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South Kuta General Travel Information

The hotels in South Kuta are categorized along the same lines as the rest of Bali and you may find the same assortment of accommodation anywhere that you need to stay. The basic hotels offer budget rooms that aren’t fancy, but are always clean and neat and are extremely cheap for those on a really tight budget. Then you may find places that offer moderate accommodation with a few additional facilities like their own cafe and bar. Next are the superior types of places which will be rated by stars, often from 3-5 stars and offer you better views and more personalized service.

Deluxe hotels are 4-5 stars that as you are expecting will be of a much better standard with pretty much all that you need to chill on your holiday without venturing too far. These places will have in-house spas, massages and shopping areas. Then if you want to splash out you can go for pure luxury, these are the top Bali hotels that are all over Bali and South Kuta luxury hotels are a selection of the finest to be found on the island. Everything found in these establishments is 5 stars, the cafes, bars, coffee bars and shops, they offer everything the other hotels have plus a lot more, pampered is a good way to explain how you may feel when staying there.

The bulk of folk who visit Bali will come to go to the white sandy beaches and clear blue seas that are in and around Kuta. Being such a popular destination you will find many hotels to stay in that offer every type of services and individual packages to suite your wishes. South Kuta was not always a bustling tourist attraction, with restaurants, discotheques, shopping areas and all the conveniences that holiday makers have come to expect when visiting such a lovely island. Not such a long time ago it had been a quiet fishing town with fishing boats lining the beach and simple houses made from bamboo along the shore where now stands all the craft shops, wonderful restaurants, up market bars and clubs.

The bulk of South Kuta hotels have an internet site that you can book your stay through and make the start to your holiday a simple one. Having a hotel booked is especially important if you’re traveling a long distance to get to Bali. After arriving an Ngurah airport on one of the long haul Bali flights the very last thing the majority wish to do is go gallivanting around. It’s best to head straight from the airport, drop your bags and relax for a couple of hours and get some shut eye.

Having a holiday in Bali will leave you feeling rejuvenated and prepared to take on the real world again. To make sure that your holiday is an agreeable one and not ruined by simply avoidable mishaps, use some common sense and do not forget that you are on holiday this is when folk tend to let their guard down.

Keep your valuables, jewelry and most importantly your visa cards and passport in a secure place. Never leave them abandoned, if your hotel has safes utilize them. Each hotel will charge differently, but it is really worth the extra cost than having to cope with the problems that stem from lost passports and visa cards.

When traveling into the more rural areas you may come across some, how to put it, less than desirable toilet facilities. Always carry a roll of toilet paper with you, even some budget hotels don’t have any, and some hand cleaner. If you finish up looking round for the handle to flush the toilet and are scratching your head, look left or right next to the bowl. The bucket with the scoop in, that is what you are looking for, scoop the water and flush, all part of the experience.

The majority of the temples in Bali need you to wear a sarong when entering. You can rent one at every temple as you visit, but if you intend to go to many temples it’s a good idea to buy your own when you arrive or bring one from home.

Spiritual Travel – The Basic Concept of Spiritual Travel and How You Can Benefit From it Today

Spiritual travel is a form of out-of-body experience that requires a person to be willing to successfully achieve a spiritual goal. For this to happen, your soul (sometimes referred to as your consciousness) must be ready to leave your physical body temporarily; a concept which leaves your physical senses completely shut down for the duration of the travel or out-of-body experience.

So why do people practice spiritual travel?

How can you be sure that you are actually experiencing a spiritual travel when you actually decide to give it a try? Well, to answer the first question, people practice this out-of-body experience in order to relax their physical beings, get away from the daily hassles of life and venture into a world they have created for themselves; a world where nothing else physical matters to them, where everything is just as perfect as they want it.

To illustrate this, imagine this scenario, your life has taken a whole new turn for the worse, you owe several people money, you’ve just lost your job, and everything that has to do with your life is falling apart. Now what do you do? The more you try to get out of it the deeper you fall into it, because our troubles are like quicksand. At this point, all you feel like is to get away, and a good way to do that is to embark on a spiritual journey which will take you into a world where there is no worry, pain, or tragedy.

Now – to answer the second question earlier – if you’re new to this whole concept of travel, you may initially struggle to gain access to this out-of-body experience that comes with it. But as time goes on, you’ll become savvy and will be able to easily construct that ideal location for yourself; a place where you’ll constantly feel free, safe and perfectly well each time you arrive. Here, your awareness is heightened, and you will be able to make decisions and direct the experience all by using the power of your mind. Furthermore, once you step into this new found location, you consciousness should completely be aware of the environment.

Spiritual travel is sometimes referred to as transcendent or ecstatic experience because it deals with your innermost senses, i.e. the power of your mind, rather than your physical senses, which include your eye, ears, tongue, touch (ability to feel things around you) and your nose. Meaning, it completely deals with states of your being seemingly independent of the physical world.

