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Tips For Backpackers
by: Emma Kwee
  1. Sleep cheap. There are plenty of cheap lodging options in Kuta and other tourist destinations. You can sleep in a private room for as little as Rp.30,000. Check out the backpackers ‘ Bali budget accomodation' section to find your budget bed.
  2. Eat economical. To save the costs for breakfast, make sure your losmen provides one. Although most breakfasts are fairly simple, they will keep you going for most of the day, and prevent you from falling for ‘big aussie breakfasts' that go for as much as Rp.25,000. For lunch or small snacks, head to the nearest Cirkle K, where they sell pot noodles for Rp 2,500, instant coffee, pasta and so on. Just use their microwave or the hot water dispenser to heat your goodies up. Venture out to the back roads of that tourist street, there's always local warungs around where Balinese eat themselves. Cheaper and tastier! Also make sure to check the ‘Food for fixed funds' with listings of the cheapest and tastiest restaurants in Bali
  3. Say no to ‘transport, transport'? When traveling from place to place, use public busses or minivans. They are a lot cheaper than the transportation offered by travel agencies. The most reliable bus company with the widest network is Perama, their headoffice is on Jalan Legian No. Tel. Also located on Jalan Legian is the bemo corner, where minivans depart to every possible direction in Bali . Just ask around and people'll help you out.
  4. Save on souvenirs. When you want to shop for souvenirs, don't buy them in Kuta or any other tourist area, but instead head of to the central market in Denpasar or the Pasar Sukowati near Ubud, where arts and crafts, clothes, bracelets, batik, paintings and of course the lifesize bow and arrows you've always wanted, are available at a fraction of the price asked in the seaside tourist traps.
  5. Haggle your heart out. Be assured that whatever vendors ask for their authentic mass produced Balinese paraphernalia, it is the price they hope you'll pay for it. A good rule of thumb is to pay what you think it's worth to you. Haggling can be a fun game with humour and exageration (What? So low, I will go bankrut!), but remember that these people are trying to make a living and that business has been slow in Bali after the terrorist bombing and tsunami. Usually half the price people ask is about the fair price to pay. ‘The walk away' usually works best, where you disappointed with the price walk away, after which nine out of ten times the seller will cave in and the deal is made.

 
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Emma Kwee
Emma is a Dutch born and bred Indonesia lover who after years of traveling stranded and lost her heart to the same country her father was born in. She studied anthropology and wrote her thesis about punk in Indonesia. Currently living the good life in Bandung, writing for streetdirectory.com while sipping fresh coconut juice under a palmtree, she's planning on staying put for a while.