KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
LANGUAGE – BALINESE
According to Bali.com, most Balinese are bilingual, (if not trilingual), speaking the language of their mother Island, Indonesian, and English.
CURRENCY – INDONESIAN RUPIAH
DON'T MISS – TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL
Though it was pouring rain on the morning of our visit, the weather cleared up and we were able to enjoy a day at this beautiful waterfall. Keep in mind that this waterfall looks completely different in the rainy season or after a big storm. The falls become brown, and it’s pretty much impossible to swim in the water below because the current created by the waterfall is way to strong.
MUST EATS – NASI GORENG... ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
Literally. People in Bali eat this delicious dish for breakfast lunch and dinner... and, once you try it, you’ll want to too.
Everyone told us to use Uber in Bali, but no one told us it was illegal. In Ubud, my friend and I were basically stalked by a cab driver who was waiting for our Uber driver to show up... maybe to report him, maybe something more sketchy... I’m honestly not too sure. After this situation, we were told that the cabs in Bali are pretty much run by the mafia, which is why they get so pissed when people use Uber. Don’t know how much truth is behind this, but it’s what we were told. Needless to say, we didn’t try to use uber after that.
Rent a scooter or (if you're like me and prone to crashing scooters) have your hostel or guesthouse arrange a driver!
For the best driver in Bali, contact Gusti at +62 (877)-6043-7705.
Though he’s based in Ubud, he took us all over the eastern coast, and even drove us all the way to Canngu. After a day of visiting touristy spots, we asked “PLEASE NOT ANOTHER TOURIST TRAP,” he took us to his stomping grounds and ordered the best local street food I had in Bali. Thanks to him, I saw a lot of cool places, ate things I never would have known to try on my own, and learned a lot about the Balinese culture.
If you have an unlocked phone, you should definitely grab a SIM card at the airport. At a low price of 20MYR (about US$5), it’s definitely well worth it.
MUST HAVE APPS
Maps.Me, a good VPN, and the Bali Bible will help you navigate and find the best local restaurants, activities, and even discounts.
8.5069° S, 115.2625° E
Looking for a quiet escape in the lush, magical city of Ubud? Want to wake up in an eco-treehouse or bamboo cottage?
Down a winding path in the rice fields of Ubud is a cozy, dreamy, spot where you can do both... a secluded spot you won't find on GoogleMaps.