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…)
Judging by the traffic that visited, the "2014 Living in Bali Price Guide" post became very popular.
But we are now 2019, so an update to the price guide was necessary.
January has been a busy month for us here at BaliManual, as we’re ramping up to provide you with much more information in 2019. We’re proud to kick it off with an update to the BaliManual "2019 Living in Bali Price Guide.”
After visiting grocery stores, traditional markets, beverage distributors and more, our new price guide will help you budget your life in Bali and see just how affordable Bali remains for most of us.
In a nutshell:
‘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 of your time in beautiful Indonesia. (more…)
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 have become quite used to having our health insurance taken care of for us. Whether you get health insurance through your job, or you’re lucky enough to live in a country where you get free healthcare, it’s possible you’ve never had to put too much thought into your health insurance plan before.
When you’re living in Bali though, either by yourself or with your family, not having any coverage can be quite dangerous and even downright foolish. While we would all like to believe nothing bad will ever happen to us, and we would certainly hope that’s the case, it’s always wise to be prepared for anything.
That’s why today we’ll be discussing health insurance options for expats in Bali, and how to make sure you’re covered in case of something unexpected. (more…)
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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. Many will tell you about how much more traffic there is now. Others will tell you about how much more expensive things are, and how a Bintang used to cost 50 cents. Most of them will talk about the “good ol’ days”.
Then some of the more positive expats will talk about how the internet and infrastructure has improved drastically in the past 10 years. Or how many more and varied facilities for everything from sports to leisure are available on the island. Or the vast selection of food and restaurants now available from practically every country around the world.
All of the examples above are completely true, although many expats will choose to answer that question while focusing solely on the positives or the negatives.
After recently spending several months away from Bali while traveling, upon my return I was forced to reassess the island of Bali and expat life here in a whole new light. I’ve always truly loved living in Bali, but being able to compare it so directly to so many new places exposed a few of the island’s shortcomings. Those shortcomings were easy to recognize while away, but when I returned, I remembered immediately why so many expats call Bali home. (more…)
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 take notice. Rainy season is currently in full swing here in Bali and just like almost anything else on the island, it’s all in what you make of it.
It is the Christmas season again and just like every year, Bali is CROWDED. Hotels are full to capacity, traffic is congested (even more so than usual) yet somehow it just doesn’t quite feel like Christmas.
For North Americans traveling to Bali for Christmas this is due to the extreme heat and unsurprising lack of snow. Australians and Europeans will notice the lack of Christmas-themed decorations which are present, but not in the abundance they are used to in their home countries.
For the average tourist in Bali for Christmas though, these things are not such a big deal. They chose to spend their Christmas away from home on a tropical island and more than likely they have their family in tow. For a visitor in Bali for Christmas, Bali IS their celebration for the holidays. (more…)
The sense of balance that many people feel in Bali is one of the reasons that I would put above almost all others as a reason to be here. Despite the problems that affect Bali from all angles, the island is able to pull off an impressive balancing act that needs to be viewed from a few steps back to be truly appreciated.
I have found that in Bali things just have a way of working themselves out in the end, and just about all of the bad experiences are counteracted by the good ones. (more…)
At some point, every long-term, foreign resident of Bali eventually has to leave for one reason or another. In my time here I’ve yet to meet anyone who has spent a substantial amount of time on the island without ever having left, although that is mostly just a visa issue.
As I type this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Bangkok and have been away from Bali for 12 days, the longest period of time I have ever been away from the island since first setting foot there almost 4 years ago. With another 5 days to go until I am set to return home (I fully consider Bali to be “home” by this point), I can’t help but think about all of the differences - both positive and negative – between Bali and other popular SE Asian destinations.
Nyepi, some love it, some hate it and for the Balinese it is just another important holiday to celebrate that happens every year. Those that happen to be in Bali during Nyepi can often find the rules and customs surrounding it quite surprising and restrictive although it all happens for a reason.
Nyepi can be relaxing or a lot of fun depending on who you are and where you plan to spend the day. Just make sure that you are respectful and learning a bit more about the history of Nyepi should help you to do just that.