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First time into SEA landing in Bali, looking for quick tips / advice

  • Rukus

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    28th October, 2011
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    Hello everybody, I have been looking through these forums for the past 6 months or so gathering information about all kinds of different things in SEA and it has really helped out alot and will continue to help me out through my 6 month trip through the area.

    I'm landing into denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on the 27th of July and just wanted any quick tips / advice from people about this, I gather that It's going to take a little bit to get used to the culture shock it being my first time there. So basically I just want to know a good place to stay for the first week or so and get my bearings before I move on. I was told not to stay in denpasar so I know that much, thinking of finding a place near the ocean where there is a decent amount of tourists and or english spoken so I can slip into the lifestyle. Thanks alot in advance, so excited for my trip!

    #1 Posted: 20/7/2012 - 16:48

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  • mooball

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    Just head into Kuta and experience the full force there. It's near the beach, there are lots of tourists and yes you will be shocked. :) Not sure what your budget is, but just look the through the Kuta listings on here and pick one. The value is pretty good at the budget end in Kuta.

    #2 Posted: 25/7/2012 - 21:56

  • enigmatic

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    Tips on arriving in Denpasar

    Avoid the uniformed porters asking for your bag in front of customs - they'll insist on a tip for carrying it 10 yards through the green zone. Ignore the taxi touts trying to charge you several times the going rate, walk through the car park and get a Bluebird taxi. Ignore the "want motorbike? want mushroom? want marijuna? want girl?" guys - maybe rent a surfboard though.
    Ignore all the Australian teenagers.

    The culture shock in Bali is the direct consequence of all the tourists there.

    #3 Posted: 3/8/2012 - 04:03

  • jenbaxter

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    29th July, 2012
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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi there,
    If you're looking for an easy landing in Bali I would head to Ubud. It's not near a beach but it's a lovely place to start with good restaurants, nice people and a very laid back attitude. There are a range of places to stay from Homestays for $15 US dollars a night to 5 star hotels. Check out Trip Advisor for the latest reviews. It's a great place to start and you can hire a driver to take you anywhere on the Island you want to go.

    #4 Posted: 3/8/2012 - 10:22

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