Memories of Bali? Eat, Pray and Love?
Seems familiar? Truly it is! The latter was starred by Julia Roberts in her character search for life bliss and that’s where I am coming from. This is my DO-IT-YOUR OWN story about travelling to Bali, Indonesia for 3 days and 3 nights on a budget. Yes, on a budget darling!
Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller – Ibn Battuta
Supposed to be, I’ll be travelling solo to Bali but because my persuading power worked on my friend, Leslie she agreed to join me in my escapade.
It was months before when I booked a round-trip ticket via Cebu Pacific from MNL to Bali; Bali to MNL. I bought it for P1,299 per way, so it sums around P4,000+ back and forth. Not bad right? Sure it is.
Bali, is an island and province of Indonesia. It is located in the southern part of Jakarta (Capital) of Indonesia. Truly, Bali has its unique features like rice paddies, beautiful beaches, party crowd, rich culture, arts and crafts, and amazing cliff-edge views. Its capital is Denpansar and I agree that the moment you set your foot at the lands of Bali, you will feel that artsy-vibe of the place and you will certainly love it.
HOW TO GO HERE:
There are a lot of aircraft carrier that caters flight going to Bali, as for me I took the direct flight of Cebu Pacific from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Ngurai Rah International Airport (Bali). It took us exactly around 2-3 hours travel time. Since Philippines has an existing friendship ties with Indonesia, Filipinos are entitled for a free 30-day visa exemption and I am glad we did because it saves us from more paperwork.
WHERE WE STAY:
As I always do, I advanced booked our lodging house for the next three (3) days of our stay in Bali. We stayed at Beneyasa Beach Inn I located at Poppies Lane II. Well, the place is nice for backpackers. I don’t expect much since the fee is cheaper than the usual. Indeed, you’ll get what you pay for.
Though I can say that the place is very accessible to all of your needs. There is a 24-hr convenient store in front of it and restaurant-bar just beside it.
WHAT WE EAT:
Balinese people has an interesting taste buds. They are like Filipinos! Really, Asians are alike in many ways and one of it is fond for food. Most of their cuisines are fried and grilled but spicy! As in legit SPICYYYYY.
We were brought to a nice restaurant (overlooking rice paddies) by our kind guide Kulik (Colix Mayyawan) who is a co-owner/organizer of our tour. You might contact him directly thru Whatsapp (+62) 811-3864-111. Please check their Facebook page: www.galihbalitours.com or www.balistartour.com
Our first meal of the day: Nasi Goreng and Babi Guling at Iiga Warung Mas for 130,000IDR (P1.00 = IDR260.97) so it is equivalent to approx. P400+ per meal.
We also tried other budget meals at Sea House Bali Indah Beach Inn with wifi, Rumah Makan Taliwang and their local carinderia called “Warung” .
We don’t have a problem choosing meals in Bali because the staple food is mainly with steamed or fried rice. I also noticed that since most of the inhabitants are Hindu, they rarely cook beef related meals.
Food ranges from 25,000 IDR – 150,000 IDR (P95-P500+) per meal depending on your choice.
