Mark and Helen Aldridge
to Bali regularly for many years, in itself says we love it so here are
some tips and good people and places we would love to share with you.
Flights and Accommodation
There are many packages and prices to Bali,
be careful as there are now many extra costs that some travel agents don’t
always include in their adds, departure tax, fuel levies, insurance etc.
We no longer know the best rates so please
let us know how you go and we will update this flyer, for first time travelers it
is best to book a package, we can however help you with transfers through our
guide Made, (Pronounced Marday)
Where to stay
are too many hotels to list, the only bad one we have experienced is Puri Etnik
so please avoid. Legion or Seminyak are
cheaper and the areas around them have cheaper shopping. Nusa Dua we have not experienced but lacks
the nightlife for the younger crowd, suit those who prefer to sit back and
relax.......This guide will tend to suit those staying in Kuta, Legion or Seminyak the most, well priced accomodation is available all over Bali, I use Garden View in Padma when on business, Helen and I prefer Villa Coco, because it is like having your own slice of Bali, rather than living on top of other tourists.
Our favorite places to stay; Villa Coco is a stand out alternative, with private villas, pool villas and even larger 4 bedroom villas is you are traveling with friends, prices are affordable, location is great, quiet yet waling distance of everything you need. Give them a call on (+62 361 730 736) or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org and mention our names. Click here to visit their website.
you need bugger all. Shorts, tank-tops,
light dresses and t-shirts. Although you
can buy them all for next to nothing in Bali.
See our section under tailor or Mrs Ketuts details for cheap shorts, t-shirts
etc. The more room in your cases means
the more you can bring home, .
can fill your bags with kids toys, books and clothing on the way over and
donate them to an orphanage or the many friends you will meet. See Carry 4 Kids.
to the large money-changers, if they are busy it’s because they are the best
value. The smaller ones, i.e. small
tables with better exchange rates are there to short change you. See the map
for good money-changers and their locations
now require a visa in Bali. Most travel
agents suggest having American dollars, although Aussie dollars will be OK from
our experience $25 US.
of the porters when picking up baggage, they will carry them for you but will
then want money, it is always hard to haggle after the fact. Either offer small money i.e. 3-5,000 rupiah
or carry your own, the trolleys are free.
are easy going but if you have more than 1 bottle of booze per person, they
will take you away to negotiate tax, easier to stick to 1 bottle of each
otherwise $10-$20 Aust will get you through, but you will have to haggle.
is a good idea to change $50 at the airport so as to do any early shopping, or
to get essentials from the supermarket when you get to the hotel. For example large water, smokes, beer or coke
for the hotel fridge, it will already be stocked but at dearer costs.
When you leave the country you will need
150,000 RP to get out. Why not also save
150,000 rupiah and pay your way into the first class lounge, use my name. to go
to the Dewi Sri or Prada first class lounge at the air-port, take 150,000 RP
with you and tell them Mr Mark sent you and told you to give them 150,000 Rp to
You can smoke in these lounges
and trust us it is the cheaper alternative to buying food and drink in the
of these lounges have a smoking area, free drinks and food included.
action now to phone our friend Made (pronounced Mardy, our taxi driver) on
08123685991. You will be jet lagged and if he can he will visit you and
introduce himself, all our friends use him so book early, from Australia add
+62 and loose the 0 from your mobile, or 001162 and loose the 0 from your land
5-10,000 rupiah ie. $1 to $2 Aus. It is
best to demand they use their meter, then you can tip them on how polite they
are, those that try asking for huge fees, do not deserve your patronage, day
trips require that you negotiate first, this will not be needed if you use Made.
Beware getting Taxis late at night, insist on them using the Meter, or walk away, you can chose to negotiate, but I have found some only want your business if they can seriously over charge you.
