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BALI TRAVEL TIPS: Costs of Budget Travel Around Bali in 2012

bali travel tips - Cycling to Mt Agung at Amed

Cycling to Mt Agung at Amed

BALI TRAVEL TIPS: Costs of Budget Travel Around Bali in 2012

Since I started visiting Bali in 2000, the costs of budget travel there have doubled to tripled. Within a decade, prices of budget rooms have jumped from 50,000 rp to 100,000-150,000 rp. Meal prices at local markets and warungs (local-style restaurants) have also mostly doubled. Transportation prices within Bali continue to soar annually. The only saving grace is that international flights from neighboring SE Asian countries, to get to Bali in the first place, have pretty much stayed the same or even decreased. At least it’s still cheap to get to Bali!

places to visit in Bali- Balinese temple - Bali - Indonesia

typical Balinese temple entrance

At the same time that most prices in Bali have been increasing dramatically,  international exchange rates have become slightly worse for most currencies against the Indonesian rupiah. Back in 2000-2002, the exchange rate for $US was 10,000-12,000 rp / $1. Since 2010 it’s held steady at about about 9400-9500 rp / $1 US. That difference also makes Bali a bit more expensive for visitors, compared to just a few years ago.

I’ve recently spent more than two months living / traveling around Bali, staying in just about every region of the island. I’ve scoped out the going rates for everything from budget rooms to local meals to transportation, internet access, sim cards and other daily expenses.

Here’s my report on the cost of budget travel around Bali in 2012.

flight information signFlights to Bali: 

Before I dig into costs within Bali, here are a few notes about flights to Bali. Way back in 2000-2002, I flew to Bali several times from Bangkok. My usual RT fare was about $300 US.

In 2004, I discovered budget airline Air Asia operating out of nearby Kuala Lumpur, so I switched my base to Malaysia. From there I continued paying about $200-$300 US RT each and every year that I visited Bali.

This year my RT flight from KL cost $220 US, all told. I’ve recently researched rates from other SE Asian destinations like Bangkok and Singapore. Flights cost the same or slightly less out of Singapore but slightly higher from Bangkok and other major Asian cities.

Costs in Bali:

Until a few years ago, I regularly lived & traveled around Bali quite comfortably for about $250-300 US per month, making Bali considerably cheaper than other countries around SE Asia (where I could live comfortably for about $400) Nowadays budget prices in Bali have increased so much that Bali costs as much or even slightly more than neighboring countries! Quite a turn around.

In 2012, I’ve had to spend $500-$600 per month to get by.

Here’s the breakdown:  (note- 2012 figures based on $1 US = 9400 rp)

Dani Home stay room - Ubud - Bali

Dani Home stay room – Ubud – Bali

Budget accommodation prices in Bali:

Back in 2000 right up to about 2005, budget rooms in great little guest houses all over Bali generally cost 50,000 rp. ( under $5 US at the time) By 2007, they had increased to 70,000-80,000 rp (about $7-8 US). Still not too bad. Unfortunately, since 2008 the price of budget rooms has been soaring annually.

In 2012, most budget rooms around Bali cost 120,000-150,000 rp ($13-16 US).

Budget rooms for 100,000 rp can be found, particularly if you’re traveling solo. Owners tend to be willing to reduce the price for solo travelers if asked.

In some places rooms are available for 70,000-80,000 rp, but those are far and few between.

Single travelers need to budget 100,00-150,000 per room per day.

Couples should budget 150,000 rp.

Those are standard minimal prices at guest houses all over the island in 2012.

Monthly totals for budget accommodation in Bali:

2000-2006:

Monthly Total with rooms at 50,000 rp per day = 1,500,000 rp per month ($150 US)

2012:

Monthly Total with rooms at 100,000-150,000 per day =  3,000,000-4,500, 000 ($300 – 480 US)

HUGE difference!

food stalls in Bali

food stalls in Bali

Local food prices in Bali:

Street food prices have also increased significantly. Right up through 2010, I was able to eat many local meals for 3000 rp-5,000 rp, with 10,000 rp my maximum meal price. Fresh fruit juices cost 5000 rp.

Bali guling dishes - Bali  - Indonesia

Bali guling – a popular local food in Bali

Now those 3000 rp meals cost 5000 rp while 5000 rp meals are now 7000-8000 rp. However 10,000-12,000 rp is the average price of most meals at markets, street stalls and warungs these days.

