Island Getaway 2016 – Bali, Indonesia

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ABOUT BALI

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Took Air Asia flight from KLIA2, Kuala Lumpur to Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport Bali. Once touched down, I was quite surprise to see the new look of the airport. Big and new! Another new update since the last time I was in Bali (2012) is that, there’s no more airport departure tax! Yeayyy for that! πŸ™‚

GETTING AROUND

There are a few ways you can get around Bali. You can rent your own car or motorbike (you will need to have an International Driving Permit), walk (if within the city), take a taxi (use Blue Bird since it’s quite cheap & the the most reliable taxi company) or hire a driver (I did this for 3 days tour)

DRIVER SERVICE FOR BALI TOUR

My second time hiring Pak Bram as our supir (driver). He drove a Suzuki MPV, which can fit 7 people and the price is per car, not per head. Price includes car+petrol+driver. I fully recommend Pak Bram if you are looking for a driver in Bali. For the itinerary, you can have a look at mine (2012 trip Itinerary), or you can also ask Pak Bram for recommended itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION

Stayed at Odua Ozz Kuta Hotel. Good location, nice room with comfortable bed and friendly and helpful staff. If I were to go to Bali again, I will consider staying at this hotel one more time! πŸ™‚

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INTERESTING PLACES

There are a lot of interesting places in Bali to visit. For this trip, I didn’t visit many places since it’s so hot and I bring along my 7 months old baby with me.

Here are some places that I went to this year. For more listing of interesting places, visit my previous post on Bali here – Bali 2012 Trip

  • Uluwatu – Pura by the cliff. Just be careful with the monkeys here. Keep your sunglasses in your bag because they might steal it
  • Jimbaran Bay – a nice & romantic place to enjoy dinner on the beach while watching sunset. This year I went there twice at tried 2 restaurants. I fully recommend to eat at Legong. Their food taste nicer and the staff are way more helpful and friendly
  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Bedugul
  • Pacung – enjoy lunch with rice terrace view
  • Coffee Plantation

SHOPPING

  • Ole-ole Hawaii Bali
  • Agong Bali
  • Krishna (went to 2 Krishna outlet, one is near Agong Bali and another one is near the airport)
  • Discovery Mall
  • Lippo Mall
  • Legian Street
  • Kuta Art Market

 

View my previous post on Bali: My FIRST SOLO Getaway – Bali, Indonesia

My FIRST SOLO Getaway – Bali, Indonesia

Legian Beach, Bali

ABOUT BALI

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

There are several ways to go to Bali. Since I’m going there from Kuala Lumpur, the easiest would be to just take a direct flight. Managed to buy a ticket on promotional price from Air Asia. Paid only RM371 for return tickets!! If you go to Bali by flight, you will land at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport.

Please take note that you will need to pay airport departure tax upon departure from Bali. It can be paid in cash and in Indonesian Rupiah only. The rate will be Rp 150,000 (international departure) and Rp 40,000 (domestic departure). So do remember to keep enough money with you. Infants under 2 years old are exempted from departure tax.

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VISA

Visa on arrival: Westerners can just apply for Visa upon arrival. Just bring along your passport with at least 6 months remaining validity, 2 recent passport photos and $25.

Visa in advance: Obtain visa from Indonesian embassy before arrival.

Visa waiver: Show passport, get stamped & that’s it! Applies to selected, mostly ASEAN countries – including Malaysia! πŸ™‚

GETTING AROUND

Getting around Bali is not that difficult. You can rent your own car or bike (you will need to have an International Driving Permit), walk (I did this from Seminyak-Kuta-Seminyak), take a taxi (use Blue Bird since it’s quite cheap & the the most reliable taxi company) or hire a driver (I did this for 3 days tour)

