Sunsets at Tegallalang rice terraces
TRAVEL BALI PRE-PLANNING, BUDGET, & ITINERARY
Hello, everyone! Another day, another country to explore. Today I am going to start with another travel destination, the beautiful island of BALI. It still feels surreal that I was able to tick off this country from my bucket list. I wasn’t expecting that I’d be able to go here this soon because I am planning to go to other countries before this.
I had so much on my list; Japan, Korea, Indochina to add a few. I figured I would just go to countries that don’t require VISAS first because we all know how weak the Philippines passport is. Yeah, that sucks. Oh well, Today’s post I am going to share our Bali trip’s pre-planning, budget, and itinerary.
Last March 2018, I was able to score 5,000 Php Round trip tickets to Bali. it’s cheaper considering the regular price is usually more than 10,000 Php. I messaged my friend and we decided to give it a go.
Budgeting is crucial especially if you are “adulting” (bills, bills, bills). For some, 2-3 months is enough but for most, of course, cannot afford to save money for an out of the country trip for that duration and needs more. This is why having a travel budget/fund is important (well at least for me).
About to unpack
May 30 – June 4, 2018
We had 5 full days to tour around Bali and visit different places. Squeezing everything for 5 days is not easy BUT to be honest, I think it is enough for a first timer. June 4th was our flight back to Manila (8am).
I had been busy for the most part of March and April and it was until the first week of May, I had started drafting the itinerary and finalized everything two weeks before the trip. I made a combination of non-touristy and touristy things to do during the whole trip. It’s nice to have some leeway to your itinerary and be open for surprises and options in case your first plan won’t push through.
That’s the beauty of traveling, everything doesn’t have to be planned to a T. You also need to be prepared to adjust.
The itinerary I made was so detailed I think I need an award for it LOL
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Kidding aside, this is what I planned that we explore for the whole 5-days duration: it revolved around 3 places, Ubud, Seminyak, and Uluwatu.
May 30-1 Ubud (3 Days 2 Nights)
June 1- 4 Seminyak (4 Days 3 Nights)
For June 3 Uluwatu (Day trip)
June 4 Flight back to Manila
I made sure to add options and alternatives in case we don’t get to do something or visit a place we initially intend to. This is why the itinerary was so detailed. I let my friend, Miggy and his friend, Lai (who decided to join us a few weeks before the trip) check the itinerary and ask for their feedback or suggestions. Miggy is game with anything/everything so no problem with that and since Lai is joining us more because of business, she said she won’t be participating in some activities.
If you are going to book a driver with a private car, it is best to coordinate with your driver a few weeks before the trip. I do not know if this is the case for most, but Edi was so accommodating and helped me in making the final itinerary. I sent him my version and since he’s a local and would know if the itinerary would work, I trusted him said he would make some changes. He sent me the final list with modifications and adjustments and we’re all set!
Uma Pa Kel Swing 200,000 IDR = 700-800 Php
If you are not availing the swing it’s free with another Free coffee tasting!
Balinese Cooking class 375,000 IDR = 1,300-1,400 Php
Tegallalang Rice Terraces – Free
Padang Padang beach Entrance – 15,000 IDR = Around 40 Php
Ubud Market – Free
Pura Taman Saraswati – Free
Uluwatu Temple – 35,000 IDR = 128 Php/pax
Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud
Uma Pa Kel Swing
Photoshoot at Sea Circus
When in Bali, you will realize that the main mode of transportation is usually a car or cabs/taxis. Either you hail a cab or book a driver with a private car. You can also avail of packages and tours from Klook (insert link here) which also includes transportation to the destination and back either a meeting point or better, your hotel.
Hiring a car is important especially if you’re going to explore Ubud. Tegallalang and Uma Pa Kel Agro Tourism are far from Ubud so it’s best you book a driver and a private car. If you are staying around Jln Ubud Forest, restaurants, shops, Ubud Market are just a few minutes walk.
From our hotel, we just walked to Ubud Market, Pura Taman Saraswati, and Puri Sareng Agung. We weren’t able to go to Ubud Palace (just passed by) because it was a holiday on the 30th and every Hindu are in the temple praying PLUS so many tourists are there too, so we did not made an effort to try going inside.
When you are in Seminyak, best if book around the city center, you can just walk but if you are like us who booked a hotel 5-10 minutes away from the restaurants and shops, it’s better to hail a cab as it’s cheaper.
We only booked Edi for our May 31st, June 1, June 3 activities and also, June 4 (hotel pick up to Airport).
