So, you’ve chosen to head to Bali for your next vacation. Traveling abroad requires a fair bit of pre-planning. But don’t worry. At SOTC, we’ve done the prep work already and this step-by-step guide will take you through all the essentials of planning the perfect Bali vacation.
From two weeks to right up to a few days before your trip, we have got all the bases covered.
Two Weeks Prior to your Bali Trip
Here are some questions you may have before you head on to that fun trip in Bali:
What Are The Important Documents Required To Travel Abroad?
What Do I Pack?
What Is The Maximum Luggage Allowed By Airlines?
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
At SOTC, we are geared to take care of all your foreign currency requirements, whether currency notes or Forex Cards which can be used at ATMs and for payments at outlets. The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah, with 1 INR = 196 Indonesian Rupiah.
Power Banks and Adapters
Make sure that you are never out of touch from the people that you are traveling with as well the folks back home. Keep your phone adequately charged before you board your flight and have a power bank ready to boost up the charge until you reach your hotel. Charge your power bank every time you have access to power so you never run out of battery when traveling. Pack a universal plug charger and adapter with you before you head over to Bali. The power voltage in Bali is 230V and the country uses plugs of type C and F.
Carry your prescription medicine along with the prescription for the duration of the trip and a few more in case the return gets delayed. Besides that, always keep a basic first-aid kit ready:
The Day of Travel
Pack a light snack with you in case of any flight delay or if you just feel hungry from the excitement. Biscuits, nuts, sandwiches, rolls or fruits are great foods to carry. Get homemade food or pick up ready stuff from a reliable place. The last thing you want is an upset stomach on the flight or during your vacation.
God forbid something unplanned comes up and you are forced to cancel or cut your trip after bookings are made. Travel insurance is a way to get some money back. Nearly all international travel insurance companies offer medical assistance on your phone and reimburse medical costs incurred during the trip, wherever you are.
Note down the telephone numbers of the local consulate, police and other emergency services along with those of the travel consultants and agents you booked your trip through. Write them in a notebook. To be on the safer side, mail the numbers to yourself.
Confirm your hotel bookings and ask for the payment receipt or booking voucher before you leave for your vacation. Check if your resort provides free pick-up and drop facilities from and to the airport. At SOTC, we can help organise your hotel bookings as a part of our holiday packages.
Most places in Bali accept credit and debit cards. Among the more widely-accepted cards are American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Popular places will have 24x7 ATMs as well. Do inform your credit card company of your travel dates to understand the applicable charges.
During The Trip
If you have booked a Bali tour package for your trip, knowing a few Balinese phrases will endear you to the locals and also prove helpful.
Tips for Travelling in Bali
Bali is crowded. If you wish to avoid the throng of people, head to the central mountains or the north and west coasts that are much more peaceful.
The main places to visit in Bali are Uluwatu Temple, Pura Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Lovina and Ubud, among many other exotic locations.
Getting around – The best way to see Bali is by being in control of your own transport. You can hire bicycles, scooters and cars to travel at your own pace. Alternatively, you can hire a cab from the Blue Bird Taxi service. These are by far the most honest taxis in Bali.
Balinese cuisine is heavily influenced by traditional Indonesian, Chinese and Indian foods. The main inhabitants of the island are Hindus and this reflects in their food as well.
If you like exploring local cuisine, you must have satay, nasi ayya, (local variation of chicken rice) served at every warung (local eatery).
Cost of living in Bali
Bali is a mixed bag of prices. You can stay in guesthouses and have a fantastic holiday on a shoestring budget.
Or you can blow up a sizeable chunk on drinks, food, spa and room rates at a high-end establishment that cost the same as those in Australia, UK and the US.
Bali offers numerous options for road transport – self-driven or with driver. Choose from bicycles, scooters, cars, vans or public transport.
When to Visit Bali
July-August is the best time to visit Bali. The weather is just right and has the perfect balance of rainy days and dry days.
If you want to party with the crowds, plan your trip around Christmas and New Year when the beaches are buzzing with festivities and the air is rife with merriment.
A glimpse of Bali through art:
Movie – Eat Pray Love: This 2010 movie adapted from a book by the same name was shot in Bali and is responsible for the many young women who now make trips to Bali to follow in the footsteps of the author.