Part of our knowledge was gained by asking questions on Gelpme. Thanks to all who helped us out; and a special thanks to Alex for the detailed stories about the island and helping to organize the trip! We got another part of our experience when we took an independent trip, which left us with even more euphoric recollections of our time in Bali and a few examples we want to share with you right now (you’ll find them at the end).
Surprisingly, it can be applied to any travel! Remembering our last trip, you can take note of:
1. Useful discoveries and hints that helped streamline your trip to a new place or save time and money,
2. Places and impressions that made that trip unforgettable.
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Here are the examples that seemed really important to traveling in Bali:
- To find a room or villa, just wander around the area where you want to stay. We found a villa about 200 meters off the ocean for about $700/month. If you had looked at the place online, it would have been much more expensive.
- We discovered a hole in the wall Murah, where you could grab a tasty lunch on the fly for around $5.
- We used bikes a lot as a mode of transportation. The police stopped us at least once a week to checked our licenses and ask where we were from. Having received an answer, they always hinted about bribes and, in many cases, got them. At the end of our stay we have found the antidote! If you say that you came from Belgium, the policeman wish you good luck and has no more questions :)
Here are the examples of the places that gave us a bright impression:
- The Gili islands. We were told that people go there for 2-3 days, and stay for 2-3 weeks. We felt the same when our weekend, full of dense, but extremely unhurried flow of positive experiences was over and we had to go back to Kuta. On those islands, all of the power is in the hands of the elders, not of the government. Thanks to that kind of life on the islands, there are all kinds of different laws; for example, there are no cars, motorcycles, or police!
- The water palace of Tirta Gangga. This place tumbles from the general rows of sights, characteristic of Bali and Asia completely. The association with the fountains of Peterhof and Versaille appear here…and this is Indonesia. For this pure and simple joy, it is worth the visit!
- Virgin Beach (White Sand Beach). Finding the road to this beach isn’t easy and driving on it in a minivan is even harder! :) However, the clean ocean and white sand is worth it!