• Shawna Mitchell

FROM TORONTO TO BALI!

Updated: 7 days ago

You've made it to my third official blog post! Welcome back! Lets talk about my experience in Indonesia :)

Bali, Indonesia was the 5th country that I travelled to but only my second solo trip. My decision to travel to south-east Asia was kind of spontaneous and I didn't use any vacation time. Instead, I took two weeks off of work unpaid.


Before travelling to Iceland in March, I knew I wanted to travel again in April and July but I hadn’t made up my mind about WHERE I wanted to go.


Anyways, enough about my indecisiveness.. Lets get into the details about Bali!

Flight


Lets start with the most expensive part of this trip, THE FLIGHT!

I chose to fly with EVA Airways which is an airline based in Taiwan.

This is why I had a 21hr layover in Taipei on my way back from Bali but I will be writing a separate blog post about that layover experience*

From Toronto it took 15h 40m to get to Taipei, Taiwan where I had a 4h 35m layover, then another 5h 20m to reach my final destination - Bali, Indonesia.

THIS my friends is what you call a 'long-haul' flight. I literally slept for 9hrs and when I woke up, I still had 6 more hours until we were scheduled to land (just imagine that).


I purchased my flight on March 7th, 2019, which was kind of last minute since my departure date was only 6 weeks away. When I first saw the flight price, it was listed at around 1,150 CAD but because I waited to purchase my ticket, the price went up lol *shrugs*

I ended up paying 1,237.13 CAD


There were cheaper flights through other airlines but I based my choice off of airline reviews because if I'm spending more than 6hrs in a plane, I NEEED to be comfortable. Sorry.


Two reasons why I waited to purchase my ticket:

1) I was preparing for my trip to Reykjavik, Iceland at the time (departure date was on March 7th)

2) I was trying to decide whether I wanted to travel to Indonesia or Thailand

Accommodation

After deciding which activities I wanted to do while in Bali, I came to the conclusion that most of the them were located either in or around the town of Ubud, which is 1hr and 30m away from the airport.


So, what does that mean? It means in order for me to minimize the time I spend on the road, it would be smart for me to just stay in Ubud for the first couple of days.


I wanted to stay somewhere that had an authentic Bali feel. Like, I wanted to wake up in the morning and KNOW that I'm milesss away from Toronto.


Keeping that in mind, I came across many different villas on Airbnb but one stuck out to me:

Villa JJ and Spa UBUD


If you've watched my Indonesia highlight on Instagram, I'm sure you've seen how the room was beautifully decorated with flowers and I had a flower bath waiting for me on arrival..(Which was amazing - just what I needed after spending what felt like half my life on a plane)


The villa itself had a high ceiling and a bathroom which had a roof that was 50% open, so you could hear the birds chirping in the morning while you're having a shower. However, what I immediately fell in love with was the view I had of the rice fields as soon as I walked out of my villa.


Room: Suite Villa with rice field view

Meals: Breakfast

Cost: 53.57 CAD/night

Location: Petulu Village, Ubud, Indonesia


The second villa I came across was very new at the time:

Taulan Villa & Rest (opened Dec 2018)



Now, this villa was bit more modern than Villa JJ (which is still an amazing villa - don't get it twisted). My villa had a wooden finish with tall sliding glass doors. The bathrooms were equipped with an open concept ceiling and deep soak tub BUT the rooms had smart TVs lol. Now, this excited me because I had been watching DVDs for the last 6 nights before that, soooo you can only imagine my excitement when I saw that I could connect to YouTube!

This villa was also located closer to the airport, which would save me time my last day in Bali.


Room: Regular Hotel Room

Meals: Breakfast included

Cost: 73.21 CAD/night

Location: Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia

Food (TMI WARNING)


Each of the villas had their own restaurant attached which was very convenient.


Villa JJ & Spa UBUD:

At dinner, I ordered rice and I don't know what kind of meat it was, lets call it chicken..

long story short, the food went through me in less than 10 minutes.

I honestly tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, so I ordered the meal again and yeah.. nah.

Sooo, I opted for their fried noodles :) BUT! Their breakfast was good.


Taulan Villa & Rest:

Breakfast was amazing but I was afraid to eat anything other than pizza or noodles due to my other experience lol.


Activities

There are a lot of activities to choose from when you travel to Bali, Indonesia. I created my itinerary for the trip 4 weeks before my departure date and while I was actually in Bali my itinerary didn't change much.


I had an activity planned for almost every day I was there! Which can sometimes be overwhelming when you’re dealing with crazy jet lag!


jet lag /ˈjet ˌlaɡ/ extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across several time zones


I was waking up at 4AM! Which was fine with me because it forced me to start my day early but my ass was in bed by 9PM.


Now, before I highlight all of the activities from my itinerary. One thing I don't have a picture of is the ATV excursion. We rode around the jungle and rice fields for 2 straight hours then they had food waiting for us (ATVing was the first thing I did in Bali).


1) Udaya Spa bath & Massage

If you’re searching for an amazing flower bath experience and an intense stone massage, then this is the place to go.

I had a girl who was smaller than me (I’m 5’2 btw) put her WHOLEE foot and elbow into my back during the stone massage - it was amazing lmao.

Afterwards, this beautiful flower bath was waiting for me...


2) Mason Elephant Park

What's a Bali trip without going to see the elephants? Not much. I literally spent a whole day at the elephant park and there are no limits to the amount of pictures you can take with them! This was one of the best experiences.


3) Kamandalu Floating Breakfast

One of the best places to have a floating breakfast in Bali would be at the Kamandalu resort. From the view to the food... I'll let my pictures do the talking!


4) Chocolate Pod

Now, this is one of those places you visit only to see ONE thing. That thing is the sun bear (pictured on my lap below). I’ve been asked, why? But, the real question is why not? I’m going to tell my kids that I owned a zoo when I was their age *shrug*


5) Hidden Hills Wanagiri

If you enjoy taking pictures then this is the place to be (Well, anywhere in Bali is the place to be but.. You get me). As soon as you walk into this place, there are different backdrops and staff ready to take your picture!!


6) Ubud Art Market

Another place I couldn't leave Bali without experiencing was the Ubud Art Market. The bargaining is the fun part but being welcomed and fully immersed into their culture will always be priceless.


Conclusion


I made it through my second solo trip in one piece!!


To be honest, I have nothing but good things to say.. I’m glad that I chose to travel to Bali and I’m also happy that I skipped their rain season lool (Please be aware of their rain season!)


Anyways, strangers greeted each other with smiles. Everyone I met throughout this trip were welcoming and polite to me.


After spending time getting familiar with the customs and traditions in Bali. I really started to fall in love and I understand why it's on many people’s bucket list.


Finally, how much did I spend on everything?

For my trip to Bali, I spent around 3000.00 CAD which is really good if you take everything into account. This is the cheapest solo trip I have been on!


I hope you found this blog to be informative! If you have any other questions, feel free to message me and ask!