Bali has become a very well know place and tourism has increased dramatically over the last few years with social media and youtube displaying its lusciousness and chill vibes. With this said it is definitely worth the visit to check out.
Bali is one of those places that just draws you in and makes you want to stay forever, with its green gras and delicious food and of course friendly people but there are a few things I wish someone had told be before going so ill let you in on a few tips that will help you out especially f this is your first time exploring Bali.
Download Bluebird taxi app and Grab
Both these apps are used for transportation in Bali. Bluebird is the safest and most reliable company as it is well established and has a standard that all drivers and cars have to obtain. You can order your taxi via the bluebird app or try and flag one down on the side on the road however they my have passengers in them already.
Grab is a transportation service that also has a app. If you get picked up by grab it will most likely be via a moped therefore you will need to jump on the back and hold on. A great experience and service especially if you do not want to drive the moped yourself. Grab also gets used a lot for food delivery much like uber eats in western countries. Your oder your food through the app and it will arrive at your Airbnb or hotel via moped. Make sure you have cash to give.
Money: Bali currency is Indonesian rupiah. And is quite cheap to use. However not as cheap as places like Thailand or Vietnam due to cafes that are well known on social media can afford to put their prices up and turnover is high. Cash is still the main form on transaction used when money is being referred so having a range with you is key.
Be sure to get a good amount out before you go as some accommodation places may want you to pay in cash and this can add up if you are there for a few nights.
Mopeds: are commonly used as they re very convent . If you have never ridden one before make sure you learn in the quitter areas away for big crowded tourist areas for your own safety such as ubud and Seminyak would be a bad idea. Petrol is super cheap to fill up and once you get the hang of them they are a super easy and convenient way to get around, like manly Asian countries. Keep in mind places my sell out fast especially in the high touristic seasons s arrange for one to be placed on hold under your name with your Airbnb host or look up a few hiring places close to your accommodation prior.
Seasons: Keep in mind the season that you are going . if you have seen images on Instagram or Pinterest of lush green rice fields and paddies then look up when that will be (….) otherwise you may travel and hour out of ubud to the famous rice terraces and be hit with the realisation that it is not the right season and all that is in front of you is tears or mud slosh.
Water: hydration is key due to bali Indonesia being a tropical the environment is very humid so drink lots of water. With this said you are not able to drink water out of the taps it is unclean and will leave you with bali belly. Unfortunately this results in buying big bottles of water to stock up on and most of the time it is plastic however I believe the are a few water filter systems you can pay to fill up at. If you are budgeting your trip make sure to included the cost of water.
Try and get accommodation with a pool: coming back after a long hot day walking around it is nice to have a pool to dip into most of the time it wont cost much more and will be one of the winning actors.
Make the most of massages: Bali is one of the queen places to get massages when I was there last my favourite time to get one was just before bed once walking back from dinner as my body would be all relaxed before bed. A popular one is their traditional balkanised massage. Be sure to look up reviews online and do your research in price as should work out to be around a 150,000 and hour to 200,000 no more.
Know your location: Canggu is known for beach vibes but it actually has black sand beaches so if your looking for white sand head down south to the islands or a place like Uluwatu. Canggu is however a perfect location for a day trip into the busy city of Seminyak and to spend your days going to delicious cafes. Ubud, is known for yoga resorts as it is fairly central to the rest of the country. It is a low city with markets in the day time and busy streets not worth biking around. Day trips are common.
Thats it for now, if you have any question please feel free to message me on my insta @kirstyboothway