Post # 1
since FI and i aren’t planning a wedding, i’m sort of interested in the starting to plan our honeymoon. we are super interested in bali. an aquaintence of mine travels to bali every couple years with her boyfriend but has only given me pretty limited information.
from what i gathered, it is tourist friendly and can be very budget friendly (her and her boyfriend rent a villa for like $500 us dollars a week that includes a personal driver. i saw photos of the villa and it was unbelievable!) but i just wanted to know if any bees had any experiences, tips, suggestions or all around information on the beautiful province!
Post # 3
I’ve not been there and probably won’t ever, let me tell you why…
It’s like Cancun for drunk, stupid Australians. It’s actually cheaper for Australians to holiday in Bali than it is in some other parts of Australia, so they do, en masse. And there’s something about Bali that brings out the worst behaviour in a lot of those tourists.
Sure, there are some nice places away from the main tourist strips that are more relaxing, but I still wouldn’t risk it.
Post # 4
I’ve holiday-ed in Bali before. I don’t remember seeing obnoxious tourists. I found the women by the beach hounding me to braid my hair because it was so long then. I like it, and I’d go back again, but the last time I went was over 10 years ago.
Post # 5
@clairebbbear: This isn’t entirely true. We go to Bali every year and are never surrounded by drunk Aussies. Kuta is like Cancun but the rest of Bali is beautiful and there are some great idyllic places.
@missebelle: I would look at accommodations outside of the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area. This is where a lot of the budget hotels are and yes they can get full of Aussies looking for an inexpensive holiday.
I would look at Lovina or Candidasa or Ubud (in the hills) or Jimbaran/Nusa Dua. You might even want to look at Lombok as well which is an Island off Bali.
A lot of the villas in Bali are not near the beach (unless you want to spend big bucks) and can be remote which limits dinning options. Having a driver is greta but check the details of the villa because the hours the driver will work can be limited.
There are lots of things to do in Bali. I am not sure what you are into but we always go hiking, diving and whitewater rafting. But some of the best tourist attractions in my opinion are Goa Gajah (the elephant cave), Tirta Empul temple , seeing a dance performance, Pura Saraswati, Tanah lot, the water palace, Menjangan Island,Ulun Danu Temple and too many other places to list.
If you want another suggestion maybe check out Bintan Island. It is gorgeous and it is part of Indonesia but is just off the coast of Singapore.
Post # 6
I live in Australia and it seems everybody here goes to Bali for holidays. It’s full of young people going there to party and they seem to attract a lot of trouble. It has a bit of a dicey reputation from what I have heard – kind of like ‘proceed with caution and at your own risk’. There are lots of incidents of drink spiking, attacks, burglaries (especially at these villas, which are not always staffed and may not have security 24/7). There are some areas that are nicer than others (I hear Seminyak is nicer, for example). Personally, I would consider Thailand or Fiji ahead of Bali, but if you are going to go to Bali, just make sure you take a few precautions and do a bit of research so that you have a good holiday.
Post # 7
@strawbs: thank you all so much for your input. WOW so much to think about and was definitely not aware of any of this. i’m not sure if this is a place i want to honeymoon anymore. i had previously been interested in thailand so maybe that is a place we will look into further. thank you for the heads up. i appreciate it! 🙂
Post # 8
I will never got to Bali for the reasons outlined above. I know there are some ‘nicer’ and more quiet areas but you hear too many stories. The most recent one is ‘moonshine’ spirits being sold as the real thing resulting in tourist deaths.
If you decide to go to Thailand then avoid Patong (on Phuket Island). That is not really a honeymooning location – lots of drunk Aussies again etc. We stayed in Kata which was quieter and the resort was fantastic. We aren’t in a major hurry to go back though. Vietnam is fantastic – not as touristy yet and so cheap – Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ha Long bay are all fantastic. We are thinking of honeymooning on Lang Kawi (island belonging to Malaysia).
Post # 9
@missebelle: please do not let the naysayers (a lot of who by their own posts have never even visited the place) put you off visiting Bali. it is a beautiful and safe place. Since you brought up switching to Thailand you might be interested to know that they had more instances of tourist crimes especially drink spiking in the past 12 months than Bali.
It really bothers me when people nitpick about totally safe and beautiful counrties but will visit countries such as the USA, UK, Europe where there is more crimes against tourists and not to mention general crime daily than countries like Bali, Mexico or Thailand.
Post # 10
Eh yes, please don’t let the naysayers stop you from going.
We just went a few months ago for a friends wedding and IT WAS FAB!!!
A lot of people go to Bali for vacation from where we live and I always thought before going, meh, what’s so great about it… man was I ignorant. It is really great!
We loved it! We stayed in a quieter part of Bali in a cozy little villa. Reasonable and perfect.
Then there’s SUPER VILLA/ RESORTS like Ayana and stuff like that. AHMAZING. For honeymoon, I would recommend staying one of those. Truly great experience with affordable prices compared to other parts of the world?
The local people are friendly and they speak English for you.
I just wish the food was better, I mean, I love Thai food so compared to that it tastes bland.
Post # 11
Sorry one more thing, I noticed you are considering Thailand.
DH and I love Thailand (City and resorts) and been several times.
I definitely think BALI is way more suitable for honeymoon than Thailand for the things I mentioned above, romantic & quiet villa experiences.
Thailand is more about bigger family style resorts.
Post # 12
@missebelle: Bali is beautiful. dont get turned off so quickly. 🙂
Post # 13
@Lollybags: I second Vietnam. I’ve been there and loved it – has great beaches, great shopping (especially getting clothes made in Hoi An) and also really interesting history. And great food.
@j_jaye: It’s true – I haven’t been there. But I have a friend who used to go regularly (like, since she was a kid in the 80s) and stopped going about five years ago ’cause she got sick of the idiots. (It’s not a recent thing – I mean I remember she was considering not going there around about the time of the first Bali bombings, but kept going a few more years because she wanted to support the tourism industry there. But once she had kids, she didn’t want to get them exposed to that stuff.) They now go to one of the Malaysian islands instead – I forget what it’s called.
Post # 14
I’ve been to Bali (and a few other places in the area) on a romantic trip. I wasn’t in some uber-touristy or partying tupe area. I think bali is overhyped and that there are way prettier/nicer islands to visit. I would never go there on a honeymoon and I semi-regret spending any time there on my trip instead of spending more time on a prettier island.
Even spending a lot of money per night on hotels in Bali and staying at some of the best resorts, bali just doesn’t have the nicest of accommodations coming from a US standard. Even paying over $300/night, sheets can be dingey/stained and there can be a moldy, “this place has been flooded and not aired out properly”-type smell in the room. We stayed at multiple hotels, consulted tripadvisor, looked at multiple pics online before booking, and I still wasn’t crazy about the hotels (and I am not that picky of a person). The beaches also weren’t that nice. One day, we went for a romantic walk and saw all kinds of trash & even a hypodermic needle washed up on the beach. I’m sure bali was nice and gorgeous a few years ago, back when hotel sheets were newer and their beaches were cleaner.
On the same trip, we also stayed at the Perhentian islands. Those islands are amazing and definitely honeymoon-worthy.
Post # 15
I’m actuallyactually pally taking a holiday in Bali in October. Now, I went when I was younger with a friend and her family and we stayed in kuta – it was ok. This time I am going with FI and we are staying on the other side of the island, in NUsa dua. My god mother used to frequent Bali before she became I’ll will cancer and passed away, so this may be a part of my attachment, but I am very excited to see another part of the island, the small villages, the volcanoes and temples, and the apparently beautiful beaches! It really depends on the part of Bali you stay in – I can’t wait to go!!!