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travelling around Bali

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travelling around Bali

Is it best to hire a car and self drive or hire a driver for the week. We are staying in Candidasa but intending to travel to different locations every day.

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We hire a car and self drive.Driving is fine BUT not around Kuta,legian.We picked up our car in Ubud last year and drove to lovina and in Sanur this year,but didnt drive around sanur(too busy) and headed straight to C.D then Amed then Ubud.Make sure you have an international licence and drive VERY defensively.no near misses for us or encounters with police.They smile and wave IF you are driving carefully.

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It is better to hire a driver, he will act as your guide as well. You may just seat back and enjoy the trip. IDR 100K/10hr is the normal fee

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Hi Amanda...

if you like an adventure trip, hiring car and drive your self is your choice. But, if you prefer a comfortable and convenience atop priority, I suggest you to hire a car with driver so that you would travel without so much worries of getting lost, car damages, or being stopped by the police.

Bali generally is pretty safe to drive by yourself.

Good Luck

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5. Re: travelling around Bali

Rp100,000 for a 10 hour day seems a little under priced Arsana?

Best for you to hire a late model car and a driver.

Costs per day start at around Rp350,000 including a car, driver and fuel but that is for a fairly basic itinerary without an extensive distance and with reasonably low fuel use.

A guide/driver with good experience as a driver and guide, an amiable pleasant personality and reasonable to good language skills will normally be a bit more. Really popular guides, speciality vehicles, difficult or mountainous routes (high fuel usage) and other requirements will demand payments of up to Rp750,000 per day.

A normal island tour in a late model air-conditioned car with some longer distances and a high number of destinations will most likely be in the range of Rp450,000-600,000.

Ensure that you are controlling the destinations as some of the drivers/guides may have an 'agenda' involving taking a visitor to destinations from which they derive a commission or 'fee' for delivering a potential customer. This may include tourist attractions, shops, restaurants and other sites.

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There are a few discussions on these forums discussing this sort of thing so perhaps use the search function and have a look around.

There are issues concerning the guide/driver having a licence to carry tourists, variations in day rates depending upon the visitor requirements and guidelines to avoid being misled by a driver diverting a guest to attractions where they derive commissions rather than providing a legitimate driver/guide service.

It is also wise to see the vehicle before agreeing on the service.

These are the most commonly used cars for day tours in Lombok/Bali.

The Diahatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza is possibly the most popular, both with day trips and rentals.

This is due to it's agile qualities and economical fuel use. It looks like this www.astrido.com/article_image.php?id=37 and this ... tsikot.com/gallery/…Daihatsu_Xenia.jpg

A Toyota Innova is the next most popular. It is larger, heavier, but more roomy inside. Of course they use more fuel and accordingly may be more expensive than a Diahatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. The Toyota Innova looks like this... truck.in.th/Thadanewcar/images/1266296178.jpg

The Toyota Innova seating looks like this… indiaoncars.com/news/wp/wp-content/uploads/j…

and here joy2day.com/cars/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/…

The Suzuki APV is often used in the same size class as the Xenia/Avanza.

It looks like this balitrips.net/rentcar/…suzuki-apv-arena-1.gif and the interior commonly looks like this ... gomotors.net/pics/…suzuki-apv-16-van-03.jpg

All three vehicle above normally have three seat rows.

The rearmost row is normally folded and stowed, or removed for carrying luggage.

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