Yummy rice and veggies...
usual local fare consists of rice with vegetables and small
amounts of beef or chicken. Most villages and towns have
a wide variety of restaurants, with prices starting from
US$2 a meal for chicken satay and rice plus all kinds of
delicious Indonesian dishes. Western meals are also widely
available, and if you're looking for a truly special dinner
in the mountain village of Ubud, try
Terazo (on Jaya Suweto), where a four-course
dinner for two costs approximately US$35 and is considered
quite upmarket. In Sanur
near the airport, Billy's Cafe
(named after the owner's dog) had great meals.
Reminder: Always ask for bottled water in
all cafes and restaurants!
Drivers I recommend...
is small enough so that you can hire a taxi or personal
driver to get the best transportation value -- especially
if there are two or more travellers. For approximately US$12,
you can be driven to many places only one to two hours from
your hotel. You're able, for example, to visit the elephant
sanctuary or Monkey Forest,
and be back at your hotel by 6:00pm. Local reliable taxi
drivers I met and used include Agung (based in Candidasa).
You can book him in advance to meet you at the airport and
drive you to the village (Tel: 0363-21627); in Ubud, call
Made (pronounced Mah-day) at 081-734-5533, or Gede (pronounced.
G'day) at 0812-390-3434.
Shops to look for...
Momo's store (Kunti St No. 20, Seminyak )
you'll be able to order beautiful handmade leather and suede
shoes in many colours, for both men and women. In fact,
if you bring a favorite pair from home they will copy it
exactly! Want a leather coat, skirt or boots made? That's
no problem either. Tel: 0361-732-361. Tailors/seamstresses
abound in Bali and JourneyWomen can get clothes made for
very reasonable prices. Visa & Mastercard are both accepted
in tourist areas, and you can get cash out at most ATMs.
In smaller villages moneychangers will cash travellers cheques
scarves & sarongs are in abundance in Bali. Visit Gorim's
shop in Ubud (Penestanan - Klod, Tel: 80571) for the most
exquisite shawls, scarves and sarongs -- approximately US$5-6
each. It makes sense to buy half a dozen for Christmas
and birthday gifts.
so many beautiful inexpensive items to buy in Bali, but
be sure to check on what you can bring back to your country.
For example, Australia has to screen every wooden item as
well as leather products, very carefully. Woven handbags
could possibly be contaminated with tiny little bugs, so
shop with your eyes wide open. Ubud is definitely Bali's
shopper's heaven, but many other wonderful treasures can
also be found in the tiny little out-of-the-way villages.
P.S. You might want to pack an extra shopping
bag or small suitcase so you'll be able to bring back all
your extra goodies.
What to pack...
suggest packing lightweight T-shirts, shorts
and summer dresses. However, if your budget allows, have
some fun. Take very little with you and buy whatever you
need for a fraction of what it would cost at home. Sarongs
can be worn over shorts for temple visits and slip-on sandals
are ideal -- easy to slip off before entering shops & places
of worship. Don't forget to pack closed shoes for serious
walking (tennis shoes etc.). A hat (foldup is perfect) is
essential as it is very sunny and hot year round with temperatures
hovering between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit or 24-33 degrees
Celsius. It's a good idea to take a long-sleeved sweater
or shirt for slightly cooler evenings.
Staying in touch...
shops are everywhere, even in the tiniest villages. An average
cost for using computers is about US$0.04 per minute. If
you want to take your cellphone along, make sure you have
"global roaming" so you can make and receive calls overseas.
For this you'll have to contact your service provider a
few weeks in advance. If you use SMS (Short Message Service
on your cellphone), this is the quickest and cheapest way
to stay in touch.
bit of advice: Make sure that you keep 100,000 RP for your
Airport Departure Tax (US$12.50) on the way home. Have fun,
The prices quoted in this article were correct at the time of writing.
Time has passed and the rates have probably increased a bit. Always
do your research prior to booking.
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