Indonesia Bali Free and Easy ~ Day 1

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Day 1 (29 April, Wednesday)

0620hrs : Onboard Lion Airlines

We assembled at Changi Airport (Terminal 1) about 0430hrs, when most people are still in their lala land. As usual, princess Xue Ling overslept and nearly missed the flight.

Checked-in our backpacks and had breakfast at level 3. After that then we found out the food at level 2 near to counter 13 Kopitiam are much cheaper.

Flight from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia) is about 2 and half hours, we booked our air ticket 2 months in advance online, during that time Lion Air had a promotion at SGD$170 per person (Return flight included). Lion Air served a simple meal during the flight-- chicken burger.

P/S: Denpasar International Airport charges 150,000 Rupiah departure tax per person (about SGD$21.50).


We are getting nearer to our destination, can u see the volcano?

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0850hrs : Arrived at Denpasar International Airport (Bali, Indonesia)

Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar. It is Indonesia's third-busiest international airport.

We had queued up for about half an hour to cleared the check point, as there are only one immigration counter is opened for the foreigners.

Map of Ngurah Rai/Denpasar International Airport - by Google Maps

 

Hotel La Walon (Kuta) ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

After everything settled, the hotel staff already waiting for us at the arrival hall. At here we would like to specially thanks to our friend Weiwei for helping us to bargain to the hotel’s manager for a free transfer service from Airport to our pre-booked hotel near Kuta beach -- Hotel La Walon. (Normally they will provide free pick-up service from airport only if you are staying more than a week).

We booked a Deluxe room at 425,000 Rupiah per night (about SGD$60) and a Family suite at 800,000 Rupiah per night (about SGD$115) to accommodates 6 of us (breakfast included).

La Walon Hotel located at Poppies Lane 1 and about 20mins away from Denpasar International Airport (depending on traffic situation). We left our luggage in the hotel lobby and shopped at the area around, as the rooms will only be ready after 1330hrs.

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Map of La Walon Hotel - by Google Maps

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1100hrs: Balinese Style Lunch ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

Had some local food at a restaurant called “Bamboo Corner” located on the same street of La Walon (Poppies Lane 1), cost less than SGD$25 which included a main dish for 6 of us + Bintang beers and drinks. The serving of the food was small but it was delicious and cheap!!


 

Hair-Spa ~ (Rating: 2/5 )

After our lunch, a few of us decided to go for a hair-spa at a saloon nearby which cost us 35,000 Rupiah (approximately SGD$5). And the conclusion is – what you pay is what you get!

 

Car Rental ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

As we were walking around the area of our hotel, we approached a local Mr.Gede to provide us some details of the activities that we are able to do for the second half of the day. He recommended us to take a tour to Uluwatu to check out the “Uluwatu Temple” which is inhabited by large numbers of monkeys and a local dance called “The Kecak Dance”. And he even suggested that we have a Seafood dinner at Jimbaran which is fairly near Uluwatu. We agreed to the plan and managed to negotiate the price of 150,000 Rupiah (about SGD$21) driver + MPV excluding the entrance fee into the Temple and the Kecak Dance.

P/S: You can contact Mr.Gede at his mobile 08179794830.

On the way back to Hotel, we brought a mobile phone prepaid card at 45,000 Rupiah (about SGD$6.50) with 5,000 Rupiah talk time which allowed us to call back Singapore cheaper compared to auto-roaming.

 

1430hrs: finally, our rooms are ready! after unpacked, we wasted no time and changed into our swimming gear and jump into the hotel’s pool.


Family suite (2 bedrooms with 2 individual bathrooms and a hall) - 800,000 Rupiah per night (about SGD$115).

Deluxe room (2 single bed with a private bathroom) - 425,000 Rupiah per night (about SGD$60).

 

1630hrs: Uluwatu Temple ~ (Rating: 3/5 )

The driver reached our hotel much earlier than the appointed time and he was waiting for us at our hotel lobby. GOOD! We started our journey briefly after that. The MPV was comfy and air-conditioning was good as well.

 About half an hour journey, we reached Uluwatu Temple and paid 3,000 Rupiah (about SGD$0.50) each person for the entrance feed. The monkeys were waiting for us inside the temple!!

Before we are able to enter the temple, we are told to tie a cloth over our waist and for those whose pants are shorter than knee length, they have to put a cloth over their lower waist. This is a sign of respect.

A local guide was assigned to us to show us the way inside the temple. As we walked along the temple, we had to grip on to our belongings tightly and keep our sunglasses as we are afraid that the monkeys will snatch it from us. And based on the info from the guide, if we have something taken by the monkey, we can exchange from them by giving them fruits or food! The view over Uluwatu Temple was very beautiful especially at the steep cliff 70 meters above the roaring ocean waves!


The MPV car that we had charted, it's just nice to fit the 6 of us! We had some snacks to filled our stomach  from a local stall near the temple.

After witnessing the beautiful view, we paid the guide 50,000 Rupiah (about SGD$7.20) for her service. We came to a booth selling the Kecak tickets and we paid 50,000 Rupiah (about SGD$7.20) each for the “Kecak Dance” Show.

 

1800hrs: The Kecak Dance ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

The show started. We enjoyed the show as the sun started to set just in front of us!


The show ended and we started our journey for our seafood dinner at Jimbaran.

 

2000hrs: Seafood Dinner ~ (Rating: 3/5 )

When we reach the restaurant, which I cant remember the name of it. We were fascinated by the ambience of the place as the tables were set on the beach facing the sea. There were bands walking around performing live music to the dinners. It was Great!

We started to place our order. We had two fishes, squids, prawns, mussels and lots of Bintang Beers! The damage for the meal was 895,000 Rupiah (about SGD$128). We felt it was quite reasonable as the food was pretty good and the portion was sufficient for us as well. We were also given a complimentary plate of fruits at the end of the meal!

 

2130hrs: Hard Rock Mega Store ~ (Rating: 3/5 )

Head straight back to Hard Rock Mega Store at Kuta, which is just a stone throw away from our hotel. We grabbed a few souvenirs for our friends back at Singapore.

Booked a Whitewater Rafting at the booth near to Kuta beach for our activity tomorrow, it cost us USD$30 per person inclusive the transport to pick us up from the hotel at around 0830hrs morning.

 

2300hrs: back to hotel

 

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My name is Jeff. I enjoy travelling especially with my Nikon D80 capturing the wonders of the world. I am bless with a group of buddies who enjoy travelling like I do. We always source for information and plan our itineraries to ensure splendour trip. Hope you enjoy reading our trip adventures! Some snapshot of my trip
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