The beautiful Indonesian island appeals to a full spectrum of travellers: yoga bunnies, karma-seekers, budget-challenged backpackers, hikers, bikers, surfers and those that prefer the luxury life. It's a stone's throw from the Gili Islands, Lombok and Nusa Penida (if you get on the right boat) so you're never short of things to do or places to see!
Getting around is easy if you can ride a motorbike and unlike the UK, you don't need a license to ride one... From the well-known rice terraces and volcano climbs to the monkey forest, hidden gems of luxury and some of the best food on the planet, there is something for everyone.
If you're thinking of jetting off to the island and aren't sure where to go, what to do, where to eat or where to stay; here's a 2-week guide that you can refer to when planning yours.
Getting there: Denpasar is the main airport in Bali, located at the South of the island. It took 2 flights to get to from London Heathrow with a short stopover in Qatar, where a friend that I had made on the plane got strip searched (squats included) in a translucent box. That's another story. Let the adventure begin..!
Other things to note:
Bring out tampons and wipes with you - they are triple the price out there!
If you travel between November - January, make sure you have a poncho with you at all times - they don't call it rainy season for nothing!
Cash machines are pretty dodgy - Most places won't accept cards. So plan ahead and leave what you won't spend in the safety of your hotel deposit box.
For long distances where you might not want to ride your bike on the motorway, order a GoJek (uber equivalent) - which enables you to choose a bike or car. It's ridiculously cheap! A 1-hour ride costs around £2.
Accommodation - the ones we mentioned above are comfortable luxury sleeps; if you are looking for a more of a backpacker experience, you can find home stays for around £12 a night. A mixture of both is always nice though!
Avoid Kuta at all costs!
That's it! If we've missed anything, leave a comment with your recommendations below!
Chloe Palmer, Editor, @chloe.palmer_
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