This is the one place that always stuck to us. We miss the people, the places, the food; we were left with a great impression of the island and will go back there someday. Enough of the cheesy stuff! This is what we did for trip to Bali.
Ya, like we’ve said before, just get them as early as you can. Bali is a growing tourist destination for people all around the world. Plus, the earlier you get your ticket, the more options you have for setting up your trip schedule.
We were provided a taxi driver through our AirBnB. This taxi driver became our driver, tour guide, and a reliable friend. We can’t recommend his services highly enough and we could see that there are many taxi drivers in Bali that have that same friendly service.
Homestays are everywhere in Bali. Everywhere you look in Ubud, you’ll find a homestay. The drawback to this is that you’re not guaranteed an air conditioner. This is what killed us! Our AirBnB/homestay, though everybody was nice and the breakfast was great, didn’t have an air conditioner and that made our nights hard to sleep through. If we had to do our trip over, we’d make sure that the place we were staying at had an air conditioner.
Temples and Other Sights:
The temples and other sights often require that you pay an entrance fee which they call a “donation” (still bugs me to this day). Temples are great because you simply pay the entrance fee and you’re good for the whole stay there. Places like the rice terraces require an entrance fee, but if you want to go onto the other side of the terraces (where you can see from higher up and there’s a better looking swing you can ride on) you pay an additional two donations along the way, otherwise you can’t enter.
One thing we didn’t know when we went to the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple was that you were required to wear a sarong as to be respectful to the temple and the Indonesian traditions. If you don’t have one, then you could pay your entrance fee plus a little more to rent a sarong until the end of your stay. Luckily for us, we had two in our bag. Other temples and religious areas probably have similar codes, so, just to be safe, bring a sarong.