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How to Travel to Bali For the First Time

Warna Warni - In this article Allan Su talked about his journey to Bali, Indonesia and how to travel to Bali for first timer. So let's watch his video below,


And below is the text version.

Bali is one of the most sought out travel destinations in the world. The island is ideal for people looking to experience a tropical paradise with a little bit of everything. My name is Alan Hsu. In the summer 2017 I had the opportunity to spend roughly around two weeks in this tropical paradise. Bali has everything you'd want in a tropical destination. White sandy beaches densely filled, jungles, rich local culture, excellent food and perhaps the friendliest and most genuinely warm people I've ever met. I decided to make this video guide for people interested in traveling to Bali for the first time and to serve as an inspiration for activities on the island as such many of the tips and advice in this video are geared towards first-timers.




Facts About Bali

First some facts about Bali. Indonesia is estimate to consist of more than 17,000 Islands where many of them are yet to be fully name or even counted. Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The islands is between the larger island of Java to the west and the island of Lombok to the east. Bali has a population of around 4.3 million people, where most of them are of Indonesia's Hindu minority. About 85% of Bali's population follows Hinduism.

When you travel around Bali, you will very often see many Canang Sari. Canang Sari are daily offerings made by the Balinese Hindus. These offerings acts as a form of self-sacrifice in taking the time and effort in thanking for the peace bestowed upon the world. As such many small shops lay their offerings near the sidewalk. Therefore as a heads-up, try to pay attention to them and avoid accidentally stepping on the offerings. 

Price

Price-wise Bali is very inexpensive and should be affordable for any travel budget. Transportation is fairly cheap as well. Depending on your destination grabbing a taxi can cost around a 100,000 rupiah's to go from the airport to either Kuta or Nusa Dua, which is around 8 dollars or 6 euros.
Fruit can cost anywhere between 10,000 to 150,000 rupiah's which is around 11 US dollars or 9 euros. It really depends on your taste and willingness to spend on food. As Bali has a bit of everything. From high-class restaurants to a small street kitchen just around the corner. So you don't need to spend a lot of money on food unless you want to. As for shopping the pricing is as you would expect in any country, if we aim to shop for any known fashion brands. As for activities kayaking, scuba diving, private tours, the price varies.

Try to do your own research online prior to booking, as this will help you avoid being taken advantage of. Prior research is always key especially when traveling to foreign destinations. Also remember to bring lots of sunscreen and I mean a lot! Let's begin!

Traveling to Bali

When you travel the Bali you'll most likely land in Denpasar International Airport. From Denpasar we booked a private transport all the way up to Ubud. Ubud is a town far removed from the nightlife party scene of South Kuta. The town is known for its lush greens, exquisite rice paddies, high foothills and this regarded as the cultural center of Bali.

We suggest spending around 2-3 days in Ubud as that would provide you with ample amount of time to explore what Ubud has to offer. First I recommend going down to a town center for some sightseeing. Here you'll be able to visit some of the many temples in the region. In addition I recommend going down to the local market of Ubud. Here you can find any different arts and crafts, sarong which will make a perfect little suit to you.

Next, no Ubud trip is really complete until you visit the famous sacred Monkey Forest. As the forest consists of monkeys running around, it's important to note that the monkeys are still wild animals and therefore can act unpredictably.



As such it's important to pay attention to the diamonds from the different signs and employees working at the facility. Want a change of scenery? If you have the time, you should definitely take a walk for the Kabuhan rich walk. On a trail you get enjoy lush green scenery such as rice paddies, dense jungle and small tea houses all across the trail. The trails up to six miles in length or nine kilometers, which makes for perfect little route if you're looking for a nice little morning run.

Food In Ubud

For food there are a few places that I can recommend. White orchid for its delicious caramelized pork, a must order in my opinion. Swept away at Samay for its gorgeous scenery and lovely dishes. Locavore for local poor may experience or melting walk along for that authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Renting a Scooter

When in ubud or anywhere in Bali I highly recommend renting a scooter. A scooter allows you to travel freely around the region and it's super affordable. The price of renting a scooter is usually around 50,000 rupiah's per day which is around 4 US dollars or 4 euros. If you plan to rent for a week or even longer you can usually negotiate for much cheaper price.

With our scooter, we decided to visit some of the nearby waterfalls. First on the list was Tegenungan Waterfall. This is perhaps the most well known in the region and also the most crowded. Get here early to avoid the crowds. Argument climbing, the fleet of stairs right next to the waterfall, to get to the top will you'll be greeted with a scene of man-made rock monuments and a nice little screen for you to dip your toes in.

Beautiful Waterfalls in Bali

Next, we went to perhaps the most beautiful and by far my personal favorite, Tibumena Waterfall. Tibumena waterfall is a bit on the offbeat track. It's therefore a little tricky to find a place, as we found out. Try to ask the young locals for directions and try to look carefully for signs pointing towards the waterfall. If successful you will be rewarded with the most scenic waterfalls on the island.

