Bali Itinerary Purpose 1: Ubud


I took a calendar week long opor-garai with Nigel to Bali before inward May. I grew upwardly inward a work solid unit of measurement where an overseas trip was relationships driven; either visiting my dad (who worked overseas a lot) or my relatives (majority of them are located inward Shanghai in addition to Hong Kong), rarely had the jeopardy to experience touristy activities past times myself. Most of my fourth dimension inward bustling cities similar Hong Kong revolved around shopping. In my poly days, I seized opportunities to move with the schoolhouse for report trips, the primary argue existence the subsidies in addition to 2nd because I had thus much to a greater extent than liberty with my friends. This time, however, I am sick of pleasing people, shopping in addition to e'er rushed around past times someone else. I was craving for a beach opor-garai that allowed plenty of fourth dimension for relaxation in addition to indulgence. So that explains why Nigel in addition to I decided to select vii days off to Bali!

I was extremely flattered past times many of you lot who receive got followed me on Instagram, liked my photos in addition to requested for a Bali weblog post. Firstly, I'd similar to highlight that the itinerary was completely planned past times Nigel, exactly because I am a bum who gets anxious easily. He is thus awesome in addition to deserves all the credit. The best I could do was documenting our journeying for you lot to enjoy. I receive got organised this weblog post inward chronological order.

p.s. As a collective effort, Nigel volition live invitee editing inward green text!

Hello dearest readers, give cheers you lot for reading Uli's weblog in addition to I promise you lot bask our commencement co-authored blog-post!



Itinerary fact sheet
Flight: Tiger airways
Vacation days: vii (2 inward Ubud, five inward Seminyak)
Flight & accommodation per person: S$500
Other expenses per person: S$600


Transport
We travelled past times Taxi, hiring a driver in addition to past times foot. Taxi is practiced for curt distances in addition to you lot should e'er opt to go past times meter every bit it's usually cheaper. However, if you lot are moving around a lot inward a unmarried day, it is best to hire a driver. Nigel's mom recommended us Agus, who is a genuine yet extremely witty Balinese. He drives a vii seater mini van. It costs nigh USD$40 to hire him for a hateful solar daytime (8 hours), but it's genuinely worth it if you lot receive got lots to go inward a hateful solar daytime or if you're traveling inward a group. He was our friend, guide in addition to fellowship for the three days nosotros had him, Nigel in addition to I urge you lot to acquire Agus because that volition live the best determination you lot brand inward Bali. If you're exactly going out for a curt dinner, e'er cheque with the locals on the distance. Most of the eateries were within attain thus walking was never a work for our curious minds.

The best tip I tin dispense is to acquire Agus every bit your driver. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 trusty driver similar Agus tin brand your Bali trip a memorable one.  Besides, he offered us adventure activities such every bit water-rafting at a much cheaper cost than quoted past times accommodation staff in addition to online. Big plus indicate for budget travellers! Moreover, he did non accuse us extra when nosotros exceeded the 8 hours limit for a full-day of his services. Over the course of report of our trip, Agus became our friend, companion, tour-guide, caretaker, joker, etc. He really made our remain inward Bali special.
Agus Kuswana, driver
Recommended on Trip Advisor
Best agency to attain him is at gil.agus@hotmail.com or his Facebook page.





Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant
Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Br. Teges Peliatan, Ubud
Tel: +62 361 975656 Daily: 10am – 10pm

Upon arrival, the commencement nosotros did was to catch a belatedly lunch. They're known for their signature smoked duck in addition to dine with a bang-up view. I was initially non used to the 'rawness' of the duck (it's roasted without additional oil, minimum seasoning), but it was delicious nonetheless. Its accompanying butter potatoes were the best I receive got ever tasted inward my life. If you lot walked all the agency to the terminate of the restaurant, you'll uncovering an amazing stance of the padi field, definitely a practiced preview to what Ubud is all about!

This identify was recommended past times Ladyironchef in addition to sure enough plenty it lived upwardly to my expectations. The locals all know nigh it in addition to the prices are affordable for such an established restaurant.


View of the treehouse i time you lot enter. The little stairs atomic number 82 to the hangout room.

(Left block) top hangout room, bottom chamber (Right block) top bath 1,  bottom kitchen & bath 2

(Top to bottom) hangout room, bedroom, store room for gardeners

View of our garden from the balcony + a peek of our neighbor villa's pool

Mini waterfall, crafty bench

Outdoor bathtub which nosotros never used


Bathroom 1: semi outdoors thus you lot bask a view!

