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- May 23, 2015 at 3:15 am #17314
I am looking to travel to Bali at the end of September for around ten days, I am going alone and need some advice on a few things.
Where should I fly into?
Should I plan an iternary or go with the flow?
What kind of iternary should I plan if needed so I get to see a lot?
I would like to explore a bit and would rather not go with tour groups, although willing to do tour day trips. I’d like to have a couple of days relaxing around a hotel pool etc.
- July 12, 2015 at 7:30 am #18306
Hi Kiersten and hi Clair,
I am also panning to travel to Bali end of September this year.
I want to stay in low to medium priced accommodations.
And I was wondering how you handled your money. Did you keep a lot of cash? Or did you use traveller’s checks, credit card? And where did you keep cash money? Always with you or in the room?
Thanks and best wishes from England
- July 24, 2015 at 3:26 am #18641
I am a 32yo from New Zealand, I’ve just returned from a month in Bali travelling alone, and I loved it so much that I’ll be heading back for the whole month of September.
I found it super safe and easy being alone, I stayed at a number of different places around Bali (Canggu, Seminyak, Padang Padang, Uluwatu), but I felt most comfortable in Canggu area. I planned my first week at a reasonably luxury resort in Seminyak, and then once I had my bearings, I just went with the flow and booked accommodation and activities as and when I felt like it. I went pretty budget once I realised you don’t need to spend a lot of money to still live like a Queen over there!
The best thing I did was to hire a private surf coach, who became a good friend and local guide as the time went on (if you want his details I will happily provide them!) I met other people along the way who I then joined up with to go on day trips, clubs etc.
I did not keep a lot of cash on me, I visited an ATM every couple of days to get what I needed. I hired a scooter for some parts of the trip, although driving is pretty terrifying, it’s absolute chaos!! I hired a private driver by the day if I needed to go longer distances, which is also very affordable. Taxis can be a rip off.
This time around I am going to stay a couple of nights somewhere luxury in Seminyak to get me into the holiday mood, then I am staying at a villa I found on AirBnB in Canggu. I will probably line up a trip to Lembongan at some point too.
- November 27, 2016 at 6:39 am #32293
I am hoping to travel to Bali in March and was wondering where I can contact the private drivers to travel longer distances? Also, if anyone has an itinerary that would be awesome as well! I like to have things organized and planned before I go.
Thank you so much!
- December 12, 2016 at 3:30 am #32628
usually you won’t have any problem finding a driver for longer distances. You can ask for a driver at the place you stay, they will happily organize a driver with a car. The driver is very often someone from the family or a close friend. If you make a reservation abroad and asked for an airport pick up, it is quite common, that the driver give you his visiting card with his mobile phone number on it. It is also a good idea to have an indonesian sim card (you can get ones at the airport).
At the tourist hot spots like Kuta, Ubud you can also find some travel agents. They can organize a transport for you. It is a good option, if you want to compare the prices (ask about 3 to 4 travel agents and compare). Usually the price differences are negligible. If someone is pushy and cheaper than the others, be alerted, because the driver will try to take you to some souvenir shops or to a specific restaurant on the journey, where he get some money, if he brings tourists to some specific shops/restaurants.
As an itinerary I would recommend you to visit the south of Bali around Uluwatu if you love to surf. But very important: avoid Dreamland!
If you want to feel the Bali’s flair, Ubud is a good place to start. Okay Ubud is a little bit crowded now, but it is still a nice place to visit.
Munduk is a great place to cool down and to hike. Consider Munduk as a nice stop on your way to the north (for me, the more authentic Bali than southern of Bali). Lovina in the north is a nice place to relax at the beach, but I love Pemuteran. Pemuteran is a small fisher village and it’s close to the Bali’s national park. The national park at the North-West side of Bali is worth for a visit. You can also find some nice spots to dive/snorkel around Pemuteran.
If you have some time, visit Lombok or visit the Gilis. To shop some souvenirs I would recommend Kuta (yes Kuta(!)). The prices are okay and you don’t have to haggle, because the prices are usually fix.
I hope, I helped you with some information and inspirations.
- January 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm #33136
I am taking my two teenage daughters (14 & 17) to Ubud and Seminyak in July. Any suggestions on hotels? I want the girls to have fun. I was considering the four seasons Sayan or Alila Ubud in Ubud and either the Alila or Seminyak resort in Seminyak. Thoughts?
Any suggestions you may have for three ladies going to Bali would be much appreciated. I love your site!
- March 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm #34510
I would recomend to potato head beach club it would be fun watching sunset and good crowds also.Biku also great food,seminyak area pack with great ambience and lots of restaurant.
- February 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm #45519
I am traveling to Bali / Indonesia this summer for 2 weeks give or take…I have looked at your travel tips and ultimate guides, but I’m just curious if you have an itinerary that might be able to help me. I’m trying to make some selections of things to do places to stay and the order I should travel which goes best with almost making a circle to fly back out. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, my itinerary is a chaos at the moment…..SO MUCH TO DO/SEE!
- July 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm #50714
I will be travelling to Bali in October alone and was wondering what the best tour option was for a single traveler to Nusa Penida? A lot of the options I have seen are requiring two tickets be bought.
Thanks in advance!