When this occurs, you’ll discover an entirely new world which will open up to you. Note that the spectrum of experience that comes with spiritual travel is quite broad and may involve a wide variety of psychic and spiritual states; states which usually leaves you clearly remembering the experiences so you can learn from them.

The Essential and Complete Bali Travel Checklist

The essential and complete Bali travel checklist

Passports, Tickets and Visas

If you carry a Singapore, Malaysian, Philippines, Thai, Vietnam, Chile, HK, Macao, Brunei, Morocco or Peru you will not need a visa to enter Bali.

For all other passport holders you’ll need USD$25 on arrival (valid for 30 days, and extendable) to pay for your visa on arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and you must have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets).

When leaving Bali, you’ll have to pay a departure tax of 150,000Rp per person at the airport. You pay this in rupiah not US currency. Put this money aside and don’t spend it on shopping!

Pro Tip: If you want to avoid the queues and baggage collecting – use The Bali Concierge airport service for a VIP pickup experience. For USD$50 they will escort you from your arrival gate, handle all the visa stuff and put your bags through immigration – all while you wait at the bar and enjoy snacks.

Travel Insurance

Insurance when traveling anywhere is a must. Especially somewhere like Bali, where you are likely to do outdoor activities, ride scooters and get in the surf. You don’t want to be stuck without insurance. We recommend using a reputable insurance company, such as Zuji, who is underwritten by Allianz.

Drugs

Don’t even try Indonesia is very strict with drug laws, and even has the death penalty for drug trafficking. There are plain clothes police that also patrol the streets looking for sellers and users. Basically, don’t even try – else you’ll end up like the Bali 9 or Schapelle Corby.

Credit Cards

Bring em but be careful It’s always good to have a credit card with you when traveling, especially for those unexpected expenses. Remember to notify your credit card company that you are traveling, and give them your overseas contact details – otherwise they may cancel or suspend your card under suspicion of fraud. When using credit cards in Bali, make sure its only on legitimate looking credit card machines – be wary of devices that ‘skim’ and steal your card information. Avoid places that use the old type manual carbon copy units – any decent place should have a electronic unit. Rule of thumb: If you are not sure, just use cash.

Staying Healthy and avoiding “Bali Belly”

Indonesia is a developing nation and as such does not have the same level of sanitation and health care standards which we come to expect in developed nations. It’s recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Flu. It’s best to consult your local doctor about vaccinations. The water in Bali is not recommended for drinking, so to avoid the infamous “bali belly” stick to bottled water. If you want to be extra careful, use your bottled water for brushing your teeth as well. Avoid ice in drinks from food stalls and small warungs (eatery). But ice from the convenience store or from a bar should be okay.

Alcohol and Drinks

Alcohol can be quite expensive Other than the locally made Bintang Beer (similar to and owned by Heineken) which is refreshingly Delicious and dirt cheap, and the horrible hangover inducing Arak, most alcohol is very expensive in Bali. This is supposedly due to the ‘moral’ tax put on by the Indonesian government. Eg. A bottle of Smirnoff Vodka can cost us to 500,000rp (About USD$55). So it’s a popular option to bring in your own duty free alcohol. Indonesian law allows up to 1L per person, which is not a lot. If you choose to bring more and get caught you will have to surrender it or pay a, *ahem*, “fine” of anything from 20,000rp to 100,000rp and you will be able to keep your alcohol.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Bali, if you are not game on driving/riding your own vehicle is taxi and car+driver services. Taxi’s are inexpensive (ie a metered taxi for a 45min ride is less than USD$7), see the bottom of this post for Taxi companies. Make sure the taxi is metered and starts at 5,000rp. You can also get car+driver services from about starting from USD$35 for a whole day – it would be recommended to tip the driver at the end of the day.

Mobile Phones and Wifi

Your own phone will probably be able to global roam on Indonesian networks, but it can be very expensive to make and receive calls. The best thing to do is purchase a local prepay sim card (like SimPati or 3) and pop it in your phone – you will then enjoy the low local rates. iPhones and Blackberry work but you’ll have to get a SIM card that has internet data. It’s easier to stick to the free wifi available at many cafes and bars.

Electricity plugs

In Indonesia they use 220V, 50 Cycle and the plugs are dual round prongs of the European variety. Adapters are available at some hotels OR can be purchased at Matahari’s ( supermarket ) for around 35,000 Rp.

Tipping is good karma

Tipping There will sometimes be a service charge tacked onto your restaurant bill. It is not compulsory, but it is good practice to tip your hotel porters, masseuses, maids and any other staff during your stay. It doesn’t have to be much – but you will ensure you will be looked after, and it would be greatly appreciated by the staff who only earn the equivalent of a few dollars a day.

Other Stuff

Sunscreen and moisturizer is expensive for some reason in Bali, bring your favorites from home. Condoms in Indonesia are not the best quality, it’d be safer and wiser to bring some of your own. Imodium (diarrhea medication) is worth keeping with you, you can buy them at any pharmacy (called apotik in Indonesian) in case of the infamous “bali belly”.