Indonesia Spending Summary
Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B
Total days = 7 nights,7 days
Total cost = $825
Cost per day = $118 / day
Flight costs = $913 for two flights from Brisbane
Indonesia was our first dip into our three month journey of Southeastern Asia. We had mixed feelings after our time in French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia because we knew things were going to be quite different, but we were excited about what was to come.
Our flight landed late in Bali and it was about 11pm as we rode in our hotel shuttle from the airport. The city was surprisingly alive for that time of night and surprisingly big as we passed nonstop building and people on our way to the hotel. We quickly learned this wouldn’t be the same experience as Julia Roberts had in Eat, Pray, Love! The next morning we headed out to start our journeys in Indonesia. We quickly learned why our friend called Bali the “Cancun” for Australia – as most Aussies use it as a cheap party town, much the same as many Americans do in Cancun.
However, as we ventured away from the beaches and beyond the beaten path on Bali, we started to see much more of sites we expected. The “cultural capital” of Bali is Ubud and is filled with local crafts, culture, and cuisine. If you’ve ever wondered where Pier One buys their wood carved giraffes and other handicrafts – look no further than Bali! The streets were lined with small shops selling their handicrafts made locally.