DRIVER SERVICE FOR BALI TOUR

Visiting places like Tanah Lot, Kintamani, Jimbaran, etc. will definitely requires driving and NOT walking. For my 3 days tour, I did hire a driver. Managed to get a contact from the internet and I was so glad that I asked him to be my driver, or known as SUPIR. He was so nice & since he is local, he knows A LOT of interesting places. I provided him with my own itinerary but it changed along the way; added with a lot of interesting places! He also knows a lot of people there so he can help you to get a very nice deal for example for a spa treatment or water sport package. The price for his service is one of the cheapest that I can find. Price is based on per car (not per head & his car – MPV, can fit 7 people! The more people, the cheaper it will be). Price include car+petrol+driver. He is also a music teacher there, so I did learn how to play RINDIK or Bamboo music from him. Such a good & enjoyable experience! See us playing a duet by [CLICKING HERE]. If you are planning to go to Bali, please do contact him (you won’t regret it! I promise you!) and just tell him, TEH (that’s me) recommended him to you. πŸ˜‰

ACCOMMODATION

Since I went there alone, the word BUDGET is always on my mind. Stayed at Tune Hotels,Β  Legian for 7 days 6 nights & it was awesome! The rate is quite cheap (get a promotion price), paid Rp 1,225,428, around RM400, for a double room with TV. The room is simple yet the bed is super comfortable! The location is also awesome! Shops + minimart + spa along the street, WARUNG MURAH (a good place to eat Indonesian food) is near the hotel, and the best thing is, it’s just 5 minutes walk to Legian beach!
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MY 7 DAYS ITINERARY

Here’s my itinerary for my 7 days in Bali. Worth every second & every rupiah spent! πŸ˜‰

Day 1

  • Fly from KL to Bali
  • Check in Tune Hotels, Legian

Day 2 (day tour using driver service)

  • Pick up at hotel – 8.30 am
  • Barong & Kris Dance (Rp 100,000)
  • Shopping at Hawaii Bali Oleh Oleh
  • Nusa Dua – Theater area
  • Nusa Dua Tanjong Benoa – water sport area
  • Lunch at Seafood Lagoon
  • Golden Kirrin Coffee Factory
  • Padang Padang Beach – location for Eat, Pray, Love movie
  • Uluwatu (Rp 20,000)
  • Dinner at Jimbaran Bay – dinner on the beach + sunset

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Legian Beach
  • Walk from Legian Beach to Kuta – stopping by shops along Jalan Legian, Ground Zero: Bali Bombing Memorial Park, Kuta Art Market & Discovery Mall
  • Walk back from Kuta to hotel
  • Hangout at Legian Beach + watching sunset

Day 4 (day tour using driver service)

  • Pick up at hotel – 9.00 am
  • Mengwi, Taman Ayun (Rp 15,000)
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Lunch at Pacung – rice terrace view
  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Bedugul (Rp 30,000)
  • Bali Butterfly Park (Rp 65,000)
  • Monkey Forest (Rp 20,000, and do give some tips to the guide)
  • Tanah Lot (Rp 30,000)

Day 5 (day tour using driver service)

  • Pick up at hotel – 9.00 am
  • Sari Amertha Batik
  • Segaru Windu – basket weaving
  • Prapen Jewellery – gold & silver
  • Traditional Balinese Style House (do give some tips to the home owner)
  • Art Gallery
  • Wood Carving
  • Lunch at Kintamani – volcano mountain view (entrance fee Rp 15,000, exclude lunch)
  • Pura Besakih (Rp 20,000 + donation fee)
  • Mahagiri – rice terrace view + coffee plantation
  • Kertha Gosa (Rp 12,000)
  • Tegenungan Waterfall (Rp 5,000)
  • Kecak & Fire Dance – at Batu Bulan (Rp 100,000)
  • Shopping at Krishna

NOTES: Please be aware that there might be some people that will try to con you at Pura Besakih. They will tell you that you will NEED A TOUR GUIDE so that you can walk around all the places inside and they will ask you to pay around Rp 300,000 or more. You can just say no & can still walk around the place with no restriction. Once you have passed the ‘guides’, there will still be someone saying the same thing but they claim to be the ‘Pura keeper’. They will bring you around and once finish, they will ask for money, and keep asking you to pay more! I’m talking based on experience. If you need a guide then it’s ok. If no, just say no.

