Indonesia is a cheap country. After four months in Thailand we spent six full days in Bali. To make it transparent for you and to give you an idea what it means for your wallet to travel, we wrote down any expenses we had. Because traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve listed all details […]
Indonesia is a cheap country. After four months in Thailand we spent six full days in Bali.
To make it transparent for you and to give you an idea what it means for your wallet to travel, we wrote down any expenses we had. Because traveling doesn’t have to be expensive.
We’ve listed all details where we spent money in and how much in that blogpost. Take a look!
Our investments in Bali
First of all one important detail: The accommodation isn’t in the calculation included because we didn’t spend money for it. We worked for it, let’s say Gonzalo worked. In advance we negotiated with Koa D’Surfer Hotel about the Google Business View. Gonzalo made the 360° tour in exchange for staying in the hotel with breakfast for two persons. (If you’re interested in the tour or to make an exchange, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.)
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I calculated everything in Indonesian Rupiah and at the end I converted it with the following exchange rate: 15.000 IDR = 1€.
We bought our two way flights from Bangkok to Denpasar on airasia.com for 197.50€ per person. Last tip, without check-in luggage it’s gonna be cheaper!
We stayed at Koa D’Surfer Hotel that is about 45 min from the airport. We took a taxi for that trip.
The other days we rented a scooter for three days for just 50.000 IDR a day. That’s really un incredible price especially when you imagine that the petrol is cheap too. For 3,70€ petrol in three days we cruised around Bali. Sometimes we got petrol from the gas station. We’ve got the feeling that petrol last longer and was a bit cheaper like 7.000 IDR for one liter. Sometimes there wasn’t a station close, then we bought some petrol on the street for 10.000 IDR/litre. It’s really affordable too!
With a scooter you’ll be more flexible but be aware of the traffic jams!
To get back to the airport after six days we took another taxi.
|Airport – Hotel||200.000|
|Scooter 3 days||150.000|
|Hotel – Airport||280.000|
|Total in €||45,67|
We haven’t had any kitchen and enjoyed going out for lunch and dinner. The breakfast was included at the hotel. Sometimes we went to really expensive restaurants, sometimes we had the best meals on the countryside!
Something we’ve got charged for taxes and service fee and sometimes not. I think every restaurant has its own rules. But mostly you get informed about the fees when you read the menu.
|Breakfast Airport (29.03)||98.000|
|Total in €||135,80|
The most expensive dinner
The most expensive dinner in Bali was a fail: 240.000 IDR for a small piece of fish on a huge plate. Yes, exactly, like in the movies!
Actually we thought about to have some Sushi, but then everything came different. The restaurant was a real salon for the beauties and richness. That’s how our meals looked like: Less for a lot of money! Anyway in Euros we spent 16€ for the meals and the drinks for two persons – still not so bad, is it?
The cheapest lunch
Okay, let’s compare it with the cheapest meal we had!
One day we made a trip to a waterfall. We were dying because of hunger and decided to stopp at the next restaurant. Somewhere in nowhere was such a beautiful restaurant with a little pond some relaxing music and the best food ever. Fortunately it was also the cheapest lunch we had in Bali. We paid 90.075 IDR for some meat with vegetables and two drinks that is around 6€ for two persons. We’ve got really full, had a great time and were ready to head back to our hotel.
In total we spent 135,80€ for lunch and dinner. Along with that each person spent 67,90€ for meals in six full days.
Sometimes we treated ourselves to a few chocolates and more drinks like water and coke in the supermarket. In total we spent 163.500 IDR (around 11€).
|coke + chocolate||13.700|
|cokes + (Hygiene)||15.800|
|drinks + oreos||30.000|
|drinks + chocolate||16.000|
|drinks + (Hygiene)||80.000|
|Total in €||11|
When we didn’t eat, sleep or drive we made some trips.
Maybe you wonder about some costs like „Temple tour with woman“ or the parking fees. Let me explain:
Temple tour with woman
One day we went to Ubdu and got lost with our scooter. We stopped at a place with some rice fields and a temple. There we noticed a sign explaining how you should enter the temple. The most funniest thing for us was the point, while menstruation please don’t enter. That point fortunately didn’t fit to me but anyway we couldn’t enter because we weren’t dressed like you should. Very soon a woman was running toward us. She couldn’t speak (We’re not sure if she just couldn’t speak english or if she was deaf and dumb). We were talking with hands and foot. She dressed us up, showed us around and took pictures. We knew that there is something wrong. At the end she asked us for money, showing the price with her fingers. 10.000 IDR for the tour.
The other costs like Green Bowl Beach and Ulu Watu Beach was something we could have avoided. If you go by car or scooter and you want to park just few steps from the beach they ask you for money like parking fee. Maybe they want to avoid the huge amount of vehicles, we never asked. But when we asked to park somewhere else and go there walking, they told us we would have to pay anyway. And that’s not true. Walking people don’t pay to go to the beach. So be aware and park some streets before and you will save some more money. Although in total we just spent 15.000 IDR (one Euro) but ones you think in their currency you get mean. 😀
The Volcano Tour with Bali Eco Cycling involved many services: The transport from our hotel to Mt. Batur and back. We had two meals: One at 3am like cakes, watermelon, coffee and tea. One after hiking at 9/10am with a big buffet that offered warm food like rice and noodles and cold food like vegetables, fruits and more amazing things to get full. Along with that we had our own two guides who companioned us up the volcano and down again. Moreover they provided flashlights, water and some snacks for the sunrise and they were really likeable.
|Volcano Tour (in €)||74|
|Temple Tour with woman||10.000|
|Tanah Lot (+parking)||62.000|
|Green Bowl Beach (Parking)||10.000|
|Ulu Watu Beach (Parking)||5.000|
|Surf (one session 50.000)||150.000|
|Total in €||91,13|
Furthermore we bought a sim card with Internet to use Google Maps for driving.
One time we cleaned our clothes. The laundry had a fix list with all kind of clothes and telling how much the cleaning of each of those is. That means for a towel we paid a bit more than for a shirt. It was a real good system and the clothes were clean after 24 hours. The guy even iron them! All together for 37.000 IDR (2,50€).
Yeah and one time the human need was asking for a toilette at the Green Bowl Beach. I mean, the toilette was a earth closet and not really clean. But at least I could have released my needs for 2.000 IDR (0,13€) – cheaper than the german toilettes 😛
|Total in €||7|
For that trip we spent in total (without accommodation) 216,10 € together. That means 144,98 € per person and around 24€ a day.
I think you even could live cheaper, like saving money in the restaurants. I’m sure there are even cheaper ones with great meals.
Save every week 24€ and just two months later you can survive 8 days in Bali 🙂
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