The truth about Bali (another look)

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Caught here on the Internet this article: "the truth about Bali". I even added in the title of the article addition - "another look at Bali". And in fact, could even add "a sober look at Bali". Reading inspirational vivid descriptions of the island on the sites of travel agencies, of satisfied tourists or living there, our compatriots somehow forget, I do not believe that is not all there in Paradise. There are shortcomings in the rest of life in Bali. Reading this report and I caught myself thinking: "But that's about it... But then so too was pinned there, the little things...". Just has long been, erased all the bad things a long time ago and was left with only the good memories, and back to Bali. Of course, the following report does not claim 100% objectivity, but fiction it won't be called.

The truth about Bali

How many beautiful words we say, when encouraging you to buy a ticket. Unfortunately, on arrival everything is not always as tell.

About the beauty of Indonesia, particularly Bali, we had heard a lot and in 2010 finally decided to go see for yourself. The more turned free time and got cheap tickets on the flight from Singapore.

So, the most common myths about Bali:

Going to the beach!

"Interesting things to do in Bali for beach lovers.." Many tourists come to Bali to swim in the ocean. Before the trip I imagine how will be to bask in the sun and splash in the water. So, in Bali, swimming mainly in the pool. The sea is too large waves.

Bali is a place for surfers and divers, but not for beachgoers who love to swim. In the refined village of Nusa Dua, of course, you can find more relaxed. But even here the ocean some hostile. But if you're a surfer or want to learn, Bali is all for it. But to go to swim it is better to Turkey or Phuket.

In Bali everything is cheap

The first time we heard about Bali in Thailand. Talkative German were painted as everything in Bali is beautiful and cheap. What he would not say. always ended "... and it's cheaper than Thailand". Then we read the reviews online and they confirmed that all cheap.

Was really inexpensive, but... local. For white people the prices here are very biting. We never managed to eat here for less than$ 10 for two, and that's what I consider an indicator of cheapness. For example, the food in Thailand is cheaper. 6-10$ for a dinner for two – a common occurrence. Even in expensive Singapore is not a problem to find such places. Moreover, the food in Bali is tasteless, too simple.

In Ubud we decided to try the "incredibly delicious" Babi Guling dish is rice with different pieces of pork and different cooked. I didn't like very fatty meat. By the way the majority of Balinese are not Muslim, and Hinduism.

Perhaps, of edible just like the juice from a fresh mango when it is served undiluted and with no ice. In Bali to find this was not possible, but on Lombok were on the Senggigi beach.

Expensive products, about housing at a separate issue. Of course, we heard that Indonesia should always bargain. But more than 3 times the bargain never happened and still eventually left expensive compared to Thailand.

Bali is a Paradise?

I was not able to see heaven and I don't know what he looks like. But if heaven is a huge cesspool it is, of course, Bali.

When traveling to Bali we read reviews, and not for the first time in Asia, so I was ready to see the garbage, but many...

The most famous beaches, Kuta and Legian, known for mountains of garbage. We have the impression that Bali is no such service as garbage. "Not allowed" and that's it. This is probably why it is incredibly a lot of flies. So much that dinner is not very comfortable.

Only a place like the resort is Nusa Dua. Clean and nice here, hotels are 90% filled by Russians. But the prices there... the Place is absolutely boring and kind of unnatural. Better for the money five times in Turkey or Egypt to go.

Hotels, guest houses

A few reviewers wrote that the housing in Bali more comfortable and cheaper than in Thailand. Lend better upon arrival... We have decided to settle on the Kut - inexpensive and popular beach in Bali.

Have bypassed, probably, all the guest houses in Kuta and Legian for a few, we went to everyone already for the sake of sport, but cheaper than 45$ (after bargaining) have not found anything more or less clean. And something comfortable with an Internet starts from$ 80 (after bargaining).

Decent hotels are best booked through Agoda (Agoda), from the counter, not traded. Legian generally cheaper than Kuta. Hotels and guest houses are mostly old fixtures that reminded us of Soviet times. Indonesian style we fell in love: the dark decor of the rooms and very little light. The water in the pools in Bali to clean, apparently, is not accepted. Evenings throw a few handfuls of chlorine and enough.

Cleaned rooms men and poorly cleaned. We lived in different places from 45 to 120 dollars for the room, but the price and a tip for the cleaning had no effect. Cheap Hastie (400t.RS) the cleaner never went to the bathroom for 6 days, no change of towels. In an expensive hotel, the towels were changed, but they were grey and tattered in places that it kind of hurt.

In General, the cleanliness and the comfort in Bali's better to forget even picky or too to remove hotels from$ 200 per room.


For the first time in Asia, we met a lot of malodorous people. We've learned that in Thailand people watching the purity of the body and rarely meet him on the street person in dirty clothes with the smell of sweat.

From the Balinese, we at first shied away. The clothes they wash often... However, everything can be used.

Hardworking Balinese difficult to call. Most live in poverty, love to talk, love the holidays, and dream some magical way to get rich. Happy to blame the government, the weather, the Chinese and anything in my failed life, but not ready to get out at least around your own home. But, of course, not all are. Mainly those who work with tourists.

