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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple
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Major transportation services to Bali are available, including an international airport, buses, rental cars and motorbikes, tour groups, and drivers for hire.
Indonesia has recently overhauled its visa and immigration requirements for foreigners. Now, visitors from 169 countries, including the United States, do not need a visa if visiting for less than 30 days. Tourists can use the benefit at Indonesia’s 29 airports, 88 seaports, and seven land border crossings. Those planning to stay longer than 30 days can apply upon arrival for an extendable visa.
Indonesia has very strict controls on some types of content. The country’s Ministry of Tourism warns “Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs, DVDs must be screened by the Censor Board.” In addition, narcotics drugs and pornography are expressly prohibited. Read more restrictions at the bottom of the Visa and Immigration page.
Restrooms in most places are not free. We suggest you carry a pocket full of change for when nature calls.
If you don’t want to pay the IDR 40,000 entrance fee to see Bali’s Monkey Forest (although that’s only about $3 in US dollars), then just pull over to the side of the road on your way driving through and the monkeys will come to you.
Dorms are available for budget travelers, starting at about $10-$20 USD per night for basic accommodations. Be aware that during sweltering months, you may wish the dorm rooms had come with air conditioning.
Consider night markets for dinner instead of sit-down restaurants or at dining establishments that are more buffet style.
Motorbikes are ubiquitous on Bali and renting one may be cheaper depending on the length of your stay than negotiating with taxi drivers.
If you just want to hike to the waterfalls on Bali and don’t want to swim, the 125,000 IDR fee ($9.30) is 10,000 IDR, instead — just 75¢.
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