Bali - good experiences

Bali - good experiences

    | Mar 25, 2013
AnnieJames   Couple Man 48yrs Woman 46yrs
Hi

We are heading to Bali at the end of April and are wondering if anyone has any tips or cautionary tales. We have noticed that profiles from Bali do not always have much information on them. We are keen to enjoy ourselves whilst away and want to know if anyone has successfully hooked up whilst there - and if so, with locals or tourists?

Cheers

James and Annie


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SuperFox

BALI...never again for me.

Really disliked it...didn't hook up..BUT do go down to Kuta Beach...check out the Kuta Cowboys..they will let you know.
Also go into Garlic Lane in LEGIAN...to the Lady show...can't remember the name of the club (sorry) it's about 1/2 way down...it's own by an Australian woman..meet her and she may help you out therel.

There are heaps of bars etc owned by Australians...best to lurk around and check them out..they for sure will be the ones that will give you great tips etc as well...if you want to know more shoot through and email.

Good Luck and Enjoy - it really is not that bad...

Foxy.
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ding26   Woman 48yrs

Bali bound

just watch where you eat and drink-only use bottled water, and watch hygiene...hope you have fun!
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SuperFox

May I also recommend

Take some Inner Health Plus prior leaving and take them over there and continue two weeks as well when returning....it helps prevent Bali Belly...I went with a group of people and we were the only ones who didn't get it.

Drink only bottled water and when brushing your teeth only use bottled water..keep a glass by the bathroom sink to use to put the bottle water in - if not you will get really sick.

Foxy
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oldgold

Bali good experiences

Been to Bali many many times and did catch up with another couple once. It is hard enough to find people when in Oz.

 

I am sure you will enjoy the fun in Bali, dont get involved with drugs,( the cops run stings all the time) and dont say to the sellers You will buy later as they dont forget.

Dings advice is good but that also applies in all countries including Oz.

 

You have a great tiime, we are going in May and are really looking forward to it.

 

Selamat Jalan

 

 

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funsexycpl80

Be careful

Not sure of the legal implementations in Indo. We didn't trust the local profiles but arranged to meet another couple on here before we left.

- Posted from rhpmobile
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LemonDance   Couple Man 42yrs Woman 49yrs

A regular Bali goer..

I usually get up to Bali twice a year. Being from Perth it's so, so close & ridiculously cheep if you happen to snag a promotional flight deal!

I usually put my travel dates up on RHP when I go up. Have met up with other RHPers for drink, food & fun on a few occasions, but usually don't have too much spare time, and when traveling with my kids it's pretty impossible to do so.

There are a few lovely couples that regularly go to Bali & will be there end of April early May - I will also be in Bali again April/May and would love to meet up for a drink if we're there at the same time. I'll be staying in the Kuta area for the first half of my holiday the off to Nusa Dua for some relaxation & water sports for the last half of the trip.

Other tips.... I guess I'm lucky and never get Bali belly.... maybe it's because I'm a frequent visitor. I usually do take one of those gel hand sanitizers in my bag to rub on before eating but other than that I don't worry too much.

When changing money... remember, if the rate seems too good to be true, it probably is. Never let a money changer give you all your rupiah in small notes (20's). They are like magic, no matter how carefully you count it, when you walk out of there, you will have been short changed!

Enjoy, eat all the yummy food, drink the sensational slushies and bloody cold Bintangs... shop til you drop, and have FUN!!

I might see you there!

Lem x
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LittleRedEngine

When i listen to my friends tell me about Bali..

It always sounds like the place is full of culturally insensitive Aussies making absolute Arses of them selves. My friends always say "Oh it's not like that".. But dudes?? That's how the story you just told me sounds.

It may be cheap, but don't you get what you pay for?

Bali is probably on my list, but I'd say it's a little way down from the top. It sounds more like a lost drunken week end than a cultural experience?

I'd not be having casual shaggs there. That's a cert!!
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Lysistrata12

I often go

to Bali....I loathe Kuta with a passion,imo that is not Bali.It depends OP on the experiences you are looking for and how much time you have.I never stay in a big resort,I would rather go to Noosa and do that.If you are interested in the Balinese culture then definitely put Ubud on your list.

