Trip summary – Route
- Day 1, 2 e 3 – South Bali
- Day 4, 5 e 6 – Gili Island
- Day 7, 8 e 9 – Ubud and North Bali
- High Season: July, August, Christmas e New Year.
- Favorite Month (and more expensive): August.
- The best time to save money: May, June, September and October.
- Wet Season: December, January, February and March (summer).
- What to pack: Regardless of the month you choose to travel, wear light clothing, warmth and humidity will make you sweat a lot and most of the activities are outdoors. It is worth taking a light jacket if you are in the rainy season or decide to take walks north of Bali.
- Motorcycle: If you are alone or in a group of friends, a good and cheap option is to rent a motorcycle.
- Hire a car driver service: If you are a couple or with an average of 3 friends, in my opinion, hiring a driver is a good choice.
- Traffic: The traffic on the island, in general, is heavy. Even for motorcycles, which wins in relation to the speed of locomotion, to find a place to park requires a little patience. Hiring a driver makes life easier since they can drop you off anywhere you like. They can recommend good local places to have lunch and, perhaps, different places to visit that were not in the plans (as happened to me).
- Shopping: If you are going to stroll around the island, shopping around the North of Bali is more expensive compared to the South. It is recommended that you have money in cash when buying souvenirs in the local markets.
- Climate: In general the climate in Bali is warm, which is very hot all along the southern coast. However, North of Bali has lower temperature with high altitude and more frequent rains.
- Language: Beyond Indonesian, they speaks more than 500 different languages and dialects.
- Capital: Jakarta
- Country code: +62
- Population: It is the fourth most populous country in the world, 229 thousand inhabitants (114 thousand Men, 115 thousand Women).
- Country Size: Indonesia is the most extensive archipelago on the planet, containing approximately 17,000 islands. Its territory is located in Southeast Asia.
- Culture: The most representative cultural manifestations are the Balinese and Javanese dances.
- Economy: Indonesia’s economy is based on the exploration of oil, tin and natural gas.
- Religion: Islam 54.7%, New Religions 21.8%, Catholic 13.1%, Protestant 5.7%, Others 7.4%), Hindu 3.4%, Other 4.8%, Religion and Atheism 2.1%.
- Average annual temperature: 27ºC.
- Independence Day: 17 of August.
Money and costs in Indonesia
- Currency: Rupiah (IDR; Symbol Rp)
Most credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and large stores, but the best option is to be with the small amount of rupiah at hand. ATMs can be found at the city centers.
- These are the local currency notes:
AVERAGE COSTS & PRICES IN INDONESIA TRIP:
*Rp 100.000 is approximately U$ 10.00.
- Daily in a hotel: Rp 1.000.000 – 2.500.000
- Daily service of a driver: Rp 500.000
- Daily motorcycle rental: Rp 40.000 – 60.000
- Daily bicycle rental in Gili Island: Rp 30.000 – 50.000
- Wagon ride around of Gili Island: Rp 100.000
- Bali round trip ticket to Gili Island: Rp 800.000
- Mobile credit chip: Rp 60.000
- Individual meal: Rp 80.000 – 200.000
- Cocktails in a restaurant: Rp 70.000 – 120.000
- Juice in a restaurant: Rp 15.000 – 40.000
- Bintang Beer: Rp 18.000 – 35.000
- 1 liter of mineral water: Rp 2.000
- Luwak Coffee package: Rp 200.000 – 400.00
- Temple entrance fees: Rp 15.000 – 30.000
- 1 hour Balinese Massage: Rp 180.000 – 320.000
- Sports activity in water: Rp 80.000 – 200.000 dólares.
- Yoga class in Ubud: Rp 60.000
- Cooking class in Ubud: Rp 350.000
- Balinese dance show: Rp 80.000-100.000
- Drink mineral water. Avoid drinking tap water.
- Exchange: Look for a safe and reliable exchange house to make the exchange. Generally, those in the center of the city have a more advantageous price compared to the value offered at the airport.
- Costume in the Temples: Avoid being in tight and short clothes. In some temples, the sarong is offered so that the tourist can dress and enter the temple in a way respected by the Balinese culture and tradition. In some of the temples, it is also advisable not to enter with loose hair.
- Tour to islands: Book your boat tickets in advance if you decide to visit the islands.
- Hydration and Protection: Always have in your backpack easy access to mineral water and sunscreen.
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