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Being in Bali

Posted by Heliocentrism on September 20, 2017

Thursday, June 8th – July 4th, 2017

Looking out for Absolute Petrol counts as sight-seeing, right?

Non-beach Related Activities

Mark and I spent 3 full weeks in Bali and most of that time we were on some beach or another. On our third to last day, we hired a driver and saw some things that were inland. Mark picked interesting things to see in Ubud and I tagged along.

I don’t even trust that stone monkey.

My only stipulation was that no monkeys be involved in the day’s itinerary. I don’t like monkeys. They are sneaky, conniving, little thieves. They will work together. One will distract you while the other sticks its grubby monkey paws into your bag. They’ll take bananas, cookies, smartphones… whatever they can find.

So, I told Mark, “No monkeys!”

Then he said, “Fine. Would you like to see a death temple?”

And, of course I want to see a death temple. I had no idea what that was, but I was sure interested in finding out. Mark told me all he knew about this death temple, which wasn’t much.

“The temple worships the death version of Shiva the destroyer. It’s a very important temple for the Hindu faith and Bali.”

Once I was hooked on the notion of seeing a death temple, Mark dropped the bomb. “By the way, it’s in the middle of the monkey sanctuary…”

Later I had to wash off in Pura Tirta Empul to get the monkey heebeegeebees off me.


Indonesia
(Republic of Indonesia)

How to get there:

You can enter Indonesia by plane, boat, or bus.

Most people can enter Indonesia visa-free for 30 (technically 29) days. If you want to stay longer, you will need to get a visa before entering. The visa-free stay cannot be extended. Check the DGI website for more information.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police 110 & 112
    • Ambulance 118
    • Medical Emergencies 119
    • Fire 113
    • Search and rescue 115

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not bring illegal drugs into Indonesia. The penalty is death.
  • Do not confuse Bali with the rest of Indonesia. Bali is like the Las Vegas of Indonesia.
    • (Outside Bali) Indonesia is a conservative country. Dress modestly. Act respectfully.

Bali

How to get there:

  • by way of the Ngurah Rai International Airport
    • Also know as the Denpasar International Airport
  • by bus via a ferry
  • by boat

Phone:

  • Tourism information centre 166
  • Bali Taksi/Blue Bird +62 361 701111
  • free ambulance service +62 361 480282
  • Tourist Police +62 361 754599 or +62 361 763753

Websites:

Downloads:

Notes:

  • Known as Island of Gods, Island of Peace, Morning of The World, Island of Hinduism, and Island of Love.
  • You will need to wear a sarong to enter any and all temples.
    • This applies to both men and women.
    • Some temples will lend or rent a sarong to you.
    • You could also buy a sarong (for about 45,000IDR (less than 4USD)) and use that instead of renting.
    • Never buy a sarong from vendors near a temple. They will charge far more than the cost of renting a sarong, which is sometimes free.
  • Women on their period are not permitted entry to any temples. (However, there is no “period police” and no one checks. It’s just the honor system.)
  • There are tons of people trying to sell you drugs. Just walking down the street in Kuta men will ask in the most unsubtle way, “Marijuana?”
    • DO NOT buy any thing from them. Indonesia has a death penalty for drug possession.
    • Sometimes these “sellers” and scouting for the police who are looking for brides at best and promotions at worst.
  • Do not swim near red flags. They warn of rip currents.
  • Don’t drink the tap water! You’ll get Bali Belly.
    • Ask at your hotel’s reception if you can brush your teeth with the tap water.
    • If you hotel places bottles of water in the bathroom, that means that you shouldn’t brush your teeth with the tap water. Use the bottled water instead.
    • The ice in the drinks at restaurants are okay.
      • Most restaurants do not make their own ice. The ice is delivered daily and is safe.
  • There is a complimentary airport shuttle from Lippo Mall. (From the mall to the airport, not from the airport to Lippo Mall.)
    • First ask the concierge.
    • Spend 150,000IDR, total among your party.
    • You will have access to a free Luggage deposit, free charging outlet, and free wi-fi. (The wi-fi at Lippo Mall is always free.)
    • If you chose not to use this serve and you don’t have too much baggage, remember that Lippo Mall is less than a 30 minute walk from the airport.
  • Blue Bird taxis (+62 361 701111) are the most honest cab company you’ll find on Bali.
    • The trick is there are many fake blue bird taxis and no way to know which is which.
    • Either way, if the cab driver refuses to use the meter, don’t ride.
  • Any taxi from the airport will overcharge you.
    • There are signs in the airport that warn you not to use any unauthorized taxis, but what they don’t mention is that the authorized taxis have paid for a license to charge you 4 times what the normal fee should cost.
    • Blue Bird taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport. They can only drop off.
    • Walk away from the airport and catch/ or call a cab from the road.
      • Look for a witch on a rope.
      • She is near a path that leads to a parking lot.
      • Walk through that parking lot and keep going straight until you get to a brick side walk.
      • Turn left and keep going until you find a path to turn right.
      • Once on a main road, hail a metered taxi.
    • You could also find the airport hotel and perhaps you can call a taxi from there.
    • The airport has free and open wi-fi. (It’s in Indonesian. You have to click on a yellow button, I think.)
      • You can use it to get walking directions to Lippo Mall or call an Uber.

