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How to plan a Trip to Bali, Indonesia!!

Hey guys, hope all of you are doing extremely well. It’s been a long time since I last put down a blog. So finally, I’m here today talking to you about all the things you need to know before you plan your next trip to Indonesia or the most visited place in Indonesia that is Bali.

Recently I had the chance to go to Indonesia, Jogjakarta & Bali for 10 Days and it happened to be a pretty well put together trip with lots of activities & exploring.

I’d like to be the one to give you the good news that now getting to Bali from Mumbai is a piece of cake. Thanks to “Garuda Indonesia” airlines, they have started direct flights from Mumbai to Bali now. So theres no need for taking flights that go via some other destinations which take alot of time. Also they have 3 flights per week which go back & forth. Sorted, right?!

Now talking about the journey in detail. The tickets cost you about 36,000₹ for a return ticket which is a great deal. I travelled by economy class while going & business class while coming back.Now talking about the economy class, have to make a point here, this was the first time that I travelled by Garuda & I was stunned to see the amount of leg space they have. The seat is really comfortable and their inflight entertainment systems have a list of many awarded movies & series. So, that’s pretty good if you’re a person like me who doesn’t like sleeping on flights. Also, its a 7 hr 35 min flight so 2-3 movies & viola, you have landed in Denpasar, Bali. Also, the meal was really yum both the dinner & the breakfast. So, overall the journey was really smooth.

Now once you reach Bali, there’s a lot to explore if you just want to go to Bali alone. But if you’re someone who likes to explore too. I would recommend adding “Jogjakarta” on your list as well. You can take a flight from Bali to jogjakarta which is of about 1hr30 mins.

Now, I’m going to list all the places you need to visit in Bali if you only plan to visit Bali alone.

Bali has many breathtaking beaches & crazy shacks, massage parlours and shopping spots. So, be sure your vacation in Bali is going to be one that is very relaxing & it will actually help you unwind.

*Tip no1: Get a hotel close to any of the  popular beaches.  ( I lived near Kuta beach in Pullman Bali Hotel, it was an extremely amazing hotel with big, spacious & luxurious rooms. I will definitely recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a good option.)

Tip no2: Always rent a scooty which is quite convenient to move around & also quite affordable.

*Tip no3: Always convert rupees into dollars & then exchange them into Bali rupiah at Bali itself from a local currency exchange shop. With dollars, you will always get a very good exchange rate. Never take rupees, they do not accept it.

*Tip no4 : Make a list of all the places you want to visit for the time span you are there. So for example: Everyday you can pick one beach & cover that particular beach and the area around it. That way you will have covered maximum.

Now, coming to the recommendations.

*BEACHES YOU CANNOT MISS :

Kuta Beach, Padang Padang, Nusa Dua, padang padanga, nusa dua, balangan, lovina and seminyak beach. All of them are 100% worth a visit and that way you will have covered alot.

Also, keep one evening aside to go to “Tanah Lot” . Be there around 4 and go watch the “Ramayan Fire Dance” first. Its an amazing show in which they enact the Ramayana through a fire dance. What a show, I must say! After that, just enjoy the sunset. One of the best sunsets Bali has to offer. It will take your breath away. Also, if you want, you can just wait for some drinks and dinner too & enjoy this really romantic candle light dinner experience at the shacks there.

*FOOD:

Now when it comes to food, Bali does offer alot. But, you must be ready to experiment. To be honest, the food is quiet different than our Indian food. If you love experimenting, you are going to love the food. Some of my favourite dishes while I was there are:

1. Nasi Goreng: its Indonesian fried rice, topped with lots & lots of scrambled egg, different kinds of meat as per your choice. Also in Bali, they always serve spicy sauce with your dishes, so you can add that, a bit to your Nasi goreng & it tastes so yumm.

2. Satay: This is different kinds of marinated meat on a stick served with spicy hot chilli sauce. Again, this is a very popular dish and every restaurant out there will serve this. Must try I’d say.

3. Jimbaran Seafood: If you’re a seafood lover, definitely try out the Jimbaran seafood. Its all different kinds of fishes cooked in the Jimbaran style. Sweet, sour & spicy hot taste of this is truly a treat to all the sea food lovers.

4.Mie Gorenge: This is the spicy fried noodles. It tastes really yumm.

This is all for my must try recommendations when it comes to food in Bali. Also, if you want to find an Indian restaurant that makes amazing Indian food, you can visit restaurant Sitara. Just google the adress and you will find it.

Now almost coming to the end of this blog post, I’d like to say, if you want to explore more of Bali, as in the cultural and the fun life. You could get in touch with a local tour guide. The sweetest tour guides you could meet in your lives. They will show you around, educate you about every place and that way you will have covered alot. Also they’re fees is not high.

Also, while in Bali, do not forget to visit “Pura ulun Bratan temple”in Tabanan, its a beautiful temple next to a lake . You could spend hours here. Also, do take the boat ride over the lake. They say there’s volcano beneath the lake. But its so breathtaking. So do not miss it at all.

Thats it for this blog post guys, in the next one I will give you information if you plan to visit Jogjakarta too. I hope this was helpful for you guys to plan your trip to Bali! See you guys soon:)

-Shanice Shreshtha