Artana (pronounced Mardy)
HIM AS SOON AS YOU GET TO THE HOTEL, of have him pick you up from the airport, Made has been a great friend for many years
and many friends that have used him say he is responsible for them having the
best time. Made has two children to
support so look after him please. Made
has saved for many years to own his own taxi.
He now has 2 and a bus, so he can accommodate your every need. If as being friends of ours he doesn’t ask
for any money please pay him anyway!
Please be generous with him as he is generous in return and really can
ill afford to be. Made knows all the
best places to visit, so put your trust in him.
He can also take you direct to the manufacturers if you want expensive
items at cheaper prices and can help shipping.
08123685991 He can also arrange
magical journeys to his home village that will really make your holiday,
particularly special for regular Bali travellers, because you definitely haven’t seen
PHONE CALLS WHILE IN BALI....you will be in for a
nasty shock if you take your Aussie phone, as every call you receive will be
very expensive.... Take a spare phone or on arrival get a local sim card for
your phone...100,000 Rupiah is about $10 and will get you set up with plenty of
credit, then text family or work mates in Australia that number.....to phone
Australia, from a Bali phone, here is a cheat, dial 0101761......then a mobile
leaving of the first 0.....or the area code for your state and a land line,
again leave of the 0....so cheap it is scary.......local calls will be very
basic, just phone their local number if you dont get through the first time,
LEATHER/SUITS ETC. See Agusta , address Jl Melasti (lebak Beni) Kuta Bali, give him a call. telephone 081916209002,
0361 8094057. Mind you most are quite good so shop around, and please mention my name, Agusta will offer you
in the most are between $60 and $90, but low price can sometimes find you with inferior
product, leather jackets are closer to $100, tailored leather shoes are around
TAILORED EMBROIDERED SHIRTS, DRESSES ETC. See Hot Summer Nights 36 Seminyak
Street, Basangkasa. Go to the very end
of Legian Street, past the very large Air Asia sign. Hot Summer Nights has a blue awning. 0361-2173088
GENERAL CHEAP CLOTHES See Mrs Ketut at Art Shop 14 (9) Jl Saha Dewa Gg. Sorga
No 2 Legian (the lane opposite the Legend Bar) is the best place to buy your
cheaper Bali clothes, dresses, t-shirt etc.
No need to barter with her, just tell her Mr Mark and Mrs Helen sent you
and she will give you a great price.
DVD's; Please see my good mate Wayan at Hoyts Disc, because the mention you are my friend, will ensure you get top class, and if any new movies have issues you will know, he will do you 70 lates DVD's for a song, he is to be trusted 100%, his staff also know me well, so mention my name (Mark & Helen) from Adelaide, His number is 08123999070 or 0813376135, he is in the Kuta main strip on Legion street just up from Melasti street towards Kuta on the left.
Massage, nails, braiding or hair extensions; Directly down the lane next to the DVD's is Made's massage, she is like family, consider dropping in for a proper Bali massage, please say hello from Helen and I :)
our friends mentioned above for all your tailoring needs.
expensive purchases give us a call on 82847482 or Made to check best deals.
the correct price to pay will be about a third of the asking price in the first
few days and half the asking price on your last days. They will know how long you have been in Bali
expensive name brand shops are all together  on the map.
watches are great buying from about $3-$10Aussie – go to  on the map where
there is the best range at cheapest prices.
Still haggle a bit though, yes those wild looking automatic watches do
cost about $70Aus.
General examples:- copy watches
shirts 20-30,000 rupiah
tops 15-20,000 rupiah
jackets.suits $60-$90 Aussie
" I guarantee that whatever you pay in
the first few days will become much cheaper near the end of your trip, so buy
the most on the last days." Some of the
fixed priced shops are also great value and are relaxing not having to haggle.
