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 Rukus has been a member since 28/10/2011. Posts: 22
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.
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 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
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 jenbaxter has been a member since 29/7/2012. Posts: 1