Uber in Bali – a review by a first time user.

Ever travelled to Bali and found accessing fairly priced and reliable transport an issue?
You may want to consider the use of smartphone apps like Uber, GoJek (GoCar) or even My Bluebird Taxi that can take the language issues out of booking transport and save you enough money for use on more enjoyable outlets.
My experience was that using Uber saved me between 200,000 Rp and 300,000 Rp over 2 return trips from Kuta to Sanur.

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Four tips for surviving and enjoying Nyepi day

Nyepi day, the Balinese ‘Day of Silence’ is well worth making an effort to see. The colour, chaos and auditory assault of the Gamelan are very memorable. This is an opportunity to see local religious celebrations conducted right in the heart of ‘tourist land’.
Being unable to leave your hotel for 24 hours can be a challenge for some – but – with some minimal preparations and the right attitude, it can be a real pleasure.

The not so Glory’ious Express boat ride to Nusa Lembongan

The Glory Express boat company provide a fast boat transport service between Sanur and Nusa Lembongan.
If you enjoy being herded like cattle, watching your bags being treated with casual indifference, having your shoes/sandals upended into the sand and being required to wade knee deep in water to board and disembark from the boat – this service is for you!

TigerAir review (Adelaide to Bali)

UPDATE: Feb 2017 – Jetstar now have a monopoly 😦
When Virgin Australia pulled out of flying from Adelaide to Denpasar in March 2016, the route was handed to partner airline TigerAir Australia. The only other competition for direct ADL to DPS flights is Jetstar.
How do the 2 compare and does TigerAir offer anything that Jetstar doesn’t?

Candidasa beachfront

Candidasa, a beach front resort in decline

An interesting conversation over breakfast, the staff member summarising succinctly, the plight of his home town.
On my first visit, Candidasa seemed underdeveloped with a slight shortage of facilities. Everyone seemed to be running at about 50% to 60% capacity and there was a feel of prosperity.
Fast forward 25 years and there is an oversupply of both accommodation and food outlets and a sense of desperation amongst the local inhabitants.

Ubud pic

Ubud – is it still worth visiting?

Is it a mistake to revisit places that you have seen in their tourist infancy, back when the reason that people wanted to visit in the first place was still obvious and before tourism became the dominant source of revenue? Is Ubud one such place?