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Travel Tips

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Travel Tips

Things to Know Before You Go to Bali

If the transfer to the villa is arranged by us the driver is waiting in the arrival hall of the airport holding a sign with your name(s) on it. The transfer from the airport to the east and north of Bali takes about 2 ½ – 3 hours depending on traffic congestion. When you stay in one of our villas in the south (Kuta, Seminyak, Legian or Jimbaran area) travel time from/to the airport takes between 20 and 40 minutes.

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, the driver will meet you at the entrance or lobby. If you do not see your driver, go to the Information desk or reception. The people from the Information desk or reception can call the driver for you.

Your return transfer can be easily arranged through the staff during your stay.

The weather in Bali is usually delicious between 28 and 32 degree Celsius. Almost every day it is very sunny and warm. The usually warm weather on the coast is pleasantly tempered by a lovely cooling sea breeze. The monsoon creates high humidity, sometimes up to 95 percent in the rainy season. The rainy season lasts approximately from January to April.

North Bali is the driest part of the island and even during the rainy season, most rain falling along. As a result, are suitable for a good stay in Bali, in principle, all the months of the year.

  • Wet season: January-April;
  • Dry season: May-December;

You can’t drink the water.  Always drink bottled or filtered water. 99% of restaurants in Bali use bottled water for all cooking purposes and it is advisable to drink and brush teeth with bottled water to avoid ‘Bali Belly’ – a mild dysentery which can occur but passes in a few days.

The best way to get around on Bali is with your own transport, whether you drive your selves, hire a driver, a moped or ride a bike. This gives you the flexibility to explore and allows you to reach many places that are otherwise inaccessible.

Public transport is cheap but can be cause for very long journeys if you’re not sticking to a major route. In addition, some places are just impossible to reach.

For sightseeing tours you can use also our private driver.  Most of our guests do. Arrangements can be made via our staff of the villa or via our help-desk. The driver speak very good English and is also a  good guide, He knows the nicest places and hot-spots to visit in Bali! There is also the possibility to rent motor-bikes for RP 60.000 – RP 80.000 per day, including insurance.

Local Indonesian food like nasi campur and nasi/mie goreng will cost you a lot less, around IDR 30,000, a meal at a mid-range restaurant in will cost between IDR 100,000-250,000 and fine dining restaurants could cost anywhere between IDR 500,000 and 1,000,000+.

The villa cooks can also prepare delicious meals for you. You have a wide choice of local dishes or even western food. Although western food is more expensive in Bali.

The local currency is the Indonesia Rupiah (IDR or Rupiah). If you wish to exchange foreign notes in Bali, they should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in town to withdraw Rupiah. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated. Bali is a cash country and vendors prefer to be paid in cash. Most restaurants and larger shops, however, will accept credit cards.

See the most updated exchange rate here. There are ATM’s all over the place that take Cirrus and Plus. Asia loves Visa and Master card so nearly all shops and ATMs take these cards, but very few restaurants and shops take American Express.

In Bali there are enough first aid stations, doctors, dentists and hospitals, in case you come across something. Ask the villa manager or the staff, they know the best and they can assist you with any issue.

In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe. Most villas have adapters available.  But just to be sure it’s better to bring your own.

Need an Adapter:
If you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada, Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely simply need a plug adapter otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the “Bali Socket”, although the voltage should be o.k.

Learn common phrases of the local language

A simple “thank you” or “how are you doing” in the local language goes along way.

Always buy travel insurance

A medical insurance can wipe out your savings – or even worse. So look for the right travel insurance which covers your needs

Make a list

About a week or so before each trip make a list of items you don’t want to forget. I learned that if I think of something I don’t want to forget, I write it down immediately. .

Always buy a travel cancellation insurance

Of course nothing will happen, but you never now. So just to be sure, arrange a travel cancellation insurance.

Make photo copies of important travel documents

Before your trip, make photocopies and/or take photos of your documents (front and back) to pack along or leave with someone at home to email to you in case of an emergency. It’s smart to make a copy of prescriptions for eyewear and medicine as well

Do I need a visa ?

In conjunction with the revision of the visa policy, President of the Republic of Indonesia has issued and signed a revise decree no. 69, on 09th June 2015, the following countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a short visit of up to 30 (thirty) days and cannot be extendable. Read more: http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/

Is your passport Bali proof?

To enter Indonesia (Bali) your passport needs at least valid six months from the date of entry Indonesia.

Bring your favourite sunscreen

Remember that you are in Bali near the Equator, very close to the sun. So specifically your sunscreen should contain no less than SPF 30. Sunscreen in Bali is most of the time more expensive, so better bring from home.

Ask the locals

We always ask the locals to point out the best local restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops etc. You will be surprised and it will let you to places you would never picked yourself.

Activate your debit card for international usage

Most banks and major financial institutions offer you the facility of using your Debit Card in foreign countries as well. But don’t forget to activate this before you travel to Bali.

Don’t ‘forget to bring extra batteries for your camera

You don’t want to miss out on the perfect shot. So bring at least one or two extra batteries for your camera. Just to be sure.

Pack the right clothes

Where you will stay will 99% of the time be air conditioned or with a fan, but outside it is hot and humid. Flip flops or comfortable walking sandals are a must with light clothing like t-shirts and shorts to keep you cool are recommended and a light pullover in the evenings if you are riding a motorbike. When entering temples you must be respectful and have your shoulders covered and wear a sarong (for men and women) – usually sarongs are provided for you when you visit a temple. caught!

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