Masakan Padang (Javanese warungs) have always been slightly more expensive and set in larger, slightly fancier shops. They used to cost about 10,000 rp per meal. In 2012 meals at Masakan Padang cost 12,000 – 15,000 rp.

Although these prices might seem quite cheap to most western travelers, the difference in prices really adds up over the course of one month. I used to be able to eat all day for about 20,000-25,000 rp / day. Now my food budget is 40,000 per day.

Monthly totals for eating local meals in Bali:

2000-2009:

Monthly Total at 20,000-25,000 rp per day = 600,000 – 750,000 rp per month ($60-75 US)

2012:

Monthly Total at 40,000 rp per day = 1,200,000 per month ($130 US)

public transport - Bali

public transport – Bali

Transportation costs in Bali: 

Public transportation is not easy in Bali like it is in every other SE Asian country. The Balinese have distinctly segregated transportation for locals and transport for tourists.

Tourist transport, which you’ll find everywhere, is outrageously expensive. Essentially, you have to hire a mini-van and driver. The lowest transport fare from the airport to the closest destinations is 200,000 rp or more. Prices for a 3-hour drive (typical driving time from one major destination to another) are currently 300,000 rp-500,000 rp ( > $30-55 US) That’s way more expensive than transportation costs in neighboring countries.

The other option is using local public buses. Unfortunately, very few buses go directly from A to B. You usually have to take 2 – 4 buses to reach your destination, which could easily take all day, even for a destination that’s a 3-hour trip by car. In addition, no buses run to/from major tourist areas. So if you’re in a tourist area, your first big hurdle is getting to a bus station. Good luck. In Bali transportation boils down to your time or your money.

Because of all that, I personally believe the best option in Bali is to secure your own transportation: bicycle, motorbike or car. It’s very easy to rent or buy any of them in Bali. I always get around either by bicycle or motorbike. See below for rental prices.

LIST OF SAMPLE BUDGET PRICES:

( in 2012: $1 US = 9400 rp / € 1 = 12,400 rp / £ 1 = 15, 500 rp)

budget accommodation:

budget room per night:

100,000-150,000 rp per night

occasionally 70,000-80,000 rp rooms are available

 

budget meals: 

meals at local shops (warungs) street stalls and markets:

10,000 rp usual.

5000-7000 rp for others

meals at Maskan Padang: 12,000-15,000-20,000 rp

 

sample drink prices: 

local drinks (bottled iced tea, tea, coffee, etc):

2000-5000 rp. 3000 rp is the most common price

fresh fruit juice: 5000-10,000 rp

bottled water (1.5 L) :

2000-2500 rp at supermarkets

3000-5000 at restaurants, small shops, tourist places

sports drinks/electrolyte drinks: 3500-5000 rp

coca cola & other soft drinks: 4000-5000 rp bottled / 6000-7000 rp cans

espresso coffees: 20,000-30,000 rp

cocktails: 40,000-100,000 rp per cocktail. In many places 60,000-70,000 rp is common.

beer: 25,000 small bottle – 60,000 rp large bottle

 

budget transportation options: 

bicycle rental: 20,000 rp per day is the common rate

motorbike rental:

30,000-50,000 per day

500,000-600,000 rp per month is the going rate

petrol: 4500 rp per liter  (motorbike mileage is generally 30-40 km per liter)

 

mobile phone costs: 

new sim: 10,000-50,000 rp

pulsa (prepaid top up credit):

comes in denominations of 10,000 – 20,000-50,000-100,000 and others

1 domestic sms: 150 rp

1 international sms: 300 rp

domestic call: varies greatly depending on if calling to landline, mobile phone with same provider or not. free to 300 rp/minute

international calls: varies w country called and if landline or mobile number. Most phone providers have special international access codes that make calls very cheap. My overseas calls cost 500-1000 rp per minute

 

internet access:

internet shops:

3000-5000 rp per hour at locals’ shops

10,000 rp per hour in tourist areas

wifi: many bars, restaurants, cafes, and guest houses now offer free wifi

usb modem: 300,000 rp

monthly pre-paid internet packages for usb modem: 100,000-250,000 rp

 

My actual costs of traveling/living in Bali 2012:

food daily avg: 40,000-45,000 rp

(eating exclusively at local warungs, street stalls, markets and masakan padang)

rooms: 70,000-150,000 rp / day. The average was 100,000 rp / day

motorbike rental: 500,000 rp / month

visa extension w misc expenses: 270,000 rp / month

internet package for modem: 100,000 rp / month

misc expenses: 760,000-940,000 / month

(included phone top-up, toiletries, petrol, laundry, snacks, DVDs, occasional transportation and misc.)

