• Travel Guide: All About My Bali Trip (April 2019)

    Travel Guide: All About My Bali Trip (April 2019)

    Hi beautiful friends!

    As you may know, on the 31st March 2019 I decided to leave ‘home’ in Melbourne, and all of the familiar things behind, to travel the world, embrace the uncertainty, learn lessons, meet new people, follow my dreams and begin a new chapter of my life. While I don’t know when I’ll be returning back for now, to me no matter where I go, Earth is home and home is also where my heart is.

    This is a new lifestyle I decided to create for myself, where I now live out of suitcase, live more minimally than ever, work anywhere there is wifi, and this has also pushed me to step out of my comfort zone every day, allowing me to grow and discover more about myself. The more we know ourselves, our souls, the more we live a purpose-filled life and create true fulfilment.

    In this video, I explain more about why I am doing this and my intentions, I hope it also inspires you to let go of your fears, follow your heart and cherish this life you’ve been given♡

    For the first destination of this journey, my heart lead me back to Bali for the third time. This incredible island abundant in nature, rich in culture and heartwarming in people felt very much like a home to me, and there is just something about the atmosphere that is incredibly healing. I realised that my soul felt so happy there, so at peace, and this is where I also thrive unlike anywhere else I have visited (even though I love all places I have travelled to).

    I can write for days about the connection I felt with Bali, how much I love being there and just how in awe I was every single day of its beauty. Being surrounded by nature, walking in rice fields, watching sunrises, listening to the birds chirping, chasing waterfalls…it was a dream. Of course, not everything was ‘perfect’ (there’s no such thing), but nothing could take away from the magic of this charming island. As I shared the vlogs, so many of you wrote to me saying that you feel inspired to visit Bali, and I’m so happy and grateful I could show you an authentic Balinese experience.

    For this month I stayed in Bali, I most definitely has a fruitful and amazing experience that has been ingrained into my soul forever. While I’ve already explored many places from north to south, there are truly endless adventures you can have here, and I will be back again for sure to seek and appreciate more magical places here on this spiritual pulau 🙂

    In this blog post I will share with you the details of my trip, so you can begin planning and gain some inspiration of places to visit that will light you up. I hope you find it helpful, and if you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

    OVERVIEW

    When: 31st March – 28th April 2019

    Transport:

    In Bali, the only transportation choices you really have are by car, scooter and bus (plus your legs if you count walking too 🙂 ). There isn’t much of a public transport system there aside from one public bus I saw operating in Ubud, as it is a relatively small island, but it is very easy to rent a scooter or hire a driver for a trip/day at an affordable price, and that is what I recommend. If you visit the main towns such as Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta, you will be able to find a driver almost anywhere on the street, however you can also use their online app services such as Grab (the one I used), Gojek and Uber, which is very handy, affordable and easy to organise transport through. Bali has become a very popular tourist destination and where the majority of it’s economy comes from, so there is never a shortage of drivers. What you do need to respect though, is at in some areas, these online services are banned. For example, in the main part of Ubud and Canggu, there are signs put up that don’t permit the use of Grab, Uber, etc. It’s not illegal, however I found out they do this to support more of the local drivers.

    I really enjoyed getting around on a motorbike for short trips, and I even tried riding one for myself for the first time. If you watched this vlog, you may know that I actually had a crash, which I was told is very common not only among foreigners, but with the locals too. So while I would still recommend going on a motorbike, do be careful if you plan on driving one yourself. You will need an international drivers permit, and experience for sure- something I didn’t have prior, and that’s a mistake I made. But that’s what mistakes are for; to learn from! The roads in Bali can be very hectic, especially in Canggu, so be very cautious, always wear a helmet including if you’re the passenger, and go slow. I often told my driver to drive slower so I felt comfortable. For renting, you can find a lot of places on the streets to do that, and I recommend always taking a photo of the bike before so you have proof of how it was originally handed to you. For a day, renting a motorbike usually costs between 50,000 – 70,000 Rupiah. If you go as a passenger, it’s usually 4,000- 8,000 for a short 10-15 minute trip.

    Upon arrival to Bali, I had pre-organised a driver with my airbnb host to pick me up and drive me to the accommodation, and this is also a great way to organise transport. No matter what type of accommodation you stay in, your hosts will always be able to help you to easily find a driver. As you arrive at the airport, you may be bombarded with lots of people offering taxi services, so I recommend organising a pick up beforehand. Generally for a half day trip in a car you will pay 400,000-500,000 Rupiah, and for a whole day between 600,000-700,000 Rupiah. Drivers will often also give you their business cards, so if you really enjoyed your ride with one you can always call them again.

