Travel guide: Kuta (Bali)

Bali – small green island with the smell of incense and love for surfing is the place most people think of when they hear of traveling in Indonesia. Here’s a short guide to Kuta.

How to get to Kuta from the airport

You’ll probably fly in Denpasar. Taxi service in the airport is ridiculously expensive (the board says 50.000 IDR to Kuta (which in Indonesian means city) but they want to charge 120.000 IDR for 10 min ride). Try to bargain to a cheaper price – if you call a BlueBird taxi service which uses a meter (please, check when you sit inside and ask the driver about the meter) it’s supposed to be around 50.000 IDR or flag it outside of the airport ground.

If you have the time and will, you can walk to Kuta. We did 🙂 It took 45 min of easy walking, just follow the pavement out of the airport.

Where to find a hotel in Kuta

Find a cheap guesthouse (they usually have a pool) on streets Poppies 1 or Poppies 2 and pay 120.000 – 250.000 IDR for a double or with a bathroom and breakfast. Don’t forget to bargain.

What to do in Kuta

When you’re rested, check out the beach, especially at sunset, have a cheap massage and learn how to surf. Try nasi goreng (fried rice) or nasi ayam (rice with chicken). If you find Kuta too exhausting, move on!

Currency

1 $ = 13.850 IDR

Few useful words in Bahasa Indonesia

The local will be happy 🙂

Good morning = selamat pagi (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee)

Good afternoon = selamat siang (S’LAH-maht SEE-yang)

Good evening = selamat sore (S’LAH-maht soh-ray)

Good night =  selamat malam (S’LAH-maht MAH-lahm)

Thank you = terima kasih (TREE-mah KAH-see)

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