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1. Posted by naq (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Heading there for a month with a friend of mine, wondering what ye think are the best things to do/see in that amount of time

Were thinking surfing/diving and would like lots of partys (that mushy island people were talking about sounds sweet!)

Also, around how much spending money (dollars/euros) would we need

is it as cheap as thailand?

Thanks
Will

2. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

In Bali, you can visit the temple, take a day trip to Borobodur, track the volcano... u can chk with the local tourist or hotel for more inf.

for party, Kuta area will be the place. there are several pubs along the road.

expenses wise, it is not as cheap as Thailand. it depends on how you want to spend over there, arnd UDS 10-15 is reasonable.

3. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Try Poppies gang 1 & Poppies gang 2 in Kuta for cheap eats, bars & accomadation. The food isn't very typical of Bali, but it's mostly of good quality & a bargain! I think these roads are aimed at the backpacker. I stayed at a very good hotel called the masa inn down Poppies Gang 1, new accomadation, with 2 swimming pools, breakfast included & just down the road from Kuta beach. A double room in US$20 and has a TV, a/c & nice bathroom.

I would also recommend going to the monkey forest/temple in Ubud and a visit to the volcanoes.

Hope you have a good time!

4. Posted by naq (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

thanks for the advice.

also what about travelling solo? i think my friend isn't coming now

is it easy to make friends out there? i remember ko san road being a bit unfriendly, when it was supposed to be backpacker central!

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

It's fine to travel there solo. I didn't meet that many other travellers, but that's because it was pretty quiet when I went (low season & less people due to the bombs) The locals are very friendly once you get past the "hello, would you like to buy/look in my shop" etc. If you go on Kuta beach, you find lots of learner surfers, people playing football, games etc. Although beware of hawkers, it's all in a friendly manner, but can get annoying at times!

I did meet a lot of holiday makers, travellers & locals on Nypei New Year (Balinese Hindu New Year) at a beach party on Kuta beach.

The only thing you might have a problem with travelling in bali on your own is; if you like to do activities & tours, can get pretty expensive unless you pair up with someone or join a group.

6. Posted by naq (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

interesting!

can you join group tours easily then? like a surfing/diving class or trekking group to make friends?

also, how about accomodation? i dont really want to be spending more than 10$ a night but i dont want to stay in cardboard boxes either! i passed that shoestring travel stage and would like half decent accomodation!!

cheers

7. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

Quoting kucira

expenses wise, it is not as cheap as Thailand. it depends on how you want to spend over there, arnd UDS 10-15 is reasonable.

I think otherwise though. For me Bali was definately much cheaper than Thailand. The last time I was in Ubud I managed to find a losmen near the Central Art Market for about USD12 for 2 persons for 3 nights inclusive of breakfast and en suite bathroom. Could be due to the fact that I speak a little of their language though.

If you are willing to travel public and have the luxury of time, travelling on the public transportation is dirt cheap. Managed to get to Ubud from Kuta on the local public transport for about USD1.

8. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Quoting naq

interesting!

can you join group tours easily then? like a surfing/diving class or trekking group to make friends?

also, how about accomodation? i dont really want to be spending more than 10$ a night but i dont want to stay in cardboard boxes either! i passed that shoestring travel stage and would like half decent accomodation!!

cheers

yes I think you can join tour groups easily, just when I went it was expensive, because they weren't getting enough people for a large group, therefore they charged more as groups were smaller. I had a few trips cancelled as well, due to not enough people signing up or bad weather.

poppies lane 1, Kuta had some cheap guesthouses, probably around $10 or less.

It can be expensive, especially for snorkelling, boat trips & water sports, a lot more then Thailand I thought, but I guess because Bali is a large island therefore you need to travel more. I did see a lot of tourists hiring mopeds, probably best way to see the island without it costing too much, but I didn't like the roads there, lots of one way roads, so I had to hire a driver.

The language is a lot easier to pick up then Thai, so it does help to know a few words, most speak English, but the locals will be impressed that you have made an effort.

9. Posted by naq (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

some helpful advice there, cheers!

surfing, diving, kuta-partying, mushroom islands, volcanos, komodo dragons(has anyone seen one? :) ), touring around on moped, monkey forests/temples

beginning to sound like my kind of summer!

anything else i need to add to my to-do list?!

how long do you think it would take to do all the main attractions? perhaps chilling out for a week at a time here and there