B.F.B (Budget-Friendly-Bali)

“Is it expensive travelling to Bali?” That’s one of the many question my friends ask me when I got back from my recent trip to Bali. And my honest answer was, “No!” Its actually very affordable, from their hotels, tours, food/s, souvenirs, etc. If you’re a budget traveller (like me!) Bali is a perfect travel destination for you and your companion, because it won’t break your wallet’s heart and you don’t need to break your coin bank as well. I will breakdown my expenses for you to have an idea how much you have to prepare before your upcoming trip to Bali and also some guidelines on what to do and expect.

Expenses from my recent Bali Trip (5 days and 4 nights)

Plane Ticket: P10,485

(AirAsia, direct flight Manila – Bali – Manila: what is included in the plane ticket is Airfare, luggages 20kg per way, taxes, meals for RT flights, insurance)

Hotel: P11,500

(P5,750 per pax. The Bene Hotel, Kuta Beach area, Superior Double Room: rate is per room for 2 pax, for 4 nights, with buffet breakfast)

Airport Transfer: 200K Rupiah

(one way for 3 pax) = P727.23 for 3 pax; P242.41 per person

Tour Guide: 1,708,333.33 Million Rupiah per person = P6,212 

900K Rupiah (for 3 pax; East Bali Trip), 900K Rupiah (for 3 pax; Singaraja Trip), 675K Rupiah (per person; Nusa Penida Tour) + 350K Rupiah (for 3 pax; for the car/driver), 725K Rupiah (for 3 pax; Swing Activity; Airport Transfer going home is already included or free since we went straight after the tour)

Note: you still have to pay for entrance fees in some of the tourist spots but its not expensive.

Total: P22,689.41 per person

Not intimidating right? Imagine for the amount of P22,689.41 (we just booked and planned everything 2 months before the said trip) because almost everything is included already. If you want to get a cheaper plane ticket, try to book early so that you can catch seat sale fares, and also if you don’t like to include meals and seat assignment and luggages the price will go down from what I wrote down in the breakdown of expenses.

“Then how about the food?” “How about the souvenirs”

Well I didn’t include the food meals because it will depend on what kind of meals do you prefer, but if I were you try to eat heavy breakfast so that during your tour you don’t have to spend that much. BUT you don’t have to worry because the normal meals you can order at their restaurants will range from 25,000 Rupiah to 60,000 Rupiah (when you convert it will be from P95 to P190). With that amount you can already order a very good meal from American cuisine, Local cuisine and a lot more to choose from so definitely you will not get hungry and I repeat its not expensive.

If you’re thinking of getting your loved ones a souvenir from food, coffee, shirts, keychain, sarong, etc., you can go to Krisna. Tell your tour guide or driver to take you to this famous souvenir store and you can find anything and everything you want to bring your loved ones back home. It’s a huge store and for sure you will not leave the store empty-handed and all the famous souvenirs in Bali can be bought here and they can also assist you in packing it in huge boxes. You can pay for everything you bought either cash or credit card, so it’s hassle-free.

REMINDER before going to Bali

What should you know before going to Bali and what should you prepare? Well first is change your money from your home country. It is better if you already have a Rupiah with you before going to Bali because you might have a lower rate and have more Millions of Rupiah with you. But if you’ll be having a hard time looking for Rupiah in your home country you can have it change in Bali, BUT A REMINDER change your money only at those authorise and legit money changers, if you’ll get the service of a tour operator you can seek for their help and take you to a good money changer. Be careful ok? because not all are legit and you might be dismayed and not be able to have a wonderful Bali experience, so DON’T FORGET!

Another thing, if you prefer to have a hassle free trip and tour around Bali I would suggest that you talk with a legit and good tour guide and operator. For me I was able to find in Instagram Bali Daily, and the rate I posted was their rate during our trip. Why would I suggest a tour guide? Well with their help all you need to do is wait at your hotel lobby and they will take you to your desired destination, and from our experience they are good and legit, they are very accommodating from my inquiry until the time we got there and have done all the tours, they definitely made our Bali trip a memorable one.

Are you ready?