My wife and I Import from Bali into Adelaide, so have most of the huge gorgeous things you will see, that wont fit in the bags, and our friend Made, can take your orders, of come for a Browse (CLICK HERE) or search "Enchanting impressions importers"
One of my latest finds is SINAR 
address Jl Legian No 354/3 Sebelah LEGIAN PARADISO, ask for the manager,
mention our names. SUNGLASSESS and
WATCHES AT THE BEST PRICES. They supply
all the shops and of course are damn cheap: Gucci from $3 Aus, sunglasses from
$1.50 Aus, grab heaps.
As at October 2013 Rupiah $1.00 Aussie = 9,700
i.e. $10 Aussie = 100,000 rupiah; $20
Aussie = 200,000 rupiah etc etc
Indian, Italian, Seafood and local
food are all available in Bali. As they
change so frequently it is hard to keep tabs on where to go. Also try the local food carts we avoided them for years, what a mistake, if
the locals all eat there its got to be good and at only $1.00 a meal so should
you! While with Made trust him he knows
some superb local eateries while touring with him.
The stand out choices will always be
chicken and seafood dishes and Indonesian food is fantastic, Mei Goreng (fried
noodles and Nasi Goreng (fried rice) Chap Choy (a local vegetable dish) should
all be on the menu.
Want to go silver service? Why not!
FABIOS  JL Raya, Seminyak No 66 Kuta. 0361 730562 (YOU MAY NEED TO LEAVE OFF THE 0361 if
dialing in Bali)
One of the more expensive restaurants
(a whole $30-$40 Aussie with drinks per couple) is a must for special
occasions. Magnificent food and service
to die for. Ask for Putra the manager
and he will waiver the 10% tax.
TRATTORIA JL Lesmana Oberoi Seminyak 0361 737082
Busy, a line up, and rather expensive
in Bali terms, but wow on the food front.
SERVICE KORIS RESTAURANT Marks Favorite Poppies Lane 2 in Kuta.
Exquisite silver service, fabulous
food. Arrive from 8.00, Dine like kings and pay a very small price. Wednesday and Friday nights are excellent to
go there as you will see a stunning acoustic band called Traffic Blues say a
big hello for us. Their number is
08123921502 make sure they are playing.
The singer also does a blues night, I haven’t been, if you ask here
where and go let us know how it was, the Band starts at 8.30, so hang around
and try a few cocktails.
AUSSIE QUALITY STEAKS Kuta Steak House Poppies Lane 1
Fantastic steaks available here. Aussie quality.
*****Other places and people you should
Crazy Horse Band
The piece de resistance. Without doubt the best live band you
will ever see. From Pink Floyd, Guns
& Roses to the latest ballads.
Whatever you do DO NOT MISS THEM.
They know us and our friends in Bali so say hello from us, if you can
sing or play an instrument, join in, presently playing Friday at Garden
Restaurant, Poppies Lane 1. Phone Dewa to check where they are playing on
0817554392 on arrival and Sunday at Echo Beach and Sante Fe, say hello from
Mark and Helen.
*****Legend Bar  Manager Ketut Budiartha (one of our most
favorite people) see map. A stand out
place to eat and relax. Usually there is
live entertainment every night. Old
fashioned Bali service, games and fun.
Super food from local to Schnitzels, cheap cocktails (ask Ketut for Mark
and Helens special). Ketut will make
your stay special, he can arrange special nights like anniversaries, birthdays
etc. Groups and children especially
cared for. Legend Bar is an ideal bar to
start any evening, usual finishes at around 1100 ready for the night clubs to
start. Say hello from us.and ps: if you have children this is a must Ketut 08123865786
Santa Fe 
This place really pumps after
11.00. The best live music in Bali every
night, get there around 930 for a good seat.
The food is also good. Recommend
you go on a SUNDAY or a TUESDAY as Crazy
Horse band play there. Nearly every
night top singers and musicians from all over the world join the band.
Hard Rock Café  is expensive but a sight
to see inside.
Is hard to find and will cost you a
little more in taxi fares but well worth it.
Why not see if Made can take you.