0400 AM : ETD NAIA Terminal 3, Manila, Philippines
0730 AM :ETA Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpansar, Bali, Indonesia
0830 AM: Pick-up @ Airport
1000 AM: Early Check-in at Beneyasa Inn I, Poppies Lane, Kuta
DAY 1: UBUD TOUR
1100 AM: ETD Going to Batuan Temple, Jl. Raya, Batuan
1230 NN: ETA Batuan (pay necessary fees – 10,000IDR, after that, you will be given a sarong*)
1330: Lunch at Iiga Warung Masa
1400: ETA – Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)*
1500: ETA – Ubud Monkey Forest
1600: ETA – Campuhan Ridge Walk
1630: ETA – Ubud Jambe Astri Kopi Luwak Agrotourism
1900: Dinner at hostel
2000: Lights out
DAY 2: BALI COUNTRYSIDE
0700 AM: Breakfast at Sea House Restaurant
0800 AM: Start tour going to Tanah Lot Temple
1000 AM: ETA Purah Tanah Lot
1200 NN: ETA Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
1330 PM: ETA Twin Lake (Lake Buyan and Tamblingan)
1530 PM: Lunch at Rumah Makan Taliwang
1630 PM: ETA Pura Taman Ayun
1800 PM: Back at hostel
1900 PM: Dinner and Night-out at Tubes Bar & Restaurant Bali
2000 PM: Lights out
DAY 3: SOUTH BALI TOUR
0700 AM: Breakfast at Sea House Restaurant
0800 AM: Start tour going to Padang-Padang Beach or Taplau
0900 AM: ETA Padang-Padang Beach
1100 AM: ETD Uluwatu Temple
1330 PM: Lunch at Warung
1430 PM: ETD going to Jimbaran Bay
1530 PM: ETA Jimbaran Bay Beach (early dinner & staycation)
1730 PM: Change at hostel
1800 PM: Stroll at Kuta Art Market
1900 PM: Back to hostel and Lights out
0500 AM Fly back home from Ngurai Rah International Airport to Manila
0900 AM Hello Again Manila!
OUR FIRST DAY TOUR ITINERARY:
The town of Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali. The place has a lot of green views (rice paddies and arts and crafts). If I would be back in Bali, I’ll be grateful to stay in Ubud because the place is so serene and peaceful. I would suggest those fanatics of Yoga should visit Ubud in no time. (the map of our First day tour)
A. PURA PUSEH DESA BATUAN or BATUAN TEMPLE
This is our first Balinese temple to visit featuring stone carvings & sculptures and tourists are required to wear the customary sarong and selendang (sash) as a sign of respect for Balinese tradition. The entrance fee costs – 10,000 IDR and you’ll be given a sarong.
B. PURA GOA GAJAH or ELEPHANT CAVE
You are not mistaken, the entrance of the cave looks like the one in the game Temple Run right? They called this place, Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave.
Before, few people are allowed to enter the cave, this is because the place are used for spiritual meditation. Kulik told us that some people perform yoga inside and now, it is preserved as sanctuary. Beside it is a healing fountain (in Balinese tradition, they believe that the water coming out from that fountain can help heal sickness/illness). The entrance fee costs – 15,000 IDR.
C. SACRED MONKEY FOREST SANCTUARY
Well, you’ve never been to Bali if you haven’t met sneaky little creatures like monkeys. Kidding aside, tourists are afore-warned that we should be careful with the monkeys especially the things hooked in our body (they are the culprits to some stealing inside the park, not only bananas! even Ipad, earrings, hat, cameras, food, water bottles and a lot more). We are also warned not to make eye-to-eye contact with them for it triggers fight (and don’t even try to trick them because they’re way tricky than people). All in all the stroll in the park seems so nice, refreshing and fun since we gotta’ve chance to interact with our dear monkeys. Entrance fee costs – 50,000 IDR
D. CAMPUHAN RIDGEWALK
I recommend this place to our athletic and trekking friends (lush green, fresh air, and scenic highlands view). We had to pass trekking all the way up because we are so tired touring the whole day. What we did is just to take pictures and stroll at the jump off. We had through a nice temple near campuhan.
E. JAMBE ASTRI AGROTOURISM (COFFEE LUWAK)
Before we went here, I’ve read bad reviews from tourists that going to coffee plantation shouldn’t be a part of once trip because technically this is just a place to buy some coffee or some says that people inside become a bit pushy to make you buy stuffs but in our experience in Jambe Astri and since I am a coffee fan, I gave it a try and why not taste their infamous KOPI LUWAK (the SHIT COFFEE but doesn’t taste shit). Well, I find the place nice and very accommodating. Once your inside, you will be served with 13 kinds of combination of coffee-tea-hot chocolate drinks for FREE and it is amazing!!! Since we perfectly love the place and to support the local tourism of Bali, I and Leslie bought some goods from there (BALI COFFEE, POMEGRANATE TEA and some other stuffs). Go grab a bite of their handmade CHOCOLATES (SPICY, VANILLA, ORANGE and MILK flavored) for FREE.
So that was the first day of our Bali Tour in UBUD. I’ll be doing a separate post for our ULTIMATE BALI DIY ITINERARY TRIP – SECOND DAY TRIP and THIRD DAY TRIP Stay tuned.
For those who’ll be asking if how much would the tour be, since we contracted the service rental of Balistartour, we only pay 550,000 IDR for 7-8 hrs. Totally in your own comfort in a 5-6 seater SUV (inclusion of vehicle, gas, driver and toll fees). I highly recommend this to those who really wanted to roam around Bali freely compared to the big group tours.
Hope this helps!:)