I sometimes stay in a village in the North of Bali near Lovina Beach.Lovina is what I would describe as ''old school'' Bali.Candi Dasa is the same.

I usually stay with friends of mine who have lovely bungalows in Sanur,...Sanur is much more civilized and where lots of Europeans stay.If you are there at night go to the night markets and eat local.

Charcoal and slippery elm are great if you get Bali belly.

Enjoy your trip.

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AnnieJames   Couple Man 48yrs Woman 46yrs

Thanks All

The advice is very much appreciated - we have been skeptical about the local profiles given the lack of information but also thought it might be a cultural thing. We are mindful of the Bali belly - drugs are not an interest so no issues there.

We are hoping to meet up with some Aussie rhp'ers...


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oldgold

Another day in Paradise(Bali)

As said before we are there in May 12 on with straight couple but if you want any help send message and we would be happy to help over there, Bali belly seems to happen to those who drink lots and go out to the nightclubs. Not Alcohol I'm sure.

Bali is like all places good if you are carefull but can be a trap.

And yeh I would not connect with locals or guys with Bali girls, not safe in our view.

 

Relax and enjoy.

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CreamyKit10   Woman 52yrs

Don't knock Bali until you've been there!

Quoting 'LemonDance'
I usually get up to Bali twice a year. Being from Perth it's so, so close & ridiculously cheep if you happen to snag a promotional flight deal!

I usually put my travel dates up on RHP when I go up. Have met up with other RHPers for drink, food & fun on a few occasions, but usually don't have too much spare time, and when traveling with my kids it's pretty impossible to do so.

There are a few lovely couples that regularly go to Bali & will be there end of April early May - I will also be in Bali again April/May and would love to meet up for a drink if we're there at the same time. I'll be staying in the Kuta area for the first half of my holiday the off to Nusa Dua for some relaxation & water sports for the last half of the trip.

Other tips.... I guess I'm lucky and never get Bali belly.... maybe it's because I'm a frequent visitor. I usually do take one of those gel hand sanitizers in my bag to rub on before eating but other than that I don't worry too much.

When changing money... remember, if the rate seems too good to be true, it probably is. Never let a money changer give you all your rupiah in small notes (20's). They are like magic, no matter how carefully you count it, when you walk out of there, you will have been short changed!

Enjoy, eat all the yummy food, drink the sensational slushies and bloody cold Bintangs... shop til you drop, and have FUN!!

I might see you there!

Lem x
Bali is fantastic & has something for everyone!
You really shouldn't knock it until you've been there!
There are Aussie Yobbos all over the World & not just exclusively in Beautiful Bali!?
The Balinese are beautiful people & I find them to be friendly & not overly pushy even if they're trying to make a living out of selling you stuff! The food is fabulous & so cheap & I never get sick over there at all! I wish I could pop back there again soon as it's a cheap flight & the accomodation is so affordabable too!
It's the best kind of holiday as it's so relaxing & casual & yet there's plenty to see & do there too! Would be easy enough to arrange a meet if that's what you want & certainly plenty of great places to eat & drink over there.
I'm a bit of a shop-aholic & I loved spending all my rupiah on pretty sparkly jewellery that would cost four or five times more here in Australia!
Had beautiful dresses made for a small fraction of what it would have cost here.
Go & have fun! Feast on fabulous Indonesian food & don't drink to excess & you'll be fine!!
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CreamyKit10   Woman 52yrs

Had a great time in Kuta & I love Legian Beach too!

Quoting 'Freya77'

to Bali....I loathe Kuta with a passion,imo that is not Bali.It depends OP on the experiences you are looking for and how much time you have.I never stay in a big resort,I would rather go to Noosa and do that.If you are interested in the Balinese culture then definitely put Ubud on your list.

I sometimes stay in a village in the North of Bali near Lovina Beach.Lovina is what I would describe as ''old school'' Bali.Candi Dasa is the same.

I usually stay with friends of mine who have lovely bungalows in Sanur,...Sanur is much more civilized and where lots of Europeans stay.If you are there at night go to the night markets and eat local.

Charcoal and slippery elm are great if you get Bali belly.

Enjoy your trip.


