considering hanging gardens too...but really ex. if i koe the hotels so ex, would select maldives instead. maldives look nicer, from the websites. think might stay at mercure kuta. Planning to stay at kuta and ubud. Any activities to recommend in each area???
yup..Maldives is a much nicer place... the only thing is the daily activites there not as cheap as in Bali..else for the same amt of $$ for hanging gardens..think u can go to maldives for 3 nites or so...
elaine n starstar, thx for the info n suggestions. think will stay at mecure kuta n still deciding where for ubud. hopefully got $ for maya. do update again after ur trips!
can u all advise whether to book the tour guide or take cab when ther? I see some ppl actually got a tour guide + vehicle instead of taking cab. cab expensive n unsafe izt? i've tried using map when travelling in hongkong but really not sure whether it works the same in bali.
yup..initially also didn't know abt the package provided by hotel..it's only when we go to the hotel's website n saw it..calculateout it's cheaper than just getting a room only.. so we took up the package offer..
lucky the hotel porvides complimentary transfer to/from airport so no worries abt getting to the hotel..
u can get a cab from the airport.. heard the blue colour cabs are better..
it'll depends on how much u are spending there..the things u plan to do..are u planning to shop?etc.. also how many days are u going to stay there? in Bali, the other currency that's popular is the USD...
hubby n i are going to Bali in aug with another couple. I read somewhere about getting a driver who also acts as a tour guide. Is that a good idea? how much is it typically can anyone tell me?
What are the MUST do things there? any MUST go places too?
I am back form Bali, not long ago.... We took Garuda.... no delay and every flight on time.. We took a transit at Jakarta so that we can reach Bali earlier...
We also went to spa.. its very nice.. u can pay in rupiah..
Its a good idea to get a driver who knows the road better than u do.. I and hubby went there and we drove ourselves.. although sometimes we would lost our way, but its still fun N we are used to self drive in whatever country. If u do not like to drive urself, get a driver is better and can bring u to whatever places u wan....
too bad i threw away the namecard that i rented the vehicle... We rented the jeep for around SGD$42 for 2 days N paid $30 for full tanks petrol. so total is $72 for car rental.. I believe with driver, it shd be more ex.....everything, bargain with your best skill.. kekeke
Go to Tanah Lot at around 5pm... sunset time... when the tide is low..u can go over to the temple... and scenary is wonderful. N along the way to Tanah Lot, u bypass many rice field... nice scenary too.....
U must go to Mt Batur , volcano and the lake.. nice scenary....
i have just been back from bali...
the trip from kuta to tanah lot is 45 mins.
i would recommend that you get a day trip as wat i did was i took a cab from the street.. and they went on a big round and also demanded tips.. sigh.. the taxi rides are not too pleasant.....
the monsoon period isn't that bad according to me bcoz me and my HTB juz love the place. hehe.. fyi, im indonesian but going to get married with my lovely singaporean man and even we're going to held our holy matrimonial in Tirtha Uluwatu in Bali. It's a very famous place for international couples to get married there. Such a beautiful and peaceful place.
If you need more info about bali, please dont be hesitate to email me and if you're planning for your prewedding PS i can give you some vendor and pricelist that is more cheaper and professional then B.Y.O, besides they know lots of beautiful places to go for PS.
hi agustina, congrats on ur coming marriage! it is really lovey to hold your wedding in such a beautiful place. i cant wait to go ther for my honeymoon too but have been disturbed by ppl saying abt the monsoon period during tat time. so i'm askin for advice.
i hope to go bali but some frens hv suggested me to go phuket. after hearing from u, most likely i will continue with my bali honeymoon. thx so much! if u hv further details on the lovely place, pls feel free to share with me as i'm planning it free & easy!
Hi ppl..Bali is a very nice place..miss that place...went there 2 years back..I can't remmeber the names of the spa but do take a copy of the phamplet at the airport..they have a lot of info there...do try their spa. It's cheap and good..However, dun go for their dolphin trip..my bf and I had to wake up reali early...like 3am and we went to this place...could see some dolphins la..but only a while and not that near you also....
The food's cheap too but somehow their chocolate drink is horrible..so dun order that..it tastes very diluted...
Do try their water sports too..Cheap and fun!
Oh ya, do remember to bargain! Ladies, u can buy bikinis there..real cheap..they have little shops along the roadside..
And they usually charge in US dollar..so it'll be good if u have US dollars..they do accept ruppiah but cos the note is so small ar, sometimes they dun give u back change....
So it'll be good to have both currency actually...=)
For anyone visting Bali. I have the perfect driver who will take you anywhere on the island. His name is Dewa , pronounced "D war". He is a kind, considerate and safe driver. He can do escorted or your own customized tours. We were in Bali last week and he gave us the tour of our lives for a week. We have promised to return and use him for a longer period of time. All that I ask is for people who are looking for the "real people" Bali and want to be around a good man, book him. If you know anything about the Balinese they are the most unassuming and kindest people who do not like or make trouble. I mention this because a before we arrived Dewa was driving a friend ( the person who actually recommended we hire him)
dewa aslo offered very reasonable price full day US$.35/8 hours inclusive. gasoline, driver, a car and Parking fee. we understood the gas increased alots since last year.
thanks for yr recommendation. I visited yr site, the mountain and sunset pictures are amazing. I guess its a v romantic place to be, nicer than the beach. Could you provide me more info and the good deals u got for yr trip?
I am planning a trip to Bali with my hb in mid march. plan to stay in kajane mua villa in ubud for prob 4 nights. One issue we had is with the airport transfers.. you mentioend that u booked a private driver for the airport transfer? 190k Rp for the airport transfer is 2 way? or 1 way only? how much is that in SGD? was the driver reliable? ie, did he pick u up from the airport on time, and from the hotel back to the airport punctually as well? Why didnt you opt for a taxi service as airport transfer instead, and choose to get a private driver?
sorry for shooting so many qns at u! kinda blur cos its my 1st time going to bali!
hi jj, i shortlisted based on price as well as reviews and photographs from tripadvisor. the other villas i shortlisted were villa de daun in kuta(decided agst it cos its smack in kuta, so prob quite noisy) and the elysian in seminyak. villa de daun costs abt 125USD per night, elysian was abt 180USD per night.
jj, when's ur travel date? do u juz require airport transfer or private day tour as well? i can help u initiate the first email to the driver to get a better deal...but need to know when u'll be travelling
thanks... saw The Elysian... very tempting too. Saw their website's packages. quite reasonably priced too. so many nice villas around. cant decide which one... hehe
prob will be travelling mid mar. i cant confirm yet cos i've not made any bookings yet. looking more for private day tour. airport transfer may not be necessary as the package i'm looking at already provide airport transfer.
talking abt this, do you know if the hotels do transfer btw hotels/resort? the flight we r looking at is a night flight. intend to stay over at a cheaper hotel before checking in to our preferred one the next day.
oh..u also going in march? same as jules leh...
as for inter-hotels transfers i think depends on individual hotels themselves ba..hotel hopping is quite common in Bali though..my private driver provides inter-hotel transfers too. prices maybe tied to the distance..depending u intend to hop from where to where. maybe once u confirm ur hotel booking n found tat they dun provide such service, i'll help u ask the driver
day tour wise, his charges shld be around $320k rp per day..