Kitchen surface area + extra basin + entrance to bath 2

Bedroom

Study surface area at the hangout room, fully equipped with DVD thespian in addition to the owner's books

Nigel eats his breakfast inward the hangout room

Our daily domicile made breakfast: (vegetarian) yoghurt, granola, mixed fruits, toast, coffee

Balcony

Satori Treehouse
Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

We chose to volume our accommodation via Airbnb, a pop site for people to listing their places or remain inward other's. Not solely it's cheaper this way, staying inward villas tin live a bang-up agency to experience something new. Our commencement accommodation was the Satori Treehouse, owned past times a French guy in addition to was also recommended previously inward the newspapers for winning some form of Airbnb competition. It cost us nigh S$90+ for each night. The tree work solid isn't literally built on trees similar Tarzan's, but it was built alongside a rich lush of greenery. We weren't exactly entitled to the house, nosotros owned the entire compound! I couldn't wrap my caput around the thought of living inward an environs that was in all probability 4 times the size of my home, something I could solely dream of inward Singapore. I retrieve spending the commencement 20 minutes exactly running upwardly in addition to downwardly inward excitement. We didn't acquire to run into the owner, but the people who took tending of the work solid (a housekeeper, driver, maid, gardener) were hospitable to our needs. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Nokia telephone was provided on our bedside tabular array for emergencies or calling the housekeeper. Not shown inward whatever pictures was a massage room fully equipped with beds but you lot receive got to contact the housekeeper to acquire the external masseuses. We each paid USD$12 for an hr in addition to it was fantastic, swearing from a scoliosis patient here. Highly recommended if you're staying there.

Pros
The tree work solid blew my mind. I wishing nosotros booked to a greater extent than days thus that I could pass a hateful solar daytime exactly enjoying the house. It's the perfect identify for couples who wishing to alive inward nature in addition to quietness. It's hard to experience agitated inward the house, peculiarly when you lot acquire a stance of the padi acre exactly exterior the window. I loved the semi outdoor bath because it's thus spacious. Although it's technically exposed, you lot volition soundless experience a sense of privacy but because you're thus hidden past times the greenery. I also thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast made fresh past times the maid every morning. Even though it's 100% vegetarian, it's nutritious in addition to real filling. You also acquire an outdoor bathtub that is perfect for a bubble bath!

The bed must receive got been bang-up because I did non lose whatever slumber over the 2 nights spent here. The outdoor bath on the 2nd grade deserves a advert also every bit it was the most relaxing bathing experience I've ever had. I felt thus closed to nature bathing alongside the rocks in addition to inward the opened upwardly air. Service tin brand or suspension an experience in addition to I must tell that I felt genuinely taken tending of past times the service staff. No linguistic communication barrier, plenty of smiles.

Cons
I receive got to admit, because I am a spoilt brat who never had to human face upwardly insects, getting used to the natural habitat was a challenge. There were some mosquitoes (very mutual inward Bali) but thankfully nosotros were provided with electrical repellents in addition to coils, thus it wasn't a huge issue. We did encounter some moths, ants, lizards in addition to cockroaches. But having said that, permit me tell you lot that i time I accepted the fact that nosotros were in a habitat, I of a abrupt understood that these insects were exactly business office of the scene in addition to it was incorrect of me to consider them every bit pests. And frankly they were pretty harmless. So I propose if you lot intend to remain there, exactly live mentally prepared to select nature every bit it is! Other than that, other cons would include the weak wifi connector that was solely receptive at sure enough areas in addition to how black the chemical compound tin acquire at night. I won't consider them obstructive of our remain but it's practiced to demeanour inward mind.

For me, the less you lot worry nigh the insects, the improve your remain volition be. Besides, they weren't a nuisance. I felt at ease here!





Instructor in addition to guide of our raft


Telaja Waja River, Ubud
Phone: +62 361 9124 888 / +62 361 9124 999
Cost per pax: USD$35

One of the things nosotros genuinely wanted to do was white H2O rafting. Agus said that the summertime months are bang-up for rafting every bit the H2O isn't also aggressive. I didn't realise how physically demanding the rafting was; you lot basically brand your agency from i indicate of the river to some other that stretches over 16km which took nigh 2.5 hours to complete. Although at some indicate my arms ached similar mad, fourth dimension passed apace because I was distracted past times how beautiful the scenery was. We got to reckon cliffs, existent waterfalls in addition to occasional villagers who lived along the river. I think white H2O rafting is a must for everyone who visits Bali. It's genuinely fun in addition to constantly thrilling.

