. Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong, and kecak (the monkey dance).


    There are many direct flight from around the world to Bali Island (Denpasar). In Bali Island, the Ngurah Rai International Airport is around 10 km (20 minutes) from hotel of conference (Bali Dynasty Resort Hotel). The simple ransportation is by airport taxi, cost of taxi is around Rp 100,000 (USD 10-11). The taxi in the Ngurah Rai International Airport is special airport taxi. Hotels in Bali can provide transfer in and out as well. To go around Bali or Denpasar city, there are public transport. Easier for transportation is by rent the car. The price of car rent around Rp 250,000 - Rp 500,000 per day (depand on the car). There are many places to rent the car from international network rent car until local rent car.


    There are three type of Visa as follow:

  • Visa on Arrival
  • Citizens of 63 countries (listed below) will not need to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at Indonesia's international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa.

    The list of countries permitted to enter Indonesia using Visa On Arrival (VOA):
    Algeria, Argentine, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan Territory, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

    The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days visa-on arrival:
    1. Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.
    2. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
    3. Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
    4. Onward or return tickets are compulsory.

  • Visa Free

  • 11 countries and territories are eligible for a "Visa Free" facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:
    Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.

  • Other nationals

  • Others nationals that are not granted "visa on arrival" or "visa free" may apply for a social cultural visa at Indonesian embassies abroad.
    Please contact the Embassy of Indonesia in your country of residence for the most current information on entry and exit requirements to Indonesia. The list of the Indonesian embassies and consulates can be found at Addresses of Indonesian Embassies and Consulates Should authors and speakers at SITIS2008 and related workshops need a letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference for filing a visa request, please send an email to the Conference Secretariat (email). Please include the following information when you ask for the letter:
    . Name:
    . Affiliation (university/institution/company):
    . Contact address:
    . Phone number
    . Fax number (where the invitation letter will be emailed)
    . Address/phone number/fax number of the Indonesian Embassy where you want to place the application:
    . E-mail address
    . Paper ID:
    . Conference/Workshop:
    . Registration confirmation number:
    . Passport Number:
    . Date and place of birth:
    . Nationality:
    . Date and place of Issue of the passport:
    . Expiration date of the Passport:

    Please notice that visa invitation letters will ONLY be issued to participants who have registered and paid their registration fees in full.

    The visa invitation letter will be faxed to you and the Indonesian embassy in your country of residence within 48 hours of receiving your request. Please check with the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate to find out if you need any further documentation and advise the Conference Secretariat.

What to visit

    Most popular Bali tours:

  • Kintamani Volcano Tour: The first stop is often in the village of Batubulan to watch a performance of the Barong and Kris Dance. Afterwards you visit the villages of Celuk (silver jewelry) and Mas (wood carving) to see Balinese artisans at work. Ubud, Bali's cultural center, has grown to a busy town with numerous Balinese art galleries and shops. A scenic drive over small roads overlooking beautiful rice terraces brings you to the mountain village of Kintamani (about 5,000 feet above the sea) which offers spectacular views of Lake Batur and the volcano. You can cross the crater lake below the still active Mount Batur and visit the "Bali Aga" village of Trunyan. Return through traditional villages with stops in Tampaksiring to visit the temple of Tirta Empul, and to visit the Elephant Cave "Goa Gajah", a hermitage from the 11th. century used by both Buddhists and Hindus.

  • The "Mother Temple" and East Bali Tour: Drive to Besakih through various villages visiting on the way a weaving factory, see the famous painted ceiling at the old "Palace of Justice" in Klungkung, and visit the school of painting in Kamasan. The "Mother Temple" in Besakih is Bali's most holy and Indonesia's biggest Hindu temple. It was build in the 11th. Century in an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) on the slopes of Mount Agung. You pass picturesque rice terraces on the way to the walled "Bali Aga" village of Tenganan, and continue to Candi Dasa on the East coast. On the way back it's recommended to stop at the famous Bat Cave "Goa Lawah" with thousands of bats hanging from the walls.

  • Bedugul Tour: After a stop in Sangeh to visit its holy forest inhabited by wild monkeys, drive up into the mountains to Lake Bratan (1,200 meters above sea level) and the picturesque water temple Ulun Danu. Visit the busy flower, fruit and spice market in Candikuning where most of Bali's vegetables come from. Drive back through small country roads, villages and rice fields, with a stop in an artisan village specializing in gold threaded textiles (Ikat) worn during important ceremonies.

  • North Bali Tour: Drive the scenic road via Pupuan through the mountains to Bali's North coast. You'll enjoy beautiful views of picturesque rice terraces, and large plantations growing vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cloves, and even wine grapes. Near the village of Banjar is a popular hot spring where you can take a bath in the natural pond. After a lunch on the black beach in Lovina you pass the old capital of Singaraja on the way to Git Git, famous for its multi-tier water fall. Return over back roads to see the unspoiled Bali. (This tour can be combined with the visit to Bedugul).

  • Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Tour: Visit the royal Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi (built in 1624), the holy monkey forest near Sangeh, and famous Tanah Lot. This picturesque Balinese temple was built in the 16th. Century on a huge rock 100 yards off Bali's West coast and is surrounded by the sea during high tides. Spectacular sight, however, spoiled by thousands of tourists visiting every day during sunset. To avoid these, enjoy the view from the lobby of the nearby Le Meridien Nirvana Resort.

  • Handicraft Villages & Ubud Tour: Visit the artisan villages of Batubulan (stone carving), Celuk (silver & gold jewelry), Mas (wood carving), and Pengosekan (painting). Stop at the "Bali Art Market" in Sukawati to bargain for all kinds of handicrafts and textiles. Already in the 1930s Ubud had been made famous around the world as Bali's cultural center by the German intellectual Walter Spies, the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet and other foreign artists who'd made it their home. Today Ubud is a fast growing town with numerous art galleries and shops offering paintings, wood carvings, textiles, and all kinds of souvenirs. Don't miss the MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN in the center of Ubud, the NEKA MUSEUM in Campuhan, the NEKA GALLERY in Ubud, the AGUNG RAI GALLERY in Peliatan, and the AGUNG RAI MUSEUM in Pengosekan to see the difference between creative art and more commercial products. Problem is that when you see their "Permanent Collections" at many "Galleries" you've seen real art, and when you return to their show rooms you don't like any of the very commercial products any more.

Cuisine and drinks

    Popular dishes in Bali:

    Balinese food is somewhat different to Indonesian food in that it often includes pork items (lawar, babi guling etc.) and tends to more pedas (spicy) and less manis (sweet) than Javanese cuisine, which has a wider range of sauces.
    The food most tourists see as Indonesian food comes from Java. Here are some popular dishes from Indonesia, that you might get served in Bali.

  • Ayam goreng - fried chicken, often served with rice and lalapan.
  • Bakso - spicy meatball soup.
  • Bakmi goreng - fried noodle, meat and vegetables.
  • Botok daging sapi - spicy minced beef, tofu, tempeh and coconut milk.
  • Bubur ayam - chicken porridge. Served at the pasar pagi (morning markets).
  • Cap cay - mixed fried vegetables (originally a Chinese dish, similar to the Cantonese style).
  • Es campur - fruits, gelatin, chocolate sauce, milk with shaved ice.
  • Gado gado - steamed cabbage, bean sprouts, potato and other vegetables served with peanut sauce.
  • Kangkung - water spinach (a popular, stringy vegetable).
  • Krupuk - prawn crackers in a range of sizes, served with nasi campur.
  • Lalapan - raw vegetables (green beans, cabbages, cucumbers, mint leaves) served with sambal. Accompanies ayam bakar and ikan bakar (grilled chicken and fish).
  • Lontong - Steamed rice compressed into a roll, inside a banana leaf. Often served with sate ayam at street-side sate vendors.
  • Lumpia - spring rolls containing diced carrot, bean sprouts and other items. Semarang Java is famous for lumpia.
  • Nasi campur - the national dish. Means 'mixed rice' and is a portion of steamed rice with an assortment of meats, vegetables, tofu, tempeh and hot sambal.
  • Nasi goreng - fried rice. The most common Indonesian food item served in tourist warungs and restaurants. Often served with a fried egg on top.
  • Nasu putih - white rice. Other options include nasi kuning (yellow rice) and nasi merah (red rice).
  • Pisang goreng - fried banana. Popular at local markets where you can get 4 small fried bananas for 1,000rp.
  • Rijstaffel - rice table. The Dutch colonial version of how to serve Indonesian food. Many dishes with meats, fish and vegetables.
  • Rujak - Indonesian fruit salad made from unripe papaya, apple and other fruits. Served with chili, salt and caramel.
  • Rujak petis - fruit and vegetable salad with spicy peanut and shrimp sauce.
  • Tahu goreng telur - an omelette with tofu.
  • Sate - sometimes called 'satay'. Small strips of meat cooked over charcoal. Javanese sate vendors sell sate ayam (chicken sate with peanut sauce) and sate kambing (goat sate). Balinese sate vendors often sell sate babi (pork sate with a deliciously tangy, spicy sauce), especially outside ceremonies. Generally a Balinese sate vendor will sell you 10 pieces for 5,000rp.
  • Sayur bening - spinach and corn soup.
  • Urap-urap / urap timum - vegetables in shaved coconut and chili. A Balinese dish which is a pleasant surprise when found in a warung.

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