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11. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi there zags,

Just a lil updates info on my plan to be Bali trip on 18th of Sept. I've decided to book the DIY package frm Air Asia, where it'll cost me about MYR645 for a return air ticket plus the 5 days 4 nights accomodation at Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Jalan Hang Tuah, 46, Sanur 80228 Bali, Indonesia
Tel : (62-361) 281 781 Facsimile : (62-361) 281 782.

I assume it shoud be a good deal to have this package.
What do you think? If things go fine, I'll be touching down Bali, at 10:40 M'sia Time (Indonesia will be an hour ahead)
Now my main concern is, I'll be having only a 3 full days (19th,20th,21st) to hop around places of interest in Bali. I'm not too sure, what places that I have to place in my day trip list. Besides, I know it might takes me time to hop around where Bali isn't a small island to round with.

What do you recommend me to travel on? Do you recommend me to rent a car to move around or it's better to hop up to those travel agent which might ask for more $$$ :(
I'm not too sure how different it is comparing Bali to Batam.
I've been to Batam b4, and honestly speaking, I dare not drive there if I'm given a car hehe... The traffics are scarry, and those motorcyclist ram without helmets on, and without light during nights. I still remember the taxi driver that I was on, almost hit a motorcyclist during the night back to the hotel. It was so dark without any street lights, and all sudden frm no where came a speeding bike. Fuhh... so near yet so close.

Pls advise...thank you.

Cheers,
Nick

12. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Btw, how am I suppose to go to Uluwatu Temple. Assuming I'm in Kuta or is it nearer frm the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel?
I must say, this is a place that I can't miss it.
Pls advise. Thank you.

Cheers,
Nick

13. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Nick, I've written a pretty long message to you but an error happened when I clicked Send, it said I didn't write anything! So now I have to start over...

I was out of town last week and couldn't access the Internet so I just read your message today.

It's a good deal you got from Star Air. Rent a car or take a tour - it depends. Both cost money of course. If you are confident about where to go and you have a map that is really clear and informative, rent a car. It's not expensive, especially if you have companions. A Toyota Kijang is approx. Rp 150,000 per day and a Suzuki Katana/Jimni is approx. Rp 100,000 per day (but Katana is not so comfortable especially for back-seat passengers).

About traffic, in my opinion, it's not bad in Bali, except in Kuta it's usually crowded.

If you're not so sure about driving, join a tour. There are many tour offers, so you can just see around and compare them before deciding which one to take. On my last visits to Bali I always stayed in Kuta, there are many tour offers along the lanes (Poppies lanes) and also there is one outside the beach front McDonald's. Just one reminder: don't snorkel in Benoa Bay. It's disappointing. But it's OK in Nusa Dua, and more OK in Nusa Lembongan island.

I have several info on adventure tours, cruise, dolphin watching, etc. If you'd like to know, just ask me.

As for Uluwatu Temple, you can take a taxi (make sure it uses a meter) from Kuta or Sanur. I did it. Ask the driver to wait. You don't need too much time in Uluwatu, 30 minutes is long enough. My recommendation is going to Uluwatu late in the afternoon, especially if you like photography.

Better if you take a tour to watch Kecak dance in Uluwatu during sunset. It's magic.

;)

14. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi Zags,
There's a bad news. I was trying to book it by today but unfortunately September is fully booked.
Now I might have to delay till October 9th.
Anyway, hope October will be a good month to go.

Thanks for the advise and guidance.
Asking a meter cab to drive us to Uluwatu Temple, and ask the driver to wait for 30 mins. How they gonna charge at this?

And watching Kecak dance in Uluwatu during sunset sure thing is a good one. But is it held in the temple it self? Btw, how far is the distance frm the Kuta to Uluwata?

Appreciate your help. :)

Cheers,
Nick

15. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi Zags,

I've just confirmed the flight on 16th of October and will be in Bali for 5D4N.
I checked the Lonely Planet that it says between month of May and October should be a sunny and dry season, I assume. Coz' I'm really afraid the rains will spoilt my trip.

As according to Lonely Planet:
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When to Go

Though travel in the wet season is possible in most parts of Indonesia, it can be a deterrent to some activities and travel on mud-clogged roads in less developed areas is difficult. In general, the best time to visit is in the dry season between May and October.

Before concerns of about terrorism became so pervasive the Christmas holiday period brought a wave of migratory Australians, with an even bigger tourist wave during the European summer holidays. The main Indonesian holiday period is the end of Ramadan, when resorts can be full and prices are increased.

