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Frommer's Bali and Lombok (Frommer's Complete Guides) [Paperback]

Mary Justice Thomasson-Croll
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5 Mar 2010 Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 231)
Bali and Lombok, two islands in Indonesia, are ideal for adventure travelers, eco–tourists, and culture vultures. Frommer′s Bali & Lombok includes information on: Plan an adventurous vacation, whether you′re hiking, practicing yoga, sailing, scuba diving, or surfing your way around Bali and Lombok. Explore ancient seaside and cliff–top temples, strolling through rice terraces, learning traditional music and dance, and discovering hidden beaches. Find everything from rich Balinese textiles, to classic handcrafts, and unique paintings. Book alternative accommodations and seeking out the islands′ local side, including staying in family homes and finding the best Balinese cuisine in warungs . Plus, enjoy a discussion on the history and culture of both islands, a Balinese and Indonesian language guide, and more!

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st Edition edition (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470497769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470497760
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hungry wave seekers can find breaks in Bali and Lombok′s waters every day of the year. See chapters 5 and 15. Detailed maps throughout Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

An intrepid traveler by nature, Mary Justice Thomasson–Croll left the States after 2 years with an NBC news affiliate to take up a post with the Hong Kong bureau. She spent 18 glorious years covering the incredible evolution of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Six years ago MJ (as she is known to friends) moved to Bali and has since fallen in love with the island and its gentle people and ways that are a far cry from her former city life. Writing from her bijoux house on the beach, MJ posts to many publications that include Travel + Leisure, Tatler, the South China Morning Post, and Luxe Guides. MJ holds a degree from Christie’s Fine Arts in London, as well as a BA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on a screenplay loosely based on the events surrounding the handover and hangover of Hong Kong in 1997.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information and informed insight. 2 April 2012
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I ordered this as an addition to the Rough Guide yet have found it richer in real insight, and much better written.
It does not have quite the spread of accommodation options, and its idea of "inexpensive" in that area often includes listings of places charging 50 US dollars a night, which in backpacking terms is unrealistic: however its suggestions as to activities and places to visit is much better and has greater depth.
It has some accommodation suggestions in more unusual places that I haven't found elsewhere, and its general advice relating to a good spread of topics such as vehicle rental, local custom, money exchange, religious beliefs, touts and rip-offs etc. etc. is clearly written by authors who have been there and know what they are talking about. It conveys information in an excellent use of written language...you get a clear mental picture of what is being described.
There are excellent suggestions for families with children.
In my opinion this book plus Rough Guide (or similar)and a decent map of Bali and Lombok (all of which I have bought via this website - always get the latest editions) would give you enough ammunition to see you through to a successful visit.
Be aware that the siting of the international airport on Lombok is NOT now at Mataram but much further inland and south at Praya: this can seriously change your travel planning, and neither this book nor any other at time of writing this has really got to grips with this change. Given that this book is a 2012 edition, this is a serious oversight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bali Book Review 29 April 2010
Really thorough travel guide that covers everything that you need to know about visiting Bali. You get a lot of information from this book on what and where is good to visit, hotel reviews, best temples, day trips etc. The only reason I did not give it 5/5 is because there are no pictures and I like pictures in my travel guides!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best travel books I've used 20 Aug 2010
By newyork26 - Published on Amazon.com
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I went to a bookstore and browsed all the Bali travel guides and loved the layout of this one. When planning a trip, there is so much information and this book has really helped me sort it all out. What I love is that it has a 1-3 star rating system for sites, restaurants, and cities. This is so helpful when picking which of the hundred temples you want to narrow it down. A lack of a rating system dissuaded me from buying the Lonely Planet. Another thing I liked is the first chapter gives you a list of the 5-10 best temples, spas, restaurants, etc. It also suggests activities such as cooking classes and alternative healing. If Eat, Pray, Love partially inspired your trip, it even tells you how to look up the medicine man. For me, food is an essential part of any trip and the restaurant recs check out nicely with other sources. The only thing that could be improved is travel times, especially since it takes a while to travel on the roads within Bali. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this book, how it's organized and the valuable information given.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guidebook for Bali/Lombok 16 Oct 2010
By R. Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this guidebook extensively on both Bali and Lombok for our recent honeymoon. The restaurant recommendations were spot on! We ended up staying one night in the Gili's as a result of recommendations from this guidebook. There was an amazing Reggae bar in Gili T. There is also a good background section about Bali history. If you are considering a trip to Bali - you should definitely stay on Lombok as well. It's like Bali 20 years ago - with no traffic, just beautiful beaches, great inexpensive food, and the Gili's just a short boat ride away.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm Mixed on this Guide... 20 Aug 2013
By Michelle Benoit - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a confession to make: I honestly didn't use this guide to its full potential. I traveled to Bali as part of a group, which meant that most of my trip accommodations and tours were predetermined. My purpose for purchasing this book came when I had two "free days" to myself and wanted to research activities and spas on the island.

