Bali Travel tips - the OzBargain way. Food tips without Bali Belly, cheap massages & Taxi etc.
Last edited 03/01/2015 - 11:12
Just come back from Bali and even though I have been before many times, its always good to compare BALI notes as some things that may be very obvious cost saving tips to some are not so obvious to others.
So I will start firstly…
Taxi transport is very cheap but we only catch the metered Bluebird Taxi (not Bali Taxi which looks similar)… example outside our hotel in Kuta a minibus offered equivalent AU$25 to Seminyak to us as a group of six, we declined and got the six of us into a bluebird Taxi for $5 to Seminyak, yep its the OZbargain way a little squashed but more fun.
Massages (foot or body), found a good clean location on poppies lane called Angelina's cost $6 for an hour and buy a Bintang at the mini-mart next door makes it just that more enjoyable having a foot rub while sucking down a beer. Did try another location but ended in ringworm so not happy, Angelina's was clean and good aircon.
Food - generally no problem we ate in poppies lane Kuta a few times about AU$4-6 but mostly travelled to Ultimo restaurant in Seminyak, really good Italian style food at amazing prices for a classy place. Great ravioli pasta for $6 drinks are reasonably priced and we also had the 1kg of Lobster(two lobsters) for AU$45.
Money changers - usual precautions a friend looked away when asked by the money changer if he had some small notes to make up the difference so he could give him whole notes then shortchanged him as he looked down.
Ok these are my Bali travel tips would love to hear yours.
***** EDIT: Thanks to the ones who have given helpful suggestions.*************
I also thought I would add that getting a Bali Sim card with data is very easy & cheap. Even though you get free Wifi at all the hotels its handy at time when you are away from the hotel. The Telekomsel 24hour shop on Poppies lane cost AU$8 with 1gb data and local phone calls and they help set it up for you. Also a offline GPS like Sygic is handy as sometime the Taxi either don't know where you want to go or they pretend they don't.
Some asked why eat Italian and why not explore the local food? very much for exploring the local food but to quote
Amar89 "In Bali the local food explores you"
so I am not recommending that you go Italian food in Bali its just if you have kid's and still want a reasonable priced meal without Bali Belly then my suggestion is Ultimo in Seminyak also Bali café next door is a worthy option. If any others have Kuta suggestions or other location places happy to add those in.
We also try and get a few Hotel stays and shift around while in Bali so s few days in Kuta, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.