However, I must remind you lot that it tin live quite dangerous, at to the lowest degree for me. At i point, our raft hitting a stone in addition to for some unknown argue I flew correct out of the raft. The fact that I wasn't the sole loser falling over made me experience slightly better. Although the waters are shallow, the rushing flow in addition to slippery pebbles made it impossible for me to recover past times myself. So basically for nigh thirty seconds all I knew was I constantly slipped, knocked into all sorts of rocks in addition to desperately tried to embrace my face. I was also inward daze in addition to panic, in addition to fifty-fifty existence a decently practiced swimmer I couldn't assist myself. Thank God our teacher managed to rescue me but I was soundless inward tremendous daze that I couldn't experience my legs at all. I was lucky to receive got suffered some pocket-size bruises. But permit this live a practiced lesson to never underestimate the seemingly harmless waters...

Bali is to a greater extent than than exactly beaches in addition to nightlife. There's plenty of adventure inward Bali in addition to this is i non to live missed! You tin acquire a practiced glimpse of nature hither inward Bali coupled with the thrill of rafting. Apparently, at that spot are 2 rivers for rafting inward Bali in addition to according to Agus our driver, this is the to a greater extent than scenic of the two. So slap on some sunblock in addition to ready for BOOM BOOM! 

Tips
Please don't live an idiot similar me who wore suede sandals. You are required to wearable shoes at all times, I propose fully strapped sandals that tin withstand water. Bikinis are totally allowed but exactly live careful to avoid indecent exposure because it's a sport, non suntanning guys! I wore a swimsuit with denim shorts. Wear sunscreen because your shoulders volition burn. You tin select photographic telly camera but your holding volition live kept inward a collective waterproof pocketbook carried past times instructors, in addition to I solely got to snap some pictures during the breaks. Well unless you lot receive got a GoPro, thus assay your best non to lose it. Shower in addition to sumptuous dejeuner were provided upon completion. I don't recommend buying your photos because it's ridiculously expensive. Oh in addition to you lot acquire to select domicile a certificate of completion! 



Sambal fish with kang kong in addition to rice

Creamy avocado pasta


Casa Moon restaurant
Jalan Raya, Ubud
Tel: +62 361 977 409

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 bang-up eating spot for salubrious brewed tea, hearty mains in addition to bang-up music. It has a romantic vibe with its dimly lit interior in addition to has a bar inward the basement. Family friendly. Only bad thing is that the identify had an annoying amount of mosquitoes thus brand sure enough to select your insect repellent.





Kintamani volcano


Nigel with our driver Agus


ALAM Amazing Adventures
Kintamani Volcano, Ubud
Phone: +62 361 9124 888 / +62 361 9124 999
Cost per pax: USD$35

The best agency to sightsee is none other than a cycling tour. Ubud is the 'country side' of Bali in addition to known for its natural scenery. We commencement assembled with other cyclists at a eating spot close the top of the colina which had an unobstructed stance of the volcano landscape. Do authorities annotation that it's real mutual frigidity at the top thus retrieve to select a cardigan! It got warmer every bit nosotros cycled down. I personally enjoyed the cycling tour because I felt real localised exactly past times cycling alongside other local motorists. You'll reckon padi fields, plantations, villagers, temples in addition to thus on. But I must warn you lot that if you lot similar me who is neither active nor a regular cyclist, you lot mightiness uncovering the tour real physically demanding. Reason existence I carried my DSLR inward my backpack in addition to maintained an arched spot the entire time...definitely straining on the back. Everything else was great. The entire route lasts 35km in addition to takes nigh 2.5 hours to complete, with occasional H2O in addition to photograph breaks inward between. 

This is an action that allows you lot to reckon the "other" side of Bali, where the locals alive in addition to play. It was a pleasing sight to reckon children running adjacent to your bicycle with their palms outstretched for "Hi-5s" in addition to maxim "Hello!" every bit you lot  cycle tumble out though somehow I can't tell for sure enough if they were genuine. To live honest, most of the fourth dimension you lot won't live pedaling the bicycle every bit this action is to a greater extent than ofttimes than non downhill.

