Chilling, shopping and fun were all we had in Bali. In a period of 6 days, we moved from the main tourist beach of Kuta/Seminyak to the green paddy fields of Ubud, and back down to the isolated beach of Sanur. However, the short period of stay meant that we aren’t able to explore the less-visited territories of Western & Northern Bali, or even the car-free Lombok island.
On hindsight, we could have skipped some of the sightseeing destinations (views aren’t that spectacular) and spent more time soaking in Bali’s relaxed atmosphere. Watching the sunset and drinking a cold bottle of Bintang beer could not have been cheaper and more representative of a Bali experience.
But if lazing at the beach for the whole afternoon isn’t your cup of tea, white-water rafting and water sports are also very affordable and fun alternatives. Foodies are also in for a treat, as there are indeed a lot of delicious Balinese food and fusion cuisines. Though not mentioned in our plan, we actually spent some time locating well-reviewed warungs for our meals and never regretted.
Below is the actual journey we have taken during our time in Bali, with changes highlighted in orange:
- Arrive in the afternoon
- Walk along
Kuta &Seminyak’s beach
- Had a drink and watched sunset at a Spanish bar
Check out the nightscene in one of Kuta’s many bars
- Shop along Seminyak’s lanes (and Tiantian did a manicure)
- Stay at The Opium Bali, a small inn run by a Spanish guy
Do some shopping along Seminyak’s artsy lanes
- Did parasailing, jet ski and banana boat at Tanjung Benoa beach, Nusa Dua
- Rent a driver to bring us to secluded Balangan beach
- Visit Pura Ulu Watu temple for its majestic cliff views and sunset
Enjoy a sunset seafood dinner at Jimbaran beach
- Go for white water rafting at Telaga Waja river
- Make our way to Ubud and explore its town
- Indulge in a massage & spa session
- Stay at Tegal Sari Accomodation, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice 2011
- Set off for the scenic lake of Danau Bratan and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple
- Head slightly west to the two smaller lakes of Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan
- Had a drink while admiring the view of Gunung Batur volcano
- Stopped for a while along Tegallalang rice terrace
Watch sunset at Tanah Lot
Play water sports at Nusa Dua (or Sanur)
- Laze in our room balcony and surf the Internet for the morning
- Shop in Ubud Market and in town
- Spend the rest of the day at Sanur’s beach
- Stay at D’Abode Budget Boutique Inn
- Wake up early to watch sunrise in Sanur
- Return to Singapore in the afternoon
For our trip in Bali, we had originally catered S$700/pax, but it has increased to about S$800/pax due to an unexpected increase hike in cost. It’s a little higher than my estimated budget, but after all, it was a holiday (:
Here’s a breakdown of our expenditure on this Bali trip:
- The Opium Bali: US$50/night x 2
- Tegal Sari Accomodation: 600,000 IDR/night + 10% tax x 2
- D’Abode Budget Boutique Inn: US$50/night
- Driver: US$65
- Taxi: 212,000 IDR
- White water rafting: US$35/pax x 2
- Water sports: US$30/pax x 2
- Massage & Spa: 150,000 IDR/pax x 2
Grand Total: S$1610
- Hiring a driver would cost about US$25 for 1/2 day, US$35 for full day.
- Average meal at a decent warung/restaurant would cost about 50,000 IDR. Juices/Beverages cost would cost about 15,000 IDR. Some places exclude 10% govt tax & 5-7% service charge in their prices. Average cost of a restaurant meal with drink is about S$10.
- Includes souvenirs, necessities and fees, such as toilet fees, parking fees, entrance fees. Take note that there is a passenger service charge of 150,000 IDR/pax when departing from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.
Hope the above analysis would help you in one way or another in planning your Bali escapade!
In the coming weeks, Tiantian and I will be posting our take on the accommodation, food, activities, sights and any other tips on Bali we might have. If you are interested in finding out more on our Bali trip, be sure to subscribe to us via email or RSS. (: