My guide is about Bali, Indonesia.
Its main users are young holiday goers and first timers to Bali, Indonesia. With about 60 articles and listings, my guide helps users to explore Bali to the fullest and search for the cheapest hotels, flights, shopping area and more.
The working title is Bali, Indonesia for first timers, and I will have it completed by 02-10-2011. It shall sell for US$0.99.
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Bali is an island with rich natural heritages and thou I don't visit those places of attractions anymore since there is no need for me to, I still find it fascinating on how these places comes to existence. Focusing on surfing and visiting only places to where I could surf, I couldn't tell myself to stop traveling to Bali and visit other parts of the world. It's just that Bali, is a special place for me and that it takes my mind of things back home in Singapore.
Alot of foreigners travel there throughout the year. The Japanese will visit Bali when its winter in Japan. Europeans, Americans, South Americans and all other nationalities takes the hassle of those long haul flights just to be in Bali. I feel for them thou. It's like 2 days or so of sitting in the plane and multiple airport transfers...the horror. Well, lucky for me, and those nearby the island, we travel cheap and takes only like 3 - 6 hours to reach.
The locals in Bali are quite a friendly bunch, except for those touts off the streets who will surely get every chance to rip you of everything you have for a mere $10 replica sunglasses. Other than that, the majority will help you in any way possible. Nothing to worry much if its your first time traveling there. Easy for me to say as I could speak their language with no difficulties. Perhaps I could be a tour guide there..hmmm
Anyways, I always believe in going for cheap flights and accommodations so as to be able to shop more. Depends on where you shop. For me, I'm a freak for surf brands and those things are near the same prices as the ones in Singapore. The only price cut you'll get are through the currency exchange. DO NOT, and i repeat, DO NOT pay with US currency if you have some with you, just exchange it for Indonesian Ruppiahs. Trust me, you'll get more eventually. Local street sellers will always ask for US currency, believing that its worth alot. It actually depends on the currency exchange at that period of travel.
Factory Outlets - Try to find these factory outlets as most of the times they will have a sale going on. Usually in the range of 70-90% discounts. The clothes there maybe just a little outdated but its worth it if you rummage through the items on sale. I would usually buy clothes from boutiques that are rare and not available in Singapore. Well that's me by the way. Depends on individual preferences.
Accommodation - The hotels I have stayed are usually those cheap one between the range of 350,000 ruppiahs and below. And they're not those 'love' hotels. These are the sort of hotels where they are quite comfortable. For example, my third trip to Bali, I stayed at the Kodja Inn hotel located near Kuta Square. It's quite near to the shopping centres and about 10 minutes walk to Kuta beach. Not that dream hotel but it could do for a few days. For the subsequent trips, I stayed at the Agung Cottage located by Legian street and a walk away from MBargo Club. Thou the walk to the beach takes you about 15-20 minutes, the hotel there is better. For those who prefer better accommodations for family and honeymooners, the Hard rock Hotel offers a better place for the duration of your stay. A little bit pricey but it has all that you need. Kuta beach is like a stone throw away. Others in the area include Kuta Seaview Hotel and Mecure Hotel. Now that's pricey but worth it. Of course there are better ones located further in the island but I won't go into detail.
Tour Guides - My advise for travellers is that it'll be better if you could arrange for a tour guide before reaching Bali or you'll get swamped with offers for a tour guides at the airport itself. And it usually will cost you more. If you need contacts for a tour guide, I know of some who don't really rip off tourists. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they are bad people, its just the way to earn a living there. I pity those who go on day and night to find just one customer thou.
Well, I'm sure I'll visit Bali again some time this year. Just don't know when I'll actually plan for it.
Till next time, Bali.