Bali is an Indonesian island famed for its welcoming people, sandy beaches, sunny skies, rice paddies, coral reefs and more recently Mount Agung. Having booked our flights to Bali six months prior, we decided to go ahead with the trip even though news were reporting of an imminent eruption. As expected, all was calm in the areas we visited – Ubud, Canggu and Seminyak and our 5D4N trip was filled with much fun, laughter, food and adventure. Where to stay? How to fly? What to expect in Bali? Read on!
This time round, we took Jetstar and paid about $170 for a return ticket from Singapore to Bali. Tickets were booked 6 months prior. With a checked-in luggage, and flight time at 11am, we departed from Singapore Changi Airport to Bali’s Dempsar Ngurah Rai International Airport. The flight took us roughly around two and a half hour.
In Bali, the tourist sim cards sold are rather expensive. At the airport, and also the tourist centres, they were selling 40GB sim cards for around IDR450k (~S$45) or 3GB sim cards for IDR150k (~S$15). We heard you could buy sim cards for slightly cheaper at hyper-marts in Bali but we didn’t manage to find one.
Alternatively, if you prefer wireless egg, you can choose Happifi instead, S$7/day with unlimited data usage.
If you’re reading this and interested to get Happifi on your travels,
Quote “PMSHAUN” during checkout to get 5% off your bill.
The 3GB data card was abit too little for our 5 days stay, but if you are conscious enough to login to wi-fi around the island and use your data only during your travels on the road, you might just be able to spread it out just nicely.
Ubud – Trinity Gardens
We were a group of 7 in this trip and we decided to go adventurous. Instead of the usual villas, hotels or beach side resorts for the first part of Bali, we came across this retreat in Airbnb and promptly booked it. Built the middle of a plantation of padi-fields, Trinity Gardens to me is almost a stay where you are embedded in nature.
There are a couple listings on Trinity Gardens and we booked the biggest house since there were 7 of us. Trinity Gardens comes with three bedrooms, two lofts, two toilets, a huge hall, dining area, kitchen, pool and a patio. There were no air-con though and we lived amongst nature. The only downside was the long walk from the retreat to the main road which can take you about 15-20 mins on foot. At night, the small single lane roads, only accessible by motorbikes are dark and sometimes eerie but other than that, we were fortunate to catch fireflies and the refreshing early air of Ubud. Per night here was around S$350
Seminyak – Alex Villas
Our second stay in Bali was one lane away from the heart of Seminyak at one of Alex’s Villas. We found the villa through Airbnb and just 5 minutes walk away form the main street of Seminyak. The villa had 3 rooms, with ensuite toilets and a pool. The only downside (as almost everywhere in Bali) were the swarms of mozzies. Best is to just light as many mosquito coils as possible around the house and you’ll feel safe. Per night here is around S$240.
Getting Around Bali
This time round in Bali, we were fortunate to have Bali friends drive us around during our stay there. Short distance, we used Uber and even the local taxis. Prices are really affordable. Short trips are roughly around IDR10k (~S$1). Although most of our rides were safe, we still bumped into an errant taxi driver who wanted to charge us IDR20k (~S$2) for a short 2mins ride. We managed to stop him and got out of the taxi before the situation got worse so do confirm that the cabs use the meter before entering.
I’ll be writing more about Bali soon! Stay Tuned guys 🙂