Island, Country: Bali, Indonesia
The airport you’ll fly into when flying to Bali is called “Denpasar.” Even though the airport city is “Denpasar,” you actually fly into the city of Kuta [which is about a 30 minute drive north].
Kuta is a very lively city and is kind of fun coming right off the plane. However, if you really hate an atmosphere where everyone and their mother [literally] is trying to sell you something and shove it in your face when you’re trying to talk, then Kuta is not for you… I would suggest Ubud instead.
The Money: Indonesian Rupiah [IDR]
The money can be a bit confusing because there are so many zeros. For example, a cheap cup of coffee is about 12,000 Rupiah [US$1.36]. An expensive cup of coffee is 35,000 Rupiah [US$3.98]. A cheap hotel is 125,000 Rupiah [US$14.20] per night. And when you go to the ATM, you’re pushing in millions and even I was second-guessin
g myself. I took out 1.5 million Rupiah from the ATM, but it was only US$170 – which is plenty of money to last a week in Bali!
The prices in the stores look very strange because a bag of chips has a price tag of “70,000.”
-Something I’m sure you’ll notice are the little square baskets of flowers all over ground and streets. At first, I thought this was a plate of food that someone had accidently dropped or forgotten somehow… but then I noticed they were all over, on every corner of every street. These are offerings or prayers so please do not touch.
-Depending on which city you’re in, you might see children trying to sell you things. They are trained at an early age.
-There’s no general rule for tipping like there is in the U.S. It’s not expected, but it’s nice to give just a bit extra since things there are so much cheaper anyway…