Changing money in Sanur
Chnaging money from US Dollars, Australian Dollars or Euro has always been a bit of a problem in some of the tourist area in Bali. People have been encouraged to enter the back of shops by signs saying 'no commission' and what looks like a very good exchange rate. They often find that they have been ripped off by 50 or 100,000 rupiah.
My suggestion is to always go to one of the more established places. It is pleasing to note that there are now several in Sanur on Jalan Danau Tamblingan - either businesses that are just for exchanging money or some of the Circle 'K' shops that have an exchange counter near the front door. These shops will defintely give you a better exchange rate than your hotel.
Yes, you should still watch as money is counted out, and recount before you leave the premises. But there is ceratinly no need to go behind closed doors.
- Budget Travel
Motorbike for rent - ride carefully
The motorbike rent in the sanur area is rather cheap, maybe about IR 50,000 per day. we took one thinking that we could save on the transport fees as we wanted to travel to Denpasar and maybe to Kuta region. After renting the bike, we had a hard time riding through the streets of Denpasar as the traffic lights are limited and the riders and drivers in the street seems to drive recklessly. they don't look the the right as they are turning into a street and there will be bikes/cars/trucks crossing from left to right and the also the other way at crossing that doesn't have traffic lights. to make matters worse, the signboards only shows direction to area such as denpasar and sanur, but no direction or signs to show the name of streets. its rather confusing. Some of the roads were also closed by the police/army for reasons known to them. we made about three trips, each time ending back at the place where we started, then i gave up. the bike was useful to travel in sanur area as the main street is just more or less one straight road that is a few kilometers long, good to explore the whole beach area. Take the bike if you are familiar with the roads in Bali.
- Road Trip
SOME TAXI DRIVERS TAKE ADVANTAGE
A COUPLE OF TIMES IN BALI WE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT OUT BY MISCHIEVOUS TAXI DRIVERS. IT LEAVES A NASTY FEELING AND MAKES ONE APPREHENSIVE ABOUT USING TAXI'S AT ALL. ONE TRICK IS TO NOT PUT THE METER ON AND AS YOU DRIVE ALONG THEY ASK HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE BEEN TO BALI BEFORE.......BIG HINT NEVER TELL THEM IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME AS WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR DESTINATION THEY WILL TELL YOU A VERY OVER- INFLATED PRICE. THIS HAPPENED ONCE TO US IN KUTA. AS IT WASN'T OUR FIRST TIME WE CALCULATED WHAT THE PRICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN & JUST GAVE HIM THAT. ANOTHER TRICK THAT HAS HAPPENED MORE THAN ONCE IS WHEN YOU ASK THEM TO PUT THE METER ON A DRIVER WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT THE ONE WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM & THEN TAKE YOU THE VERY LONG WAY HOME TO GET A BIGGER FARE. THIS HAPPENED TO US WHEN RETURNING FROM DENPASAR ONE TIME.
WE NOW ONLY USE THE BLUEBIRD TAXI BRAND AND AS WE MORE OR LESS KNOW OUR WAY AROUND I SIT UP FRONT & DIRECT THEM WHERE I WANT TO GO NOT JUST TELLING THEM THE STREET OR SHOP OR HOTEL NAME. WE ALSO TIP THEM AT THE END AS THEY ARE PAID VERY POORLY & WORK VERY LONG HOURS SOMETIMES WITH VERY SMALL FARES.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Transport? Maybe tomorrow?
I wouldn't exactly call this a danger but it was definitely an annoyance while I was in Bali. While you are there you will be constantly bombarded with taxi, bemo and moped drivers asking you if you want transport while making this annoying motion with their hands of driving a car. When you say no, their next question will be if you want transport tomorrow. In the span of 10 minutes we were asked over 10 times. This number does not include the number of honks we recieved by passerby's. It was irritating especially when we were asked when suntanning on the beach and swimming in the water. Just be prepared, you will be harrased constantly.