In this video I share everything you need to know before traveling to Bali on vacation & also how to live in Bali for a month or how to live in bali indefinitely. I show the different places like Ubud, Canggu, Kuta, Seminyak & Jimbaran & the best Hotels & Restaurants.
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Ubud is the spiritual center of Bali & you will find the most temples in Ubud & the surrounding areas. Ubud is a mystical place with the sent of incense sticks in the air & the sound of temples, dancers & traditional music streaming throught the streets.
Canggu is the up & coming area of Bali – you are directly at the water & there are plenty of brand new Restaurants Coffee shops & Bars. Finns Beach is located at the Beach in Canggu is worth a trip itself. Canggu is perfect for digital nomads as internet is generally fast. There is an abundance of coffee shops to work from & the Apartments & Villas are currently cheaper than in other areas.
North Kuta is antother one of my favorite places to stay in Bali just because of its convenience. Its very close to Seminyak, Canggu & South Kuta – has amazing restaurants, coffee shops & grocery stores & is way less expensive than Seminyak or Canggu.
Seminyak is the most touristy area of Bali so it can get very hectic but at the same time you have endless Restaurants & coffee shops to choose from. I would not recommend getting a hotel or apartment there because of the higher prices & the surrounding areas are just a short scooter or taxi ride away.
Jimbaran is more or less the gate to the southern part of Bali. There are far less Restaurants & coffee shops to visit & work from but the coastal line along the southern part of Bali is stunning & the close proximity to the big Temple Pura Luhur are awesome.
Many people come to Bali & never leave the Island. The three Nusa Islands Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Penida. There are so many amazing places to visit on the three islands that are just a short 35min speed road ride away from Bali. We recommend staying on each Island for 2-3 days just to experience places like Devils Tear, Kelingking Beach, Crystal bay & many more.
Now depending on your budget you can live in bali for anywhere from 15 USD or 450 Dollars per month in a private bedroom with sharred bathroom to 50USD or 1500 USD for a lower luxury Villa & everything in between. Hit up the links for our Hotel recommendations below or search for Apartments & Villas on Airbnb. If you plan on staying in Bali for longer periodes of time rent something online for the first week or so & then find & negotiate a place once you are there – this way you will get much better prices.
A scooter will cost you around 40-90 USD per month depending on Model & rental place. If you are on a budget keep in mind that negotiating is almost expected in Bali.
Tourist & Transit Visa on Arrival is available for nationals of these 52 countries & territories. A transit visa for up to 7 (seven) days costs US $10.00, & a tourist visa for up to 30 (thirty) days costs US $25.00.
Nationalities not listed above should obtain a visa prior to departure.
Visa Free Entry & Visa on Arrival facilities are available at the Immigration check-point at these ports & airports.
You can get a 60 day visa in your home country or at one of the countries close to Indonesia like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore. I have received 60 day visas from both Singapore & Penang in 2006 without any problems. Usually takes about 3 days & you will need a passport that has at least 12 months left on it, two passport photos, photocopy of the first page of your passport & money to pay for the 60 day visa.
For those planning to live in Bali for longer than 60 days, one of the most popular visa options is the Social-Cultural Visa, or Sosial Budaya. While you can typically plan ahead & obtain this type of Visa from your home country, you can also make arrangements for it once you arrive in Bali, so long as you leave the country for the application process & return within 3 months.
Tthe average cost living in Bali is about $1,060 per month considering this covers food, living, office, social & entertainment costs. To attain that same quality of living in America would be close to $2,500 minus the fact that you live on a tropical island where the sun is always shining.
Depend where you are flying from booking flights directly to Denpasar can be pricey. A neat travel hack can be to split your trip into two legs. Booking the longhaul flight to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur & then your Flight within Asia to Bali with one of the low cost carriers can cut your ticket price in half. For more tricks on how to travel cheap watch this video.