What should I do/know when I arrive at the airport?

You'll likely arrive through International Arrivals. Once you enter, you'll immediately turn left to walk down a long path towards the customs area. You'll know this as you walk out from a hallway into a large open area, which can seem a bit confusing. If you plan to stay less than 30 days, walk immediately towards the security desks and queue. If you plan to stay up to 60 days, you'll need a visa on arrival extension. Look for a small desk in the middle of the hall where it will suggest visa on arrival extensions and you'll need to pay $25 to obtain it. Once you have this extension, you'll be directed to the right hand side of the security desks (where it's normally for citizens only) and get through customs a lot quicker. Welcome to Bali!

What's different from other countries/cities?

The roads. If you don't plan to drive a bike, just know that the roads are often busy and full of bikes. As a pedestrian you'll have little in the availability of paths and so walking on the roads is commonplace, watch out for bikes whizzing past you at all times. "Zebra crossings" are visible on the roads, but not to be trusted. No local nor tourist seems to have any agreed law behind these, always look both ways many times when crossing roads in Bali.

I need a SIM card

Grab a Telkomsel sim at the airport as they have the best coverage. You'll likely only need data package. You can also get sims from many local convenience stores around Bali and they'll help you set it up.

Where should I stay / live?

For peak tourism, shopping and partying like a bogan: Kuta and Seminyak are your places. If you're after something a bit more hipster and co-working, Canggu is ideal. If you're all about spirituality, yoga and meditation than maybe Ubud is for you.

How can I rent an apartment?

You can book by month via Airbnb or Booking.com and then haggle for a better rate directly with the owner after that. You can often just visit places you find on Google Maps and walk in, ask to speak to manager, ask about the rate and haggle it down. Working with villa managers outside of booking platforms means lower prices.

How to go from A to B?

Rent a scooter/bike. Or use GOJEK or GRAB to get around for quite cheap.

Coffee shops / Coworking to work from

Tribe Theory, Dojo, Outpost

Unique things I can only do/buy here?

Surf every morning and evening! 🏄‍♂️

Where can I workout?

Search for gyms in Google Maps, there's plenty of options. You can workout at Canggu beach for (almost) free around Batu Balong. Or for very cheap in Canggu at Victory Fitness. There's also great specialist gyms like Nirvana Strength, Crossfit and BaliMMA in Canggu.

Where can I go for a weekend getaway?

Some great getaway locations include Ubud, Uluwatu and Amed among many others.

Visa Issues?

Try the services at visa4bali.com they're a great help.

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