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Cheap airtickets to Bali (from Europe) and general info

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1. Posted by olgaathens (Budding Member, 14 posts) 16 Aug '07 02:10

hello everyone,

except the airline tickets, could you tell me which is the best month to visit Bali (i am planning Jan or Feb), where to stay (nusa dua?) and some useful tips about Bali?

thank u

2. Posted by zebre (Budding Member, 19 posts) 23 Aug '07 00:55

Hi there,

I actually just returned from Bali last night--it's all quite fresh in my mind so I'll try and help you out! In terms of getting there, the cheapest option is to fly with China Airlines via Taipei. Be warned, though, that it costs less than Singapore, Cathay etc for good reason. If you're coming from within southeast Asia, it's hard to beat the fares on Air Asia, which operates out of Kuala Lumpur (KL to Denpasar is only three hours). For where to stay, do you want to stay on the beach? Inland? Ubud is far from "the real Bali" but is much more authentic than the southern beaches and serves as a really good base for other places on the island. It's a very comfortable and beautiful place to stay; if you want to see how real Balinese people live head into Sidemen, a village up in the hills to the east. It's gorgeous with great hiking. Nusa Dua has some nice hotels but you really won't see Balinese Bali; if you're looking for a good beach try the Gili Islands, just off northwest Lombok (you can get a speedboat over or catch the ferry, which is about 5 hours, or you can fly from Denpasar to Mataram, which takes all of 18 minutes, and drive from there). They are very peaceful and pristine and superior, in my opinion, to anything you can find on Bali. The Kuta, Bali beach is beautiful but at this point it's been totally ruined by everything that's been built around it (McDonald's, Billabong, Hard Rock Cafe...grotesque)--Kuta itself was not enjoyable at all; I stayed there for one night and then hightailed it out! For snorkeling Deer Island in Bali Barat National Park is some of the best to be had. There are gorgeous colorful fish and coral just steps into the water and it's accessible by a 25-minute boat ride from the mainland. Climbing Mt. Batur for the sunrise is also a great idea, even if you have to wake up early. You can climb to the top and back in under six hours and if the skies are clear you can see all the way to Mt. Rinjani on Lombok. If that's of any interest I would suggest staying in Kedisan, by Lake Batur, or Kintamani the night before you climb. It's exhausting but well worth the effort.

I hope this helps; I don't mean to bog you down with info!

3. Posted by sushi_ (Budding Member, 49 posts) 23 Aug '07 05:58

I flew with Royal Brunei Airlines from Heathrow to Bali a couple of years ago that cost £489 (722 euro's) it stops at Dubai and Brunei. Not a bad airline but it took nearly 24 hrs to get back because of a technical problem. I'm pretty sure you would be able to get a cheap flight to thailand or malaysia from Greece and then get a flight with air asia to Bali Denpasar DPS

Zebre is right about the Gili islands they are beautiful and I can't recommend them enough, Kuta is full of tourists and McD's Starbucks etc. so its best taken is small doses!! But its worth going there for a few days to shop, as thier loads of market stalls selling fake surf/skate clothing sunglasses etc. there are plenty of bars and clubs and some really nice good value places to eat.

Jan and Feb is in the middle of the rainly season so be prepared to get drenched if you go then!! April to Oct is the dry season.