Pros: 1) The book is divided into local regions, something that is extremely helpful when traveling to Bali. Staying in the right region can literally make the difference between enjoying your vacation or not understanding what all the fuss is about. For instance, Kuta is the town right outside of the airport. I found it to be overcrowded with tourists, tons of non-moving bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a seemingly endless amount of stores and boutiques that all look the same. Ubud, however, was a completely different story. Ubud is known as one of Bali's cultural centers and is home to the Sacred Monkey Forest, several talented woodcarving shops and jewelry. 2) The book does a pretty good job of explaining the most popular tourist attractions and what to expect. 3) The book does a good job of recommending activities. I wanted to do something active on my trip and the guide provided names of reputable companies that offered whitewater rafting, horseback riding and elephant rides, amongst other things.

Cons: 1) I've come to discover that the book talks about accommodations on only a small number of places that exist. I couldn't find most of the hotels where I stayed in the book, and some of them were truly nice finds. I could have missed out on them had my group not booked them for me. 2) If you're looking for off-the-beaten path locations that not many people know about, this guide would do you a disservice. I found it sticks to what's known and popular. 3) You could possibly miss out on good restaurants as not all of them are listed in the book. My foolproof method of selecting places to eat is to ask either local people (if you want an authentic meal) or other tourists.

Recommendations: 1) Use Frommer's only as a either a pre-guide or backup guide to other research. I wouldn't use this as my be-all and end-all guidebook. 2) I HIGHLY recommend using consumer-rated websites such as Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet. You're much more likely to get good insight there. 3) If you decide to purchase any type of guidebook, do NOT purchase the Kindle version. I've used both hard copies and electronic versions and the electronic version truly can be a little difficult to navigate. The one advantage I like about hard covers is the fact that different sections of the book have colored tabs along the page edges. It's much easier for you to go straight to a specific region and flip down "bunny ears" on the pages that contain the most relevant information. The one time I purchased a Kindle version I found myself reading the book cover-to-cover, something not practical with guidebooks. Trust me, I'm all about e-books but the format just doesn't work for guidebooks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sastify! 31 Jan 2012
By the island - Published on Amazon.com
The condition of the book is exactly as described by the seller. Early arrival, very happy!
It gave me good information on what I need to prepared, and which airport I can get my VOA, I was able to make a 7 days/ 6 nights travel plan with this book. It has clear logistic, lodging, restaurant pricing, and emergency medical service information, etc. I look forward for my tropical relaxation!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a few map inaccuracies 26 Oct 2013
By Krystin Spellman - Published on Amazon.com
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We just returned from our vacation in Bali. We stayed in Sanur and found the map to be a little inaccurate in relation to some of the highlighted spots. We figured it out easily enough, but not sure if this is an issue with all the maps, or just the Sanur area one. Great restaurant recommendations!
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