Sunday, 9 March 2014

Our Budget Calculation & Trip Planning to Bali, Indonesia

Me and my travel mate, Christopher will be in Bali for 5 days from 13th March 2014 until 17th March 2014 for his birthday escape. Actually this is a sudden plan as we previously just want to have a quick trip to Singapore instead. So, this posting is about how we prepare for our trip to Bali, Indonesia?

Our Flight - AirAsia (AA)

We were hunting for the cheapest fare from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar, Bali and my airlines preference should be Malaysia Airlines (MH). But since the departure time for MH is crazy (midnight) and we will arrive too early in the morning to Bali (we have no idea about this place tho. So we decided to book an evening flight from Kuala Lumpur on 13th March 2014 at 8.25pm and arrive to Bali at 11.25pm. As for our return ticket, we will depart from Bali on 17th March 2014 at 6.00am and arrive to Kuala Lumpur at 9.00am. 

Total flight fare for 2 person: MYR788.00 and we need to pay another IDR300,000 (MYR100.00) for departure tax for 2 person when leaving Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

Our Hotels - Seminyak, Kuta, Tuban


1st Night of the Arrival Date (13th - 14th March 2014)

Hotel Name: Airport Kuta Hotel & Residence

Since we will arrive a bit late to Bali, which approximately about 1.00am, so we decided to stay in a hotel nearby the airport first before leaving our next hotel, later in the morning. At least, we can have early rest and lower the chances of getting ripped off by taxi drivers in the middle of nowhere. 

So, on our first night, we will stay at Airport Kuta Hotel & Residence, located in Jalan Elang No.5 Kuta. It should be a bout 5 to 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.


We will devide our 3 real day trip in Bali into 3 zone, which will start from Seminyak Zone in the north, Kuta Zone on the second day and finally spending time further south at Jimbaran Zone. So, basically, we will stay 1 night at each zone and this will help us to cut our transportation cost (taxi supposedly as we will do lots of walking and sightseeing).


1st Day - 14th March 2014 - Seminyak Zone
Hotel Name: New Pondok Sara Villa

In the morning of 14th March 2014, we will shift to our villa at New Pondok Sara Villa, in Double Six area of Seminyak. Reviewed this villa accommodation from Booking.com and I probably will love the private pool in our unit. From people's review, they warn us on mozzies attack and noise from the neighbours, so we will standby with mozzies repellent and go to hell with neighbour's noise as we will be louder than them. Hahaha.


Since our trip to Bali is a free and easy, we are not going to visit so many historical places or museum. In fact, what we will pass through is what we will see. So, from our villa, we will walk thru Jalan Petitenget and Jalan Batubelig headhing to Seminyak Beach before making a big round in the area  while heading back to our villa. 

From my reading, there will be a lot of restaurant along these two road but, we probably not really fancy on those restaurants but instead more focus on hunting for cheap local foods. In the evening, maybe we will walk further south to see the bar and club scene in the area too. 

2nd Day - 15th March 2014 - Kuta Zone
Hotel Name: Grand Istana Rama Hotel, Kuta

Since we are lucky to start our stay from the north side, we just need  to walk further south along Keraton & Legian street heading to our hotel at Istana Grand Rama Hotel, Kuta. This area should be one of the busiest and most chaos place with mix of Australian, Asian and other tourist from every parts of the world.

 

The same as our previous day, we will explore the Kuta zone by foot too. I will need to send some postcard to my family, friends and myself and we will walk along Jalan Pantai Kuta to the post office at Jalan Raya Kuta before making a turn to Jalan Raya Kediri and go back to our hotel thru Jalan Plaza Kartika.


What to expect here? From my readings, there are so many budget hotels, shopping places, foods, and more foods (I guess). For sure, I will share more about those streets when I've done with the trip. And again, this is just our plan about where to go, and what to do in Bali. 

3rd Day - 16th March 2014 - Jimbaran Zone
Hotel Name: Next Tuban Hotel, Tuban

On this day, I have to say good bye to luxury places and "Hello" to a 2 stars hotel called Next Tuban Hotel. We prefer to stay somewhere in Tuban area instead of going further south to Jimbaran zone as from my readings, it is more expensive there. Since, we will just need this hotel to place our things as 3.00am the next day, we need to go to the airport and go back to Kuala Lumpur.


The good point about choosing this hotel is; Cheap and walkable tothe famous Jimbaran Bay. This is the place where you can have a beautiful sunset dinner by the beach and of course, the scene will be really romantic (^_^)'

Since this place maybe not as big and as busy as in Seminyak & Kuta zone, there are only two main roads to cover; Jalan Kedonganan and Jalan Uluwatu. 

How much is our budget for this mid-range (not too expensive, but not really a backpacking) trip? All inclusive we will spend about MYR2000 or US$327.00 or I should say about IDR7,000,000 only. 

Below is the breakdown in MYR currencies
RM788 - AirAsia return ticket

RM718 - 4 nights stay in different hotel (2 stars, 4 stars villa, 4 stars hotel)
RM100 - Departure Tax for 2 person
RM 60 - Local transportation; Taxi
RM200 - Foods
RM134 - Miscellaneous

I am so excited, and of course will come again to Bali to visit other zones especially Kintamani and Ubud. Next trip also we will focus on the historical places too.