This Budget Baller in Bali guide for all those who don’t want to travel like homeless vagabonds and gypsies. This is for the people who like semi-comfort and livability in the places they stay and planes they ride. If you’re one of those extreme people who only stay at places less than $5 a night infested with cockroaches and other unthinkables or use Couch Surfing only, then this guide is not for you. If you’re traveling to Vietnam, check out How to be a Budget Baller in Vietnam and How to Get a Cheap Halong Bay Tour.
Everyone’s flights will be different depending on where they are flying from. I’m going to give you a break down on how much my flights were from Vietnam to Bali. My boyfriend and I discovered the cheapest flights were to fly to Malaysia from Vietnam. We used Air Asia and all prices below will be in USD. We didn’t fly direct from Hanoi because all prices were too expensive.
- Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur $106.40
- Kuala Lumpur to Bali $93.59
- Bali to Seoul $322.01
Total Cost: $522.00
Luckily, we had a stopover in Malaysia so we got out of the airport to see plenty of cool things in Kuala Lumpur. I’m excited to now have 13 countries under my belt!
Airbnb is the cheapest option I’ve seen. If you want to try the luxury hotel experience without the price tag, check out How to Spend a Day like the Rich and Famous for Under $100. Be careful with Airbnb because our supposed “quaint and lovely” house was infested by mosquitos, had a bumpy road and the power went out one night, and a lot of the metal in the house was completely rusted including the cutlery. Don’t make the same mistake we did and go for an option that’s a bit more pricey. In Bali, you will definitely get what you pay for.
Total Cost: $90.00
3. Eat Local Food & Buy From Grocery Stores
It goes to say you should stay away from foreign food. After all, why would you want to eat it when there’s so much delicious seafood around? Try the cafes at Jimbaron for reasonable and tasty seafood options or Nasi Goreng. You can never go wrong with either of these! The delectable delights are making me drool just writing about them!
Total Cost: $63.50
4. Use Uber and Rent a Scooter
This is the best option I’ve seen for vacationing in Bali scooters are so cheap and they cost hardly anything to rent and fill up with gas. I would definitely avoid taxis at all costs because you might get ripped off. If you do use one, negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!
If you’re like me and you love sarongs and you like temples, you have to factor that in. Everything in Bali is cheap but you can get it down to the right price if you barter. Bali can be an incredible experience if you know what to do, where to look and what kind of food to eat! Also, I highly recommend traveling with someone as that helps lower the cost. The cost of staying in Bali can be doubled if you’re alone.
Total cost for the week: $654.50
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