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total monthly costs: 4,700,000-5,600,000 rp  ($500-$600 US / month)

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Final word on budget travel in Bali: 

Budget travelers might find it increasingly difficult to stick to their budgets in Bali. Since prices in Bali seem to increase annually, I expect costs to become even higher. Fortunately many free, fun, exciting activities are available to help offset the higher costs of food and rooms. Hopefully, that will make visits to Bali still affordable for budget travelers.

Check out my post 10 Free Things to do in Bali that covers activities around the entire island. Since Ubud is Bali’s cultural heartland, jam-packed with art, religious festivals, performances, and intriguing Balinese daily life, the charming town is definitely worth a visit. Here are 10 Free Things to do in Ubud.

Finally, here are 10 Tips and Cautions for Visiting Bali

QUESTIONS:

If you’ve traveled around Bali recently, what were your total costs?

What do you think of this budget and travel style? Cheap or expensive? Fun or too prohibitive?

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  1. TFOA

    How come no one has ever replied or even put a comment on this blog?
    This Bali guide is awesome, very detailed and makes me want to go to Bali now. (Eventhough i can only dream about it) LOL. I always envy people like you.

    Anyway, thanks to these awesome travel tips i really learned a lot. I’ll try to save money and go there myself. Although it might take some time. Goodluck on your new adventures!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Well, thanks! Glad you found it entertaining and useful! I hope it does inspire you to get to Bali. It’s a really amazing place.

      Don’t be envious… do it too! I was once just a small town American girl. :)) If I can travel the world, so can you.

      cheers, Lash

      1. TFOA

        Thanks for the nice words, I haven’t been outside the Philippines. I am now inspired by your words. I will let you know when i’m ready, hope you can be help me around, :D

  2. Matt

    Yes agreed. This is a great blog. I live in Indonesia (on Jawa) and am spending a month on Bali with my better half. Bali is very different to the rest of the country so this blog has been very useful for my budgeting. Nice one.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Matt,

      Great – glad to hear my posts on Bali are useful to you. Enjoy!

      How do you like living on Java? It’s not my favorite of Indonesia’s islands – too much noise and too many men smoking everywhere! :))

      cheers, Lash

  3. Therence manuel

    Im planning to go on bali alone for 1-2wks
    Where is the best chepeast accomodation to go.. I want to go in some places of bali
    Like kuta to ubud..i want to stay in 2-3 places

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Therence.

      Well, there aren’t really any super cheap places in Bali these days. Budget room rates, like I mentioned, are about 100,00-120,000 rp no matter where you go. I’d suggest you decide What you want to see & do in BAli and base your destinations on that rather than room prices, because the room prices are about the same everywhere. Personally, I like Sanur, Ubud, Amed.

      I have about 50 posts on this website about Bali. Perhaps some of them will give you an idea where you’d love to go.

      cheers, Lash

  4. Joe

    Hi,

    Just wanted to say thank you – I don’t know why this blog post isn’t number 1 on google… the is by far and away the most detailed and useful breakdown of budget for Bali :).

    Just wanted to say thanks.

    Joe.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi!

      Well, thank you very much, Joe. THat’s a great compliment.

      I’m glad you found the info so useful. Enjoy your travels in BAli!

      cheers, Lash

  5. lynne

    This is really helpful!!! Thanks! :)
    I went to Bali a few months ago and I plan to go back next month and spend maybe 6 months there, so I really need to plan my budget well!

    I do wonder if there’s a big difference between the high season and low season… I was in Ubud mid-week this past May, and I paid $100,000 for a budget room that I was VERY pleased with–simple, but pretty porch, free (delicious) breakfast, centrally located, etc. But I can’t believe it will be anywhere near that price when I’m back in July. If they are, they’d probably book quickly.

    Also, do you think it’s worth trying to find monthly rentals (are there significant savings?)

    Thanks:)

  6. Tiffany

    This is awesomeeeeeeeeeee!
    Thanks for posting this! very useful!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      You are most welcome, Tiffany.

      Glad to hear it was helpful.

      cheers, Lash

  7. Dan Lopes

    Thanks so much for this posting Lash!

