• Crystal clear water at Uluwatu Beach

    Surfers come to Uluwatu to tackle the highest waves of Bali. Not a surfer? You can still jump into the tropical water for a wonderful swim too.

  • Rice fields of Bali

    Travel through Bali and be amazed at the beautiful rice fields. From fresh green seedlings
    to yellow plants ready for harvest.

  • Temple Ulun Danu Bratan

    Visit temples at the most beautiful locations: perched on a cliff, located in sea, at a lake or
    right in the shadows of the mystical Mount Agung.

  • Colourful Baskets

    The Balinese are preparing religious offerings every day. Whether it is for the small daily offerings or for big temple ceremonies. Everywhere you will see women balancing
    colourful baskets on their heads full of offerings.

Useful Bali Information on your holiday there....


All you want is to have fun but these useful Bali information will help you enjoy every part of your holiday without having the feeling that something fishy just happened before you actually realized it.

Being tricked and paying a bit more here and there will happen to anyone during their Bali holiday. Don't let it ruin your holiday. But if you are aware of some little things you can avoid these little disappointments.

So here are a couple of tricks that we have experienced during our travels in Bali. They are tips for those who want to be somewhat prepared or for those you just want some entertaining reading material...

 

Posting a letter at a a Post office in Bali

When sending letters or parcels wait until the clerk actually puts the stamps on the envelop or insist on sticking the stamps on them yourself. Sometimes they will overcharge you big time.

 

bali post office
Bali post offices are a bit smaller then others...

 

What they do is that once you've paid they will put the stamps on your letter later for you, so you don't have to wait. But at the end the clerk will only stick the actual amount of stamps which is probably even less then half you paid for it.

I discovered this trick after sending some parcels and postcards to Holland. When I was back in Holland I saw that my mom had stuck the card that I sent on the fridge.

I looked at the back and discovered that there were less stamps on it then what I had actually paid for it!

So remember this simple yet useful Bali travel tip: stick the stamps yourself...

 

Using the Bali Taxis

Always try to have small change on you when hopping into a taxi (for example a couple of Rp.1000). At the end of the ride the taxi driver sometimes claims he does not have any change.

 

bali taxi

 

If this happens just ask the driver to look for change and you will wait in the taxi. That often does the trick, especially if you are at a hotel. The reception is usually willing to provide change.

 

At the Petrol Station

At some point you have to get some fuel when you have rented a car or motor scooter. At the petrol stations there will be somebody to assist you in filling up your tank.

 

petrol station bali indonesia
Pertamina petrol station is found all over the island

 

Great service, but be careful...

Before they actually start filling up your tank make sure that the money display is on Rph. 0000. To earn some extra money the guys at the petrol station don't always reset the meter.

 

petrol station ubud indonesia
Waiting for our turn...

 

At the end the meter continues counting from the amount of the previous customer.

So to avoid disappointments keep your eyes on the meter otherwise you might end up paying more.

 

bali petrol station

 

 

Going to the Bali Money Changer

The people at the money changer can be really tricky. Before you know it they give you half of what they actually owe you. In Bali it is very easy to get fooled because the amounts are always with a lot of zeros.

So before you go and change make sure you have an idea of what you will be receiving. The people at the money changers know exactly how to get you of guard.

As soon as you indicate you want to change some Euros or Dollars in Indonesian Rupiah they will punch all kind of numbers in their calculator very quickly.

 

money changer bali
Bali Money Changers in abundance

 

And in a second they show you the display with an amount that has so many zeros, it's difficult to see how many. So if this happens, just take the calculator yourself and count the zeros or make your own calculation.

Because before you know it you will receive Rp 150000,00 (about USD15) instead of Rp. 1500000,00 (about USD150). See what I mean? And this is just a simple example.

 

What to do about the So-called Bali guide?

For this tip I'm still having mixed feelings. The thing is, when you are traveling around the island and are visiting temples, waterfalls or other sites of interest it might happen that somebody will suddenly tag along.

He will tell you all kind of things or show you around without asking if you want to or without you actually taking any real notice of it. And at the end he will ask for a guide fee.

It has happened to us many times, for instance in Gunung Kawi, Goa Gajah, Temples of East Buleleng and at the Sing Sing waterfalls. At the last place I made a mistake of sending the guide away too early.

 

unwanted bali guide ubud
This friendly man popped up from nowhere

 

I fully understand that in some parts of Bali the people are poor and if they can earn some extra money then it is not a surprise that they try, right?

It's especially difficult to refuse giving some money when they tell you that they need the money to go to school.
 
Until today I still have mixed feelings about this. I guess I just use my own judgment and it depends on the whole situation.

But if you feel that you are forced upon or that the guide asks way too much money then you are allowed to refuse. I sometimes say from the very beginning that I am ok and don't need any extra help.

Other times I end up bargaining a fee and give some money that I find appropriate. It's up to you what you do.


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