Do we not wish to travel to places but on a low budget? I do. Whenever I decide upon a destination, I start looking up for economical ways of getting there. Just like anybody else, I am on a lookout for cheap flights and budget hotels. But budget hotels doesn’t mean sad and bad hotels, but decent and comfortable ones. Having said this, Bali was just the right choice to make.
- It is pocket-friendly. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to roam around.
- Is home to beautiful beaches and mountain trails.
- You will get to taste myriad delectable Balinese cuisine (for gluttons like me).
- Bali has a rich culture and tradition, making it a vibrant country.
- Balinese people are the warmest people you will ever meet.
I researched for a month before finalizing upon an itinerary for Bali at a minimal cost. There were 3 things:
- Flight – I got a great flight deal on Expedia where there was an option to club it with the hotel booking. So the flight+hotel combination was what saved us from a big hole in our pocket.
- Hotel – As I mentioned above, I booked a decent 3-star hotel (clubbed with the flight booking) near Kuta Beach area. The hotel costed me about Rs. 400 per night (dirt cheap, right?). There are many more hotel options available around Kuta and Legian beach at affordable price.
- Local Conveyance – Sometimes local conveyance may cost you more than your flight does, so you have to choose them wisely. In Bali, the conveyance was not an issue at all. You can hire bikes on a daily rental basis for as long as you are there. All you have to do is submit an ID and pay for the petrol. Fair enough? But.. you MUST carry your driving license otherwise be ready to pay a fine.
Things to do in Bali.
One of the most popular beaches of Bali, Kuta Beach is the perfect combination of sun sand and surf. With various accommodation options, dining and shopping scenes, Kuta is the most preferred beaches of Bali.
As the name rightly suggests, this beach is indeed a dreamy one with stretches of white sand flanked by limestone cliffs, an ideal spot for surfers. If you are looking for a quiet time, you can head straight to this beach which is hidden from the rest of Bali.
A golden-sand swimming and surfing beach, dotted with several oceanside seafood restaurants. After a great day here, you can enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Semniyak is Bali’s most upscale and posh beach area and so is the Semniyak Beach. Dotted with loungers and bars, you can enjoy the perfect nightlife scene here.
This beach is different from the rest I mentioned above. It has shallow water which recedes by evening and you can almost see the sea bed after some time. Backed by a cycling track and thronged by cafes and restaurants, you are bound to get a different experience here.
In plain language, Nusa Dua is heaven. Dotted with international resorts and restaurants, this beach is a must visit place in Bali. You will enjoy the scenic drive to Nusa Dua and once you reach there, the view gets all the more enchanting.
Looking for some traditional shopping experience? Ubud is the place for this. The town of Ubud is popular for its art and crafts. Dotted with temples and rice terraces, Ubud is among Bali’s most famous landscapes.
Pura Tanah Lot
What I first noticed about this historical Hindu temple was its formation on a dramatic rock amidst the sea. The waves caressing the edge of this temple made it a stunning view.
Perched at the end of the cliff, Uluwatu Temple is a picture perfect temple, to say the least. I was there late during the evening and got to enjoy the splendid sunset.
What I missed during my 7 days stay in Bali was a trek on the stunning volcanic trails around Mount Kintami and Batur. These were far and you need to have a couple of days in hand to cover them.
Must try food in Bali.
- Nasi Goreng, a rice dish with pieces of meat veggies.
- Mie Goreng, a spicy fried noodles dish with meat and veggies.
- Bebek Goreng, a fried duck.
- Seafood at Jimbaran Beach.
- Satay with peanut sauce.
- Bintang-The Local Beer
- Check the weather before planning your trip. I visited in October and it was all sunny and warm.
- Carry sunscreen and apply it throughout the day. I was sunburnt by the end of my trip.
- Travel light and carry loose, comfy clothes.
- Haggle a lot during street shopping. 🙂