    I’m going to be traveling to Bali for 10 days next month and while I’m not on such a tight budget it is good to have a point of reference for how much I can or should be spending for food and drinks.

    Cheers!
    Dan

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Dan,

      Welcome.

      Thanks. great, glad this post was useful for you. Enjoy Bali! It’s a great place – as long as you avoid the Kuta-legian-Seminyak spread.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      cheers, Lash

  8. ron

    hi can you please tell me how safe is it to have ice in your drinks and how safe is it to drink fruit juice thanks so much heading to bali in october

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      It’s generally perfectly safe to drink ice and eat fruit / fruit juices in Bali. Certainly upscale resorts, restaurants and bars are fine. Basic local restaurants, shops, food stalls and market shops should also be fine. The only places you might want to be a bit cautious are at really off the beaten track street stalls… unless you’re going out to explore really remote Balines villages, you won’t come across such places. If you do, judge them by how clean the stalls and people are.

      Have a great trip to BAli! cheers, Lash

  9. Alex

    Excellent post. I’ll. Be teavelling to Bali on the 25th of Sept for a couole of months, so this post comes in sooooo handy. Thank you SO much. One small correction you ,ay want to introduce: you often refer to Bali as a “country” when in fact it is not :) but that obviously is splitting hairs ! Thanks for an amazing post. Cheers!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      hI Alex,

      Welcome~!

      Great. glad to here thios post was useful. Please check out some of my other 40+ posts on Bali if you have time.

      You’re absolutely right, Bali is not really its own country. I guess I just get lazy when referring to it in writing… and it’s SO DIFFERENT from teh rest of Indonesia that it’s sort of like its own country. lol

      cheers, Lash

  10. Phoebe

    Hey Lash!

    Thanks for the amazing info, definitely making me feel a little better about my trip coming up to Bali. What would you suggest doing to get up to Amed?? I’d really like to visit the Gili Islands. I’m really thrilled to be able to visit Indonesia while I wait for the rain to die down in Vietnam during October. Any suggestions would be great! I’m traveling with someone and we’d like to have a private room. Are any of these available for $15 a night? You are amazing and it is so incredible you’ve been doing this for so long!! I’ve got a lot to learn :)

    1. Phoebe

      Also, I’d really like to rent a motor bike for the month but i’m curious as to where I would leave it if I wanted to go for a hike or just in somewhere. Is it safe to leave the rental around places? My apologies for all of the questions, but you seem like the best person to ask for advice!

      1. Lash WorldTour

        Hi Phoebe,

        So sorry for the delayed reply! Somehow your comment slipped my notice.

        In Bali, as long as you lock your motorbike, you don’t have to worry about it getting stolen. Just lock it wherever you are and go on your hike or shopping or whatever. If you feel safer, lock it in front of a shop, restaurant, guest house, hotel, etc. Easy as!

        cheers, lash

    2. Lash WorldTour

      HI again, Phoebe,

      Again, my apologies for the delayed reply. Did not know you’d written here!

      As far as transportation in Bali goes, that’s an issue. No easy public transport goes directly from place to place. To Amed, the best thing, unfortunately, is to rent a driver. That will cost you about 200,000 – 300,000 rp for total. About $20-30 US. If you’re 2 people, that’s not too bad. I wrote a post on 10 cautions & tips for Bali. REad that for more details.

      For other tips & suggestions, please read through my Bali secction on this site. I’ve written about 50 posts in total!~

      Yes, in Amed, you can find places for 150,000 – 200.000 rp / $15-20 US and even cheaper homestays now as well.

      Thanks for the compliment. :)) I do love traveling!

      Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Lash

  11. ynah

    nice blog indeed! glad ‘coz you put an effort to breakdown details about budugeting expenses. these would be a big help for me in the near future. Bali is my 1st dream place to visit ^^

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Ynah,

      Great, glad this is useful for you! Thanks for stopping by.

      cheers, Lash

  12. Matt

    Hi Lash –

    Matt again… I read your post on Java & about feeling ripped off a little too often there…

    I’m curious.. did you find Java to be worse than Bali when it comes to ripping off?

    We don’t speak Indonesian. So maybe we can’t hope for any better, but I’m getting a little bit tired (here in Java) of always being charged some random price that isn’t an even multiple of the 6 eggs or 4 snacks that I’m buying.

