Is it still possible to see Bali on a budget?
Bali is still one of the cheapest places to visit, but as more tourists are flocking from Australia, the US and Europe, prices have started to rise. It is still possible to enjoy a stay in Bali with very little money though, as long as you know the right way to go about it.
Bali does not have public transport and the locals tend to use scooters. You can rent these very cheaply when you travel there or hop on the back of someone else’s for a small fee. You can organize this through an app such as Grab or Gojek, and should not just jump on the back of a scooter at random because they may not have the correct insurance.
Bluebird taxis are the official taxis on the island, and usually the cheapest. Beware of the fake ones though, where the name may have been changed slightly to try and fool you. It is best to book them through Grab, Uber or the Bluebird app, or just hail a legitimate one on the street.
Somewhere To Stay
Having somewhere to stay is an important consideration, and thankfully accommodation in Bali is not expensive. There are private villas in Ubud, available for rent, that will give you a touch of luxury without breaking the bank, especially if there is a group of you. There are hotels that are very reasonable, hostels that cost next to nothing or you could stay in one of the local farms that offer rooms to tourists.
Whichever you decide on, you will receive excellent service at a good price.
Food And Drink
Many of the street cafes do buffet style food where for just a small amount you can eat as much as you want. The food is traditional and very tasty, and filling up on this will stop you being hungry for quite a while. This is the cheapest way to eat, but not the only one by any means.
There are restaurants that serve food from all different parts of the world, and if you are hankering after a burger and chips you will find it very easily.
If you have rented a villa and are catering for yourself, you will find all the fresh produce you could need in the local markets, although sometimes price wise this cannot compete with the buffet meals of a street café.
Bottled water and soft drinks are readily available and inexpensive, but wine will cost you quite a bit, and beers prices are middle of the road. Sky Garden in Kuta does a deal where you pay a set amount and then you can eat and drink as much as you want all night. You might think that would be expensive, but it really isn’t! It’s a cheap way of enjoying the nightlife, with eight different clubs and bars within it.
More Money Needed?
With lazy days on the beaches, walking in the hills, viewing many of the landmarks and joining in the numerous festivals available all for free, not much more is needed to have the full Bali experience!
As long as you have somewhere to sleep, and enough to eat and get around, you can stay in Bali with very little cash.
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