I'm planning to visit Bali in the month of March. Firstly i would like to know whether it is right time to visit?
Secondly, which is the right place to shop in Bali?
Awaiting your contributions with valuable suggestions..
March is one of the more rainy months of the year. It should rain every other day if you follow stats. Still almost 30 degrees celcius and a lot of tourists.
Kuta, Bali is the place to shop. Some major shops with known western brands is in the center of Kuta, with houndreds of smaller shops selling everything. A lot of crap is sold, but also many great deals can be made. I bought three full tailored suits for $100 each. Similar deals can be made for almost everything.
Kuta is the "Crack-cocaine" of tourism spots. Which is a horrible term, but you get the picture. Streets are filled with taxis that honks the horn. Locals are being physical with you, nagging you constantly to check out their store, your sometimes standing in queue on the sidewalk beacuse there is so many tourists. Kuta is the place to go if you want to visit a day trip agency, shop or party. Other than that, i highly reccomend living outside of Kuta.
Places to go: There is a small island called Gili Islands, which is beautiful, so small that there is no cars or noise. People are very friendly and relaxed, there is two small bars so its quite calm at night. Great place for snorkeling and free diving. They also have a great Yoga centre Gili Yoga if your into that. A bit more expensive, but i found this place the most enjoyable after 4 months in Bali.
1:Renting a scooter is a must in my opinion. Its cheap and everything is in driving distance unless you live in the centre of Kuta.
2: You can trust the printed prices in regular stores, but when it comes to smaller shops, people on the streets, taxis, airport people, they try to rip you off big time. They usually start at a price 10 times higher, sometimes even more, hard to believe but true. Bali is really cheap. Average wage is $100 a month.
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Abhi, I'd go for Seminyak for designer shopping and to Ubud for art and crafts. Kuta is just an unpleasantly busy place with market just like anywhere else in touristy area.
In Seminyak check out Grammes Jewelry (Jl. Raya Basangkasa No 75L) for local very cute stuff.
Enfants Paradis (Jalan Basangkasa 56) is very close to it for designer clothes and organic cosmetics and accessories. It is a store of a French designer who moved to Bali several years ago and popular within local expats.
Another French is having a divine studio L'atelier Parfums & Créations (Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera) in Jimbaran inside AYANA Resort and Spa where you can order a private session and make your own perfume. website
And definitely check out Potato Head Beach Club Bali for hanging out and swimming during the day (reservation recommended) - they have an amazing store inside the club with lots of interesting stuff and WooBar (Jl. Petitenget,Kerobokan, Seminyak) for glam drinks at the W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak.
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