So was I able to encourage you to go to Bali? I hope so because it should really be part of your bucket list for any traveller like me who’s on a budget. There’s a lot to explore and do in Bali so if you want to maximise your trip, be sure to save some more and plan early. Btw, if you are a person who’s always online due to work or other reason, you might want to bring with you a pocket wifi that you can bring with you all around Bali. Here in the Philippines, I make sure to always use a pocket wifi abroad that I rent every time I travel. I use Flytpack always because for me they really have a good service and connection wherever I’ve been through so far. But then again its up to you if you should bring one or not, because in Bali its better if you take a break from getting connected first if you can, so that you can enjoy your stay and your tours. In that case, you don’t have to hold your gadgets while looking around and instead enjoy the view and what Bali has to offer. But if you really can’t do that then I suggest rent one and maybe while your in a tour set it aside for awhile, and at the same time when you reach your hotel all of them (I believe) offers free wifi for all their guests and make it a travel to remember, MARKE My Word.

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To See Is To Bali-eve

They say “to see is to believe”, and that’s what I tell myself every time I’m going on a trip. Just like my visit to Bali, Indonesia, one reason why I travel is because I don’t just want to see this amazing places all over the world in pictures in social media and all over the internet, but to have a first hand experience and enjoy the beauty of God’s wonderful creation. Just like our Swing Activity Tour, were we visited Bali Swing site, Coffee Plantation, Ubud Market and Tegalalang Rice Terraces. We did this tour on our last day in Bali before heading back to the Philippines, and since our flight was still past midnight why not make use of the day well by still doing a tour.

Let’s start with Bali Swing site (sorry I can’t find the pictures), we may not have experience the swing and other water activities due to lack of time and at the same time we are not dress for the said activity, we skip it but not to worry because we are able to do a swing activity already during our trip to Wanagiri Hidden Hills which I can say that it has a much more better view and much more thrill in it. But here at the Bali Swing, you will be able to enjoy a lot more swing activities and much more Instagram worthy picture spots with a wonderful view as well. And if you are thrill seeker and adventure junky this place is also a must go for you because they also offer white water rafting. And since this is located in the Ubud area which is known for this type of activities, then if you get a chance do one and you will enjoy it, which I’ll do when I get to visit again.

Now let’s move on to Tegalalang Rice Terraces, is it amazing? YES YES YES! If you are a nature lover like me then you will enjoy this part of the tour. But make sure you are ready to walk up and down the rice terraces because to enjoy this tour you will need to walk down and up and down and up again and tour around the beautiful Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Aside from enjoying the view, you get to experience another swing activity here and imagine riding a swing and have a view of the rice terraces, isn’t that breathtaking? Woooh! Tired and Hungry??? Not to worry! Because when you’re done with doing this activity there’s a lot of food choices for you to choose from as well. Imagine having your meal and having this view in front of you, will it not make your experience even more fulfilling? Don’t miss it ok?

And now let’s have some coffee, YES for coffee lovers like me, you should drop by their coffee plantation. Bali is also known for there coffee especially made and crafted in this lovely island. And there famous, quite expensive from the others, is called Luwak Coffee which comes from a poop of a Luwak. What’s a Luwak? it is a Civet cat and is known to be part of the cat family and it is native to Bali. They are known for eating coffee beans, which are then collected after the luwak poops them out, and used to make what is known as a Luwak coffee, sounds weird? well you should try it because the taste is really good. Game? You should really give it a try.

Now to my favourite activity, well everywhere I go this is my favourite, SHOPPING! Who wouldn’t enjoy it right? Especially its time to get your loved ones some souvenirs from the place where you came from and make them feel love. And if you are a fan of the Native bags from Bali which comes in different shape and sizes, and other local souvenirs you van bring home then Ubud Market (I don’t have the picture because it was raining that time and we are on a rush so I forgot the picture) is a place you should include in your itinerary. Be sure to have your skills in haggling with you when you visit this place because the best part of going to Ubud market is you can bargain for the item that you like to the price which suits your budget. I have the skill and the confidence in bargaining, every time I haggle for an item whether in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bali and of course here in the Philippines, I get to buy the item that I want for the price that suits my budget. So that’s what the best thing to have in you when visiting Ubud Market, and also aside from the native products they sell here their are also some branded stores around the are, and there are also temples to visit and see the Monkey forest, beware of your things ok, just a heads up because this monkeys are really playful.

