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Bali under RM650: a 3D2N budget itinerary from Kuala Lumpur

Dreaming about a long weekend getaway to somewhere truly beautiful? Look no further than gorgeous Bali! If you're fantasizing about surfing off legendary Kuta Beach, doing yoga surrounded by emerald rice paddies outside tranquil Ubud or switching off and relaxing with a long, slow massage, read on as Skyscanner shows you how to enjoy the best of Bali on a budget.

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Suggested holiday duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Flights: Prices start from RM300 (return, per pax). Check out Skyscanner for more cheap flights, and ideally, book 20 weeks ahead to get the best prices.

Accommodation: From RM40 per night at Captain Goose in Kuta (single room). Visit their website or check out other Bali hotels here.

Places to visit: Kuta Beach, Geger Beach, Padangbai, Seminyak Beach, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Sanur, Kuta

Transportation costs: approx. RM63 (for 2-way airport transfers plus 3 days of motorbike rental fees)

Meals: approx. RM108 (for 3 meals per day)

Approx. total cost: RM634 (inclusive of costs of a yoga class and a Balinese massage)

1. Getting into town from Ngurah Rai International Airport

Once you’ve cleared customs at Ngurah Rai International Airport, look for the coupon taxi stand at departures and grab a pre-paid airport taxi direct to your accommodation. The ride to Kuta should take 20 minutes and cost RM17 (IDR 50,000) depending on which end of Kuta you are staying. Taxis to Ubud cost RM65 (195,000) and the journey takes up to 90 minutes.

Airport taxis in Bali operate on a fixed-rate basis, so be sure to buy a coupon to your destination from the airport taxi counter before boarding the taxi. Photo credit: Kiwi He / Flickr

2. Getting around

One of the easiest and most popular ways of getting around the island is by scooter or motorbike – you’ll have all the freedom in movement you want and won’t get stuck in southern Bali’s terrible traffic. Rentals are dirt cheap, at around RM10-RM17 (IDR 30,000-50,000) per day. It’s important to remember that that you need an international driving permit to rent and drive a motorbike in Bali. You must keep this license on hand at all times, and also wear a helmet whenever you’re riding.

A couple sitting on a beach in front of a scooter

If you’re confident of your road skills, renting a scooter or motorbike is a great way to explore Bali.

3. Check out the beaches

Bali’s beaches are famed throughout the world, but don’t spend all your time at one spot though, as each of the island’s beaches has unique charm. If you’re in the mood for a lively beach scene and stunning sunsets, Kuta Beach offers activities from sunbathing, surfing and other watersports. Those looking for a bit more exclusivity might want to head to the quieter Seminyak Beach instead, tucked amongst the luxury resorts of Seminyak. Water babies will be happy at Geger Beach, with its calm, deep and warm sea, and those with a hankering to snorkel should head to the naturally stunning beaches at Padangbai.

Kuta Beach in Bali

Beautiful Kuta Beach is a tourist favourite on Bali island.

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4. Feed your body and mind with a yoga session

Few things are quite as rejuvenating to the mind and soul as yoga, especially practiced in the midst of great natural beauty. Pick up some yoga and meditation techniques on your holiday at one of Bali’s many top-rated yoga schools – you can practice amidst green fields in Ubud with The Yoga Barn or next to the ocean at Sanur with The Power of Now Oasis. Classes are priced between RM33 to RM43 for a drop-in session.

The Yoga Barn

Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 6am-9pm daily

Prices: About RM43 (IDR 130,000) per class

Website: The Yoga Barn

Power of Now Oasis

Address: Jalan Merta Sari, Denpasar Selatan, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 8am-8pm daily

Prices: About RM33 (IDR 100,000) per class

Website: Power of Now Oasis

A yoga practitioner

Pick up some yoga techniques amidst the tranquil beauty of Bali.

5. Explore the Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Besides gorgeous beaches and swaying coconut trees, the next image most frequently associated with Bali is that of rice paddy fields, prettily terraced on lush green hills. Be sure to drive up to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces near Ubud on your motorbike so you don’t miss out on that once in a lifetime photo opportunity; you’ll also be able to meet and interact with local folk who eke out a living tending the rice terraces or making wooden crafts in the nearby village of Pakudui.

Address: Kedisan, Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

The amazing Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Take a breath of fresh cool air and feel your eyes relax at this amazing, soothing sight.

6. Enjoy an authentic Balinese massage

The traditional Balinese massage involves gentle acupressure, firm strokes and the application of essential oils, making for an incredibly therapeutic and pleasurable experience. Treat yourself to an authentic Balinese massage at incredible prices; you can get a 30-minute back massage at RM43 (IDR 138,000) at a nice spa like Bodyworks Bali.

Bodyworks Bali

Address: Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget Bali

Opening Hours: 9am-10pm daily

Prices: From RM46 (IDR 138,000)

Website: Bodyworks Bali

An oil massage

With fragrant essential oils and firm hand strokes, a Balinese massage is total bliss.

7. Feast on traditional Balinese food in a family-owned restaurant

Like the Italian trattoria, the Indonesian warung is a small, family-owned business that has often been passed from generation to generation. Have a taste of traditional Balinese food at one of Bali’s oldest and most established tourist-friendly warungs, Made’s Warung, which has serving up Indonesian favourites since 1969. Tuck into delicious bebek goreng (fried duck), babi guling (spit-roasted pig) and other Balinese dishes in this charming little restaurant, a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.

Address: Jalan Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 10am-12am daily

Prices: From RM13 (IDR 40,000)

Website: Made’s Warung

A dish of fish satay

Sample the delicious satay at Made’s Warung

Sample delicious Indonesian dishes like sate at Made’s Warung. Photo credit: Made’s Warung website

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Originally published on 1 August 2016 and updated in April 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.