How to Survive Bali! (Giveaways)
The full “correct” title for this article should be “How to Survive a 24 hours trip in Bali”.
Since 2008 i’ve been going to Bali quite often. I remember year 2011 was even madness; i went to Bali pretty much almost every month thanks to the Airasia freaking low fare promo. Flying from Jakarta to Bali (and partying in Bali once a month) was a regular stuff for me. But i’ve never ever thought that i would fly to Bali, spend only “24 hours” in Bali and fly back to Jakarta….and the best part of it, it was FREE!
Anyways, if you will (ever) go to Bali and only have approximately 24 hours there, Here are the things you should do! Well here’s what i did back then …
Day 1 18:30 – Pork Ribs at Naughty Nuri’s Warung
Eat the most infamous BBQ pork ribs in Bali (and possibly in Indonesia). These finger lickin’good ribs have opened an outlet in Batu Belig area. It’s now only 20 minutes away from the Airport/Kuta area. I remember the first years i had been going to Bali, i had to drive 75 minutes to Ubud just to get these delicious ribs. You will spend time quite a while here to finish those pork ribs. To end your meal, you can try sipping the Dirty Martinis. Like they say: “Wicked Ribs! Brutal Martini!”
Day 1 20:30 – Check in at Grandmas Hotel.
A budget hotel with good location (read: close to the party scene in Kuta-Legian-Seminyak) and friendly rates. The rooms are clean and considering it’s located right off the north end of the main street in Kuta Legian, it’s quite not so noisy. You will get a good sleep after a night out of Bali’s nightlife. Unfortunately the breakfast is not included, you have to make an additional purchase to have breakfast. Another down side (maybe), they don’t have a swimming pool on site. But everything else, i would recommend people to stay here. Good location, reasonably cheap, goes with clean rooms with AC and working showers. It’s not like you’re going to wake up at 8-11am just for breakfast after a long night out. Plus, the “pool” (read: beach) is only 10 minutes walk from this hotel.
Day 1 21:15 – Surfing the Surfer’s Bar, Espresso Bar and Apache Reggae Bar.
Surfer’s Bar, Espresso Bar and Apache Reggae Bar are the three bars to go if you need a dose of live music. I’m not saying they all have good band playing, but the ambiance of the place is just fun and “chaotic”. Where “good” music meets “good” people. Hey the beers are cheap, don’t complain!
Day 1 22:30 – Rooftop party at sky Garden
The more i go there, the less i love this place, but i just couldn’t stop going there! *Yes i’m guilty as charged*. Most likely, 61 Legian is the only place in Bali where you can find 8 pubs, lounge and bars under one roof. Each section of the place plays different kind of music. It is indeed the place for party people.
If you’re an international tourist, make sure you get “The VIP passes” aka Free Flow passes. Free drinks are available every night at 10-11pm if you wear this VIP ID tag. As they all are using imported premium brand Gilbey‘s instead of the local “arak” (a rice wine that’s normally used by many Bars in Bali, some arak can be dangerous if it’s not properly produced), i don’t have to worry about Alcohol Poisoning. Other than this ID tag “feature”, another great “program” is the Beat The Clock promo at Cyclone club in 61Legian Night Club Super Complex. They give insane low price for certain drink, and the promo changes every 15 minutes. It is definitely why i go here. Pssst…they also have Rp1k (10 cents?) draft beer, Rp1k BBQ chicken wing and Rp50k All you can eat BBQ promo. Yeah this place have wicked cool promo programs! But the part that i hate about this place is the local people have to pay (yep, there were a lot of time when i “had to be” a Singaporean or American at certain point). But to be honest, the FDC (First Drink Charge) is not expensive at all. It’s just, it doesn’t feel great when you have to pay in your own country, and foreigners are treated better. Everyone should be treated equally as a customer, right!
Day 2 11:00 – Have brunch, local way.
Locals eat rice for b’fast, lunch and dinner. Make your way to the Pasar Seni Legian (Legian Art Market) on Jalan Melasti, find this small warung selling Nasi Campur Babi Guling (Balinese cuisine; a plate of Lawar and roasted suckling pork served with rice) at the north east of the market.
Day 2 12:00 – Shopping time
Many gift shops are open during the day in Kuta – Legian. Just walk around (Melasti-Benesari-Poppies-Legian), if you like what you see, bargain before you buy. Normally you would start bargaining at one third of the offered price, so that you would ended up paying max half of the offered price by the seller.
Day 2 15:00 Late lunch, Greek food
Warung Souvlaki serves good Greek food with a friendly price. This small Warung is also a must visit. With its home-made Greek food, it is getting good names among backpackers who stay in Poppies Lane. It is located at the small junction of Gang Sorga and Poppies 1.
Day 2 16:30 Beach Beach Beach
Kuta Beach is one of the well-known beach to enjoy your afternoon sunbathing, surfing or getting a massage while waiting for the sunset. In the afternoon, Kuta Beach can be really packed with locals and tourists. Slowly make your way to the north. The more you go north, the less people. Sunset ends at around 6:30pm
Day 2 18:30 Early Dinner?
Make your way to Benesari lane, and find The Smiling Frog, where you can get International & Local Food in a big portion. Browse the menu and choose anything on the menu, they all pretty much taste above average. Oh, the price is quite okay!
Day 2 20:30 Ngurah Rai Airport
It takes about 30-40 minutes drive from Legian to reach the airport. Normally a typical airline will close its Check-In counter 45 minutes before departing. The airport tax is not included in the flight you’ve purchased (except Garuda Indonesia Airlines). You will need to pay Rp40k (domestic flight) or Rp150k (international flight) before heading to the Gate or at the Check-in Counter.
And that’s pretty much what i did when i was in Bali for one night only. What do you think? Would you do the same?