Where is the best place to stay in Bali backpackers. Bali is an island in Indonesia, located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.
The island of Bali is a popular tourist destination for both backpackers and people looking for a relaxing vacation. With accommodation ranging from budget homestays to luxury hotels and boutique resorts, Bali caters for travellers on any budget. Since it is relatively close to Perth in Australia, Bali remains a popular spot for Aussies from the Land Down Under.
Bali has miles of beaches on which to soak up the sun’s rays, from long sandy ones in Kuta and Seminyak, to sheltered coves with coral reefs in Uluwatu, to paradise white beaches in Padangbai. But find the time to dust the sand off your feet and venture to the interior of the island, and you’ll find iridescent green rice fields, volcanoes and mountains. (www.balibackpacking.com)
Bali doesn’t have an abundance of dormitory style hostels like you might find in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or most other Southeast Asian countries. But here are some low rate rooms that won’t excite your gag reflex:
* Ayu Beach Inn, Poppies Lane 1 – Around 65,000 IDR per night (about $7) No AC, but has pool.
* Dua Dara Inn, Poppies lane 2- from 150,000-200,000 IDR per night ($15-20) AC available in some rooms.
If you’re itching for a dorm (sorry), here are a few that won’t leave you scratching:
* Bedbunkers – Roughly 90,000 IDR (about $10) for a bunkbed per night). Safe, clean and close to the city. 45-18E Jalan Dewi Sri, Legian and Kartika Plaza Road
* Kayun – 190,000 IDR (about $19) per night in 8 bed dorm. Brand new hostel, very modern and clean with swimming pool and bar, 176 Jalan Patih Jelantik, Legian
When it comes to getting around in Bali as a backpacker on the cheap, there are plenty of options. It will all come down to your patience, bravery, and just how far you want to go.
* Catch a Bemo. A Bemo is a small public mini van that is super duper cheap and will take you just about anywhere on the island. Sometimes they are very difficult to find and the schedules are unpredictable, but who can complain for the next to nothing price?
* The all famous Ojek. (You’ll get sick of hearing this word yelled out on the street, “transport, ojek!?). An Ojek is a motorbike and driver who will take you anywhere on the island for a negotiable price. Make sure you bargain because initially they may suggest a price that is out of your range. Always wear a helmet!
* Hire a motorbike. Motorbikes can be hired for around 30-50,000 rupiah per day ($3-$5) with a full tank of petrol at about 20,000 Rupiah ($2). Be warned that foreigners technically need to hold a motorbike license issued from the police, to avoid being slapped with a fine (also known as a bribe). If you can ride one, this is the cheapest mode of transport by far. Getting used to the chaotic traffic in Bali is initially quite a hassle but once you can handle it, it becomes a lot easier.
* Catch a Ferry. If you need to travel to Lombok or another nearby island, take the slow ferry, not the fast one. It’ll take you a few extra hours but the difference in price is quite substantial when you’re on a tight budget and you still have a lot of time to spare.
Recommendations To Eat
Nasi Jinggo (4000 Rupiah a serving, 40cents)
Named after Bali’s notorious Beach Boys, the “Kuta cowboys” (who eat it for its affordability), Nasi Jinggo is a small serving of rice with a side option of chicken, beef or egg and sold on the back of a motorbike on the side of the road after 6pm. Featuring some of the best spiciest sambal sauce you’ll ever get your fingers on. (You won’t find a replicate sambal sauce in any restaurant on the island that tastes as good as it does on the street. FACT.)
Bubur Ayam (10,000 rupiah per bowl, $1)
Bubur Ayam is a satisfying thick porridge made out of rice that is viewed as a comfort food in Indonesian culture. The porridge is usually served with shredded chicken, coriander, shallots and an oily but utterly delicious dressing sauce. Then topped off with crispy prawn crackers and salted peanuts. If you’re on a budget you can’t go wrong with this one, tasty and cheap! Look out for it being sold from a street vendor cart day or night. One again, always bargain if the price you get charged sounds ovrpriced.
Juices (70,000 rupiah, 70 cents)
Bali has an abundance of absolutely mouth watering tropical fruits all year round meaning fantastic Juices. Check out the local juice stall on Jalan Patimura off Legian street , Kuta. Cheap and mind-blowingly good! (www.inbali.org)