Day 6

  • Brunch at Warung Murah
  • Wander around Seminyak on foot
  • Hangout in hotel – resting + watching movie
  • Legian beach – surfing lesson
  • Aromatic Balinese Full Body Massage

Day 7

  • Checkout from hotel – latest is 11.00 am
  • Brunch at Warung Murah
  • Manicure
  • Off to airport

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Nusa Dua & Tanjong Benoa – a place to enjoy great scenery & water sport

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  • Padang Padang Beach – the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ featuring Julia Roberts was shot here

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  • Uluwatu – Pura by the cliff. Just be careful with the monkeys here. Keep your sunglasses in your bag because they might steal it πŸ˜‰

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  • Jimbaran Bay – a nice & romantic place to enjoy dinner on the beach while watching sunset

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  • Taman Ayun, Mengwi

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  • Pacung – enjoy lunch with rice terrace view

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  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Bedugul

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  • Bali Butterfly Park

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  • Monkey Forest

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  • Tanah Lot

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  • Kintamani – mountain view. Raining & foggy when I was there so not much of nice photos but this is a very nice place with very nice view (if the sky is clear).

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  • Pura Besakih – also known as mother of all temple

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  • Mahagiri – rice terrace view. Great for having lunch or just go to the coffee plantation

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  • Kertha Gosa

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  • Tegenungan Waterfall

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  • Kuta – The most happening and crowded place. Kuta beach is also the most popular beach for tourist who go to Bali. It is the center of tourism.

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  • Legian & Seminyak – Full of shops along the street & beautiful beach! I love Legian Beach!

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  • Ubud – A town with all Bali cultural attractions which includes temples, traditional performances, handicraft such as painting, batik, basket weaving and wood carving. It is a popular center for exploring Bali’s countryside and rich culture.

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  • Lovina – go to Lovina for dolphin watching but you need to wake up really early πŸ˜‰
  • Gitgit Waterfall – if you do go to Lovina, don’t forget to stop by Gitgit Waterfall

THINGS TO DO

  • Barong & Kris Dance

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  • Go to the beach or Tanjong Benoa – swim, relax, surf, snorkeling, scuba diving, banana boat, paragliding, etc. Had my first surfing lesson at Legian Beach & it was awesome! Manage to stand on my third attempt πŸ˜‰ I can’t swim but at least I can say that i can surf … a little πŸ˜›

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  • Watch sunset or sunrise

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  • Get a spa treatment

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  • Enjoy or buy coffee at coffee factory or coffee plantation

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  • Watch ceremonies at local temple (also known as ‘PURA’)

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  • Watch or learn traditional dances or music

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  • Sight-seeing – do visit all of those interesting places
  • White water rafting, ATV, hiking, elephant ride
  • Go to night safari or Bali zoo
  • Shopping
  • Enjoy local food

SHOPPING

There are many places where you can just go and buy souvenirs, etc. There are a lot of shops along Jalan Legian, Kuta Art Market, etc. The most important thing to remember is to HAGGLE! As you walk, there might be sellers trying to sell you things. If you are not interested do let them know and don’t ask if you are not really interested. They are trying to make a living so do not waste their time.

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If haggling is not for you, do go to Hawaii Bali Oleh Oleh or Krishna. The prices for all items are fix but it is sooooo dammmnnnn cheap!! I prefer to shop at these 2 places compared to shops along the street. Believe me, all items are SO CHEAPPPPP!!!!

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FOOD

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Island Getaway – Pulau Langkawi

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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THE TRIP

Last year, went to Pulau Langkawi. Pulau Langkawi or Langkawi Island (pulau means island) is located in the state of Kedah. It is a well known island to Malaysians for its beautiful beaches and islands, as well as the DUTY FREE ZONE!! It is a heaven for chocolate addict like me since the chocolate there are soooooooooooo cheap!! Chocolate, tobacco and liquor there are the main attraction but do keep in mind that there is a certain quota for tobacco and liquor that you can bring out of the island. NO QUOTA FOR CHOCOLATES! HURRAH for that! πŸ˜€

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GETTING THERE

The easiest way to go to Pulau Langkawi is by flight. There’s plenty of direct flight from various places either within Malaysia or outside. Just look for Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines System or Fireflyz. Pulau Langkawi is also accessible via boat. Just hop onto Langkawi ferry or a boat from Telaga Harbour (from Langkawi, you can go to Koh Lipe Thailand)

THINGS TO DO

  • Island Hopping: Tours for island hopping can be arrange either from a tour agency or at a hotel (depending whether they provide the service or not). Went for island hopping to Beras Basah Beach (beras means rice and basah means wet), eagle feeding and Pulau Dayang Bunting (which looks like a pregnant lady lying down). If you realize there’s a lot of people at the beach, those people would be me and my colleagues! πŸ˜€

  • Go-kart: Go-karting at Morac International Karting. Adrenaline Rush!! LOVE IT!