    Money

    Indonesian Rupiah: Upon arriving at Denpasar Airport, I exchanged my AUD into IDR, which was very easy and simple to do inside the airport after collecting your luggage. In the main towns, such as Ubud, Canggu, etc, there are also plenty of money exchange services. Overall, as someone coming from Melbourne, I found Bali to be a very affordable place. 1 hour massages start at Rp 50,000, a meal at a more ‘fancy’ restaurant is around Rp 150,000, and at a local warung would be around Rp 40,000.

    SIM card

    I highly recommend purchasing a SIM card upon arriving at the airport, so you have access to data and text messaging which will make it much more convenient to get around in Bali. The wifi in the main towns in Bali is actually quite fast (at least for me), Canggu being the fastest out of all places I visited, however this will also depend on your accommodation too.

    People

    I believe that all people are inherently good and kind, and the Balinese are no exception. In fact, I only ever came across friendly locals who always had a smile on their face and more than willing to help when I needed it. They are so incredibly welcoming, understanding and open-hearted, and of course, a little smile for the locals always goes a long way.

    Weather

    As Bali is located in the tropics, it is very hot and humid all year round. There are two distinct seasons, being the dry and wet season. I was there during the beginning of dry season, and while it rained almost everyday in Ubud, it was just one heavy rainfall a day and the rest was clear. On the other hand, it didn’t rain once while I was in Canggu for a week, so either way have an umbrella or rain jacket with you and it will be fine 🙂

    Food

    Bali is truly food heaven, and especially plant-based food heaven. Warungs (small local restaurants) are everywhere to be found (literally at the turn of every corner), and healthy cafes are on the rise too, most prominently in Canggu. There are plenty of Indonesian and Western vegan/vegetarian cafes, including buffets, all at an affordable price, and while I have many recommendations, do also give the traditional Indonesian warungs a try too. You’ll find lots of coconut dishes, yellow rice (nasi kuning), desserts made from rice flour and lots and lots of places for smoothies. One of my favourite things about Bali, is the food and the abundance of fresh tropical fruits 🙂

    Other

    Language: You will be totally fine with getting around in Bali without knowing a word of Indonesian. It is a very popular place for tourists, so overall I found it very English friendly. Knowing Indonesian is of course a wonderful bonus and definitely makes the local really happy. All of my hosts and drivers spoke English really well, and they are often very happy to practice their language skills too. That being said, as with travelling to any country, it’s best to not just expect a local to know English. As a gesture of respect, I recommend that you learn some basic phrases as well, as such “thank you” (terima kasih). It will definitely brighten the locals’ day 🙂

    TIPS

    • Bargaining
      If you are not used to bargaining, this may be a bit challenging at first, and even I found it a bit uncomfortable at times too, but you want to ensure that you pay a price for a service that you believe is of equal value to what you receive. When you visit the Ubud Market, you will almost always need to bargain (and the sellers often initiate it), as well as if you get a taxi from the street. There is no need to feel ‘bad’. Do what feels right for you, and remember that money is simply energy. Many times, I also rounded up the total because I purely wanted to support the locals. For example, if a meal at a local restaurant was Rp 70,000, I often gave Rp 100,000 because I wanted to give something extra and show my appreciation.
    • Tax
      In most restaurants and cafes, you’ll need to pay a 10-20% tax on top of your ordered meal. Occasionally some restaurants won’t have that, and in these instances it’s always great to give a tip.
    • Travel Insurance
      This is definitely a must have no matter where you travel to.
    • Support the local economy
      Whenever possible and as best you can, choose to support the local economy. You are being hosted on this island after all, so ensure your money goes towards supporting the locals. Stay in Balinese run accommodation, eat at local restaurants, buy from markets and stalls, and hire local guides.
    • Sunscreen
      This is an absolutely must-have to protect your skin. The UV rays are very strong near the equator, so always ensure you apply sunscreen while out and about.
    • Insect repellant
      Being in a tropical climate, there are always lots of insects and mosquitos flying around, so while it’s almost guaranteed you come back home with a bite or two, it’s still convenient to use some repellant 🙂
    • Clothing
      In general, as it is so hot and humid in Bali, you will only need to pack with you very light cotton-based clothing and perhaps a scarf or jacket for air-conditioned rooms. Unless you go trecking in the mountains or jungle, you will be totally fine with sandals and breathable shoes which I highly recommend. Don’t forget your bathers as well! Also, if you are planning to visit temples, a lot of them require visitors to cover your shoulders and legs. Most places will provide sarongs (or you may need to rent them), so ensure you also bring or wear a top that covers your shoulders. You’ll notice that all Balinese women always have their shoulders, chest area and knees covered, and while as a tourist you don’t have to dress the same, it’s still good to know about the local way of dressing for respect.

