My first trip to Bali was filled with lots of sightseeing and moving around the island. However, last summer, I spent a month in Bali and basically just chilled on the beach in SANUR, got massages everyday, walked a lot, ate some fantastic food and hung out with friends. Since my first blog has most of the touristy stuff, I wasn’t going to blog about my second trip, but decided to give some updated info and tips that weren’t included in the last blog. Here it is in short form:
Note: entry visa (for US citizens) is now $35 not $25.
Kuta: party, backpacker area. Lots of shopping, nightlife, a great beach and not too far from the airport.
Seminyak: Right next to Kuta. Best place to watch the sunset. Must go beachside at least one evening to enjoy the music, food and sunset. This is a higher end of the budget (for hotels) area but if you don’t know the area well, you won’t know where Kuta ends and Seminyak begins. Huge department store shopping here as well. Posh party area.
Sanur: A much more chill side of the island. This is where most of the speed boats port to/from the Gillis, Lombok, Lembongan, etc. Known for having an older retired expat community. LOVE THIS AREA because it’s not overcrowded and so touristy (compared with Kuta and Ubud). Plus, my friends are there. This is where I rented an apartment for the month.
Ubud is another place in Bali that is a good place to visit. Monkey temple… don’t take snacks in your bag. Haaha It’s a bit touristy in Ubud too but if you like Yoga that is THE PLACE. The rice fields there are quite nice to look at as well.
You must go to the GILLI Islands (Avoid Gilli T overnight if you’re alone, either of the other two would be fine) you can take a speed boat (Recommended company on my first blog). But do stay at least one night and do a snorkeling day trip.
Lembongan (Island) is AMAZING too. There are tons of hostels if you get off the boat and walk to the main road. People will try to hassle you (in the name of helping) to find a hostel for you. If you don’t mind giving them a cut, it’s easier that way. Sunset (where the boat drops off) is a must. They gather the seaweed at that time and it’s gorgeous.
SUPER IMPORTANT: if you’re gonna take a taxi, only take BLUEBIRD GROUP. They are honest and regulated. They have the website on the car and a car number. DON’T BE FOOLED BY LOOK-A-LIKES… website must be there. Others’ meters are rediculous.
A bemo is basically a minivan with the doors optional. If you take a bemo, don’t negotiate a price. Get in, tell them when to stop, pass them the money (Indonesians pay 4-5,000 IDR, but you’ll likely pay a bit more, not double that though) and get out. They will likely try to get more, just walk away. This, of course, depends on where you’re going. If you’re just riding down the street, take a bemo. If you’re going to another area, take a taxi.