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The BaliManual Guide to Using Uber

  As Uber (Grab, Gojek and other apps included) continue to linger in the local news, we thought you might benefit from some tips on how to use Uber in a way that will not attract the wrong kind of attention.   In Bali, taxi companies and local transportation groups despise Uber. They hate the effect… Continue Reading

Uber in Bali – Why it shouldn’t be banned…

Uber in Bali – Why it shouldn’t be banned…

Only several months after beginning operations in Bali, Uber (and GrabTaxi ) has become a target of the local “transport community”. After angry Bali taxi drivers protested against Uber and GrabTaxi in january, the provincial government of Bali has stated a ban is in place. (Of course, things can change quickly here: another ban on Gojek (which is… Continue Reading

Cost of Living in Bali: 2016 Price Guide

Cost of Living in Bali: 2016 Price Guide

Judging by the traffic that visited, the “2014 Living in Bali Price Guide” post became very popular. But we are now 2016, so I reckoned an update to the price guide was necessary.   In a nutshell: Basically, everything became more expensive in Bali since 2014. Some quick examples: Housing became a lot more expensive (except maybe the… Continue Reading

Life in Bali – 6 Tips to Help You Fit in

Life in Bali – 6 Tips to Help You Fit in

‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ That is a saying you may have heard. And it’s true, putting forth an effort to fit in in Bali will enrich both the quality of your life and help you gain respect from the locals. So follow the tips below to help you make the most… Continue Reading

Getting Health Insurance for Living in Bali

Getting Health Insurance for Living in Bali

  By far, one of the most common questions I receive about living in Bali has to do with health insurance. It’s a great question too – when you’re living in a new, fun and sometimes strange country it’s only natural to wonder how things might unfold in a medical emergency. In the West, we… Continue Reading

2014 Cost of Living in Bali with Price Guide

2014 Cost of Living in Bali with Price Guide

Note: there is a 2016 version of the price list available. I’ll give you the link. But before I do, I want to say it’s still interesting to read the introduction article here on this page. It’s just the price guide itself that you better view here: 2016 Price Guide If you’re interested in the cost of… Continue Reading

Is Bali Still a Good Place to Live as an Expat?

Is Bali Still a Good Place to Live as an Expat?

Thinking of moving to Bali? Don’t make things hard on yourself. Get The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Bali and learn how to make the move quickly and easily. Ask an expat or long-term resident of Bali how much the island has changed in the last 10 years, and you’ll get a hundred different answers.… Continue Reading

The Problem (and Solution) With Arak in Bali

The Problem (and Solution) With Arak in Bali

  Warning: Despite any comments in this post, whether positive or negative regarding arak, it is largely unregulated in Bali and should be consumed at your own risk. Have you ever wondered how they are able to sell cocktails so cheaply in Bali while liquor prices are through the roof? Or have you ever seen… Continue Reading

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

  Every year in Bali, usually somewhere in the months between December and April, rainy season hits. It is definitely not like clockwork and can fluctuate a few months in either direction or skip completely only to bring lots of rain during the months of June to August, but when rainy season does hit, people… Continue Reading

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

  Just last week, many expats, tourists and local boozehounds received a big shock when it was announced that there is currently a bill in place to ban alcohol in Indonesia. While definitely shocking, it is important to take a look at the facts before we start getting carried away, stockpiling bottles of Bintang or… Continue Reading