What to do next? well head back to the city area and go to the airport to catch our flight later that night and we should get ready. I really enjoyed our trip in Bali and I will definitely come back for more experience and adventure. You should visit Bali too, because it won’t just fill your eyes with beautiful sites, fill your tummy with their delicious foods (which I’ll try to come up with a blog with some of the meals we had on this trip), but also fill your heart and mind with peace that you need and deserve, because Bali has this tranquility and serenity feel in my own experience while your enjoying your trip. You can really have a quiet time with yourself and with God, spend a quality time with the people you’re travelling with, and at the same time enjoy a lot of activities to do and experience around Bali. I will go back and I’m looking forward to more adventures in Bali, want to join me? hmm you’ll never regret it MARKE My Word.

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Singaraja Trip

One question my friends and other people who knew about my trip in Bali was, How did you see those places in just 4 or 5 days? Well my answer was simple, if you want something you’ll make sure to do it no matter how tiring it is and no matter how hectic it will be, just go for it. It may just be short trip but nonetheless everything was squeezed in to our schedule up to the last minute, literally it was worth it til the last day of our trip. So one of our scheduled tour was called Singaraja Trip and we are able to visit 5 spots during this tour namely Aling Aling waterfalls, Wanagiri Hidden Hills, Bali Handara Gate, Ulundanu Temple and Bratan Lake.

From our hotel we were pick-up by our driver/guide and we drove to our first destination which was Ulundanu Temple and Bratan Lake, of course I was so amazed how the place was well-maintained and that’s why tourist really go here to see the beautiful scenery and at the same time relax. Take some time to roam around the place and appreciate the beauty of Bratan Lake and at the same time find the best spot and appreciate the Ulundanu Temple at the lake. See the beautiful mountains at the backdrop and if you want some more adventure then maybe try some activities to  enjoy the lake as well.

After some time we head to our next stop which was Aling Aling waterfalls, of course we are ready to swim but we didn’t expect that we need to hike just to see this beautiful place and at the same time be ready to jump… yes jump by the cliffs and falls if you are brave enough (unlike me haha) and appreciate this tour even more. There are three stages for your jump and it will really challenge yourself how brave you are and where your adrenaline rush will take you. And after seeing the 3 falls (which I thought that was it already) we had quite walk after swimming by the falls, and we were brought to the real Aling Aling Waterfalls and it was beautiful. I am really a nature lover simply because I live in the city and everyday I just see buildings, malls, etc., and every time I get to travel to places which includes this kind of tours I am just amazed. So after appreciating the waterfalls we hike up again going to the parking lot and from feeling fresh and cold, we were just sweating after that hike up, but it was worth it.

After this we went to Wanagiri Hidden Hills, and if you love taking beautiful photos and at the same time test your adrenaline you can spend some time here and ride the swing, take some photos at there cliff hanging photo spots. It was really beautiful because beneath you is the view of Bratan Lake so your fear will change into amazement.

And for the last part of this trip we headed to Bali Handara Gate and take the best photo we can have while we are enjoying the view. It was again a full-packed day and it was tiring but seeing those beautiful places and having that experience will leave you amazed and feel so accomplished upon your return to your hotel to relax for the night. Would I recommend this tour? Yes, definitely. It was an experience any tourist should have when you visit Bali. I don’t know, but if you’ll ask me was Bali beautiful and will it keep you coming back for more? Yes, for sure because it has a lot to offer, the people are friendly, the budget ain’t gonna hurt your pocket and at the same time you get to feel the culture and appreciate the beauty of God’s wonderful creation. How I love Bali, Indonesia and I can’t wait to go back and explore it more. MARKE MY WORD.

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Breathtaking Nusa Penida Island

Like what they say, once a year go somewhere you’ve never been before and you’ll just end up surprising yourself what that place has in-store for you. As for me and my friends, we decided to go to Bali, Indonesia and yes it was the right choice. And on top of my list of place/s to visit was Nusa Penida Island, was I happy? WELL happy is an understatement because I was just amazed, mesmerised, fell in love with the beauty of this island in Bali.

