Bali, June 2016

8/21/2016


Spent my last week of June 2016 in Bali. And heres a few tips to help you if you're planning a trip to Bali! 


On my first trip to Bali, we did "Villa-hopping". We hopped from one villa to another as we wanted to cover as much as possible within 5 days. What I have learnt on my first trip is that by having an accommodation within Seminyak is the most convenient. Getting to Canggu is a 20-minutes motorbike ride away. However, on my trip there this year, we managed to rent a villa with an excellent location (in terms if traveling from one place to the other) and also at an affordable rate. Aside from the usual insects we meet in Bali, my stay at the villa was a pleasant one.
Average pricing for a villa for 4 pax available on Airbnb: $160 - $300 per night
Click here to get $40SGD off your first trip on Airbnb! 
2. Modes of Transport
Aside from the cars, the most common mode of transport in Bali is by motorbike. The perk of riding a motorbike is avoiding the massive jams during peak hours and minor jams along the way to your desired destination. Rental services for motorbikes are easily available around accommodations at affordable rates! The cheapest we found was 45,000 Rupiah a day. Not only it saves you your time wasted being stuck in jams but also, money! Petrol for motorbikes can also be bought off the shelves along the roadside.
Average pricing for motorbike rental:
Per day: 45,000 - 70,000 Rupiah ($4.90 - $7 SGD)
Per month: 550,000 - 750,000 Rupiah ($56 - $76 SGD)
3. Where to go?
Going back to Bali for a short relaxing trip is what I look forward to the most. Listed below are some of the places I recommend you to visit during your time in Bali. 

Food (Prices are subjected to what my orders were)
Old Man's: This is cafe is a must-go-to every time I am in Bali. Their Seafood Mixed Grill served Old Man's Hand Cut Chips + Coleslaw and Garlic Herb Butter Sauce (110,000 Rupiah) is a must-try if you're there! They serve have a wide selection of food to choose from. Wi-Fi is also available if you wish to get some work done.
Average pricing: 49,000 Rupiah - 180,000 Rupiah ($5 - $18 SGD)
Address: Old Man's, Jalan Batu Bolong, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Tuck & Trap: Tucked away from the buzzing streets, Tuck & Trap is a unique and colourful container-concept cafe that we found on our way to Canggu. Perfect spot to do some reading, spend some time alone or hangout with your friends. The service we got while we were there was excellent! The manager remembers his customers and is extremely welcoming!
Average pricing: From 10,000 Rupiah ($1 SGD)
Address: Jalan Kedampang Kerobokan, Indonesia

Little Flinders: A two-story cafe facing the buzzing street, this is one cafe you'll never miss. It is the perfect hangout after a sunny day out at the beach. Not only the food served are delicious but also Instagram worthy! After a satisfying meal, take a stroll down the street for some retail therapy! 
Average pricing: 80,000 Rupiah per pax ($8.20 SGD) 
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 78, Canggu

However, if you are on a tight budget or keen on trying Bali's local food, "Warungs", usually found by the roadside, are available. If you're riding a motorbike, you can park your bike just in front of their stalls. Owners of many "warungs" usually allocate parking lots for their customers. 
Average pricing: 8,000 - 30,000 Rupiah ($0.80 - $3 SGD)

Shopping
Seminyak (Main Shopping District)
Retail stores can be found along the roadsides of Seminyak. How I recognize the shopping district is by remembering the cafe called "Corner House". Once you're at Corner House, you will be able to see the stretch of retail stores on both sides of the road. If you're riding a bike into this shopping district, you can park your bike at Coco Supermarket (continue riding along the stretch of retail stores and you will see the super market). However, security guards at this parking lot will only let you park your bike there if you purchase items from the supermarket itself. Hence, we went in to purchase a bottle of mineral water!

Seminyak (Flea Market)
The flea market can be found towards the end of Jl. Kayu Aya (the other end of Corner House and its pretty near Ku De Ta). Souvenirs and various clothing/accessories can be found here at really affordable prices! There is a huge parking space for you to park your motorbikes there as well. But this time, you do not have to purchase anything for you to park your motorbike there.

There are many other areas (Legian, Canggu and Ubud) for you to shop in Bali. However, I would suggest Seminyak as it has both affordable and branded goods available. 

Night Clubs
Sky Garden
I am pretty sure many of you have heard of this specific nightclub before. Sky Garden is a 4-storey club that features both local and international DJs throughout the year. A bar is situated on the entrance level. This is where we got our free drinks from the coupon! You can enjoy live music while having drinks as well! Right above the bar is skydome. Just like Zouk Singapore, there is a dance floor on the first level and another level with the view of the dance floor right above it. Rooftop Garden Lounge is on the last level of the building that usually plays RnB music. 
Entrance fee: 100,000 Rupiah per pax includes 2-beers/1 cocktail ($10 SGD)
Address: Jalan Legian 61 Kuta, Bali - Indonesia
Website


I hope this post helps you when you're planning your trip to Bali! 

// 
Vinnie

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