If you are planning to go somewhere and you have never been to Bali, then this should be in your bucket list. Bali is one of the most beautiful islands known for its big mountains, active volcano, iconic rice paddies, lovely beaches and coral reefs. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Tourism-related business makes up to 80% of its economy because of which tourists are treated righteously and the locals make sure that the tourists feel comfortable all the time and enjoy their stay.
My husband decided to celebrate my birthday in Bali and therefore we both visited Bali in October, 2017. Whoever we met asked the same question first – “Is it your first visit in Bali?”. It is because the beauty of nature and love and hospitality of people of Bali will convince you to visit Bali again and again.
We decided to fly from India on Diwali as the airports are mostly hassle-free (plus the flights are relatively cheaper). Our flight took off from India and arrived at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is 2 hours & 30 minutes ahead of India. We had a halt of 6 hours & 20 minutes and because we didn’t have Malaysian Visa, we had to stay at the airport only. The Kuala Lumpur airport is enormous and it has so many connecting flights that even after reaching at 04:20 am, there was so much rush and it looked like some kind of a happening place even at that hour. We didn’t even realize how 6 hours passed by. There are so many beautiful stores at the airport but it’s better to keep checking the boarding gates as there are so many and they are too far from each other plus they change sometimes. We boarded our flight and reached Bali. There is no timing difference between Malaysia and Bali.
We landed at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Kuta. Though it is located in Kuta, it is popularly known as Denpasar International Airport. We got our Visa on Arrival. After landing, the biggest fight is to get a taxi. Since Ola and Uber are not allowed to take passengers from mostly all popular places in Bali, it’s better to walk a little outside of the airport because the local cab drivers charge around 3 times more.
People usually like to stay in Kuta or Ubud (Travel Agents also suggest these) because the hotels are very cheap there but we chose to stay at the hotels which are nearby our selected locations.