DIY guide to planning a Bali paradise will ensure you to have the best trip ever. Bali is known as the island of Gods and the largest Hindu populated island in Indonesia. It offers many tourism places with their own interesting attractions. If are planning to spend some time in there and it is your first time then you should take a note that Bali has unique cultures and thus you need to know what you should do and what you need to avoid when you go there. Here are some useful guides to help you get the best holiday trip in Bali.
DIY guide to planning a Bali Paradise in your trip
Planning a vacation in Bali is sometime complicated since there are no fixed backpacking route and there are multiple options for the place you can go. Before we move to the Bali travel guide for first timers, you need to take several facts about Bali below:
- Bali uses IDR or Rupiah as the currency.
- Bali is the largest Hindu populated island in Indonesia.
- Indonesian is the main language in Bali as well as other islands in Indonesia.
- Bali population is around 4.2 million.
After know all these facts now it is time for you to set trip planning as follow:
- The best time to visit Bali
Dry season and wet season are the only seasons which you can experience when visiting Bali. In wet season that start from November until March, the island is usually rainy almost every day. Sometimes it is just showers for 1 or 2 hours during the day. Meanwhile the dry season is the best time you can visit Bali. It starts from April to October, although during the day sometime it will rain but very minimal so the island is mostly dry for days or even weeks.
The peak season in Bali is July and August; the island will be crowded by so many tourists from different countries and places. If you want to avoid the crowds and take a trip with less tourists you can go during April to June and September to October.
- Set your holiday budget
DIY Guide to planning a Bali Paradise will also depends on the budget. It is mean that how much money you can or want to spend for your holiday trip. Bali can be your affordable destination or luxury destination if you know how to set the money you want to spend. Bali can be flexible when it comes to budget for transportations, hotels and food.
$1USD exchange rate in Bali is around 14,000 IDR. You can planning tight budget and spend $25USD per day which still possible, however if you want to get more comfortable room to stay then you can plan for around $35-45USD. If you staying in hostels you may need to spend about 100,000 to 150,000 IDR for one night and when you take local food, you maybe want to spend around 15,000 to 50,000 IDR. As for transportations, you can rent a cab or motorbike or make a negotiation to rent a private driver. For cheaper alternative just use apps like Grab or Go-jek to make a trip.
- How you can get to Bali Island
This is very important DIY guide to planning a Bali paradise since there are 3 different ways for you to get to Bali. The most popular one is of course ride a plane by frying to Ngurah Rai or Denpasar international airport. For cheaper alternative, you can take a boat from Jave as the usual route. It is the most common way to travel between the two islands. If you do not mind with longer hours trip then you can take a bus as well from Jakarta (Indonesia’s capital), but you should be patient since it will takes about 23 hours to arrive in Bali.
- Where to go in Bali
There are several main spots you should visit in Bali and do not forget to make a list of those places in your DIY guide to planning a Bali paradise. You can go around in different areas and enjoying your time in various places such as:
- Ubud, you can find many tourism spots like local or traditional markets, temples, yoga studios and holistic centre. It offers the best places you can find local foods even for vegan, the dishes are incredible and you can also have an option to explore beautiful and famous rice fields, Monkey forest and Batur mountain.
- Sanur, if you take a trip with your family then Sanur has many family oriented hotels to choose and it also a perfect place where you can experience more laid back holiday. It also becomes the nearest gateway to Lombok, Komodo, Flores, and Nusa Dua.
- Uluwatu, you can explore this place for a full day and this is a home for surfers that offer luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, Pura Luhur temple as well.
- Kuta, it can become your first destination right when you finally set a food in Bali. Kuta is the best and most famous beach in Bali and you can experience so many water sports and activities in there.
In fact, there are still so many options you can go in Bali such as Seminyak, Sanur, Canggu, etc. You can include them all in you DIY guide to planning a Bali paradise anytime.
- Some Do and Don’ts in Bali
For conclusion, you need to take a note for several Do and Don’ts in Bali. For example:
- Only use authorized money exchanger to avoid money scam.
- Better to exchange money at ATMs or banks.
- It is safer to going around near areas with Blue Bird taxis.
- Dress modestly before you enter temples in Bali since the guests mostly expected wear shirts that cover shoulders and part of upper arms, while from waist to legs are usually covered with temple scarf or sarong.
- Never drink the tap water if you want to avoid getting stomachache.
- Do not swim in the red flag zones.
- Do not forget to wear sunscreen.
- Use unmarked cars
Those are some notes which you can list in your DIY guide to planning a Bali paradise to ensure that you will ‘survive’ during your holiday trip in this beautiful and awesome island.