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What I Know About Bali so far!

Here’s what i know about Bali so far,

Best to do in;
Kuta:

best to learn surfing. but in rainy season, not
really good waves due to the current and wind. the
wind takes the trashes to shore in Kuta Beach (at
least when i went there last time in
December/January).

Party…Club hoping.
best Bar: Espresso for their cheap beer
and best live music from 10pm to 2am (when people
starts to come)..lol
best reggae bar: Apache
top clubs in Legian Rd: Paddy’s,
Bounty’s,and Sky Garden (lounge/bar)
top club in Kuta Beach Rd: Ocean Beach
Club

best place to stay in Kuta
a budget place but with
relaxing vibe and great facilities: best breakfast so
far, free wifi, good swimming pool, nice staff (the
lady in the restaurant has a grumpy face but she is
nice), free pick up from the airport, can do booking
via website. http://www.hotellusakuta.com
if you are looking for cheaper place in Kuta, you can
find them scattered in Poppies 1 & 2 Lane, and
Benesari Lane.

Best sandwich in Kuta: Tree house restaurant in poppies 1.

The most famous Javanese food place in Kuta: Warung Nikmat. Jl. Bakung Sari – Kubu Anyar, next to Bakung Sari Hotel. open during lunch time.

My top budget restaurant (but yet taste good): Bamboo Corner in Poppies 1 and Gong Corner in Gg Ronta n Warung Pama in Gg. Sorga – Gg.Ronta. juices starts from Rp 4000(for the latest currency exchange go to XE.com), pancake Rp 7000. there’s indonesian, chinese, hollands, european, thai, italian, and indian food.

The cheapest internet cafe (warnet) in Kuta area: it’s located in Gg. Lingga Murthi in Legian Road. from Poppies 1 (the end of Poppies 1 thats heading to Legian rd) take left, around 150 meters there’s Gg Lingga Murthi on your right. about 50 meters inside from the main road (legian road) to the Le’Gaia warnet(should be on your left). Rp 4000/hour. There’s another internet cafe if you walk farther ahead then turn left.

Seminyak:
place near Kuta with more posh clubs and upper class accomodation than Kuta. the Hackett Bungee Jumping is located in this area.

Jimbaran:
best place to have dinner by the seaside/shoreline during the sunset. The best restaurant in Jimbaran Beach: Menega Cafe. look for a guy named Robin, a really helpful guy from the restaurant,

Uluwatu:
located southern part of Bali. lots of
hidden beaches, lots of professional surfers go here
due to great waves…(some you can go
snorkling)…definitely more secluded than kuta beach.
i.e. Padang-Padang, Nyang-Nyang, Blue Point,Dreamland.
Go see Garuda Wisnu Kencana (the rumour is that this
statue will be the biggest statue in the world..and
you can see some traditional dance performance here).
go to Uluwatu Temple: the best temple to see the
sunsets and there’s a kecak dance performance that you
shouldnt miss at the temple..starts around sunsets
time.

Nusa Dua: beach with lots luxurious, expensive hotels. but the beach is much quite compared to Kuta beach. and the water is clear blue.

Sanur: i never spend here that much…usually can
see the beaches otw to Sukowati/Ubud from Kuta.

Ubud: go see Pura (temple), Art galleries, Monkey
Forest, Rice paddies, traditional dance performances,
cooking class, traditional market. and dont forget to
eat the best Nasi Campur (contains pork and Balinese
veggies) in Indonesia at Ibu Oka restaurant. located
near the Ubud traditional market(about 100 meters
away).

Sukowati: located on the way to Ubud from Kuta.
best known for the traditional market. tips on how to
bargain: go to Matahari Department store (located in
Kuta Square) or any other department store in Kuta.
see the stuff you like there, make notes about the
prices. when you go to Sukowati Market, you should get
the price about 1/3 of the price from the Department
store.like the price in department store is Rp
100.000. usually the price should be around Rp 30.000
at the traditional market. Start bargain from
Rp15.000

Guwang Market: i like this market better than
Sukowati market…because they have cheaper prices
than in Sukowati…due to less tourists…easier to
bargain. OTW to Sukowati from Kuta, located around 10
minutes before Sukowati.