My friend & I stayed in a gorgeous little cottage in Kuta.... Poppies Cottages are just so cute & I loved loved loved staying there with my good friend Lem & it was soooooo peaceful & quiet even though it was in the middle of "Leavers week". The big wall around it blocked out the sounds of Kuta & slept like a baby & the beds were so comfy! NUSA DUA is also very nice & of course Ubud should be on your list of places to visit if you have enough time...

Have FUN & be sensible & you'll be just fine!


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inthekink

The land where many things are not quite right

AnnieJames
I was an expat working in Indo for a few years as mentioned in several posts watch where you eat/drink and keep an eye on your wallet, there are a few good bars in Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua depending on what you are looking for with quite a few Kupa Kupa Malam's (night butterfly's) working them. Best bet is to advertise and see how you go try craigslist. I met an expat couple in Bali off there and all was good very sexy nice couple.
There was a swingers resort in Bali not sure if it still operates or not but under Indo Law it is frowned upon and depending on the situation can land you on the wrong side of the Law or short a few thousand rupiah. Try and avoid Seminyak lots of bencong (ladyboys) in this area especially down past the Santa Fe bar on Dhyana Pura in Seminayk.
My preferance is Vietnam, Thailand or Lao's now after working in Indonesia.
menikmati liburan anda
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hotdigettydam

Should organise a meet and greet there lol

Seems like every man and his dog is in bali at any given time..
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zu7bcv   Man 40yrs

Have a great time

Bali is a beautiful place and the locals make it magical. The people are genuinely friendly and not just for the tourists. I can't help you regarding meeting people over there as I didn't have the chance. I went there for work. For some reason, no one believes me when I say I went to Bali for work.

I can give you some general tips. Kuta and Legian is where you will find most tourists. If you can, go get a massage, or three. I prefer having it done outside the hotels. There are a lot of them over there so read some reviews or ask around.

Traffic can be a problem as they are widening the roads. Make sure you take that into account for your journey to and from the Airport. If you have to get a taxi from the airport, you should get a coupon (pre-pay) for your journey. The counter is outside the terminal building.

Be careful when changing money. I have read about a lot of people getting shortchanged. The money changers at the airport have fair rates, perhaps 1 or 2 dollars less than if you get it outside for AUD $100. Once you count the money, do not give it back to the money changer. If you do, re-count the money as they tend to slip a bill or two out of the pile.

Haggle for everything. Be polite and treat it as a game. Sometimes I don't as the locals can use the extra money. Inflation has far outgrown wages over there.

I seem to have a cast iron stomach so don't get sick easily. There are a lot of western restaurants as well as local ones. If you have a sweet tooth, try the kueh lapis (layered cake). You can buy them from the airport and I brought it back to Australia without problems. It is fattening, sweet and bad for you. But very nice.

Look, don't sweat the small stuff and just have a great trip.

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IndianaSmith   Couple Man 38yrs Woman 33yrs

Hi!

Come find us! We'd love to meet you xx We like Bali, cos we live there when we aren't working here.We have a lovely villa in Sanur that is welcome for Rhp'ers to stay and do whatever they feel. Hope to catch you ;)
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Lysistrata12

I forgot to say

I use the ATMs not the money changers.Then you dont have to carry cash around or worry about being ripped off.

I agree with zu7bcv,it is expected that you will haggle in the markets but the margin on most goods is very small for the seller.

Seminyak has wonderful day spas and the massages are indeed sublime...almost better than sex

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LemonDance   Couple Man 42yrs Woman 49yrs

Brilliant idea!

Quoting 'Driftwood1'
Seems like every man and his dog is in bali at any given time..

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hotdigettydam

Lemondance

Was looking at creating an event but it seems that the events page on here doesn't allow for you to make an event outside of australia. If everyone that is heading to bali around the end of april/early May would like to meet up for drinks somewhere either leave a message here of dates you are there between or post here and i can message you to see if we can organise a time and place!

would be great to meet some people who would normally be on other sides of australia :)
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IndianaSmith   Couple Man 38yrs Woman 33yrs

in for a drink... we almost always are

We'll be there! Let us know :) 22/4 - 10/5

- Posted from rhpmobile

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