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Old 14th December 2012, 07:31 PM
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Hey, im planning on travelling to Bali end of march 2013 for 4 weeks, need some advice on wheres best to stay, places to meet other travellers - general tips?
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Old 14th December 2012, 10:49 PM
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Default Hey Luciemay

This is kinda a difficult question to answer without some further information like:

Do you like nice white sandy beaches? try Nusa Dua
Do you want relative quiet? Try Sanur
Or hussle and bussle? Try Kuta
Or inbetween? Try Seminyak
Do you like traditional arts and crafts? Try Ubud
What is your accomodation budget?
Do you want large resort, villa or backpacker?
Do you want to stay put in one location or move around abit?

If you can supply further information I can give you more specific info. Also you want a driver for airport pick up and drop offs and short or long sight seeing trips PM me and I will give you his details.
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Old 17th December 2012, 10:15 PM
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Thanks for your reply!

I want to be able to meet other travellers with ease as im going solo. i dont want anywhere too crazy, i love meeting people and night life but i want to be on more of a spiritual trail. Seminyak sounds good for this i guess?

I have a small budget for accomadation, i want to keep it simple and cheap, if possible.

i do fancy mooving around to try and see as much as possible while im there. I love white sandy beaches so i'd like to take advantage of those while i was there.

I'v heard thailand is extremely cheap to get by whilst your there...how does Bali hold up against this? would it be relatively easy on a low budget?

Thankyou so much your information has been great i really appreciate it!
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Old 18th December 2012, 10:44 AM
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I would recommend Seminyak as a starter. IIRC the beach is grey sand - I remember not being overly impressed - but the "feel" of the town is wonderful. The Balinese are incredibly creative folk and there is all manner of little boutique-type shops and restaurants tastefully oriented at the tourist. Without wanting to sound like a snob Seminyak has a bit more of a "finesse" about it.

I would avoid Kuta/Legian like the plague. Maybe visit for a day but don't stay there. These days it's an overdeveloped, busy, highly touristy sprawl, very brash and nasty. (God I sound old... I'm only 34! )

From Seminyak, you can head down to Nusa Dua, then head inland to Ubud for a bit of relaxation, see the monkey forest and see all the artsy shops on the Forest Road.

Also consider Gili Trawangan / Meno / Air just off Lombok - or Lombok itself, which is often described as how Bali was 20/30 years ago. The Gilis (Gili means island actually) are very popular with backpacking folk, and it's very easy to meet people. Enjoy the fresh seafood all-you-can-eat barbeques! In fact anywhere you go you will meet people, especially if you stay in guesthouses. One tip is to look for places that have a communal social area. Any guesthouse that has a bar or lounge is going to be pretty good for meeting people - all you have to do is pipe up and speak to someone!

Personally I found Bali more expensive than Thailand, but that may have been a factor of the level of comfort I sought for my Bali trip as opposed to travelling on a shoestring in Thailand in my twenties. Needless to say there are plentiful budget options in Bali.

Happy travels! In the next few days I will try to look out some pictures of my trip to Bali to whet your appetite.

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Old 18th December 2012, 11:17 PM
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Default Steve is spot on

Give Seminyak a go I dont think you will be disappointed.

Head down toi Nusa Dua for white sandy beaches.

Then up to Ubud for some arts, crafts and cultural experience.

Then maybe back to Seminyak to finish off the holiday.

The other option is to stay put in one place and do day or half day trips to the other locations. I say this because if you are staying for one month in one place then they normally offer you a twenty (20) percent discount for long stay.

Also you say you are on a small budget for accomodation. Can you define small please and then I can give you a couple of options (in Seminyak) for you to consider?

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Default Just re thought this

Luciemay - Accomodation is wide and varied so what are your criteria:

Fan cooled room or air con?
Hot or cold water for bathroom?
Access to free wifi?
Swimming pool?
Restaurant or not?
Small kitchen?
Shared facilities like bathroom?

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Old 26th December 2012, 05:12 AM
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i think seminyak is will suit you, not so crowdy with fine dining cafe

avoid kuta during high season
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Thanks for your reply!

I want to be able to meet other travellers with ease as im going solo. i dont want anywhere too crazy, i love meeting people and night life but i want to be on more of a spiritual trail. Seminyak sounds good for this i guess?

I have a small budget for accomadation, i want to keep it simple and cheap, if possible.

i do fancy mooving around to try and see as much as possible while im there. I love white sandy beaches so i'd like to take advantage of those while i was there.

I'v heard thailand is extremely cheap to get by whilst your there...how does Bali hold up against this? would it be relatively easy on a low budget?

Thankyou so much your information has been great i really appreciate it!
Sounds like gili trawangan better for description but less spiritual trail. seminyak area is good. And for accomodation maybe try search first for Jalan Mertanadi ( it near seminyak ) they have many of "kos" or boarding house which is around US $ 70 - US $ 90 per month include bed and TV
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Old 11th March 2013, 08:09 PM
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We spent two weeks in Bali a few years ago. Had advice from several travelers first, and followed a route around the island clockwise. The first two nights we stayed near the airport at a recommended small hotel. Then, the rest of the trip we just got a driver between towns and looked for a hotel. Bargained. Ended up about $40/night, but you can do even better.
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Seminyak is fine, but I prefer Sanur. Less crowded and you're closer to the spiritual part of Bali in my opinion. You definitely want to make it to Ubud as well if culture is your preference. You will meet plenty of people there looking for the same as you.

I like the beaches because I surf, but I usually stay away from southern Bali unless I'm on my way to the Bukit or Kuta Reef.

Definitely hook up with a Balian for your own cleansing ceremony and try to get to some of the amazing temples. Don't be afraid to attend rituals - there are many and they're fascinating. The Balinese will usually allow pictures, even to the point of helping you get a better vantage point for your shot.

You'll love it.
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