We were actually booked on the morning flight to Bali. However when we reached the airport in the morning, we were told that the flight has been canceled for about 2 months already and we were booked on the night flight instead. But we only booked and confirmed the flight about 1 month ago. We booked through this website and we even called up the office to confirm our flight. Even our returning flight has been canceled. If we had not confirmed it during our check-in in Singapore, we would have missed our flight back to Singapore. The staff even said that it was normal for the night flight to be canceled if the morning flight was canceled. How normal is that? We were even told that the Garuda reservation staff will only come in at 7am and we have to wait to see if we could have any alternative because she can’t do anything and that she didn’t know what she can do. When we ask if she could contact the Garuda staff, we were told that she could not possibly call the home just for this incident. Her attitude was horrible. The reservation staff was quick to transfer us to a SQ flight almost immediately when she arrived though. However, our day plans were disrupted due to the 2 over hours delay. And I doubt that I will ever take Garuda Airline again.
On a lighter side, we enjoyed most of our Bali trip. The weather was great and the people were really nice. We stayed at Grand Akhyati for the first 2 nights and Tegal Sari for the last 2 nights. Both great hotels with great services.
We prefered Ubud to Kuta/Seminyak. The latter was too rowdy and messy. Ubud on the other hand was more peaceful and quiet. We thought that the best place to shop was Tanah Lot though. It was not as rowdy as Kuta/Seminyak and the prices are lower then Ubud. Our guide told us that Tanah Lot was more frequent by domestic travelers thus the lower price.
We felt there were too much touting though. They tend to use children to pester you to buy things. And I wore the wrong shoes for water rafting and got my shoes really wet. When we reached the ending point, someone actually just took my shoes off and changed to a pair of slippers she was selling and asked me to pay for it. We took Blue Bird taxis only and one of the drivers actually rounded up the fee to the nearest 10000rp.