BALI

Starting back to when I first ever travelled overseas this is my first blog post that is about my trip to Bali in 2015. I had always wanted to go Bali since it’s near Australia. I used to hear how people who had travelled to Bali had loved going there for relaxation, shopping, beaches, tours, nightclubs and the low cost price of alcohol. It was one of those destinations that you could go to and spend less than you think as nothing is expensive as how it is compared to back home. Once going to Bali and staying there for two weeks I had the opportunity to be able to fulfil everything within my stay. It was an amazing experience for my first time travelling overseas and I had caught the travel bug of wanting to forever travel! I would like to provide you with some details as to what you should know if you intend on travelling to Bali.

Location

Bali is an island and the province of Indonesia, the flight to Bali from Melbourne is 6 hours.

Language

The most common languages that people speak in Bali are Indonesian, Balinese and English.

Currency

The currency in Bali is the IDR Indonesian Rupiah.

What to know

  • Make sure that you bring cash with you on your flight to Bali, you’ll need $50 AUD per person for a 30 day entry visa to be paid on arrival at Denpasar airport
  • Do not let anyone take carry your suitcase at the airport as the people who do that will charge you money
  • If you are looking to exchange money in Bali use only authorised money changers with proper offices and always ask for a receipt
  • Make sure you negotiate the price of items when shopping (unless you want to pay twice the price for everything). As a general rule, you should not pay much more than half of their original offer. Tourists are an easy target.
  • Many travellers experience an upset stomach at some point when travelling not just in Bali but many places. This is usually from the changes in their normal routine of activities and diet.
  • Do not drink tap water and drink bottled water only
  • Brush your teeth with bottled water to be on the safe side
  • Always clean hands before meals, use a hand sanitiser if the water in the bathrooms doesn’t seem clean
  • To take extra safety precautions consider purchasing Ethical Nutrients Travel Bug Capsules to help with the upset stomachs from the travel bug
  • Avoid people who approach you in the streets trying to sell you drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine. These men usually work with undercover police and once you agree to buy the drugs you’re at risk of being arrested
  • If anyone approaches you in the street wanting you to complete a survey, do not give them your time and place instead walk off as it is often a scam
  • Beware of beggars
  • Only use Bluebird Taxi services in Bali and when you use a taxi make sure that the taxi meter is running
  • Tips are not expected but it is polite as many of the workers receive low wages

Best season to travel

  • The dry season runs from May through to September. The wet season runs from October through to April

Spending

  • You shouldn’t need more than $50 AUD a day, although it depends on the activities that you’re doing
  • Alcohol, food, drinks, shopping, cigarettes, massages, beauty services, tattoos and taxis are usually quite cheap so it’s easy if you are on a budget

Sights & attractions

  • Waterbom Bali
  • White water rafting
  • Ubud monkey forest
  • Visit the temples (ensure that you’re wearing pants below the knee, otherwise bring a sarong & don’t expose too much of your upper body)
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace
  • Snorkelling
  • Quad bikes
  • Mount Agung
  • Bali Bird Park
  • Elephant Safari Park
  • Gigit Waterfall

Nightlife

  • In the district of Kuta Beach that is where everyone normally goes for the nightlife so you will find all the clubs and bars along there
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Swiss Belinn Legian – Rooftop deck
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Swiss Belinn Legian – Rooftop pool
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Legian beach
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Cafe Marzano
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La Plancha
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Cocoon beach club
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Cocoon beach club
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White water rafting
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Mount Agung
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Tegallalang Rice Terraces
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Ubud Monkey Forest
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Ubud Monkey Forest
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Snorkelling
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Snorkelling
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Turtle Island Bali
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Turtle Island Bali

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