Here’s my travelogue experience to Bali. it’s one of those trips which we usually try to avoid but eventually end up taking the same. Yes, similar thing happened with me when I got a call from one of my bestie in a lazy evening. He said “Bali chalega Kya !” (Would you come to Bali), I replied a straight No. Do u feel things would have ended there? Of course not, he troubled me asking the same question till the time I gave up and said Yes. Now the big question was, how we would go and arrange fund for our so called “take a break” stunt we had taken. We we’re a group of 6 buddies having a same syndrome called “Jugaad” (work around). And being honest after enjoying to the core without compromising on any factor we successfully completed our trip under 40k for 4 days and 3 nights. Sounds interesting right ! Well, let’s see how we managed with all the fun activities in a cost lower than the traditional domestic trip. And before we start, let me tell you we started to plan this trip 15 days before the date. So here’s how we started the magic.
Since we were six of us, we made sure in every aspect we get a better deal. Everyone tried their contacts and after comparing, the best was chosen. We prioritise our major expenses well in advance i.e. Flights, Hotel, Local travel, food
For flights on one of the website i.e. makemytrip showed up the lowest airfare for round trip with special discount and on top of it had a cash back on a particular Bank credit card. We had that card, so the flights were booked with a straight discount of around 10k on per tickets. Isn’t that exciting? Well there’s lot more ahead.
The next milestone was to search for a best hotel. One of us was a frequent Traveller and so with his login on booking.com we got a 50% discount in a 4 star hotel named Berry Glee. So for 3 rooms with twin sharing for 3nights 4days we paid around 14k only.
Now being a blogger, I started exploring travelogues along with one of my friend for a backpack experience and exploring the itineraries to be followed. Right from food to tourist attractions, we made our own itinerary which included our interest.
Also for getting the best deal, it was advised to carry US dollar. We did the same and it helped us in getting the best rates. Since there’s lot more cases of crime rates so we preferred the trusted money exchange away from airport i.e. Central Kuta or BMC.
Finally the travel happened and with all the excitement and laughter our journey begin. Will be exploring the activities we did on everyday. So, Here we go,
It was our day of arrival. After arriving at Denpasar, Bali airport we came out walking till road to catch a cab. Since private cab service charge high price, so we booked Bluebird Taxi service. It can easily be spotted on road with a flying bird logo on a blue colour cab. Since their charges is based on standard meters, so for travelling to our hotel in Kuta, it charged us somewhere 50k IDR. After Check in we all took a power nap to get over from 9 hrs of journey tiredness. As soon as it was done, we all rushed to the pool. In the meantime some of us went for getting money exchange and buying local Sim cards and the best part was they also got a good deal in hiring a aprilia scooters. It cost us 900 RS per day for 3 scooters and their overall cost for the fuel was 400 for 4 days. So our local travel for 6 person got arranged for just 3100 rs only.
For lunch we rushed to the nearest Domino’s and KFC as other restaurants looked bit suspicious. The one I cannot forget was the amazing experiences at dinner. Since we wanted to have a refreshments and get a feel for a holiday. So we explored a location at Zomato. It was Shisha Cafe, an amazing place with great food and decent sheesha. Reaching the place was not a issue since we all had our bikes and the ambience was simply royal. Since it was a Saturday evening, as mentioned in the Zomato app we got lucky to experience the amazing live Belly Dance. The performances were worth to be remembered, which made our hearts dance on their moves. A must try recommended from my end.
We started our day early as we didn’t wanted to waste a single minute of our holiday. So we all were ready by 8 in the morning. We hired a six seater van for a whole day which costed us approximately 2500 rs. only. It was pleasing to see the rice field, buildings, and their architectures on the drive.
We visited Lake Bratan and Tanah Lot and a Coffee field. Lake Bratan and Tanah Lot is a beautiful location to spend time with your loved one.
Coffee field gives you the organic feel of how a simple raw green coffee is processed and brought to our tables. The organic chocolates served were also rare of its kind. The interesting thing to look out for is the Bali’s famous Luwak Coffee. Luwak is basically a animal which is kept as a pet by the farmer and fed. With his poop the coffee is processed. Well, to be honest after seeing this I stayed 2 steps behind with every stuff that stated Luwak on it.
Finally cuisine wise we got a chance to explore the Balinese treat. In one of the traditional restaurant we tried its famous Nasi Goreng and also Mie Goreng. Both are vegetarian dish with spices and flavours of Indonesia. Fruit juices will taste exactly organic with realness of fruits.
For shopping we went to the Kuta Market in evening. It’s a paradise for a person who knows how to bargain well. People communicate with you in a friendly way and there’s more of difference in traditions easily seen around.
Again day 3 started with a bang. All dressed up, with glares and DSLR on. With helmets and Google navigation we took our scooter to the next destination i.e. 3D Museum. One of the entertaining location in Bali specially for all the photogenic personalities. Make sure you visit all the 3D rooms and get clicked.
After that what all we needed was a Spa. So we selected Yess Spa in kuta market, one of the professional decent spa in kuta. It costed us around 350 rs for baliness massage and what we experienced was most relieving with an heavenly touch.
After lunch it was finally time for exploring the beaches. So we straight headed to Kuta beach, since it was a calm beach with less lively crowd, so we didn’t spent more time there and moved to Seminiyak beach quickly. Seminiyak is a kind of romantic beach with colourful shacks and fancy lights. As the sun sets party starts happening on the beach side cafe’s. Make sure we book our bean bags soon for accommodating, as finding a place to chill becomes difficult with the crowd.
Sightseeing, Museum, Shopping, Beaches all were done, the last part to remain was the Bali’s amazing nightlife. So we rushed back to our rooms, got the party attire and drived back to Kuta night clubs. It’s an amazing lane with all the clubs in a row having their attendees on the gate convincing you to get in. We got in to one of the decent pubs which had live music and fancy sheesha. Tasty food, Live music and being with best friends with lots of laughter and good time, that’s how we ended our evening.
Since this was our day of travel back to India, so we made sure to take enough rest, spend time in pool and have enjoyment in the resort itself. Finally bags were packed again and with a final goodbye to Bali we boarded our flight from Denpasar back to India.
Though people say its an ideal honeymoon destination, but for bachelor like us can have amazing time too with our besties. Do keep this in your travel checklists and keep making unforgettable memories.