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RHAYA'S BALI GUIDE & RECOMMENDATIONS

Updated: a day ago

Having been in Bali on and off for three years, I've learned a thing or two about this magical island. This guide is created with you in mind, I hope it is helpful! The list is only a start of some of the questions I have been asked over the years!



GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. Visa Info/Entering the Country/Preparation

  • Less than 30 day stay = Visitor, free of charge

  • 31-60 day stay = Visa on Arrival at the airport, must have 500,000 IDR cash (ATM's are not reliable). You can also apply for a Social Visa from the Indonesian Consulate in your home country, in Singapore, or in KL. I recommend Visa4Bali as an agent, to support with this process. You will need to go to Immigration Services to extend after the first 30 days.

  • Greater than a 60 day stay = You will need to have organized a Social Visa in advance. You can do so using the following two links: here and here.

  • You will absolutely need an outbound flight and be prepared to show your itinerary at the airport.

  • Overstay fees are 1 million IDR (~$100 CAD) per day. The day you fly in and fly out are counted as full days.

  • I can recommend Safety Wing health insurance, as I have been using them for years!

  • If you plan on driving or scootering, acquire an International Driving Permit. The chances of being pulled over by the police as a tourist are very high.


2. Top towns to visit

- Ubud (culture, yoga, healing, rice patties, events, community, food)

- Uluwatu (beaches, surf, relaxing, beautiful scenery)

- Canggu (beaches, surf, food)


Other towns to visit, time permitting:

- Sanur (beach, extremely relaxing)

- Nusa Dua

- Lovina

- Off island: Lombok, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Gili Islands.


3. Best time to visit

June - September. These are the dryer, cooler months. June and September will be less busy than July and August!


4. Currency & Language

The currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). 100,000/100k IDR = $9.32 CAD

Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian are spoken by the local people. It is nice to know a few phrases, as the locals really do appreciate the effort! The following are in Bahasa Indonesian:

  • Terima kasih = Thank you

  • Sama sama = You're welcome

  • Apa kabar? = How are you

  • Baik = Fine & Bagus = Good

  • Selamat pagi = Greeting in the morning/good morning

  • Selamat siang = Greeting in the afternoon/good afternoon

  • Selamat sore = Greeting from 4-6pm

  • Selamat malam = Greeting or farewell in the evening/good evening

  • Sampai jumpa (lagi) = See you (soon)

  • Cantik = Beautiful

  • Aku cinta kamu = I love you

  • Hati hati = Be careful!

  • Tidak apa apa = No problem

RECOMMENDATIONS

Ubud Recommendations

The following are for UBUD area only:

Transportation

Nyoman: +62 813 3872 0177

Kasna: +62 853 3832 5166


Scooter Rentals

Komang: +62 819 1625 0993


Villa Rentals




Restaurants

  • Sayuri Healing Food

  • Zest

  • Sage

  • Seeds of Life

  • Kismet

  • Muse

  • Moksa

  • Alchemy

  • Revive

  • Bella

  • Clear Cafe

  • Mudra (pictured left)




Yoga Studios

  • Yoga Barn

  • Intuitive Flow

  • Radiantly Alive

  • Ubud Yoga Centre


To Do:

  • Pyramids of Chi Sound Healing

  • Campuhan Ridge Walk

  • Endless massages and spa treatments!

  • Events at Akasha

  • Visit Bambu Indah Resort

  • Visit Four Seasons Resort

  • Walk around the rice patties (Use this dropped pin location)

  • Tuesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Organic Market at Moksa

  • Waterfall visit - there are quite a few within 1 hour from Ubud

  • Vasu Dev's Kirtan Tuesday nights 630-8pm @ Svarga Loka

  • Ecstatic Dance: Thursday 730pm @ Paradiso, Friday 730pm & Sunday 11am @ Yoga Barn


ATM's:

Maybank or Commonwealth. Fees are about $5 CAD per withdrawal plus your bank's fee. The max withdrawal is 3 million IDR which is a little less than $300 CAD.


Do Not's:

Do not drink the tap water, if you can, seek out Balian water

Do not forget to drive on the left side of the road and always wear a helmet :)

Do not leave your valuables unattended

Do not go out too late at night alone

Do not use GoJek in Ubud or you will get yelled at by the locals


Final note:

It is a privilege to be able to visit Bali. May we continue to respect the lovely Balinese, their resources, and their culture. Thank you for stopping by!


xo

Rhaya



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