Bali, an island in Indonesia, is one of the most affordable international destinations of the world. In fact, Bali’s entire economy depends 70% on just the tourism sector.
At the time of writing this article, 1 US Dollar is equal to 14,392 Indonesian Rupiah which is the currency of Indonesia.
Let’s go through the prerequisites for a Trip to Bali!
How to Get to Bali – Flights
Flight is the most expensive thing you will encounter in your entire Bali trip. Although, you can opt airlines like Air Asia for a cheaper option.
In addition to the base fare, you would get charged for things like seat selection, food, drinking water, and baggage.
So a well-calculated budget is always a better choice before leaving for an International Trip.
Anyway, per head budget could be around 500 USD.
Best time to visit Bali
May, June, and July are considered to be the best time to travel to Bali in terms of the weather.
Hotels in Bali – Accommodation
There are close to 11,000 hotel in Bali, but if you plan your trip in July or August there is a fair chance that most of them will be booked.
There are four areas you should consider while picking your hotel:
- Kuta: This is the most happening tourist spot in Bali. It has a lot of 24 hr eateries and bars. This is like the crowded party area of Bali. The beaches here are mostly public with a lot of crowd as soon as the sun comes out. Surfing is done mostly on the coasts of Kuta. You will find hotels of all price ranges here but almost all of them don’t have direct beach access.
- Seminyak: This area is just above Kuta and comparatively quieter than Kuta. It is closer to Ubud. If you want to spend your entire trip in just one area and not change hotels then Seminyak is your place. There are again hotels and resorts of all price ranges here.
- Nusa Dua/ Benoa: This is a most relaxing area of Bali. Most of the resorts on this coastline have private beaches which are very safe. It is difficult to travel from Nusa Dua to Ubud because Nusa Dua is in the South of Bali. A lot of water sports can also be done on this coast.
- Ubud: This is the mountains and rivers part of Bali. It is situated a little in the north of Bali. It contains the local markets where you can find quiet cheap stuff. These local markets take only IDR. So if you convert 100 USD to IDR it should be more than sufficient for the local markets. Although there are a lot of amazing hotels and resorts in Ubud, homestays on airbnb etc. are very good options to be considered.
It is advisable to change currency at the hotel you are staying at. The exchange stores outside may loot you by promising a good rate. The only place you will need their currency is for the street shops. Otherwise, it is preferable to use a MasterCard/Visa card or US Dollars.
The food available in Bali is very comfortable. There a number of Indian restaurants for tourist who prefer Indian food. Also at prime tourist areas, there are many small restaurants along the rood where you get different cuisines of food.
These little restaurants display their menu at the door itself so you can have a look at the type of food they have and the prices and decide where to eat.
If you go to a good restaurant. Dinner will be around 800 INR for two.
SIGHTSEEING AND WATER SPORTS
There are a lot of little stores that say ‘ Tourist information’. These people set up a local tour for you and the price depends on what places you want to visit. They also help you with booking your water-sport activities at reasonable prices.
Bali is full of temples. These temples were built years ago to make Bali a tourist place. So go to only the main, big temples like Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu temple etc.
Although most tour operators take you to big stores that sell particular goods, in Bali, street shopping should be preferred (except paintings). you can bargain a lot when you go street shopping. Another place that has a lot of souvenir items at low prices is ‘Krisna market’ in Kuta.
Expensive things like paintings can be bought in gallery rather than the street shops. You can bargain a lot in these galleries too. I bought a painting at 50% of the originally quoted price in a gallery.
Bali is completely dependent on tourism. The people there are very relaxed and they try to make every tourist’s stay very pleasant. Have a nice trip!