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OCTOBER 9, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 14

  TRAVEL WATCH
Driving Yourself Around the Bend in Bali
The island's famous terraced rice paddies, solitary temples and active volcanoes offer a brilliant backdrop for a simple road trip

Detour
For those looking to delve deeper into Balinese spirituality, many resorts offer classes in yoga or meditation

Short Cuts
As an Indonesian province, Bali often suffers a drop in tourist traffic

Web Crawling
Look no further for an online starting point for your Bali journey

Bedding
Some of the island's top locales

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Bali Paradise
(www.bali-paradise.com)

ISLAND LIVING Look no further for an online starting point for your Bali journey. This website, run by Bali Paradise Marketing, will answer all of your questions about Indonesia's most famous island. Festivals, restaurants, accommodation, health care and a lot more are adequately covered in these easy-to-navigate pages. The site also has a chat room and a message board so users can exchange hot tips.

Bali Villas
(www.balivillas.com)

STAYING HOME If the road doesn't appeal to you, try a more sedentary vacation. This site serves as a clearinghouse for more than 30 private villas, ranging from secluded, two-bedroom havens to palatial seven-bedroom compounds. Each has its own page, which lists its attractions (pool! Jacuzzi! massage therapist!) and its location. All come with a full staff, who will take care of your every need. Hiring a car and driver is optional, but once ensconced in these digs, why on earth would you want to go out?

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