Hello beautiful people! We are Tobias and Melanie, a couple from Sweden that live as digital freedom prenaurs and travel the world all the time as we carry our office with use wherever we go.
Today we very happy to share this guest blog with you guys! We going to talk a bit about how you do to find the best house to rent in the island of Bali and a bit of the cost of living in Bali. Hope you will enjoy and get lots of value from this post.
We love Bali
We been traveling to Bali many times and fell in love with this beautiful island and it´s fantastic friendly people living there. When we was there the first time we stayed for 10 days and we stayed in different hotels as we were just on a short trip, but decided to return back to this beautiful place and stay longer to rent an own house.
Last year we decided to go there and live for 4 months. We landed in Denpasar early morning after a flight from Manilla and were very pleased to come to this calm place compare to the busy big city Manilla that was our last stop.
We took a Taxi from the airport to Ubud which is the in the middle of island, it cost us 250 000 indonesian ruphia which is about 19 USD, it is a fixed price on the airport so you not need to stand and barge for the best price, which is really good. This ride usually takes 1h depends on the traffic.
How to find the best house?
We have learned that it is easiest to take a hotel a couple of days and basically walk around and look at houses in different areas as well as on boards outside shops and grocery stores. We found a lot of hoses adverts at Bintang supermarket. It is also a recommendation to get a Indonesian SIM card so you can call the house owners to see if the house is available the days you want and arrange a meeting with them to see the house.
Many of the house owners or the house carers speak really good english. If you have the time this is the best way to find your perfect house for the best price and see the house before you rent it. You can also bargain if you going to stay there for a longer period of time and you can get a really good price for long term rentals.
We can also recommend to search on Facebook as they have many groups were you can see different houses in the whole Bali and arrange appointments to see the house. If you look at houses on internet they are often really pricy compare to when you take your time and walk around, some of them can even cost for a night as much as a rent for the whole month for the same type of house.
A lot included
Some of the houses in Bali come with a wide variety of amenities and services. The house that you rent often comes with cleaning every day or at least 3 times a week and if you like some even offer to cook dinner for you if you like it so.
A lot of the houses have internet included and some of the house you have to pay for your own use with monthly plans or sim card plugged into USB-Modem. The speed of internet vary from times to times and different plans, but expect it could be very slow but generally works good for everyday social media surfing and email.
The houses itself are often like a piece of artwork and beautifully decorated and very relaxing decorated. Expect to pay a bit more for the house if it ic pool included in the house, but it well worth it a hot summer day. If you not have pool and want a swim or just a cool off you can go to a nearby hotel and ask how much it would cost to use their pool.
Video tour of our house
We will now give you a tour of our house we rented in Ubud, Bali and tell you a little bit more about the cost of living in Bali. Hope you will enjoy the video!
5 tips to get your perfect house in Bali
1. Know what looking for (how big should it be, pool, or not, how long you going to stay)
2. Take your time and walk around and look at different houses that interest you
3. Look for house ads on boards in super markets, cafes etc
4. Look on Facebook groups for houses (this can be more expensive)
5. Search on google for “rent house in Bali” (this will be the most expensive option but you will find really nice houses and if you are on a big budget and rather chose to pay with money and not with your time)
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Hope you enjoyed this blog post and find the perfect house for you!
Lots of Love
Tobias and Melanie