Travelling Angel

{1 Oct 2012}   BALI TRIPS (summary)

Reference Tool / Useful Trip Information
travel tips and blog or website I use as reference during my trip, my travel tips, hotel info, things to do etc.

  • Perama Bus (schedule & price)
    it’s medium size bus, NO air conditioner with good price if you travel alone or together. They go to most of interesting cities in many part of Bali such as Lovina, Candidasa, Ubud, Sanur etc or even Lombok. Their passengers are mostly from overseas.
  • Map of Budget Hotel in Poppies Lane 1 & Poppies Lane 2, Kuta Beach
    this map is the most complete one that I can find in website. All the hostels here are within walking distance to Kuta beach and the night life < finally i found the map >

My Trip Journals
list of relevant trip journals include travel expense report

newly posted :

  • Back in Bali [April 2012, 4days]
    > Kuta, Legian, Tulamben (diving)

under drafting :
– Lombok and Bali in a Week, via Surabaya [August 2013, 7 days], Surabaya, Senggigi, Gili T, Legian
– Hotel Hopping ?!? Only in Bali ^^ [November 2012, 4days], Kuta, Legian

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All info I share here is based on my experience. I’ve been back-and-forth to Bali since 2009, mostly for diving or playing body board or just hangout. My last trip to Bali was in November 2012 and some info are based on my last visit to these places, so some things might have been different from the present. You might also know or find other thing that is better than what’s written here. Anyway if you have the same type and purpose of traveling like mine (backpacker/flashpacker, budget concern, like beach/underwater/party), you might find this info useful for you. Unless, it’s not your reading material.


  •  The area I’ve traveled in Bali
  •  Place to visit / eat / stay / snorkel / dive / hangout
  • Bali beaches


< I’ve spent at least a nite here >

My fave area to stay : Legian and Padang Bai

  • KUTA – Kuta is like the center of everything. This is a very touristic area, some called it crazy, some (me) called it awesome. When hearing Kuta, people immediately think that this is not the best place to stay or it’s too crazy. For me, this area has everything. If you like quite place, no much crazy ‘new’ bikers around, you can choose the southern part of Kuta along Segara beach. If you wanna have good beach for surfing, crazy party, then northern part is your best option along Kuta beach or Bakung Sari street or Benesari street. But if you are a backpacker and ready for all the actions, Poppies lane is your place ;)My fave place in this area is Poppies Lane 2. There are many affordable guesthouses  here surrounded by a great nite life, cheap food and I can walk to my fave beach (Legian beach) .One down side is that most people here respect only foreigners.It’s about 20min drive from airport.> click here for kuta area map
    click here for poppies lane 1 map
    click here for poppies lane 2 map
  • LEGIAN – Thisarea is more calm than Kuta and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate which one called Legian or Kuta. Well, if you are confuse, the area where lies Padma Street, Werkudara Street and Arjuna/Double Six street is Legian. It’s kind of in the middle of Kuta and Seminyak. For me, if I have enough budget, I will stay in this area whilst in Bali. It’s quieter than Kuta, close to my fave Legian beach, many good restaurant but a bit pricy and I like the environment where the hotel/restaurant staffs respect local tourists too.It’s about 20-25min drive from airport.> click here for legian area map.

After my last visit to Bali 9 years ago, finally I come back to this beautiful island in beginning of 2009. It was 100% pure for vacation but I got a chance to do many activities include visiting some cafes, restaurants and beaches below:

Day 1: Jakarta – Ubud – Kuta

Noon: I arrived Bali quite late, as common Indonesian flights is usually delay or something. That’s why that day, I just got the chance to visit Sukawati Market in Ubud Area, the place where you can buy many Bali Souvenirs with a very cheap price than in Kuta/Legian, if you can bargain it. The shirts, short pants and sandals/slippers price range is about RP. 15,000. The other stuffs, please bargain at least 50-75% from the given price.

