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Step by Step to Arrange a Budget Holiday in Bali

Updated on June 13, 2015

Bali, Indonesia, is well known for its beautiful sceneries, wonderful beaches, interesting flora and fauna, thriving nightlife, and magnificent culture. Many great opportunities of having unforgettable memories are widely opened at every place you visit in Bali. Unfortunately, being a favorite destination makes Bali becomes an expensive island to visit for foreign and domestic tourist. Transportation tariff rates to reach Bali or inside the island is generally high, especially in peak season. Accommodation, while there are many great hotels and resorts, is very expensive for many people. However, it is still possible to enjoy Bali with a tight budget. You can take advantages of cheap transport, budget hotel in Bali, and enjoying free tourism objects. If you want to know more details about it, read step by step to plan economical budget holiday in Bali below.

Pangkung Tibah, Bali, Indonesia
Pangkung Tibah, Bali, Indonesia | Source

Map of Bali

#1 Plan an Economical Holiday: Seasons & Weekends

Nothing can be accomplished without starting with planning, so does budget holiday. In planning an economical holiday, pay attention to Peak, High, and Low seasons. Peak and high seasons are what you have to avoid when planning budget traveling. Look at Indonesian Holiday calendar. Pinpoint holidays to get a big picture when high and peak seasons occur. Pick dates in low seasons to get everything in a low rate or get some discounts.

Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia)
Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia) | Source

#2 Cheap Transports: Cheap Flights

Finding cheap flights for your budget holiday is a good way to minimize transportation cost, especially if you are foreign tourist. Traveling by ship, although it could be cheaper, is not advisable since it would not give you a comfort journey, unless you pay a huge amount of money for cruise ship which is not a budget holiday at all! You can try to get information about cheap flights by joining E-newsletter, or searching through online ticket reservation websites. Don’t worry, it is not that hard to find cheap flight if you search thoroughly. If you are traveling from other town or island in Indonesia, intercity transportation such as bus and train are at an affordable tariff.

Motorcycle is a necessary if you live in Bali. Car itself is expensive and you will be trapped in traffic jam too anyway (unlike the slim motorcycle).
Motorcycle is a necessary if you live in Bali. Car itself is expensive and you will be trapped in traffic jam too anyway (unlike the slim motorcycle). | Source
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#3 Budget Accommodations

Among 5-star hotels and high-class resorts in Bali, there are a lot of affordable hotel in Bali. On a tight budget holiday, a standard comfort hotel is more than enough. You can get a Bali budget hotel ranging from IDR 250,000 up to IDR 350,000 for 1-star or 2-star hotel. You can get 3-star hotel starts from IDR 350,000. Not cheap enough? There is Bali cheap hotel that is suitable for backpackers or adventurous tourists who want more adventure experiences than a comfort place to sleep. A very cheap hotel in Bali only cost IDR 150,000 per room for two persons! You can find that kind of hotel around Kuta and many other area of Bali. Remember, Bali affordable hotel is one of the important keys to have a budget holiday without sacrificing your comfort. One last tip, if you travel in-group consist of several people, it would be cheaper to rent a villa than booking a hotel room. For a cheap villa yet have a good quality, use Airbnb to search one.

A Solid choice of budget accommodation, for young.
A Solid choice of budget accommodation, for young. | Source
Address: Jalan Kahyangan Suci (Off Jalan Pantai Kuta), Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Address: Jalan Kahyangan Suci (Off Jalan Pantai Kuta), Kuta, Bali, Indonesia | Source

#4 Free Tourism Objects & Wonderful Places

Although walking around the city may be the cheapest tourism object ever, you can visit many nature tourism objects that cost you nothing. Don’t worry about how to reach those places. Although Bali is popular for its scarce public transportation, you can always hop on a taxi to take you wherever you will go. However, taxi is sure costly; therefore, you need to consider other options of transportation. If you plan to stay for several days in the same hotel, you may want to rent a motorcycle to roam around Bali. You can get it for about IDR 35,000 to IDR 50,000 a day. Generally, cheap hotel in Bali provides this kind of rental. Also, you may want to rent a bike which is cheaper at about IDR 30,000 a day. Bikes are very cheap and make you healthier.

Toyota Limo taxi in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Toyota Limo taxi in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia | Source
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Cycling in Bali, from Mount Batur to Ubud downhill by bike, Indonesia.
Cycling in Bali, from Mount Batur to Ubud downhill by bike, Indonesia. | Source

Doing those steps above thoroughly will result a comfortable budget holiday in Bali. Affordable hotel in Bali brings enough service to have a good rest. Don’t hesitate to compare the prices when booking, renting, or finding a place to eat. It is better to know the price first so that you can’t get cheated everywhere.

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