Around the 20km mark, Nigel got into an accident. Basically, roads were real narrow to laid about with in addition to for security reasons, nosotros were told to go along left no thing what. To brand things fifty-fifty to a greater extent than challenging, nosotros were also sharing the same route with cars, vans in addition to trucks. At the indicate when nosotros were cycling downwardly a steeply inclined slope, the route at the same fourth dimension also curved into a precipitous turn. I was extremely cautious in addition to afraid the entire piece in addition to permit me tell you lot I tin safely tell that I was pressing my brakes all the time. Nigel on the other mitt was to a greater extent than excited in addition to I guess every bit he was going downwardly that steep slope, he somehow swerved into the correct lane in addition to the adjacent thing I know (I was ahead of him), I heard a crevice audio similar every bit if someone stepped on a Coke bottle. Nigel genuinely crashed into a motorbike which was coming inward the contrary direction. To illustrate the province of affairs better, the headlights in addition to drinking glass of the bicycle were broken. Thank God that despite the bloody post accident appearance, nosotros were surprised that Nigel suffered exactly external injuries. I couldn't assist but to hollo helplessly in addition to pray to God because I didn't genuinely know how to respond, I fifty-fifty ended upwardly feeling empty-headed from seeing blood. Our tour ended thus in addition to Agus took us to a nearby hospital to clothing the wounds. I must tell that despite cycling existence potentially dangerous, the fact that nosotros were properly protected genuinely mattered a lot. 

The accident made my trip thus much to a greater extent than memorable! It was my commencement accident ever in addition to wow I sure enough did non human face thus much blood. Frankly, I thought I broke my leg! It was indeed a miracle that I could stand upwardly up in addition to limp to the car. Everyone heaved a sigh of relief when they saw that I could limp/walk on my own. Miraculously, past times the adjacent day, I could walk almost usually with some hurting in addition to discomfort. I felt genuinely blessed every bit my initial fears that my opor-garai would live over were unfounded. 

In such a situation, it definitely helps if you lot receive got someone to select tending of you lot in addition to other matters. I was lucky that Agus was exactly driving tardily behind the cyclists thus when I had the accident, he was promptly on the spot. What was crazy was that nosotros were correct smack inward the rural surface area but Agus somehow deal to uncovering a hospital five minutes away thus I could acquire medical handling promptly. Also, cheers to Agus, Alam the bicycle fellowship was a responsible in addition to rubber company. It settled all the matters with the motorcyclist thus I didn't receive got to worry nigh a thing. More importantly, Alam was i of the few companies that had total security equipment similar helmet, elbow in addition to knee articulation guards. There were some other cyclists with other companies who had cypher protective gear on them, non fifty-fifty a helmet! Of course, I definitely receive got Uli to give cheers for dressing my wounds over the adjacent duo of days in addition to taking tending of me. 

Tips
If you're intending to go cycling too, my advice for you lot is 1. Go deadening in addition to go along left all the fourth dimension in addition to 2. don't live a hero; never skip your security gears. Wear sunscreen. Be warning of your surroundings at all times in addition to lookout adult man out for dogs, cars in addition to people. You volition live provided with an ALAM singlet for security reasons, thus wearable it. Wear comfortable clothes in addition to protective footwear if possible. Water in addition to dejeuner volition live provided thus don't select all your snacks.


Bali tips 101 past times Nigel

Change plenty money. I changed $450 initially for vii days but on tertiary hateful solar daytime I realized it's non enough. Eventually changed $200 more, at the terminate of my trip, wallet totally empty. Your biggest expense volition live activities in addition to transport. Both are non inexpensive if you lot think nigh it. But driver is of import inward Bali. Food is affordable but everything adds up. Imo, $350 is non enough. Driver each of you lot volition pay $43 thus rafting+cycling= $76 thus three H2O activities nigh $85 thus already $204. You are left with less than $150 for food, cabs,fees for airport, temple, perchance topic park. Just alter to a greater extent than to receive got peace of mind, don't permit coin stress you lot on a vacation. Maybe $450-$500 is improve imo. And select extra SGD. At to the lowest degree $200? In representative non enough. Last hateful solar daytime at airport, I totally broke inward rupiah thus found out demand pay 200k idr for airdrome taxation if non can't acquire into at all. Just overnice I receive got $46sgd to change, if non Uli in addition to I genuinely stranded at airdrome liao.

Don't alter coin at the roadside coin changers where it's exactly a board in addition to counter. They scam coin past times giving you lot little notes, making you lot count, distracting you lot thus taking dorsum some notes. If you lot genuinely receive got to alter money, enquire Agus, exactly alter fifty-fifty if the charge per unit of measurement sucks because its improve to alter with the honest ones. Once bitten, twice shy.

Walk when you lot can, enquire the hotel reception or minimart cashiers if your goal is far from where you lot are. Most of the fourth dimension is nearer than you lot think in addition to genuinely walkable. Towards the concluding few days when Uli in addition to I was running depression on $, nosotros walked to our destinations in addition to thus many was genuinely exactly 15-20 mins walk away! Saved us a lot on cabs.

