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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bali Trip Post#1

Yes, I am back from a short break, 4 days 3 nights Bali Tour. Thanks to our friend for giving us a 3 days 2 nights hotel accommodation plus airport transfer Bali Trip Voucher. Since I've heard almost all positive comment about Bali, we top it up to 4 days 3 nights full board trip.

The above photo was the hotel we stayed -The Oasis, Kuta. In fact, we were told it's a 3 star rating hotel, however, to our great disappointed, it's a very run down hotel, cleanliness is below average. There was a lot of mosquito in the room, thank God, the hotel is kind enough to provide us with mosquito repellent! The air-cond will make hell a lot of sound when fan is turn on to the maximum, so we just leave it to minimum and it was fine. Even though there is a buffet breakfast included, the food served is very minimum choice, fine....the only edible thing was bread, and yet the stupid toaster was not working properly! So, if you ever visit Bali, please do not stay in this hotel!!! Do not deceive by the photo!!! LOL!!!

We flown with MAS as we got a good deal, bought the ticket at RM349/pax. There was no in flight entertainment in this airbus, but food was good.



I chose the nasi lemak set....nice...

Arrived Ngurah Rai Bali International airport at 1250pm, a 3-hour flight from KL. There's no time difference between KL and Bali. Malaysian does not need a visa with max stay of 30 days.
Met our local guide and he transferred us to hotel. He speaks minimum English and not a qualified guide. I remembered booking through PYO Travel for our Bangkok, Pattaya Trip 3 years back, our local guide was much better. This guide doesn't explain a lot of info to us.
After refreshing ourselves, we strolled at Kuta shopping area. The first day we didn't buy anything because it really take some time to "digest" the Indonesian currency...with so many zeros on the notes LOL!!!! Buying a bottle of 1.5L water cost us 3,500 RUPIAH...in fact is only around RM1.20.


Kuta shopping area


Small shops selling local products, like dress, T-shirts and other souvenirs need a lot of bargaining skills. For example, a bad quality T-Shirt initial price was 80,000RUPIAH, I bargain until 15,000 RUPIAH to get the deal. I've noticed most things need to be bargained at least 60% lower than the start price. These people here are very smart, they NEVER put a price tag on their products. If you say , "So expensive!" They will said," You can bargain, tell me a price." The bargaining goes on for quite some time as the follow:
Buyer : How much is this?
Seller: 100,000 RUPIAH
Buyer: so expensive, any discount.
Seller: How much, how much you can pay.
Buyer: You give a good price.
Seller: 80,000 RUPIAH
Buyer: Still expensive. ( Trying to walk off)
Seller: Come come, how many you want, you take 2 I'll give you a better price.
Buyer: No, just one, 40,000rupiah, OK?
Seller: OK, ok, for my good luck, I'll give.

Except those fixed price shops,all small stalls we need to spend time bargaining to get the best deal.
There is a supermarket inside Matahari Mall at Kuta which prices are cheaper compared to the convenience shop. Most commonly seen convenience store is Circle over here in Bali. However, other things in Matahari Mall are extremely pricey.
We also spotted KFC Coffee in Bali - I bought a Ice-blended macchiato was quite ok - about RM8.





To be continued .............

13 comments:

J2Kfm said...

i'll be following closely. :)
will be there very soon. hope the pandemic doesnt get to us 1st.

Big Boys Oven said...

me me too, I hope to be there too....soon!

Big Boys Oven said...

me me too, I hope to be there too....soon!

Duckie said...

i was deciding between bali and siam reap for my holidays and ended up going to siam reap. guess bali is next on the list!!!

SimpleGirl said...

j2kfm, good luck to you man!

BBO, personally I feel Bali is not that exotic as people said la...so so only!

Duckie, like I said so so only...food was quite bad haha there...

Health Freak Mommy said...

Haha, whenever we go to Thailand, that's how we bargain too. The hotel looks classy from the outside, didn't know it's so deceiving.

SimpleGirl said...

health freak mommy, I feel Thailand is not that bad ya! true, the swimming pool was the nicest, other thing was real bad!

ai wei said...

i wan a trip to bali too! nice nice!!! and.. .i got the trick to bargain. hehe thanks

Little Inbox said...

Wow, you're so lucky to get the free accommodation and the voucher!

allie said...

Me too! Hope to be there soon...

Life Of Continues said...

becoming so rich le go there... haha..all use puluh puluh ribu... haha...

jen said...

never been to bali :<
can't wait to see you post more pictures of bali..

SimpleGirl said...

ai wei, yes, really have to bargain nicely if you plan to shop there...

little inbox, thanks to our fren for her kindness!!!

life of continues, yeah, becoming millionaire there!!

allie, hope you'll enjoy the trip ya!

jen, i will post more pictures and sharing about the trip soon!!thanks for dropping by!

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