A First Time In Bali You Nead Hire Personal Driver
Lucky you! Looks like you’re on your way to our all-time favorite destination…! Here at Vw Tour And Transport Bali is personal and also private driver, we are the experts on creating memorable trips and we are going to share with you our tips, to make your trip as enjoyable, easy, and safe as possible with our personal driver.
Is there any public transportation in Bali?
Bali is an island, so there is no mass transportation here. Most tourists get around by car or scooter.
How much is it for a personal Bali driver?
You can get a personal driver for a day trip (10 hours max) for around 600,000 IDR ($60) a day (including petrol private driver and guide). Your hotel should be able to arrange one for you and Vw Tour And Transport Bali also has a network of reliable drivers which you can find in vwtourandtransport.id or contact directly Vw Tour and transport is personal Bali driver service
It’s best to arrange a personal driver beforehand to avoid all negotiating hassles, rather than on the spot (some areas like Ubud are packed with personal drivers holding ‘driver’ signs and offering you on the spot deals). so is better you book your personal driver with Vw Tour And Transport Bali
What is the best taxi service to use? Or Private driver
Blue Bird Taxi is the most reputable taxi service throughout Indonesia. The cars are light blue with a Blue Bird logo on top and special code/number on the back. They will always offer a metered fare, unlike other companies that negotiate the fare through their drivers. To get one from your hotel, you can get the receptionist to order for you. To get one from the street, you can order directly by using the Blue Bird mobile app or just stop one on the street. Although, you need to be quite vigilant to spot a Blue Bird because a lot of other taxis are also blue, and that’s why you need to use a Private driver.
Hire Private Driver When are the traffic peak times?
Gridlock traffic is common and can’t be attributed to any particular time of day, but for touristic areas such as Seminyak, Kuta, Canggu, it’s usually the heaviest during lunchtime (12 – 2 pm) and also afternoon to dinner time (5 to 7 pm). But it’s still bearable. During the whole week, Saturdays are usually the heaviest, and if you hire Private driver will be stuck on the trafic
Why is there so much honking personal driver?
The people of Bali are not chronic road-ragers! Honking is a polite gesture to let someone know that you are nearby or overtaking. It’s a way of communicating between drivers. After a while, you will get used to it.
Things to keep in mind if you rent a scooter?
- You are by law expected to wear a helmet. You will find that bike accident are common. Travel insurance often doesn’t cover mopeds accidents, especially if you don’t have a license.
- It’s normal to pay around 70,000 Indonesian Rupiah ($7) a day to rent a scooter short term
- Green means go… Orange means go faster… And red means don’t stop immediately or someone will run up your ass. Maintain situational awareness and make sure the traffic behind you is slowing down with you.
- Scooters can be a great way to explore Bali but did we mention; you should wear a helmet? Wear proper shoes, long pants, etc if possible.
- And we also recommend you to hire Private driver in Vw Tour And Transport Bali
MONEY & CURRENCY
What is the best way to get the local currency?
You’ve got two options, ATMs or money changers.
Occasionally, money changers have been known to short change people. Although tempting, it’s best to avoid the changers offering the best rates. Some of the more official changers such as Central Kuta Money Exchange and BMC are amongst the more entrusted. Withdrawing cash through ATM’s is also possible and the best way to avoid skimming is to use ATM’s located in bank branches or guarded by security guards. Exchanging cash at home is also a great option.
How much money should I bring?
Bintangs are from 25,000IDR ($2.50) upwards, depending on the venue. You can pay as little as 20,000IDR ($2) for a Nasi Goreng to 150,000IDR ($15) for a salad and a smoothie. Dinner for two at swanky restaurants can cost 1,000,000IDR+ ($100+). Bali can be done on all budgets!
Is tipping customary?
It is not a requirement but a small tip can go a long way for a lot of Balinese, especially for cleaners, drivers, helpers etc.
FOOD & DRINKS
Can I drink tap water in Bali?
Definitely not, the tap water in Bali hasn’t been processed for drinking; only for washing your body/clothes / other items.
Is it safe to have drinks with ice?
Long has it been preached to be wary of ice in Bali. In the last decade or more, however, the standards have improved greatly. Most places have drinking ice delivered. So YES, it is safe to have a drink with ice in most venues.
How can I prevent Bali’s belly?
Bali Belly is very common. Be cautious by using hand sanitizer frequently, never use tap water to brush your teeth, and be careful not to get water in your mouth when showering and swimming. Street food in Bali often doesn’t agree with Westerners, so if you want to sample the local food it’s best to go to a clean looking ‘warung’ (Indonesian term for small cafe). Charcoal pills are the best remedy; you can get them at chemists around Bali.
Are local spirits safe?
Many of the cheaper bars use local spirits. These can cause bad hangovers and in some cases alcohol poisoning. If the prices are too good to be true, they probably are.
Should I get a local SIM card?
Prepaid sims cost very little and 150,000IDR ($15) of credit should last you at least a week or two. This way you can use transport apps, check-in at your favorite places, and refer to The Bali Bible on the run. But most of the cafes/restaurants/hotels will have WIFI, although the connection strength & speed varies.
What will the weather be like for my trip?
Bali experiences a tropical rainy season from around October/November through to March/April. Rainy season can still be fun, usually, the sun will shine for a few good hours on most days. But yes, it is hot ALL year-round.
What is the best way to deal with street vendors?
It’s ok to walk past or ignore pushy street vendors- they are used to it! Don’t act interested if you are not actually interested to buy, this will make them more ‘passionate’ to follow you around.
If you would like to buy something, make sure you negotiate as this is expected. Test your haggling skills and try and get the price down to 50-60% of the original price.
Are there supermarkets?
Bintang supermarket in Seminyak has a wide selection of local and imported items for a fair price. In Canggu, there is Canggu station and Pepito (which is also available throughout the whole island). In Sanur, there is Hardy’s. Some areas also have Coco Marts.
But if you are talking about mini markets, you can always find Alfamart and Indomaret in almost every location in Bali (you’ll find one every 500 meters!)
Where can I go for medical care?
Siloam Hospitals and BIMC hospitals are the best options to see a doctor or for medical emergencies with locations all-round the island. The best thing to do is to hop in a taxi and ask for the nearest one. 112 and 118 are the emergency numbers, but sometimes it’s best to call the hospital direct.
Is there a lot of crime?
Like any tourist destination in the world, there are thieves that target tourists. However, we find Bali relatively safe and the Balinese are honest by nature. The most common thing to be wary of is bag snatchers on scooters. Always carry your bag on the other side of the road, and keep bags and valuables under the seat if on a scooter.
How can I be respectful to the locals and their customs?
The Balinese are warm and smiley by nature. A smile and ‘Terima Kasih’ (thank you) can go a long way. If you really want to impress, ‘Suksuma’ is the traditional Balinese way of saying thanks. Bali is full of colorful ceremonies and spectacular culture. They are mostly happy for you to spectate and take photos. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, Bali is Hindu in religion, but when in areas with high Islamic populations it’s best for women to dress modestly. These include Gillis, Lombok, Java, Medewi etc.