    Cheers-
    Matt

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Matt,

      Wow, that’s a good question… hmmm…

      Most 1st time visitors to Bali find the touts really pushy and annoying. So there’s definitely sales pressure there as well as regular over-charging.

      I think the difference for me is that I know the prices in Bali, so I can’t really get ripped off so easily. Whereas in JAva, I didn’t know the real prices.

      Also, at most places I eat in Bali like the local Sanur night market and local warungs, they don’t try to over charge me.

      So..hmm… for general western travelers who don’t speak INdo and aren’t familiar with the local prices, Bali is probably just as bad as Java.

      You could always ask your hotel /guest house staff the real prices before you head out anywhere.

      cheers, lash

  13. Nia

    very nice review Lash
    btw, masakan Padang is not Javanese warong, it’s West Sumatran dishes
    it is fairly spicy and mostly uses coconut milk
    so if you like spicy foods similar to Indian curry, it’s all good :)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Nia,

      THanks. And thanks for the correction. That’s interesting because all my Balinese friends told me masakan padang is Javanese food! You’re right that it’s spicy. :))

      thanks for stopping by and sharing the info.

      cheers, Lash

  14. Dan

    Thanks Lash, this was great!

    Things are a little more expensive now, but I had budgeted a little more knowing that things are getting more expensive year on year.

    There are a couple of places called Padang, and it’s the Sumatran one that is where the food comes from (according to www. infobarrel. com/ 15_top_tips_for_a_budget_Bali_getaway_part_2″ I noticed a few “Masakan Padang Jawa” so maybe its a Javanese take on the Sumatran place?

    Some of the smaller Padang places were still 10,000 per meal, but I think there are some national chains which is where they charge a bit more (I went to one near the Galleria that charged me 45,000)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hey Dan,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. WOw, 45,000 rp for a masakan padang meal/!!! EEK! THAT place is set up for wealthy tourists! ARe you sure it’s not INSIDE Galleria? THere are several quite cheap, normal local places in that area.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      cheers, Lash

  15. Justine

    Hello Lash!

    Your blog about Bali is so informative! Thank you for posting this! By the way, I’m just wondering about the place where we can stay. I was browsing one day and saw this website called airbnb. Do you think it would be better to book there or just go to Bali first then find a place to stay? This will be my first attempt to fix my own vacation without an agency so I’m pretty nervous. Haha.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Justine,

      Welcome! Great, glad you found this post useful. :))

      Sorry, I generally don’t book rooms ahead, so I’m not familiar with Airbnb or other online booking sites. I have written on the topic of booking ahead vs. finding a room upon arrival. Check my Accommodatoin Tips section. I”ve also recommended my 3 favorite guest houses in Bali. On this site I have over 60 posts about Bali, so you can find out a lot before yopu go!@

      Finally, I’m leading my own small group tour to Bali in JUne, 2014. If you’re interested in joining, let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      cheers, Lash

  16. Israel

    Hi Lash,

    U r Great..! Would like to make your acquaintance. My name is Israel. Based in Singapore. Planning a trip to Bali.. Yr June trip is good to go..? Do let me know if you are keen on a trip to Singapore? Let me host you in proper…

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Israel,

      I love Singapore! Thanks for your offer. I don’t have any concrete plans for my next visit to Sing, but when I do will be great to meet!

      Yep, my small group tour to Bali in June is all planned and scheduled. Care to join us? Here’s the full information on the tour –

      http://www.lashworldtour.com/small-group-tour-of-bali

      cheers, Lash

  17. J

    Hey,

    Were going to head over to Bali from NZ this year, for a month, myself and my girlfriend.

    As soon as we arrive we want to be no where near Kuta, where would you advise heading to?

    We like ‘off the beaten track’ but also like bars, restaurants, beaches??

    Thanks

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Josh,

      I recommend heading first to Sanur. Where you stay there makes a big difference as to whether or not you like it. Check out my fav guesthouse post:

      http://www.lashworldtour.com/2012/12/bali-travel-tips-3-favorite-guest-houses-in-bali.html

      I also recommend Ubud, Amed and Munduk.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy!

      cheers, Lash

  18. Kris Bux (#Travelpreneur)

    Hey!
    I’m in Bali right now – just arrived last night.

    The prices are pretty much the same as listed above.
    Great info! …been paying about the same as you listed. ;)
    Ever think of writing a book or e-book?

    You should!
    Cheers,
    Kris

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hey Kris,

      How you’re loving Bali!