  • Cable Car Ride and Hanging Bridge: Ride the cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang and walk across the 700m high Sky Bridge for a spectacular view of the islands and Thailand.

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  • There are many more that can be done there. Just click on the link provided towards the end of this post

FOOD

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Weekend ‘Backpacking’ Getaway – Malacca, Malaysia

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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THE TRIP

I was in need of a short & cheap getaway so decided to go Malacca ‘backpacking’ Style! Actually it’s easier to just drive there and stay in a nice hotel but the feeling will be different!

The truth is, I haven’t been to Malacca (or Melaka) for quite some time now & I definitely haven’t been to ‘Jonker Street‘ before. So here’s my backpacking journey to Malacca a.k.a ‘Melaka Bandar Raya Bersejarah’!

GETTING THERE

To go to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur, there’s a direct bus that will take you there but both my friend and I decided to take a train to Seremban, and then take a bus to Malacca instead. From home, we took a taxi to the nearest KTM komuter station. Since we need to take another train to reach Seremban at KL Sentral (see picture), we decided to make a stop there first and have our breakfast at McDonald’s! Hotcake! My favourite!! The journey took us around 6+ hours instead of 1.5+ hour …

ACCOMMODATION

During the 3 days 2 nights getaway, we stayed at a very ‘strategic’ guesthouse: Sayang-sayang 2 Youth Hostel (look it up on the internet, made reservation via phone call and bank in money through online bank transfer … EASY!) The rate is quite cheap but the most important thing is … this is my first experience staying in some sort of a guesthouse instead of a hotel! My comment? SATISFACTORY!!! This place is located 2 doors away from Discovery Cafe & near to 1st Inn Hotel (on the opposite road) in case you can’t find it … like me! – http://www.sayangsayang.com.my/sayangsayang2.html

INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

  • Jonker Walk – a place to be during night time because of the night market!

  • River cruise – cruise along the river for a spectacular view

  • The Stadhuys – completed in 1660 and is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town in the Netherlands. Nowadays, it houses the Museums of History and Ethnography. This is one of the oldest Dutch buildings in the east.

  • A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – You will find this remains of the old Portuguese fort, A Famosa

  • Maritime Museum of Malacca – shaped of a big ship!

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  • Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum
  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
  • Christ Church
  • Dutch Square
  • Malaysian Navy Museum
  • Malay and Islamic World Museum
  • Muzium Budaya/Sultanate Palace
  • Saint Paul’s Church

DELICIOUS FOODS

Do try chicken rice balls, asam pedas and the cendol (can go to cendol jam besar opposite the stadhuys, a famous place to eat cendol)

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SHOPPING

And this is me … being me … while enjoying life to the max! πŸ™‚

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RUN forest RUN!!

I β™₯ RUNNING!! Sometimes i hope i can just run every single day but too bad i can’t! (time restriction .. & sometimes because i’m too lazy to run πŸ˜› ). So what i usually do is, every week i will try my best to run every Sunday, & i’ve set my mind to run at least 7km every time i go running. Why i love & i go running? Here are the reasons!!

  1. To de-stress!
  2. A good way to enjoy music + outdoor environment
  3. Since i also love to eat, it’s a good way to burn calories
  4. Eat more calories later on πŸ˜›
  5. To stay fit & healthy
  6. Enjoy my ‘alone’ time
  7. Help me to keep on moving (not only when i run)
  8. A way for me to get my ‘endorphin rush’
  9. It’s fun!
  10. Running is my DRUG .. will feel so uneasy if i don’t go out & run!!

By the way, every time i go out to run, i will make sure i have my MP3 player on, a bottle of water on my right hand & my blackberry on my left hand! I need to have my phone because every time i run, i will use ‘Endomondo’ to keep track of my running! I’ve blog about the apps before … click on this link if you haven’t read about it! https://farahzulkifly.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/endomondo-fitness-apps/

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HAPPY RUNNING!!!

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