When cabbing, enquire them to role the meter before you lot enter. Usually, they volition enquire your goal or you lot tell them thus they quote you. 50,000 is also ex most of the times. If you lot don't believe, you lot pay once, adjacent time, you lot select meter thus you lot reckon how much you lot overpaid. If they don't wna role meter, exactly acquire some other cab. Insist on this if you lot wna salve money. 

You in all probability don't demand a driver to choice you lot upwardly from the airdrome but it's practiced to receive got to avoid the unnecessary stress in addition to hassle when you lot attain Bali. We had one. If not, you lot receive got to flag a taxi in addition to create out a charge per unit of measurement or insist on meter. Plus indicate is your hotel is non far from airdrome thus if you're cabbing, insist on meter in addition to it should live genuinely cheap.

Watch your spending. At the start of the day, know how much you lot have. At the terminate of the day, cheque how much you lot receive got to know how much you lot spent. I propose you lot nigh 1 meg rupiah out daily to receive got a buffer inward case. Maybe select some sgd also inward representative you lot demand to change. 

Be careful of your holding at all times. Never exit your valuables on the table, they tin distract you lot past times talking to you lot piece some other soul takes your valuables away.

Get a driver, similar Agus. He volition go your friend, companion, tour-guide, caretaker, joker, etc. It genuinely makes your remain inward Bali much, much nicer. "Gil.agus@hotmail.com" Ask him nigh Wendy, it's a … interesting story.

Pack a calorie-free handcarry in addition to luggage for Bali. fifteen kg cheque inward luggage is to a greater extent than than enough. My luggage was vii kg in addition to Uli's 10 kg. You won't purchase much anyway.

Books are crazy inexpensive compared to SG, consider buying for yourself or gifts. I bought 2 in addition to Uli one.

BUY TOILETRIES AND MAKEUP! It's genuinely damn inexpensive inward Bali, you lot won't believe it. Uli saw for herself. Just human face at them inward minimarts, supermarkets, Guardian.

Shop at the large supermarkets. Advice from Agus, things are fair-priced in addition to value for coin here. You don't receive got to create out but you lot soundless acquire things for a bang-up price. Really, cheque it out.

Bring your ain sunblock. Maybe you lot in addition to your friend select i each. Sunblock is quite expensive at that spot imo.

Order coconuts whenever you lot can! We loved it, they are super fresh in addition to large in addition to thirst-quenching there. You'll live peeing inward no time. Ask to add together a lime inside. It's a bang-up novel agency I learnt to drinkable it there! Haha.

Interact with the locals. Go with an opened upwardly heed in addition to don't live skeptical or unapproacheble all the fourth dimension exactly because you lot are scared of scams. Almost everyone is nice, friendly, polite to you lot except the coin changers in addition to taxi drivers. Agus is the best lol.

Buy move insurance.

Don't worry nigh wearing contacts. I wore that for all the activities in addition to didn't experience whatever problem.

Bali electrical wall sockets are 2-pin. Bring move adaptors to salve coin rather than purchase there. I tin lend you lot 2 if you lot don't have.

Be careful on the roads. There are no pavements in addition to scooters exactly zoom by. It's quite unsafe on the roads if you're non careful. Always lookout adult man both sides before crossing.

Set aside 200,000 rupiah each for the airdrome "tax" thing that you lot MUST pay when you lot depart Bali.

Wear comfortable footwear, Uli brought 2 sandals. I wore shoes in addition to bought slippers there. Heels are a NO-NO inward Bali.

Bring Nets in addition to a Visa/Master carte du jour exactly inward representative you lot demand to withdraw or you lot genuinely wna store but non plenty cash. Bear inward heed that the rates volition suck.

Ask for wifi all the time, they receive got it almost everywhere which is great.

No demand to purchase telephone card, waste matter money. Uli in addition to I didn't fifty-fifty bother for our vii days there.

Bring shades, essential to have. Hat helps but non essential.

Bring your ain towel each. If you lot go to the beach, you lot tin sit down on it. Potato Head beach society also does non render towels thus you lot receive got to receive got your own.

Separate your money, don't position all inward your wallet. Put some inward unlike parts of your bag/luggage.


Thank you lot for your fourth dimension if you lot receive got made it to the end. Watch out for part 2 of our Bali Itinerary that volition live published past times the terminate of this week! 

p.s. Don't you lot think Nigel is a pretty practiced author considering this existence his commencement time? Let him know inward the comments if you lot appreciated his Bali wisdom!



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