The Beauty Of Bali. What to see

Nature is really beautiful. The most wonderful attraction – the sunset. Watch the sunsets arrive early, and take place on the beaches and viewpoint. If not piles of garbage everywhere and local merchants, it would be possible to enjoy the views, lying on the sand.

To see volumetric clouds and stunning sunsets can be infinite.

Unfortunately relax does not fail due to traders. They are persecuted everywhere, even on deserted beaches, mountains or just a non-touristy places. They don't understand the word "no" and won't stop until you leave. Will tag along and compel. Moreover, if to feel sorry for them and buy something, then we will resort whole village, excitedly poking you in the face shit... the Egyptian merchants in comparison with the Indonesian pristavali just lovely and nice people.

Surprised when arrived on a deserted beach, where no tourists and no infrastructure. Only a dozen children played in the water. When they saw us, it is unclear where did you get your baubles... We've been running from them

All the tourists go to look at mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, temples, etc. We did not understand what was interesting. Many traders, the people of the darkness, nothing special to watch. Maybe mountains can be an interesting city dweller, never not seen at least the Altai. Maybe we didn't get to enjoy the view due to the multitude of traders and adheres to the cloudy weather.

In General, Balinese sights left some confusion: "And what it was." In any case, should go once to form your own opinion, or at least to look at first all it on the Internet. Many people write like that, and I hope that not only the employees of travel agencies pore over "reviews".

By the way, winter in Bali rains. Prolonged rains may pour all day with a break for Breakfast and lunch, even for weeks, as it was in our case.

What is really like in Bali?

- A view of the volcano, which flew on the way to Bali. Don't know what it was for the volcano. Flew on a plane, the whole sky was covered with clouds, and saw the tip of a volcano sticking above the clouds.

Ubud - a unique place with its own flavor: If you decide to visit again in Bali, only in Ubud.

- Liked the flight on the helical plane from Bali to Lombok.

Useful tips

In laundries on the street is better not to take good things. Blur is bad and can pet a dirty iron. After such washing, high quality stuff left to throw away. But for cheap jerseys you can not be afraid.

Taxi. For short distances, catch a taxi meter Blue Bird. Within the Kuta-Legian so no more than 50 rupees

A taxi driver, which take on trips, pay with only at the end of the trip, otherwise you risk to stay somewhere in the mountains without transport.

If You need to go either early in the morning, go out in advance. We ordered Blue Bird taxi from the hotel at 4 am to the airport. Taxi just arrived at the reception and at that time nobody was there. We had through the pouring rain to go to catch the car. At 4 am it was not so easy. Well, got up in advance.

ATMs unfavorable rate. We've got about 8200 for $ 1, in exchange for the same 9100-9300, you can find and 10000.

So it's best to take cash dollars. Bills are appreciated-new, 2004

At the check-out is required to pay an airport tax of 150 t per person and 60t. per Luggage (now included in the ticket price).

Fill up with petrol cheaper at the pump, and not from a bottle.

We left Bali with a light heart, but I still wonder what did those who wrote rave reviews. Or it was long ago, and now it has become dirtier and more expensive? Or are we something still missing?

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Hermenegild 05 Jan 2017, 23:49
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PaZan 12 Jan 2017, 21:50
From the words of friends in Indonesia so many different jewels at an attractive price, just do not know how to cross the border. And with national, you can buy a statue of a cat, they have a very symbolic animal. ...
Marina.Krasnova 18 Jan 2017, 14:06
To learn how to surf this is my dream, this year to eat in Bali for this. I think Kuta would be good for that as it is impossible by the way. ...
Vlad Brodsky 26 Jun 2017, 09:03
Prices for cellular communication in Indonesia. You can find a SIM card with Internet on 5,7,12,15 GB from 60 thousand rupees 150 thousand rupees.
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31 Oct 2017, 04:13
Assessing the scale of the disaster, and to be more precise, the size of the island, I realized that it is easier to live in different places for a few days, than each time to spend half a day on the road to dobirat where necessary. The solution was not quite correct because worn out to pack your bags every 4 days. But it was possible to identify the optimal place to stay.
All the same, the area Seminyak the most comfortable. But it is better he stays not in Seminyak, but a little above it, that is. There is chudestny village with very affordable housing and to Seminyak's doorstep, no more than 7 minutes on the bike. The biggest plus that this location allows partly to avoid the Balinese traffic jams during rush hour and saves a lot of time on the road, in whatever direction you are moving. And the place is calm, there are inexpensive, non-touristy, restaurants. Shops with nice local not tourist prices. And, of course, the district of Seminyak and Kuta are close enough that it was absolutely not boring neither day nor night. And Jimbaran is not something that would be right so far with location. 30-40 minutes maybe.
The truth is this location is suitable only for those who have already settled in Asia and is not afraid to ride a bike.

But if more and Northern part of the island you want to visit - it is necessary for a few days to stay in Ubud. All the same, road to Bali because of the traffic and exhaust fumes of hell. It is better to optimize the logistics and less time to spend on the road. ...