Nusa Penida Island is around 45 minutes to an hour of boat ride from the island of Bali and you’ll arrive in their port, and along with other tourists there area lot of guides who will drive you around this amazing island visit several points for you to capture the best shot you cab ever have and be amazed of how beautiful this creation of God is, its just breathtaking for me and my friends. We chose to visit, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Crystal Bay/Beach, and the best one for me, Kelingking Cliff and Beach.

I was just crying inside to see it in person because it was just surreal to be there and see it and have your moment at the cliff and seat for a “death defying” picture hehe but you just have to be careful when you sit and stay still to be safe. But again it was just amazing for me and my friends, we really wanted to go down the beach but the hike is an hour going down and so another hour going up, so due to our limited time we can’t do it so I told myself I’ll do it next time.

The island maybe not yet developed that time but they are already starting to develop the roads because its really bumpy and if you’re afraid of cliffs, don’t look at the sides while your at the car but as for me, it was super fun. Thanks to our driver/guide who really made sure we see all the spots we chose for the said tour and was able to share to us his best knowledge about the island.

Was it worth it? YES! Should you just have a day tour? NO! because if I were you stay at least a night in the island to enjoy it more or even 2 nights because there are other spots to see and visit. But if you have limited time, well a day tour will be ok but make sure to go there as early as you can and take the last trip back to Bali as well so that you can maximise your stay in the beautiful island. Will I go back? Yes yes yes! because there’s a lot to see and experience in the island. I hope you visit Nusa Penida Island and be able to enjoy it as much as we did. MARKE MY WORD 🙂

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til the next one!

BALI-mazing

Last August, me and my friends was able to visit the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia. At first we were hesitant to go since there was a recent earthquake that hit Bali and its neighbouring islands which we are hoping to visit and explore. But after confirming with our hotel, tour guide and airline that its safe to travel to Bali we pushed thru and indeed it was worth it. Every time I travel to any country that I’ll be visiting I make sure to do some research about the country, the place and other things any traveler should know about the place they are visiting. And knowing the OZ me I planned out where to eat, what to do, where to go, etc and though some of it we weren’t able to try especially the restaurants it was totally fine because all the places we were able to go to was amazing. for 5 days and 5 nights (it is too short, I suggest you stay the least of 7 days). It was a 4 hours flight from Manila to the island of Bali, and upon our arrival we were welcomed by our guide and was brought to our hotel in Kuta beach area, The Bene Hotel. Kuta beach hotels is approximately 30 minutes from the airport, due to traffic or even less, again depending on the traffic situation. So if you’re arriving late at night, just like our flight, I suggest stay somewhere near like in Kuta area so that you will not get tired from your flight. Upon arrival at the hotel around 1am we are surprise that we were still given welcome drinks and refreshments and was still welcomed with a smile by the staff of Bene Hotel. It is situated in the inner part of Kuta which is very good if you want to have a good night sleep because it is very peaceful and no noise from the busy streets within the area. The room was big and beautiful though some equipments should be upgraded but its very minimal, nonetheless it was perfect for a relaxing stay. There beautiful swimming pool in the middle of their compound was really amazing and was able to try it out late before our dinner during our last evening during our trip. I think they are considered 4 star hotel or 5 star and it was really a good place to stay at, and it is very affordable.

The next day, we started our tour and it was through Bali Daily (you can check them out in there Instagram account) and it was a hectic 5 day schedule of activities but I can say it was all worth it. We had East Bali Trip for day 1, Singaraja Trip for the 2nd day, then we went to Nusa Penida Island on our 3rd day, then during our last day before our flight we had a Swing Activity tour. Of course you need to drop by for some souvenir for your loved ones and friends at home. Like what I said out Bali trip was jam-packed but all the places we visited was stunning and it exceeded my expectations that’s why I am planning to return next year, care to join me?

In my next blog I will try to share each tour we had per day so you can have a run-through of what’s in the said tour/s.

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