Bali Island, The Island of God in Indonesia
ack your bags its time for another trip to the Beautiful Island of Bali; The Balinese have a saying that if you come to Bali once then you will return some day, I have certainty found that to be true as I find myself returning every year to stay in the Bali Hotels that are a fraction of the price of Hotels back home! Bali Holiday Packages are a great way to have everything included in the trip and most travel agents will either have a package or make one up to suit you.
When going to Bali it is always a good idea to take a small bag of clothes on the way there inevitably you will be bringing much more back with you on your return trip (just buy extra bags in Bali) If you dont like the wait for Visa on arrival and Immigration try the Express Immigration service this certainly speeds things up.
While waiting for your bags you will probably find a new friend in the way of a porter who will want to be paid for helping you with your bags, it is certainly easier if you have a lot of luggage and will cost you around 50,000 rupiah usually split between two.
When you exit the Immigration the heat of outside really hits and you know that you are in Bali! after fighting your through the mass of people and Drivers ready to pick up their passengers its only 50 metres to the right and you will find the Taxi office, price to Kuta around 60,000 rupiah.
Once you have stayed in the Kuta area you may decide that the traffic jams are just not worth the trouble! but if you pick your Bali Accommodation wisely great restaurants and shopping can easily be within walking distance as you can certainly spend more time in the Taxi than it takes to walk to your destination in 10 minutes.
When shopping in any of the Malls or shopping centres you will find that the goods are all fixed price, on the street the many small shops selling T-shirts, knick knacks, paintings and just about anything else you could imagine you can bargain with the shop keeper, you dont have to pay the first price that you are offered unless you are happy to pay that! as you can often bargain down to half or even a third of the initial price.
A great way to see more distant parts of Bali is to hire a Car and Driver for the day you should be able to bargain to pay around 500,000 rph for the day for a modern 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Bali it seems is getting more and more congested by traffic and tourists but there are still areas of Bali that you can stay to avoid the hassle of Kuta and Tuban! try Nusa Dua, Sanur, try further to Candi Dasa and the less frequented areas of bali.
Officials are trying to slow down the building of new Hotels in the South of Bali and pushing for more investment in the North as well as looking at opening up the North of Bali with a second Airport and a highway linking the North and South of Bali lets hope it happens soon as Bali still has some fantastic areas to stay for a great holiday