Selamat datang ke Bali! (Or "Welcome to Bali!")
Now that you’re in Bali (or doing some pre-trip planning), you might be wondering just how you should be getting around Bali.
The choice(s) for transportation in Bali may seem very obvious to many, and extremely overwhelming to others. Getting around Bali might not be as simple, compared to what you are used to.
It is not as straightforward as renting an insured car at home, like you would if (more…)
As Uber (Grab, Gojek and other apps included) continues 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 this new company is having on their attempts at monopolizing certain markets. Illegally.
Why the Balinese ban on Uber is not a good thing (and why the country actually needs Uber or GrabTaxi).
Only several months after beginning operations in Bali, Uber (and GrabTaxi) has become a target of (more…)
Given the chaos that is Bali roads, it is only natural that accidents can happen. It is amazing that there are not more accidents than there are, given the sheer amount of people and style of driving, but they still do happen and the entire situation is much different than that of a western country. The other day I observed an accident happen and took notice of all of the differences.
Usually, it is a bad idea for a foreigner to stop and have a look at what is going on if they observe an accident, due to many accidents being blamed on the foreigner whether they are at fault or not. For this situation, I was already off my motorbike when the accident took place, so I observed from a distance.
Unfortunately, things in paradise aren’t quite perfect. Indonesia is among the most corrupt countries in the world and things don’t seem to be getting drastically better. Government officials on all levels are largely open to bribes and sometimes even require them before they will do any sort of work.
While the average expat will probably never have anything to do with some of these higher level guys, you will see traffic cops and police on a daily basis. Foreigners are often pulled over, often with no official reason for the stop except to make sure things are all in order, of which things are usually not, at least to the police officer’s satisfaction.