It's important to point out that it costs small fee to gain access to any of the waterfalls in the region. The fee will be around 10 to 20,000 rupiah's. It's just important to be aware of these fees if you plan to visit anything in Bali, whereas waterfalls or any natural attraction. So remember to bring cash.

After Ubud we booked a transfer to Padang Bay on the eastern side of the island. Here we booked a fast boat to the Gili islands and decided to stay in the largest of three Islands, Gili Trawangan. Gili Trawangan is the most develop of the three Islands and is also known for its party scene. If you're looking for a more secluded or more peaceful experience Gili air made a speedy island for you.




Stayed In Gili Trawangan

We stayed in Gili Trawangan for 3 days which in my opinion is sufficient time to experience what the island has to offer. As for activities, rent the bike, as it will make far easier for you to explore the island, as it'll only take approximately an hour and a half to biked all around the island.

From there you can put some snorkeling equipment to use on a nearby beach or book the snorkeling boat trip for those more secluded spots. There are also plenty of scuba diving options available. Just walk down the main road and you can't miss them. If there's one thing you definitely need to check out, it would have to be the night market.

Every night around 7:00 p.m. local set up their food cart filled with freshly caught seafood and local cuisines. If you're up for experiencing some local food with a nice cold Bintang the night mark is made for you.

After Gili Trawangan, we went back to the Island of Bali, where we booked transport from Padang Bay to Seminyak. Seminyak is regarded as a suburb of Kuta and very popular amongst expats. The plenty of luxury hotels, high-class restaurants and high-end shopping opportunities. If you want to experience a more luxurious environment in Bali then Seminyak is the perfect location. However if you aren't on budget and you're mostly interested in the party scene. Then Legian or Kuta may be more in your ale way.

Regardless whether you stay in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak, it only take around 10 to 20 minutes in a taxi to get to any of the other areas. So don't limit yourself during a trip to only one specific area. While seminyak we got experience a host of delicious food. I'm personally a big food lover and this felt like heaven to me. Although the food prices are a bit more expensive than in Ubud, is still relatively more affordable compared to back home in Copenhagen or in the States, when compared to equal level establishments.

Some Good Spots In Bali

If you're interested in trying some spots out, here are my recommendations. Saigon Street for your Vietnamese food cravings. Sisterfields Cafe, for your lunch our hangout spot. Mamasan, for trip down Asia's finest offerings. Cuca, for casual but top-notch gourmet experience. If your first eat then grab a seat at Potato Head Beach Club, for some tasty cocktails and snacks by the beach.

As for activities if you aren't into the nightlife scene I highly recommend booking some private island tours. We used a company called Bali special tour. They offer competitive price packages and allows you to customize the trip any way you see fit. We booked the private tour to go dolphin watching at Lovina beach. It was an awesome experience and one of my favorite moments of the trip.

In addition we also had the opportunity to visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple and the Tanah Lot temple. If you haven't got time or you really aren't into temples, I suggest skipping those, as they are usually really crowded and known for being tourist traps. No Bali trip is without beaches. We decided to go visit some beaches south of Kuta.

Beautiful Beach That You Need to Visit

My favorite Beach of them all, was green Bowl Beach. Located down at first side, down to a set of stairs, occupied by gang like monkeys, you will witness the bluest of oceans, soft sand and falling Beach caves. So get your camera's ready, you won't regret it!  User do provides well-kept beaches located in a secluded resort area. Blue Point Beach is known to be a surfers hangout. This Beach is mostly covered by rocks and cliffs, with small patches of sand. It's not the ideal sunbathing spot but you wouldn't be interested in some bathing if you come here anyways. The waves are incredibly strong, making it a surface scream.

Lastly but not least, Bingin Beach. What can I say about Bingin beach. Beautiful cliff side views, beachside restaurants, front-row seat for sunset of your life. Everything you need in a beach. When you come down to Bingin Beach, walk through the rocky path of the beach toward the abandoned buildings, located on the north side of the beach. Here the beaches lot more secluded. We'll be able to find some nice and soft sand to lay on while waiting for the sunset to arrive. This marks the end of our trip in Bali and if all the places I've been to. This was by far my favorite.



The island of Bali has so much to offer for any traveler that you could stay here for weeks or even months. When I look back on all the footage, I simply cannot stop falling in love with the island all over again. I highly recommend taking a trip to Bali if you have the opportunity to do so. You'll be met by lush locations, mesmerizing nature, tons of activities, great food and some of the most warmest and welcoming people I've ever met.

It's hard not to fall in love with this place and I definitely aim to come back soon. Until then a plan to travel around Europe and Southeast Asia. Well be sharing my adventures for daily vlogs and videos such as these. So if you enjoyed the video, don't forget hit that like button and subscribe for more content and I'll see you guys in the next video.


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