Nusa Dua Waterblow

How to get there:

  • It’s at Nusa Dua Beach
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop:
    • From the Bus bay go to – The Bay Bali
    • To return go to – The Bay Bali

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 24hr
  • It blow every 10 – 15 minutes

Notes:

  • Just walk through the park.

Jambe Asri Agrotourism

How to get there:

Address:

  • Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Phone:

  • +62 877-6049-7333

Websites:

Cost:

  • The tea tasting is free, but you are highly encouraged to buy a box or two of coffee or tea to take home.

Hours:

  • 9:30 – 19:30

Notes:

  • You will need to hire a driver or take a taxi to get here.
  • This is one of many coffee plantations where you can sample the Luwak Coffee.

Tanah Lot Temple

How to get there:

Address:

  • Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Phone:

  • +62 361 880361

Websites:

Cost:

  • 30,000 rupiah to enter the temple complex
  • some donation to get a blessing.

Hours:

  • 7:00 – 19:00

Notes:

  • If you are staying at a hotel in the temple complex you will need to pay the entrance fee to get to your accommodations.
    • You will only need to pay once, no matter how long your stay is as long as you keep your ticket with you to show the guard.
  • You don’t need a sarong here.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

How to get there:

Address:

  • Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Phone:

  • +62 361 971304

Websites:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 8:30 – 18:00

Notes:

  • This is where you can see Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, the Temple of Death.
    • You cannot enter the temple.
    • You must stay out side the gate.
    • This is where cremations are done.
    • Look out for the statue of vampire children.
  • The monkeys can and will try to steal anything they can get.
    • Make sure your values are secured in your bag.
    • Do not bring food you plan to eat yourself.
  • If you want to feed the monkey, give them bananas or other healthy monkey foods.
  • You don’t need a sarong here.

Goa Gajah

How to get there:

Address:

  • Ubud, Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Cost:

  • 15,000 RP

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 16.00

Notes:

  • You can borrow a sarong for free.

Pura Tirta Empul

How to get there:

Address:

  • Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Cost:

  • 30,000 RP

Hours:

  • 7:00 – 17:00

Notes:

  • You should bring your own sarong.
    • You can borrow a sarong for free, but you cannot get it wet.
    • If you want to get in the water, you will need to pay to rent another sarong.

Gunung Kawi Temple

How to get there:

Address:

  • Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Phone:

  • +62 878-6221-6435

Websites:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 18:99

Notes:

  • You should bring your own sarong or rent one from the temple ticket office.
    • As a general rule, never buy the sarongs being sold near temples. You will never get a decent price.

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