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As soon as you get off the plane and grab your luggage the moment you grab your bags porters come from everywhere and offer to take your bags to a taxi before you can say no they are 10 metres in front of you.
Unique Suggestions: As soon as you grab your luggage hold on tight and when they go to push past you say no I'm fine straight away I got caught out first visit and not knowing the currency ended up copping a $15 fee to carry bags
Fun Alternatives: At Kuta airport there's no way around it just pay attention
Written Oct 16, 2012
Here's my opinion about that ridiculous charade!
It was 2 hours of pure torture! The music was so loud and annoying, it was a freak show nothing cultural or educational about it, not even amusing! No wonder most of the people left after 15 min and I can't blame them, in fact I was envying them as I wished to leave but I was forced by my friends who for some reason was enjoying the show!!! by the end of that weird experience you'll cry for your money 80Rp
I don't know why everyone recommended? it's over rated...or maybe it's just me
Unique Suggestions: Just say No to your tour guide if you are traveling with one! 'cause he will probably suggest it and drag you there.
Fun Alternatives: By skipping that show you'll save your money and your time! go somewhere else
Updated Sep 3, 2012
We followed a tour package for day one of the trip. The activities and restuarant marked up their price so much to cover the guide. We went to the same place to again and the prices only a fraction!
Beware of those resturant by the beach, food are normal but prices are ridiculous.
Unique Suggestions: Ask for the price first! Tell them you come back later.
Fun Alternatives: Check with some local people there, generally they are very helpful.
Written Sep 20, 2011
Hi there i am a beginner too. have travelled some of australia and bali.was cheap compared to australia spent half of what i took enjoyed haggling especially the taxi and buses the people we came across always said 150,000 rupiah for everything t shirts, taxi, buses, etc but always go a third as we were told by many books 50,000 which is about $5.50 aud very cheap for over an hour in a taxi ,hope that helps Terry
Updated Jun 15, 2011
I am talking about the tour to "Kintamani" to see the volcano "Mt Batur"
This is all too often touted by so called tour operators, as a visit to see the still active volcano "MT Batur", with promises of views of the crater, steam and some sort of volcanic activity. where as in reality, you arrive at the village of "Kintamani", where they park you in one of the rundown restaurants, with a very limited view, definatly not one worth the time, and expense.
The restaurants are now run down, although some of them still serve reasonable good food, the majority have slipped in their standards.
Should you wish to cross the road, to try and get a better view, then you will more than likely be surrounded by many locals desperatly trying to sell you some cheap trinket or other item, making it most uncomfortable and an unenjoyable experience for many tourists.
Many bona fide tour operators are now boycotting this area and tour, until the local authorities clean up the area, make the attraction more enjoyable, and improve the faciliites.
Unique Suggestions: If you simply have to go anyway, then you would be better organising the trip through a "Car with Driver" available from many operators, that way you are free to stay as long as you like, and leave when you like, the driver is not obliged to stop at one particular restaurant (tour operators get large commissions from restaurants for groups etc) you can choose the restaurant one which looks ok.
Also that way if you decide not to stay for too long you can ask the driver to take you somewhere else on the way home, and get to see something.
Fun Alternatives: There isn't really an alternative the same, but a trip to the West of Bali, towards Bedugul Tabanan, also provides mountain and spectacular countryside panoramic views, which to be honest are better than the one from Kintamani.
Updated Dec 15, 2009
I could not understand why some stores, the airport and hotels use USD currency other then to confuse you.
I bought a mosiac plate from the airport and it was in usd and when the girl converted it to indonesia rupiah the price was double. Unfortuantely my plane was boarding so i wasnt sharp enough. I was very 'peed' off when i realised.
Written Oct 4, 2009
Please be careful when you change your money in Bali.
I just came back from Bali two days ago and was staying at Kuta, Legian area.
Went to several money changer near my hotel and was nearly cheated twice.
The trick they used was, some of the money changer indicated a high exchange rate on their white board to lure people.
The changer will then pretend to be trustworthy by placing a calculator to calculate the actual amount of rupiahs you will get.
Then they will count the amount of rupiah and place it in front of you. But do note the trick here is they only have $20,000 rupiah and claimed that they do not have any notes bigger. Trust me, sometimes it is very difficult to count with so many stacks of $20,000.
After placing the money in front of you, they will then collect back the rupiahs and lower the money behind the counter, drop a few notes and then hand it back to you.
After you expose them, they will tell you that they do not want to change the money anymore.
Unique Suggestions: Best is, you may want to look out for authorized money changer or withdraw your money from an ATM, which you can find a lot in Kuta, which was what i did in the end.
But also, do note that when you withdraw money from the ATM there is a fee to pay for every withdrawal.
Written Jul 3, 2008
Peddlers touting their wares or services to you everywhere.
Lake Batur, Kintamani, Tegallang Rice Terrace and many more places in Bali would be a great experience if not because of them.
They will watch you from just before you park your car, rush to your doors and just after you open your doors/windows they will have all their wares ready in plastic bags and put them in your hands, some of them will wipe your windshield or massage your shoulders...
At many occasion we only stopped for a very brief moment as we don't find it enjoyable to be in such situation.
Written Mar 26, 2008
I don´t know whether this applies as a tourist trap or a danger.
Basically be prepared to say NO! about a thousand times, even on the beach. You could ber stark naked and they would still try and sell you something. I am not kidding.
Unique Suggestions: You do not have to go to this tourist trap, it is everywhere you walk. Even the rice paddies where you stop to take pictures, they are there waiting for you.
Fun Alternatives: The only thing I can think of is some very dark glasses and a white stick.
Written Jan 3, 2008
Location: Kuta Beach
We have been warned by our tour guide NOT TO take any massage / mani-pedicure service from the traders along the beach.
My friends, C & S got tempted when one of the trader said she only charge RPH30000 per person for manicure then nail polish with simple flowers design.
Note : Manicure = Nail clipping + Buffing + nail polish.
After almost finishing the 2nd coat of polish, the trader asking for their pay and told them if they want the flower design it cost another RPH 5000 per finger! Both of my friend refuse.
They walk off end up paying RPH 20000 for nail buffing + half finish second coat nail polish.
I did do it cuz I got mine done before I leave for Bali...
Unique Suggestions: Demand for bargain at lower price... if too the situaton is too tense. you have no choice but to give up
Fun Alternatives: -> Listen to you tour guide
-> Be alert
Updated Nov 12, 2007
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