Your 101 guide to planning a trip to Bali
Bali is one of the most popular exotic locations in south Asia. People from all over the world come here to unwind themselves and enjoy the beautiful nature’s bounty. Bali being one of the most diverse places with plethora of options to experience which makes it difficult for people to prioritize their trip accordingly. For this reason we have come up with a 101 guide, if you are planning a trip to Bali.
Some Basic facts about Bali: located between the mainland java and the island of Lombok, Bali is one of the seventeen thousand islands in Indonesia. It has a population of 4.3 million people with most of them belonging to Indonesia’s Hindu minority. About of 85% of the population follows Hinduism.
Overall Budget: Budget wise if we speak, Bali is pretty much inexpensive and will provide you best of the best luxuries at minimal cost which makes it a superb location to visit all year round.
Transportation: traveling expense is also as cheap as it can get. Depending upon your destination, taking a taxi can cost around 100.000 IDR to go from airport to either Kuta or Nusa Dua. It boils down to 8 dollars or 6 euros which is fairly cheap.
Food: it can cost anywhere between 10000-150000 IDR which is about 11dollars or 9 euros. It really depends on your taste and willingness to spend on food as Bali has a bit of everything from high class restaurant to small street food joint around the corner.
Shopping: As far as the shopping is concerned, the price is what you expect in any other country. If you aim to shop for well-known fashion brands then Bali has abundance of malls which may suit your taste. We suggest going for local markets and exploring the hand-made items as they instill a feel of local culture which may sound appealing to some.
Activities: kayaking, scuba-diving, private tours are available which may vary according to the package you take.
Ubud: The town offers extravagant nightlife and serves as the cultural center of Bali. The town is known for its lush green rice paddies and high foothills. We suggest you spend 2-3 days in Ubud as that would provide you an ample amount of time for experiencing the temples, local sightseeing and the must visit, sacred monkey forest.
Trek to mount Batur: if you are a nature lover and have a zeal for adventure then the trek to the top of Mount Batur is made for you. It is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas North West of Mount Agung Bali. Many travelers climb to the top to enjoy the sheer beauty of the sunrise or sunset depending upon the time of your ascent. The trek takes about 1.5 hours and is very much straightforward which means it is accessible to anyone.
Visit Gili Trawangan: It is one of the top exotic destinations near Bali and is about thirty minutes boat ride from the northwest mainland of Lombok and regular daily fast boats. It is the hub of dive shops and dive schools which means you can gear yourself up to see some magnificent underwater scenery. Apart
from this, you can also book a cozy beach bungalow where you can unwind yourself and sip the tropical drink.
An ideal trip to Bali would be anywhere from 6-10 days and you should start from Kuta and end your journey in Gili Trawangan. Bali is the ultimate location if you are looking for a detour from your hectic work life and just want to relax on golden sand beaches during the day and enjoy the glamorous parties at night.