Bali Travel Tips 2016 (ATMs, Money Changers and Riding Bikes)

Traveling to Bali is an exciting experience from the nature to the beaches to the people and culture, it’s all wonderful. However, there are some things to take note of when you are traveling to Bali just to be a smart traveller. After living in Bali for 1 month, here’s what I’ve learned.

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ATMs

Some ATMs are scams in the more busy areas, always check if the atm looks secure or draw money from a proper bank. 

The bank charges for a fee when you draw cash and it differs from locations, some will be $20, $10, $50 to $20. Unless you are urgently in need of money, use the ones in the central, if not draw your cash at less tourist areas.

One very important tip is to remember to take your card! I know it sounds silly but i’ve seen and heard of so many people leaving their cards in the machine because the cash comes out first and then you get distracted. Make sure you remember to get your card back. 

There is also a maximum amount you can withdraw at most ATMs each transaction, the maximum amount I’ve seen is $150.

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Changing Money 

Always try to change money BMC money changer, they have good rates and won’t scam you, never use any money changer that doesn’t look proper, if they do not have an office or if it’s just a booth with a sign, stay away. 

BMC is one of the most popular money changer for having good rates and is secure.

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Here’s the list of BMC Money Changers in Bali:

SEMINYAK

BMC Kerobokan

Jl. Raya Kerobokan no 17 Banjar Taman, Kerobokan-Bali
Phone/ Fax, (0361) 730989


Kantor Pusat

Jl. Raya Seminyak no 16 a Kuta – Bali
Phone, (0361) 733202, (0361) 733618, (0361) 732145
Fax, (0361) 737871

BMC Banjar Taman

Jl. Raya Kerobokan no 50/87 Banjar Taman – Kerobokan
Phone, (0361) 737070

 

KUTA

Kantor Pusat

Jl. Raya Seminyak no 16 a Kuta – Bali
Phone, (0361) 733202,  (0361) 733618, (0361) 732145

BMC Ruko

Jl. Sriwijaya ( Pura Paseh ) no 2 Kuta – Bali
Phone, (0361) 756968

 

BMC Legian

Jl. Raya Legian no 141 Legian – Kuta
Phone / Fax, (0361) 754341

UBUD

BMC Ubud 1

Jln. Raya Ubud, Br. Padang Tegal Ubud – Gianyar
Telp (0361) 971168


BMC Ubud 2

Jl. Raya Pangosekan, Ubud, Bali
Telp. (0361) 3071854

CANGGU

BMC Batubelig

Jl. Raya Batubelig No 40 Kuta – Utara
Telp (0361) 4738899
Fax (0361) 4737678

SANUR

BMC Sanur

Jl. Danau Tamblingan no. 18 Sanur – Denpasar
Phone, (0361) 281229

LOMBOK

BMC Lombok

8Jl. Raya Senggigi Km -13 Lombok – Nusa Tenggara Barat
Phone/ Fax , (0370) 692247

Getting Around

Riding a Bike

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Almost half of the riders in Bali were foreigners, that was quite a shock to me. I’m guessing they’ve all had skills in riding bikes back home or from travelling around Southeast Asia. Before we got a bike, we made sure we knew the rules of the traffic. We spend the first week walking around or getting a driver. Fabrizio (Fab) was driving on the different side of the road in Italy and Dubai, so my first tip is for you to understand the traffic and how people ride, drive and walk there before renting a bike.

Before renting a bike, scout out some places around where you are staying so it’s easier to return the bike or exchange it for a new one if anything happens with it. Check the prices with the nearest 3 or 4, the daily rates go from $5-$7 depending on the area you stay. We rented one from the hotel and one from a vendor on the streets, the one at the hotel had a better rate.

Wear a helmet, don’t try to be cool. Safety first! We were walking along Canngu at night one day and we saw a guy fall off his bike and a cab drove passed almost inches away from his head. It was terrifying, we helped him up and he rode off. It is very important to wear a helmet, you can be the safest driver around, you could still be in danger because everyone drives like a maniac.

If it’s your first few times riding and there’s traffic (there’s always traffic areas in hot spots), don’t try to cut through the cars and just wait until you feel like you have a good gauge. Also, if you have more time, check google maps before you ride out to avoid any traffic and honking.

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Uber, Go-Jeks, Grab Cars Services

 We were in Bali in September 2016, these services were dislike by most of the taxi drivers. Most of the common areas have been “blocked” off for such services as the taxi drivers would like to monopolize and services like uber are MUCH cheaper than taxis.

Do check if the area you are staying or going allows such cars, most places have banned it. We spoke to our AirBnb hosts and they mentioned the government would like to allow these transportation apps but as for now it’s still ruled by the people.

We heard of a story of an uber driver getting beaten up when he tried to pick up someone at an “out of bound” area. We also took an uber to an area that didn’t allow any uber drivers, so make sure you figure out how to get back home when incidents like this happen.

Go-Jek is a delivery service, we had food delivered by Go-Jek once. Before it was a delivery service/ride service, it was a bike taxi service, as now more and more areas are banned, they’ve started to do delivery service. Download the app, they have laundry services, food delivery services and many more..

Taxis

This is a tricky subject, every ride you take you would have to bargain and try to estimate how much it would cost based on the distance you would like to go. At the airport, it’s always tricky because you’re overwhelmed by tons of drivers. Before you step out, try to think of a maximum amount you want to pay for, my advice is to get a driver beforehand (if you need any contacts, I found some awesome drivers from this trip).

 

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