Crazy Horse plays on Sundays make sure you are there about 5 to 6.00pm
for the sunset, fresh food, seafood and steaks on the BBQ, a real treat indeed.
Agent has suggested we try a couple of new places:The Rock Bar – Ayana Resort,
Jimbaran. She said it was an amazing
place to go for cocktails. Costs around $20 but well worth the extra
money. Has an amazing view on top of a
Potata Head & Cocoon – Legian. Nice lounge style place, unique and worth a
LATE NIGHT PARTYING Usually around 11.00pm
onwards. The choices are many. For the younger crowd try the hot clubs: 
Paddys Bar;  Bounty P
and surrounding bars, there are a few fast fingered lowlifes and prostitutes on
the roads in this area into the late hours so stay alert and be safe, in the
most Bali locals are great people, but should there be a few bad ones, this is
where they will be.
You will be offered drugs and Viagra in
the street late at night, it is not real and neither safe to buy, so simply
ignore, most of the clubs in other districts will not have the same issues, so
stay alert and keep the drinking to a reasonable level J
****PLEASE AVOID SECRET GARDEN WHILE UNDER
Secret garden have Crazy Horse Band on Thursday night, and it is/was great, the owner is a moron though lol.
Have fun trying new places and let us
know about them by email email@example.com and we will add them to this
Single guys – if you are adamant to
try a local (looking) girl, see Made to be safe, practice safe sex as Aids is
Prime Ink in legion street is a great place, with many good friends I
trust and some of the best artists in Bali,+628179979547 Jl Legion no 350 also
See Agus at Tyas Tattoo, Popies Lane 2, ronata Line 1b Kuta. Telephone 081353222220 / 08164711000 / 361762934
Supermarkets are worth a look ,
 and small deli’s, fill up the hotel fridge at much cheaper foods/drinks
and drinking water. Great pressies for
the mates at work check out coffee and tea gift boxes, hand carved and only
$1-$2 AUS, cigarettes app $1.50 packet.
Chemists are also damn cheap, so stock up [C]. Toothbrushes, blades and just about
everything you need back home really cheap.
Chemists – APOTIK [C]
No prescription needed, can get
anything you want at huge savings in comparison to Australia from condoms,
panadol to penicillin and normal chemists lines.
Numbers to keep
Emergency Medical 0361761263
Australian Consulate in Bali – Jalan
Profi Moh Yamin 4 Denpasar Bali 62
– (02) 62613305
FEW USEFUL WORDS
It helps when
haggling to know some words. The locals
will think you are experienced and you will get a better price. I think it is polite any way. Please speak slowly for the locals.
AUSTRALIAN IDONESIAN PRONOUNCED
Thank you Terima
Hello Hello Hello
No Tidak Tida (k)
No Thank you Tidak
Very Banjak Bunyuk
How Much Berapa
Bayer roll the
Good Morning Selamat
Good Evening Selamat
Good Afternoon Selamat Sore Selamat Soray
Already Have Suda
Cheap books in
Indonesian are available from local supermarkets, (2) for only a couple of
dollars. Good fun & educational.
TAKE NOTES AND ADD TO OUR DETAILS AND EMAIL US TO US AND TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE
THE BALI EXPERIENCE BETTER FOR ALL.
If in Ubud with
Made ask him to show you where to get Babi Guling (Roast Pork) it is
Also in Ubud with
Made there is a restaurant next to where you get Babi Guling that has a very
interesting Indonesian Banquet available.
Try it is great.
For the not so
little girls or the very little girls one size fits all does not always. Either try clothes on in the little shops
along the street or fixed price is very good.
You may pay a tad more but you will probably find it easier for
fitting. The other alternative is
tailoring. BEWARE OF SHRINKAGE, hand
washing in cold water when you get home is best. Crinkle material is better. Buy from Mrs Ketut she will let you know which
will shrink and which wont.
Have Made take you to Jimbaran Bay
Seafood Restaurants on the beach – magnificent.
Made will know the best one.
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