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How To NOT Getting Lost In Bali - Part 02

Ultimate guide to living in Bali

I am so thrilled to write this topic so I have to make it two part. If you haven't read the first part, it's a good idea to jump first on this link.

 

Do you need a permit license to drive a motorbike or a car in Indonesia?

 

The answer is yes. You will be required to have an International driving license to be able to drive a motorbike or a car in Indonesia. Sometimes it is also become one of requirement if you want to rent motorbike.

 

If for some reason do do get stopped on the road, you must present your ID as well as your driving license issued from your home country. On the normal situation when you got pulled over by police, they're gonna make sure you have the papers for the bike during rental.

 

And one more important thing, always wear a helmet. All those mentioned above will be useful should you get into accident and want to claim your travel insurance. Police here are not likely to stop foreign tourists unless you're breaking serious law or riding through a roadblocks.

 

MONEY

 

The currency of Indonesia is called Rupiah. There are a lot of places to exchange money in and around Bali. Banks are a safe bet but you have to adhere to their hours and sometimes exchange rates are not the best. The alternative resort is exchange houses.

 

Money changer in Kuta bali

I would highly recommend you to find a legit exchange houses, since there are many ways you would probably get ripped off if you pick a wrong place. These are some of the best exchange houses around Bali that is safe to do a transaction according to my opinion:

 

money changer in bali

 

You can tell that they are reliable and legit is by looking out for several factors;

  1. They have signs posted that you can't be wearing a helmet, hat, sunglasses, or anything blocking your face.
  2. They have UV light counterfeit detectors.
  3. They count the money out in front of you.

 

money changer in sanur bali
Stick to the places like this and you will not get your money ripped off. Important thing to note when exchange in US dollar you'll get a higher rate for larger bills. Anything lower than $100 will be subject to a smaller exchange rate.

 

If you want to avoid exchange houses, try bringing a debit card that reimburses ATM withdrawal transactions.

 

Tipping is not necessarily a part of the culture in this part of the world and mass tourism has kind of skewed that. If you happen to find yourself at a very fancy restaurant or on a private tour and you're feeling generous, so tip away. Depending on the range of service anywhere from %5 to 10% should cover you in most cases.

 

Some restaurants will have inclusive service charges already added in he bill but again if you're person who rewards amazing service and you think the server merits more then add what you fell comfortable with.

 

You will find hotels to suit any budget all over the island. Depending on the time of years, rates will vary but overall a basic room will run you about $10 to $20. With a basic room you'll usually get a private room with a private bathroom. Some will offer complimentary breakfast and there are typically some basic amenities.

 

On mid tier properties will run approximately $20 to $50. This will include as well a private room with a private bathroom. A more centralized location an better amenities.

 

Upscale hotels will be anywhere from $50 to $150. The room will be more luxurious. The location will be highly desirable and amenities are nicer and extremely abundant.

 

Luxury hotels will tally up into the multiple hundreds and will usually be in the most desired locations and have the highest degree of service and amenities.

 

Honestly Bali in Indonesia as a whole offer a wide variety of rooms that can accommodate a wide variety of budgets so even low cost budgets can get great affordable rooms all around the island.

 

So don't worry about spending a lot on your hotel unless that's your thing. There is something for everyone here. If you're in Denpasar area you'll likely have a beach space. And if you're lucky you might even be able to release a baby sea turtle into the ocean on Kuta Beach.

 

For those of you who are into the more laid-back, vibes, rice fields, and waterfalls, you want to head for Ubud.

 

For those who are adventure seekers, scuba divers, and landscape lovers you'll want to head to Nusa Penida.

 

Nusa Penida is relatively new to tourism and still massively underdeveloped compared to Bali. Most of your dramatic landscapes are going to be here and if you're into diving this is a must.

 

FOOD

You can find every type of food you can imagine, but since you're visiting Indonesia I would recommend eating typical Indonesian food. You will see "warungs" everywhere in Bali. The terms "warung" generally refers to a small family-run restaurant.

 

Food in bali is a tremendous experience

While there are a ton of Balinese food options out there, you would most likely have to remember two popular words here; "Nasi Campor". Nasi meaning rice, Campur meaning mix. It consists of a serving of rice in the middle of a plate surrounded by small servings of different local dishes of your choices.

 

It usually doesn't cost more than thirty to forty thousand rupiah for one set of Nasi Campur. If you found yourself paying fifty thousand and up for Nasi Campur then you're probably in the wrong spot.

 

WATER

As with most countries in Southeast Asia you should not drink water from the sink. It's okay to brush your teeth with but it's not for consumption. Bottled water is sold and served nearly everywhere you go so stick to that and you'll be fine.

 

A one and a half liter of water here cost around six to seven thousand rupiah. A good way to save money is to buy a 5 liter bottle for around seventeen thousand and keep it in your hotel room, refill with your a reusable water bottle as you go.

 

As mentioned in the part one section, Bali is hot. If you want to get the most out of your trip then drink as frequently as you can. Bottled water is very abundant and when out and about, on the road, or during a tour try to keep some on you.

 

make sure to have enough water when traveling

Alcohol in Indonesia is expensive, they have some of the highest import rates in all of Southeast Asia. A simple bottle of sky vodka in the grocery store will cost you approximately $60. Beer is not too bad but still relevantly exorbitant compared to other Southeast Asian countries.

 

A small beer here will set you back around $1,50 while a larger one will run about $2 to $2,50. That's convenient store prices, expect a much larger markup at a bar of restaurant. A good workaroud for this is to pick up a bottle on the duty-free when you land. The limit is one liter per adult.

 

CONCLUSION

So there you go the complete mini guide for traveling Bali. As for the conclusion I would like to remember you the importance of safe trip. While Bali is known for its relatively low in crime rates, I would stick to common sense when you're traveling to always keep an eye on your valuables in your front pockets or somewhere secure on you.

 

Always lock your hotel doors and windows, try to tell friends or fellow travellers where you're going and always be aware of your surroundings. I'm not putting this to scare you, you're going to run across scheming people as you would anywhere in the world, so just try to avoid them or politely walk away. 99.9% of the locals you encounter are going to be some of the friendliest and helpful people you'll come across.


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