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Advice Wanted For Trip To Indonesia\Bali (Denpasar

Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:56 pm

My Friends,
I want to go to a trip to IndenosiaBali (Denpasar) on next winter (2013). I live in IranTehran and best way for reaching there is Qatar Airways. The route from tehran to Bali is like this:

IranTehran -> QatarDoha 2h05m
QatarDoha -> SingaporeSingapore (Remain in airplane for 1 hour and after that same airplane will continue the route to bali)
SingaporeSingapore -> IndenosiaBali (Denpasar - Ngurah Rai airport) (Doha to Bali 11h30m)

I decide to stay there some days and after that go to ThailandBangkok. The only suitable way to reach Bangkok from Bali( Denpasar - Ngurah Rai airport) is Air Aisa. It is a 4h20m flight with Airbus A320.

After that after some days I will return to IranTehran with Qatar Airways.

The route is like this:
ThailandBangkok -> QatarDoha 7h15m
QatarDoha -> IranTehran 2h05m

Now I want to ask your opinion about stay days in Bali . How many days is enough for staying in IndonesiaBali - Kuta? Any Experience? Any Suggestion?
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Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:18 am


When travelling to new places and hotels I try to have a look at the excellent website trip advisor, especially for their user ratings and comments. For Bali they have a three day thing which they reccommend:

And this page lists some top rated hotels and B&B's if interested:

I have never been to Bali though. This also looks like an excellent website, the official tourism site for Indonesia:

Personally if I went to Indonesia I would try to go travelling around and do some walking and stuff. Or I would stay at the airport and watch planes all day!  

I have been to Bangkok though but that was in the 90s. It was very cheap back then and me and my brother stayed at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza for very little money. I don't remember doing much in Bangkok though as we took a train to the island of Ko Pangan for some beach and scuba which we were really into back then. I think the only things I did in Bangkok was buy some designer jeans from a boutique (you don't have to buy fakes as the real things are also cheap) and we went to this excellent gym next to our hotel with a pool and sauna and steam and jacuzzi and stuff. I heard Bangkok is more cosmopolitan now and you can find meals from any culture etc.

Anyway it sounds like a fun trip. Please write a trip report or two of the flights if you make it there and are in the mood.

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Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:05 am

My girlfriend and I just went to Bali last month. This was our first time there and we stayed four days. We found this to be enough time and allowed us to rent a motorcycle and tour around. Roads are narrow and busy. Beware of local police as they like to give tickets to foreigners.

We stayed at the W Hotel, not too far from Kuta. As the other poster stated, trip advisor is a good resource and I wrote up a review on the W Hotel.
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Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:06 am

Thank you guys (Pierre & John) for sharing good information.
I will ask you john, about good shopping and food in kuta in the future when I buy all tickets and reserve my hotel.
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Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:46 am

I've been there last winter for about 2.5 weeks (half Bali, half Lombok and the Gili-islands).
Bali is absolutely staggeringly beautiful. I've never seen so many plants and lush vegetation in general.

If you want party and lots of Australian holidaymakers, then Kuta is fine.
otherwise i would stay a bit outside of kuta like Seminyak or Nusa Dua.
we stayed here: its very very beautiful but very secluded. the nearby town is called Pekutatan and it's about 2.5 hours to drive from the airport (depending on the traffic). granted it's a bit of a trek to get there but it's really worth it.

If you have some days left you have to go to Ubud in the center of the island. Although it's quite touristy it's still very nice. some old balinese stone houses and temples in the midst of rice fields and jungle. also very nice boutiques. it's called bali's art capital.

Enjoy your stay!

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Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:44 am

Depends what you are going for. If you want to be surrounded by rowdy (mostly) Australians and drink on the cheap while tanning on a beach that could be anywhere, go for Kuta.

If you want something more upscale but want to go for a chain hotel, go to Nusa Dua / Jimbaran. If you want something more Balinese on the beach, go up the coast to Legian and Seminyak, though there are great villas about 10kms from the coast with amazing views of the ocean (my friend owns and runs this one ).

For a true Balinese experience go to Ubud and its surroundings inland.

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Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:59 am

You could stay in Bali for ages. Distances are quite long though... If you just have a few days, want a lot of restaurants, tourists and party, go for Kuta. The beach is nice, but waves are high. If you want to stay close to the airport but a little more relaxed, maybe rather go for Nusa Dua or similar. You could also do a one day tour to Ubud, which is nice, although this is all extremely tourist things. Just look on Google, you will find countless info about that.

