Things to know while planning for Bali!

Lush green landscape, pristine beaches, heritage ancient temples, vibrant nightlife, fluvial rivers, gorgeous paddy fields and oceans to sit and lost in breeze while watching fiery sunset is what defines Bali.

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Bali

I used to dream about the divine place. Bali has certain charm which attracts you towards it. Had done virtual tour through Youtube, articles, images ad was really fascinated about the versatility of the place. One day, I had that urge to go as soon as possible. Started planning itineraries, places to stay, what to eat, where to shop and all. When we start planning a trip for the first time to an unknown country, every-time we are clueless as in where to start from. My homework starts with penning down bullet points in my diary (yes, I am old school! I love writing on paper). Here are the points I consider before going on a trip…

  • Best time to visit
  • Flight Tickets and Visa, if required
  • Currency Exchange
  • Accommodation
  • Things to pack
  • Places to Visit
  • Local Transportation
  • Places to Eat and Shop

Best time to visit Bali:

Usually, May to October is the dry season and is considered to be the best in terms of weather as the peninsula creates some of the best waves. However, July and August are the peak and overly-crowded because of the holidays, this time the Bali is the busiest. January-March the weather was also good with partial rains.

Flights Tickets and Visa:When I was looking for flights in January 2018, there were no direct flights and since it was the last minute, the flights were expensive too.
Tip: Please book atleast 6 months ahead of the trip and you can save loads.

After looking at so many portals, settled with the one website offering good rates but the flights were booked in 3 slots with different PNRs. That means every time we have to check-in and check-out our baggage but we compromised that on the cost of travel. Now, it is quite easy as there are direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai to Bali (Denpasar Airport) which takes around 8-9 hours travel time. If you have time crunch, my suggestion would be to select flight which reaches in the morning so that the day is not wasted and you can indulge in the activities the same day.

Bali does not require Visa on Indian Passports until 30 days and if you wish to extend your stay the cost of the visa is US $35. However, there is visa on arrivals for Indians which is more like entry or exit permit which is stamped on your passport once you reach there. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and should have enough space for the visa sticker. Penalty for over staying is IDR 300.000 per day. Also remember, day of arrival counts as day one and the day of departure as full day.

Currency Exchange:
Money exchange in Bali is done with major currencies like USD and the centres for it can easily be found on Airport or nearby resort areas. I would recommend to carry Travel Card or USD if possible and if not get a small amount of your currency exchanged to pay the taxi bill from airport. You may find better rates outside the airport.

There are self authorised exchange centres too but PT. Dirgahayu Valuta Prima (Green board) are good. All such places might need valid passport or ID. We carried Travel Forex Card and withdrew from BCA ATMs. Please check with your bank over the withdrawal charges. Travellers cheque are accepted too but the rates will be slightly lower. Do check on your mobile the current exchange rate before taking any decision.

There are so many luxurious and prime properties in Bali along with the good and economic AirBnB, homestays or hostels, villas which are home away from home. Let me make it easy for you to choose from a wide variety of hotels and resorts ranging from $15 to $70. One can opt as per their budget. Each area has different sets of facilities and services as per your taste. For eg., if you are looking for sun, sand and surfing choose your hotels in Kuta, Seminayak, Nusa Dua or Sanur. They have so many luxurious hotels at really good rates offering spa, sight-seeing, dinner at beach. 

If greenery, rice fields, culture is your type, go for stay in some balinese style home with beautiful architecture and modern amenities stay in Ubud. You can get some of the fab properties at AirBnB.

Bedroom, Ubud, Bali
Viswarani, Ubud, Bali

Let’s limit this post for the first four important points….More tips, suggestions on your way in the next post. Stay tuned…:)

23 thoughts on “Things to know while planning for Bali!

  1. This is another nicely described post, Madam, complemented with beautiful pictures. A great travelogue I must say.. ☺️
    Regarding cash, I would like to know why you didn’t choose to exchange it in India itself from some bank or Forex vendor? As far as I have seen, the ones abroad are more expensive than the ones in India.

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  2. You are welcome Madam.. ☺️ Your post is great and informative without getting into hard core numbers or in depth quantitative analysis..!!
    Yes, one should get the Forex before boarding the flight. And by that, I don’t mean that you should get it from the Airport (expensive again).. get it well in advance.. and carry plastic money as well, because you never know when you can run out of cash..!!

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    1. Noted Abirbhav. Though usually I either carry forex or card and if not then I exchange it from authorised people only but had some confusion in Bali hence had to pay! 😛 Thank you for the suggestion, though. 🙂

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  3. The name alone makes it seem mysterious. Since I won’t be going, it was nice to visit through your photos. Thanks for sharing your love of photography with Pictorial Tuesday.

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  4. Your post and the photos just makes me want to jump on the plane fly to Bali! This place has been in my travel bucket list but for a different reason, your writing give me more reason to visit it.

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    1. Aww Jessica….Even I too want to fly to Bali soon but the current conditions won’t allow us! 😦 I am glad you liked the photos. Do remember me whenever you make it to Bali. Would love to see the photographs. Take care! 🙂

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  5. I am learning so much about this dream place and glad to know the best time for travel, bookings and also most important I did not know anything about Travel Forex card. Thanks for sharing:)


  6. I appreciate your advice and your photos show a beautiful country to visit. Not that we’ll be going anywhere soon, but given the chance I’d like to visit here. Thanks for the info.


  7. Bali indeed is one of my most favorite place, which I have planned to visit before COVID-19. Your post with those beautiful pictures makes me impatient to travel Bali. Very informative.


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