Maiden Trip to Bali - Travelling In A Pack
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In an effort to help drive tourism in Bali after the bombing, AirAsia was giving away really cheap tickets. I bought mine KL --> Bali at RM198.00 (less than 50 dolars). Got 8 people together and planned a brief trip to Bali, only 4 days.
Stayed at Kuta Seaview Cottage, marvellous. Just across the street from the Kuta beach. A few steps from McDonalds, a convenient store and shopping. At USD40 per room (twin/double) per night, we booked for 3 nights. So, that costs me USD60 total for accommodation.
As there were so many of us, I called a guide recommended by friends. Erwan (the guide) came to us the next day, driving a kijang which fits all 8, and charged 300,000 rupiah total.
The trip was free and easy. Name the place, he drove us there. We got him until 10pm. Yahhooooo!!!!!
1st stop : Kintamani (volcano site). Nice view. Had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the volcano. It was pretty windy and cold. Beware of street vendors : they're quite aggressive. I feel sorry for them. They looked poor and the things they sold were really cheap. My cousin took our money to get a t-shirt, quite suddenly, all the vendors swarmed him, we lost him in the crowd and I sprinted to the van. Erwan went and saved my cousin. He bought a t-shirt for 10,000 rupiah (RM5 or USD1.50)
On the way down, we stopped at Tegalalang's terrace rice field.
On the way to Ubud, we passed many shops lining the streets, selling all sorts of wares - wood carvings, handicrafts, bracelets, frames, all the things found at Ubud, Kuta or other markets, but waaayyyyyyyyyyyy cheaper. It was really cheap, even by Malaysian or Chak-tu-Chak standard. We also stopped at Ubud market. The vendors are amazing. Not knowing our nationalities, they tried many different greetings and various tongues, Korean, Japanese, Chinese. When they discovered we spoke the same language, there was no getting away, though it was easier to bargain.
Next stop, Uluwatu for the sunset.
Last stop : Jimbaran for dinner. A stretch of beach, full or seafood restaurants. Expensive but absolutely delicious! :)
The next day was spent around Kuta and Legian. Again, beware of vendors! A couple of friends agreed for a manicure, but was surrounded by 10 to 15 people, started giving them foot rubs, back massages etc, then each asked to be paid 5,000 rupiah, even for a mat that magically appeared underneath them, out of nowhere.
Last day, before heading for the airport, we went to Tanah Lot. Absolutely gorgeous temple, on the beach. As the tide rises, people had to vacate the area. We went for a final scenic drive. On the way to the airport, we drove through a university campus. Very posh, a class of its own on that island. Also passed some elite housing area.
Flight RM 198
Accommodation (3 nights) RM 240
Guided Tour (2 days) RM 40
Uluwatu (Dance & entrance fee) RM 20
Airport Tax (50,000 rupiah) RM 25
I only brought RM1,000 (USD250) but had plenty to spare for shopping and food.