I stayed in Kuta a few days, and choose a place called "Green Garden Hotel" (there is a place called Green Garden Resort or something, but this is a different place). It was a real bargain, great rooms and clean, located next to a mall, had free airport pick up and delivery, but was some walking away from restaurants and beach, which I didn't mind.

If you take taxis, stick to "Bluebird Group" taxis, which have this name indicated on a sun shade on their windshield. These are mostly the only one which turn on the meters. However better avoid taking taxis in Kuta at all, since this place is chronically full of traffic jams and walking will take not much more time.
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Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:57 pm

Some years ago now, 2002 in fact, I visited Bali with a friend.

We stayed a few days in Kuta. Beach, plenty of Australian tourists, and you will be hassled every 5m when you walk down the street: "Yes taxi sir?" "I give you good price"...

Then we stayed a few days in Ubud. There was more peaceful, but still plenty of hassle from touts. We visited the monkey sanctury, and a cultural show / dance. This was also the place where I saw a gardener cut the hotel grass with a pair of scissors!

We then moved on to Candidasa, a small town on the coast. Almost no hassling or touts. We stayed in a small thatched bungalow for about $8 per night for the room - a bargain. From here we visited inland temples, and the beach.

Overall prices were cheap, except Kuta which was more expensive (still much cheaper than Europe though). Don't forget to haggle though, we paid more for an ice cream from a beach vendor than our entire 3 course meal with drinks that lunchtime!

We travelled around on the limited network of tourist busses - I think it was this company:

Apart from Kuta, we arrived in the towns and found accommodation there and then, there was no need to reserve, though it was verging on the off-season, May.

I would go back, but to be honest, I'd avoid Kuta completely and head to a quieter place.

The food was delicious all over!

Hope this helps!

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Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:52 pm

Avoid the freaking hell out of Kuta. It's a total shithole.

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Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:23 am

Hi, I think 3-4 days is the normal time for tourist to explore, 1 week in Bali is boring in my opinion especially the last 2 days. You can rent a bike or a car (with driver if possible) so that you can go around easily, since Bali is not so big and going to places only takes under 1 hour.

As for Kuta, just like everybody says, it's not that great nowadays and not so clean either, Dreamland is much better. Too many peoples and if using a car taxi it's impossible to drive through.

I hope you have a great time in Bali, don't forget to try the foods!!

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Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:34 pm

I got back from Bali three weeks ago and really had a blast! I stayed at the Holiday Inn Kuta Beach (5mins walk to DPS runway and views over the International terminal via the beach walkway). I arrived Wednesday morning at 12.30am and departed Sunday morning, would have liked to have stayed for a few more days but couldn't.

The closer you are to Denpasar City the more populated the areas are. Go further towards the top of Bali and the more breathing space you have. Crossing the roads is at your own risk as motorbikes don't give a toss about you. Nearly got taken out three times in 30mins trying to cross the roads as bikes simply come out of no where. Taxi drivers frequently toot at tourists. After arriving at the airport ENSURE you have a ride waiting for you or the taxi drivers are going to hound you. If you decide to take a taxi barter with the driver for a fare before getting in the vehicle. I got a taxi from the airport and picked a driver who looked the most honest and didn't bother me as much as the others. He carried my bags over to his vehicle for me and before we left the airport he gave me some advice on keeping safe. The ride was only 10mins but it was one of the BEST taxi rides I've had. Secuirty at hotels is massive and every vehicle arriving at one in Kuta is secuirty checked. The walkway/road side 'shop' sellers are going to annoy you VERY quickly. They keeped calling me boss, sir, mate etc. They will even use their children to try and get you to buy something from them. I got approached by two girls (aged around 6 and 10) asking me to buy something from their parents shop while walking back from Kuta to the hotel via the beach walkway and saying no to them was the hardest no I said while in Bali
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RE: Advice Wanted For Trip To Indonesia\Bali (Denp

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:02 am

Quoting MbahGondrong (Reply 8):
Hi, I think 3-4 days is the normal time for tourist to explore, 1 week in Bali is boring in my opinion

Most Indonesians don't stay more than a week in Bali. However, to fully experience Bali you need at least a week stay. Yes, you can explore Bali in 3-4 days, but you'll only spend very short time on every tourist attractions you visit. Moreover, you need a few more day relaxing on the beach, sunbathing, swimming or surfing.  

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