BALI HOTELS & VILLAS
PURI GANESHA VILLAS BALI
PEMUTERAN NORTH BALI


 
DO pack as little as possible, because the shopping-bags, shoes, clothes, jewellery, homewares-is great.
DON'T bring travellers' cheques: these are a hassle and most places accept credit cards. Bring only pristine notes to exchange. Old, torn or dirty ones will not be acceptes by either banks or moneychangers.
DO ceck that your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival in Indonesia. Immigration can bung you home on the next plane.
DON'T bring the Jimmy Choos. Pavements are practically non-existent, so wearing even the hardiest Birkenstocks in the trendiest areas at night can be ankle-twisting.
DO remember to bring all your medical-insurance details and contacts, just in case. Good services are available.
DON'T
even consider taking malaria pills. These are more unhealthy than helpful and unnecessary for Bali. Buy a few bottlesof cheap, local anti-mozzieSoffel, which is available everywhere.
DO make sure to have $25 per person in cash ready for your visa on arrival. In the peak season, ask your hotel or travel specialist to arrange a VIP greeting service for a reasonable fee- it's worth it not to queue for hours.
DON'T
change money at the airport. The many booths say "No Commission" but offer a miserable rate of exchange to compensate. When you do change money, check your rupiahs carefully. Because of the bewildering number of zeroes, most tourists can never be bothered to check so moneychangers tend to take advantage.
DO ask your taxi driver to put on the meter. If he says it's broken, find another of the many taxis available.
  DON'Tbe careless when walking around. In Kuta and Ubud keep your bag close to you. Zebra crossings are purely for decoration, even if you are heavily pregnant and have a small child clinging to each hand.
Do
get the Luxe guide to Bali (www.luxecityguides.com) for all the latest restaurants, gossip, fun.
DON'T hire a motorbike unless you have a death wish. One Exception: engage a smiling local "jockey" to transport you around the island on a Harley-Davidson, not entirely quietly or peacefully but certainly in style (www.harley-davidson-bali.com).
DO hire a driver. Foreigners involved in accidents are always held responsible and expected to pay huge sums of money, so sit back, enjoy the scenery and let a driver cope with the mayhem. Prices can be reasonable, but haggle.
DON'T think about hiring a bicycle down south. There is no such thing as right of way.
DO discover more about the local environmentally responsible movements. Walk through the rice fields to Sari Organic or visit the Botanic Garden, both in Ubud, and think about supporting one of the many charities represented to offset the carbon footprint you left en route to Bali.
DON'T step on offerings anywhere.
DO find the best places to learn about and buy different textiles and antiques from all over the Indonesian archipelago (www.threadsoflife.com ; www.macantidur.com).
DON'T get stuck in the south. Think about taking a spiritual pilgrimage to visit the most important temples on the island, or snorkel and dive the pristine sites in the Bali Barat National Park (www.well-keptsecrets.com).
DO have 150,000 rupiahs ready in cash per person to pay the airport tax when leaving Indonesia.
     
     

GETTING TO PURI GANESHA

Easy: The journey of about 3 ½ hours from the airport or 3 hours from Ubud to get to Puri Ganesha might sound terribly long, but the beautiful drive takes guests past volcanic lakes, the central mountains, coffee and clove plantations and through some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. Let our experienced drivers pick you up or take a limousine service.

Fun: Meet up with the biker boys and ride up to Puri Ganesha on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike with a 'jockey' and car for the luggage.

Special Adventure: fly directly to Surabaya, the capital of East Java from Singapore and spend a night at  the Sarkie’s fabled Hotel Majapahit. Take the 9am train and enjoy the 6 hour journey through East Java’s volcanic landscape to Banyuwangi. We pick you up at the station and bring you over on the ferry to nearby Puri Ganesha! Please ask for details. . 

     
     
The journey of about 3 hours from the airport or 3 hours from Ubud to get to Puri Ganesha might sound terribly long, but the beautiful drive takes guests past volcanic lakes, the central mountains, coffee and clove plantations and through some of the most spectacular scenery on the island.

Alternatively, guests can travel to Puri Ganesha on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike with a 'jockey' and car for the luggage and by limousine.

 


 


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