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Avoid the pitfalls that come with settling down in Bali:

> How to buy a home
> Which visa to get?
> What about healthcare?
> ... the answers to all your questions (even to questions you may have not thought of before)
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Getting Around Bali [A guide to transportation in Bali]

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 […]

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The BaliManual Guide to Using Uber

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 […]

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

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

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Cost of Living in Bali: 2019 Price Guide

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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