      Thanks much for letting us all know that the prices are about the same in 2014. Awesome! I did notice taht the exchange rate on INdo. rp is fantastic right now, so visitors get better value for their money in Bali these days, too.

      Ha, ha… apparently you’re new to me and my travels. I’ve already written 2 guidebooks to Bali, mate! Cycling Guidebook & Hiking Guidebook – here:

      http://www.lashworldtour.com/lashworldtour-cycling-and-hiking-guidebooks-to-bali

      Enjoy your time in Bali. I LOVE it there! cheers, Lash

      1. Kris Bux (#Travelpreneur)

        LoL – Yes!

        Just noticed your books!

        Perhaps with all the ‘Digital Nomads’, and Online/Internet Workers out there – you should make a ‘On a Budget’ book, as thats what we’re all looking for right now.

        ;)
        K

        1. Lash WorldTour

          Hey Kris,

          Thanks for the suggestion… as a matter of fact, in the works! I’ve had that book in mind for several years. :)) I just feel I need to travel through a couple more major regions of the world first, in order to make it a worldwide guidebook. :))

          cheers, Lash

  19. kiran

    Hi,
    I am planning to visit to Bali in end of November with my wife n daughter . I am little bit confused about the Weather condition during my visit.

    Can you please let me know is this suitable time to visit there?

    cheers
    Kiran

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Kiran,

      Welcome!

      November is a fine time to visit Bali! Usually the rains haven’t started yet (Usually about mid DEcember) But even if they do, it usually only rains about 1-2 hours a day then clears up. It could be super hot in Nov. in some places. Otherwise, it’s a great time. RAther off-season, so not so crowded.

      Enjoy your trip!

      cheers, Lash

  20. mandy

    Hi, may I know if you are hosting any tour in Bali this year and the details please if you don’t mind? I’m a single traveller and would love to visit Bali and Yogyakarta this year. Thanks and Happy New Year! =)

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Mandy,

      Thanks much for your interest in my Bali Tours. I will send you an email about that within the next couple days.

      Cheers, Lash

  21. Pratish

    hi…
    nice piece of information..
    your stats are dated 2012.. i wonder how much have changed since than… i am planing to visit bali in feb 2015 for a week… and i wish to keep my budget around (+ – )250-300 USD…
    after reading this , i think i ll able to do pretty good there… thanks for the push.. lol.. if not much have changed since 2012…

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Pratish,

      Welcome!

      I’m glad this post has been helpful to you.

      My experience of over 12 years of visiting Bali is that the prices DO go up a bit every year for rooms, food and transportation. So you should expect the prices this year to be a bit higher than in 2012 – maybe 10%-20% higher.

      On the other hand, right now the Indo. rp is very weak, at least against the $US. When I wrote this article, the rate was about 10,000rp = $1 US. NOw the rate is 12,000rp = $1US. That makes a huge difference in the prices for foreign visitors! Much cheaper.

      so eventhough local prices on rooms, meals and transport have probably gone up, the better exchange rate should balance that out so costa are about teh same as my report here from 2012.

      Hope that’s helpful.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. And enjoy Bali!

      cheers, Lash

  22. alan2102

    Thanks for your interesting pages!
    One thing that you never mention, as far as I can see (after reading several of your pages), is what the cost is for accomodations for longer periods than one night or a few nights. Typically, the price falls off rather steeply if you’re staying for a month or 3 months, or longer. Is that the case here, as well? $10/night becomes $5/night if you’re staying for a few months?

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Alan,

      You can usually get a monthly rate. That might give you a slight discount, a big discount or none. Case by case, based on the location, guest house owners, season of travel and so on.

      Have you been to Bali before?

      cheers, Lash

  23. ramesh

    Thanks a lot for your blog , next month i am planning to go to bali with family and your blog is very useful,
    I need one advice from you i want to rent the bike in bali but i dont have licence, so is it possible to get bike with out licence?

    waiting for your reply

    Thanks.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi RAmesh,

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad my site has been helpful to you. Great!

      Legally, you do need a driver’s license that includes driving a motorbike. However, nobody ever even looks at a license when you rent a bike there. So you don’t need a licence to rent one.

      You do need a license if a policeman stops you while you’re driving, but how will the Indonesian police know from looking at your license if it includes motorbikes or not?

      Have a great time in Bali! And drive carefullly, & look out for cops.

      cheers, Lash

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