Nite: I had dinner in Jimbaran.. seafood. The clam dishes was so delicious.. too bad it’s not a buffet dinner, unless I could taste plenty of it. After getting back to hotel, I strolled down the Kuta Street and hang out in this Bali Club House café? The place was so great, I’d like to tell you about it more but it is not there anymore when I checked the other day.

Afterward, I hang out with some colleagues at Food Court in front of Kuta Beach. The food here is kinda expensive comparing to its taste. I think we can get a better fast food for Rp. 40,000.

Day 2: Kuta – Ubud – Kuta

Morning: I went for Rafting in Ubud Area. I forgot the name of this rafting place but I really enjoyed it. although beforehand, I strongly suggest you to prepare yourself to go down/climb up through a thousand footsteps I think..  It was so many that made my leg hurt so bad.. plus I almost drown during the rafting too, cause I felt out of the raft, went under it and I am so thankful to God that I could manage myself out from under the raft..  Be careful if you’d like to try rafting!!

Nite: I enjoyed music and dancing in Hard Rock café then hang out again at this Food Court in front of Kuta Beach.

Day 3: Kuta – Ubud – Sanur Beach – Dreamland Beach – Seminyak Beach – Kuta

Visiting many places this day.

  • Went to Ubud to taste this delicious-so-heard Ibu Oka Babi Guling. The mixed lunch set is about Rp. 30,000 and it does taste really good. I’d love to go there again and try it.
  • Went to Titiles to buy some non-halal aka pork products eg.sausage.. in Denpasar. The price range is actually quite expensive for my pocket :p  It’s about Rp. 70,000 above for Abon and others.. Anyway, I was so surprise when I got to the shop cause there are wild animal in the yard, Lion, Tiger, Big Snake.. they are all in the cage though but honestly, I only stayed  for 10min in the shop and decided to wait for my colleagues in the car. It was so scary…
  • Then we went to eat Ayam Goreng Taliwang, if I am not mistaken, Lombok traditional food. It is located nearby.. It is fried chicken, tastes good but I don’t really order any cause my stomach is full with Babi Guling :p
  • Sanur Beach, it was my first time there. I like the beach but I am very surprise, the same surprise that I got when I see Kuta beach.. it was so dirty, full of garbage.. So sad seeing it because 9 years ago, Kuta was very beautiful beach.
  • Dreamland Beach, I see this beach from the top of the cliff only where there is this KLAPA café. The beach looks very clean from above and good shore, I really wanted to go down there but the pain in my leg from rafting was killing me. Anyway, the café was so good, it has pool and looked new. The price of drinks there is same as Jakarta club, which is quite expensive for a café in Bali.
  • KU DE TA café in Seminyak. I like this café. You can enjoy the sunset here, many cute foreigners :p and the food is not bad. Like the cheese pizza. The price is affordable, same as Jakarta’s Café.
  • At nite, strolling down the clubs in Legian Street. Really wanted to come inside the club but too bad I haven’t had the guts to come in :p  Well, none of my colleague likes to hangout so maybe next time.

Day 4: Kuta – Legian – Jakarta

It’s my last day so I just focused on buying souvenir for my folks, family and friends and having tattoo in the beach. The tattoo is worth about Rp. 20,000 – 25,000 actually, but it depend on how smart you can bargain 😉

As for hotel, I stayed at Hard Rock Hotel which is very great place but too bad, I was too busy doing activities outside. I also stayed at this Yulia Beach Inn hotel which I regretted to choose this hotel. Why? Because they gave me a very awful room with a broken bathtub, a clear shelling glass in the bathroom where people can see you shower from outside and a very expensive price of Rp. 400,000 a nite. Honestly, you can get a better room in poppies with this price. My fault, I should have check out the room or be patient enough to go to poppies and find a good place to stay. So my advice to you: Please check out your room before deciding to stay in the hotel!

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For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

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