Here is the breakdown:
Cheaper to book here
Total 1,560,000 IDR = Around 5,700 – 6,000 Php and divide by 3 people so 2,000 or 2,500 (taxi ride to and from our hotel in Seminyak included)
You can also book via Klook here though I haven’t tried it yet, there are some terms and conditions so please read through carefully. There is also overtime charges so better talk this with your friends. Ours might be a bit pricey but we have more flexibility and so is much convenient for us.
Taxi starting rate is 50,000 IDR. You can also use Grab Car around Seminyak as it’s way cheaper than the taxi of course. Just be careful as you will see posters not to support it/use. When we went to Seminyak, we just booked a Grab and it’s more or less than 20,000 to 30,000 IDR and you divide that by 3. So cheap, yeah?
cute wall of photos at Uluwatu
If not all, most people are using Whats App, I think this is the primary messaging app they use. This is the one we used to communicate with our driver. Better to install one on your smartphone.
We booked a super affordable pocket wifi via Klook. For 6 days, we just paid 333 Php per person. There are some places with a low signal so be patient. Enjoy your trip more and post/edit photos later during the day or at night.
We picked up the pocket wifi in the Airport, just look for the DISCOVER BALI booth. You have to pay a deposit (IDR700,000) and this will be refunded to you once you return it before checking in at the airport.
Book your pocket wifi here via Klook.
I think Bali is best to experience with friends than doing solo (unless you’re going ala Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love) especially in sharing for the transportation also, in exploring places like Tegallalang, Uma Pa Kel, and also when you’re in Seminyak there are many places to party and hang out as well as shopping.
Pocket wifi care of Klook
Food & Shopping
Meals in Bali are quite expensive and if you’re used to having free water or service water in the Philippines, they do not offer such in here. Either you have to pay to have water or buy a bottled one which is usually expensive. What we did was we buy bottled waters in convenience stores; big and small ones.
Meals usually range from 49,000 to 100,000
Estimated expenses for a 6-day trip Around 2,500 – 2,800 Php
TIP: If you are in a restaurant, on top of your bill, they charge you with a 5% service charge and 10% government tax. This is not too much if you are going to be sharing with your friends.
Shopping is a bit tricky when you are on a budget and I think it’s still cheaper to shop here than from there. You can still buy some of course ie. coffee coaster, ref magnets, THE INFAMOUS RATTAN BAG – Best deal if you go around the shops in Tegallalang than in Seminyak.
I just allotted 1-2,000 Php for the shopping. I just spent around 1,700 Php for the shopping.
Morning shopping at Ubud Art Market
Mi Goreng easily became our fave meal
Now, this is the one that I love, while the food can be pricey, hotels and hostels are pretty much affordable.
Sagittarius Inn: 1,300-1,400/pax for 3 Days and 2 nights with free breakfast
The Studio: 1,200-1,400/pax for 4 days and 3 nights no breakfast but free water bottles every day AND the room is huge!
(More about this on another separate post)
Book here using my link here to get a 10% refund!
and you will get a 10% refund when you book! 🙂
Together with the Itinerary, there is a separate tab where I put the accommodations for both Seminyak and Ubud. It’s detailed with pros and cons as well. I use booking.com for all my hotel reservations and payments.
It’s so easy to use and provides the traveler with all the information they need before they decide to book or not.
TIP It’s best to make an account as they always have discounts and promos to members.
We made a vote and we decided to go to Sagittarius Inn in Ubud and The Studio in Seminyak.
TIP: If you want to experience Yoga in Ubud, best to book a hotel that offers free every morning. This would save time and money as well. Initially, we intend to go to Yoga Barn to have at least 1 class for June 1 before going to Ubud Market but we weren’t able to do so because of time constraints.
Morning dip at our hotel in Ubud, Sagitarrius Inn
Afternoon break at our accommodation in Seminyak
We decided to change 5,000 Php in NAIA airport and the rest of our pocket money in Bali. Getting a good rate in Bali is tricky. When we got to the airport, they do not sell Php at that time (bummer) so when we arrived in Ubud, we exchanged some money but the rate isn’t that good but we have no choice.
TIP Have your money exchanged at Central Kuta Money Exchange as they offer really good rates! We found one around Ubud inside a convenience store.
The Bali crew
All in all, I was able to spend 19,000-20,000 including airfare, travel tax, and everything. Food and transportation at and from and to the airport are not included anymore. If you skip the cooking class (which you shouldn’t miss) and the swing, you can save more. If that’s the case, the total would be= 16,000 – 17,000 Php all in.
There you have it. I hope this was helpful enough to inspire you to save money and travel to Bali. More travel stories and guides in the coming days.
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