With the downturn in tourism, many establishments have been closed, with others offering good deals to encourage travellers to return to the country.
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I will definitely feel much secure if I could get your advise. Since you're a pure Indonesian hehe...

Gosh can't wait for the touch down.

Cheers,
Nick

16. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Oh sorry to hear that... But October is fine, it means the peak season is over so you won't get crowded beaches and temples.

About the cab, when you pick a cab, ask the driver if it uses a meter and check for yourself. Let him know where you're going and that you'll want him to wait while you explore the temple - the meter will keep running while he waits. I recommend a metered taxi because some taxi drivers that don't use meters will offer you a flat tariff that is difficult to decide if it's reasonable or not.

If you want to see Kecak dance in Uluwatu, ask a local tour agent when you're in Bali. I'll check for my references and I'll let you know.

I can't really remember, from Kuta to Uluwatu it takes approx. 20 minutes or so.

17. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Nick,

About safety, since I am pure Indonesian as you said ;) it is relatively safe lately. Currently we are doing the president election, and it has been going ok so far. Just keep in mind that press like to exaggerate things, so if you hear some news, try to verify.

I hope you'll have a fun vacation

18. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi there zags,

I've got a very good help and advise from you as well as there's another lady name Yuni. Found out that both of you are very very helpful. Hope to buy you both a drink.

Terima kasih atas bantuan anda...
I've booked via a package where it includes the accomodation and flight tickets. For a return air asia ticket frm KLIA (MAS) to Denpasar(IND) with 5 days and 4 nights is about RM700 per person.
I'm not too sure how's the price looks like, but I assume it's quite an attractive one.

Now, I'm planning not to overspend in Bali... I hope I can do so!
Btw, how much do u recommend me to bring over? I bet most money will be only spend on Food and Transportation. A lil quick and cheap shopping will do. I heard that Livorno is a nice place for beaches as well, but when I checked on the map, it looks quite far at the north of Bali. And heard that Kuta beach is not recommended for swimming, where it's more for surfers. But I'll be truly happy since mentioned that Sanur Paradise is very near to the beach. I just can't wait to get my self
to get tanned, but since mentioned also that October might be a lil cloudy, I can't put much hope in then. :(

Btw, I'll be happy to do some snorkling. Is sanur beaches able to do so? Or do I need to offshore to islands such like Lembongan to snork.
I believe it's definitely good to go offshore, if so, how far or how long it'll take frm my hotel plc in Sanur? Or is there any other jetty to hop on a boat, or do I get to arrange with the hotel staff? Which u recommend me the best, I trust you Btw, how much is the cost? Is it only count on boat fare or the snorkling equipments are added in?

And about Ubud, what actually they have there? Something like rain forest for trekking and rafting? I also checked out that some said there's nothing much to do there, some said it's only a place to "be with the nature" flora and fauna. So do u think it's worth to travel all the way up to Ubud?

Finally about visiting temple like Uluwata, Tanah Lot and all...do u think it'll need 1 full day to visit? Coz' as I said, I've to plan smartly so that I can utilise the full 3 days to hit as many places as possible.
Appreciate your help again.
Thank you very very much!

btw, the President Election gonna be done by that time right?

Cheers,
Nick

19. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

That's a good package. So you cancelled the StarAir package?

Livorno? Maybe you mean Lovina - it's a beach north of Bali. Yes it's very far from where you'll be staying. I haven't been there myself but since the sand is black (from volcano), I'm not very interested. But many people say it's beautiful, and you can watch dolphins. You can also go on a dolphin-watching tour in Uluwatu, though.

A little cloudy is good, you won't get burnt but you'll get the tan. But that's my personal opinion, hopefully the weather will always be nice during your stay there.

I'm not so sure if you can snorkel in Sanur, maybe not... You can snorkel or dive in Nusa Dua. If you want I have a reference.

Yes Ubud and nearby have villages, ricefields, river and forest where you can explore by hiking, mountain biking, rafting. Those are the activities you can do. If you want to relax, Ubud is also the place. There is Monkey Forest with some temples inside, and many monkeys of course.

You can visit Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temple (both) on the same day.

That's good that you collect as many info as you can and from more than 1 person, so you can decide what fits you the most.

Happy planning! ;)

Z

20. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

No I did not apply StarAir. All the while I planned to go through Air Asia package, for budget flight.
Anyway, I really have a good picture of Bali now.
I can't start making a move now...
argh, there're still 2 months plus to wait before heading there.
Anyway really appreciate your piece of advise.

Way to go,
Nick