Tips for Traveling to Bali

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Bali has been a tourist friendly destination for many years with beautiful beaches, cultural sites, and many resorts. Here are some helpful tips if you are planning a trip to Bali!

Airports
The Soekarno–Hatta International Airport has 3 terminals. There is a free shuttle service to get you from terminal to terminal. However, the shuttle only runs from 6AM to 11PM.  Try to avoid super late flights. Though negotiating with a taxi driver wasn’t too bad to get to the other terminal, you can only enter the terminals if you have to use the restroom because the terminals are closed from 12AM to 5AM .  This means, chilling outside with gazillions of mosquitoes attacking you. We did get sneaky and managed to stay in the terminal out of sight to get a little shut eye, but we still got attacked by the pesky mosquitoes.

Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar) has squatting toilets at the baggage claim. If you do not want to pop a squat with your luggage, a few steps away outside from baggage claim is Starbucks. Sure you may have to buy a drink, but it’s definitely worth it.

Airport taxes are not included in the air ticket so remember to exchange/save some Rupiah to pay for these taxes at the airport. The departure tax for domestic flights is 50,000 Rupiah from Ngurah Rai Airport. The departure tax for international flights is 150,000 Rupiah and 40,000 Rupiah for domestics flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Getting around Bali
If you do not plan to stay in one place, I highly suggest hiring a driver. TripAdvisor has many recommended drivers listed by fellow travelers. The roads are not very easy to navigate if you plan to rent a scooter.

Our driver was Wayan. He lives around Ubud, but he will go anywhere. His email is wayanrida@yahoo[dot]com. We used him for airport pickup, 2 days of touring, and airport drop off.

Wayan was always on time and a careful driver. In addition to driving, he started an agro tourism business called Bali Pulina. I absolutely loved looking at the spices his family grows and how kopi luwak coffee is roasted. After a tour of the property, sample coffees and teas to taste while taking in the views of the rice terraces at the café.  It is a breath of fresh air after seeing many temples.

Temples
All temples have a small fee for entering.  The price is about 15000 Rupiah.

Temple Etiquette: Wear clothes that cover the knees and shoulders. If you are wearing shorts or a skirt, you will have to wear a sarong to enter the temple. Those wearing proper attire will have to at least wear a sash tied around the waist. Complimentary sarongs and sashes are available at the temple. Donations are accepted.

Scams:

Uluwatu Temple: WATCH OUT FOR THE MONKEYS! Sure the monkey above looks like he is in total Zen, but my glasses got snatched by one of his friends. Once it was snatched, a “temple caretaker” had bags of candy and peanuts ready to exchange with the monkey. The monkey dropped my glasses and the caretaker told us to pay $10 for his heroic efforts.

Temples that are open after government hours: There is the same requisite temple fee, but one of the “temple caretakers” will start following you and spout out information. In addition to historical information, he will not so subtly remind you that there is a $5 donation, then a $10 donation, and even have the audacity of mentioning $15.

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See this:
Tanah Lot Temple
Rice Terraces
Holy Water Temple

Bali Pulina
Agrotourism
Pujung Kelod Tegallalang, Gianyar
Phone: +62 81558025119

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