I like Indonesia, but there are some places that are definitely not for everyone. Are you more into partying or into relaxing and exploring? Find out which area of Bali is right for you!
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…