Amed: (Tulamben) famous for the diving spots. went here from
ubud by motorbike..it was a long ride but worth to
do…but dont do it if you’re alone. when i went here
i stayed on Sunrise (Cafe, Rooms, Restaurant). great
beach front view room. and from the restaurant you can
see the dolphins swimming around like 200 meters away
from the restaurant.(well at least that what happened
when i got there). the price around Rp 150.000 for a double bed room
(just bargain)

other place you might want to see: Tanah lot Temple
(great sunsets too), Elephant Cave, Pura Besakih
(biggest temple in Bali), Bedugul Lake, Gitgit
waterfall & 3in1 waterfall, Floating Garden, and lots
more i couldnt remember right now…lol

im looking forward to go to:
1. Bukit Campuhan in Ubud; best to see during in the morning or before sunset, there are birds fying around
2. an island called Serangan Island (Pulau Serangan),mangrove swamp also known as turtle island, it’s otw to Sanur from Kuta.
3. Northern part of Bali

Transportation:
The Taxi in Ngurah Rai Airport has fixed price on fares to go to areas around Bali such as Kuta (about Rp 55.000), Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud, etc. if you are goin to stay in Kuta area, and looking for cheaper cost on taxi, go walk to the exit of the airport, about 200 meters from the domestic terminal heading to your 2pm(clock). find a Blue Bird Taxi. it’ll cost you about Rp 20.000-Rp35.000 to go to Poppies 1.

if you want to rent a motorbike. usually it cost around
Rp 200.000/week. just bargain!
if you are traveling alone, and cant ride a motorbike.
just rent a car with or without a driver(this one is
better, cos you will be less tired and enjoy the
view). or you can take a day trip tour package to some
places i mentioned above and below. lots of tourist
informations in Kuta area.

When driving around Bali (selfdrive), equipped yourself with map and compass. and when you get lost, then just ask the local people.

When driving try not to honk a lot. dont honk, especially when a religius ceremony is ongoing and also, dont forget to slowdown.

Other tips:
– never step on the Sesajen (offering) on purpose

Flights:  from/to Flores and Bali check these airlines: Merpati Airlines, Pelita Airlines, or go check them out directly in Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport. also, Yes it is possible to go to Flores overland by public transportation+ ferries.  but it definitely takes lots of time and energy.

so, any other questions?

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Have Fun in Bali!!!

Prost!
Mariza

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February 12, 2009 - Posted by | Info, Tips, Trippin | , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Visit Tanah Lot Bali
    http://www.tanahlot.net

    Comment by ayumi83 | February 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Dear Mariza,

    usful info! many thanks
    I wish you could high light them.
    I,ll be there last week of april and follow some of ur tips

    Mojtaba

    Comment by Mojtaba | February 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. i would like to say thank you for all of your support, for visiting my blog. about a week ago there’s a person who was personally emailed me to say thank you. by the time i’d like to reply his email, it turned out that i have accidentaly deleted his email. so i dont know how to send him back a thank you email to him. so once again, Thank You to all of you!!!

    Comment by thewhitebookbyjooo | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hey Mariza,its a gud idea to have a blog on places you have been. You seem to like to go to Bali a lot. I suppose there are a lot of things to see and experience. I will be doing the same thing soon (will be in one more week). I like the idea of travelling a lot. You should take the chance to go to other places in south east asia (Malaysia, Philipines, Thailand). You can add more things in ur blog too. Will take note all the tips you have given and I am sure I will have a great stay in Bali.

    Comment by emiliza | April 4, 2009 | Reply

  5. good tips here! it makes my research and planning for the trip to bali much easier.. big thanks to you..

    Comment by haan | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. This was very thorough indeed. I wish I knew the place as well as you. I will be printing this out though, especially next time we get a trip to Bali.

    Comment by Get A Trip | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. in ubud, there’s a place to eat steak near neka museum, called nuri’s..
    the ribs is damn good..
    worth trying..

    Comment by frans | December 21, 2009 | Reply

    • yeah…been hearing about it a lot…will try it next time… thanks!!! 🙂

      Comment by thewhitebookbyjooo | January 17, 2010 | Reply


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