    UBUD

    Where I stayed:

    Bumi Muwa Ubud

    For all airbnb links, you can first sign up to airbnb here, and receive up to $76 in rewards towards your first trip 🙂 When you sign up, you’ll get $55 AUD off your first home booking of $110 AUD or more and $21 AUD towards an experience of $73 AUD or more.

    Where I ate:

    • Sawobali Coffee and Cake

    • Veggie Karma
    • Atman Kafe

      Gluten free toast with boiled eggs & Cap Cay with rice

    • Seeds of Life
    • Zest Cafe

      Zest Pancakes

    • Tukies Coconut Shop
    • Pissari Bali Cafe
    • Sari Organik

    Places visited:

    • Ubud Art Market
      • You can also go on a day tour to see the highlights of Ubud here.
    • Campuhan Ridge Walk
    • Magical Rice Fields Ubud (Subak Juwuk Manis)
    • Sari Organik Walk
    • Tibumana Waterfall
      I highly recommend that you hire a driver or take a tour to visit this waterfall, as it is some distance away from main Ubud. Here are some tours you can go on:

    • Kanto Lampo Waterfall
    • Pura Saraswati
    • Ulun Danu Beratan (Bedugul Temple)
      As this is located about 2 hours drive away from Ubud, you will need to hire a driver or take a tour. Tours would be a great way to see this place as well as many other destinations nearby, especially if you are visiting Bali for the first time. Here are some that I recommend:

    • Handara Golf Gates
    • Wanagiri Hills Swing
    • Jatiluwih Rice Field
    • Tegallalang Rice field
    • Mt Batur Volcano Hiking
      This is an incredible, unforgettable experience that you will need to book with a tour. You can either book this trip while you’re in Ubud in person, or online such as this one here:

    • Amrita Sadhi Ayurvedic Health Centre

    MUNDUK

    Where I stayed

    Bali Rahayu Homestay

    For all airbnb links, you can first sign up to airbnb here, and receive up to $76 in rewards towards your first trip 🙂 When you sign up, you’ll get $55 AUD off your first home booking of $110 AUD or more and $21 AUD towards an experience of $73 AUD or more.

    Where I ate

    • Bali Rahayu Restaurant
    • The View

    Places visited

    • Munduk Village
    • Twin Lake Viewpoint
    • Banyumala Twin Waterfall
      This is an incredibly stunning waterfall that you can have fun and swim in (as well as admire its beauty), and will need a car or motorbike to get to. Here is a tour I recommend that you pre-book:

    • Banyu Amertha Waterfall (there are four in this area)
    • Lake Tamblingan

    CANGGU

    Where I stayed

    The Spare Room

    For all airbnb links, you can first sign up to airbnb here, and receive up to $76 in rewards towards your first trip 🙂 When you sign up, you’ll get $55 AUD off your first home booking of $110 AUD or more and $21 AUD towards an experience of $73 AUD or more.

    Where I ate

    • Motion Cafe

      chocolate zucchini brownie

    • I am Vegan Babe

      Mexican bowl

    • Warung Sika
    • Warung Bu Mi
    • Give Cafe
    • The Shady Shack
    • Betelnut Cafe
    • Cafe Organic

      Smoothie bowl

    Places visited

    • Batu Bolong Beach
    • Painting class at Tyaasa Sanggar Seni
    • Uluwatu temple tour (including Padang-padang beach and Kecak dance)
    • YPK Bali and bracelet making

    EXTRA TIPS

    A website that I genuinely love and always use to search for tours and activities when I travel is Klook. I’ve left a search box here for you so you can search for some more inspiration 🙂

    Klook.com

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    2 Comments

    1. May 7, 2019 / 11:38 pm

      i enjoyed watching all your videos.

      love from Malaysia

    2. Bintu
      May 23, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much for tour detailed blog about your time in Bali! I love watching your YouTube videos about your travels and you have great energy! I’m excited to visit Bali and feel more confident going from the information on your blog.

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