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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 13th edition edition (18 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741797047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Young on 11 Mar. 2008
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Took this book on our Honeymoon to Bali in September. Absolutely essential tool for finding the huge number of hidden treasures. We were at Nusa Dua which was poorly covered, but bare in mind that the Lonely books are for your globe trotting surfer.
But the rest of the island was very well covered and gave some great detail on the main attractions.
The Island guide was very useful giving details of local customs and amenities.
Would make sure this is in your pocket when you go.
A few tips
1. Watch the "helpers" at the airport, they will swamp you at the conveyor and fleece you for the pleasure of carrying your bag. Just say no.
2. If you are at one of the big resorts/ hotel complexes, hire you first taxi through the hotel. Then get talking to the driver who will happily pick you up outside the gates for 1/3 of the price. Full day tour was £20. Not bad for 14 hours out and about.
3. The guide will take you to places where he gets a cut, but they are still cheap places to go and you would never find them normally.
4. Get to the North of the Island, rainforest, monkeys and some amazing view
5. Save your money for a trip to the Ubud "Art Market". It is not an art market but a great place to pick up absolutely everything.
6. If you ask a guide he will take you to the outskirts of Ubud where the small workshops back onto shop front. Prepare for some major bargains.
7. Haggle Haggle Haggle, then Haggle some more. Always ask for an afternoon price then the ultimate walk way price! But don't start bantering if you ain't buying.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Niemer on 29 Nov. 2006
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Had the lonely planet SE asia book but had to buy this one because Bali is not covered in enough detail in the big bible. Found it to be useful and wouldn't want to have gone without it but at the same time I didn't find it absolutely essential. There are so many hotels, restaurants, sightseeing tours, spa places that you can easliy figure out online or when you're there. Book gives you good idea / general directions of bali (also of where to go/what places are like) and the rest - you can figure out when you're there ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Morris on 3 Sept. 2011
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We visited Bali during Summer 2011 and found this to be a brilliant guidebook (referring to the Mar 2011 edition; note confusingly that many reviews on this page are for older publications). It's written by people who clearly adore Bali - descriptions of destinations are colourful, vivid, and highly sympathetic. The culture and context pages at the back of the book are outstandingly comprehensive, and are filled with illustrations and diagrams - of a Balinese family compound, for example - alongside interesting facts and tidbits on the unique Balinese culture. As a little taster of the type of titbits, you might be interested to know that Balinese adolescents undergo a tooth-filing ceremony in their late teens, to flatten their canine teeth. Why? Because evil spirits have pointy teeth, of course!

Additionally, this is a 'new style' Lonely Planet with a more modern layout (which I think is much clearer and easier to browse, although my partner hates it). It's filled with excellent quality maps and nice touches, such as two mapped half-day walks around Ubud, which were really fun to do.

The only problems we encountered with this book were out of the hands of the authors.

Problem 1: It's a victim of its own success. During Summer 2011, literally 95% of all visitors on the island had this guide due to a lack of competition from other publishers. This meant that listed spots could get lazy - or getaway with astronomical prices.

Problem 2: The authors may love Bali a little too much. They tend to gloss over some of the islands weak-points (in high season, at least): the almost-total gridlock on the roads of South Bali; Costa-del-Sol style overdevelopment in Kuta and south of the island; the fact that public transport is a nightmare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Photo Girl on 23 Mar. 2013
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I'm a big fan of independent travel and I regularly use either Lonely Planet or Rough Guides depending upon the most recent date of publish for trips around SE Asia.

I bought this guide ahead of a 2 week solo trip around Bali in February. These are my major criticisms:
1. It fails to mention that much of the Balinese tourism ideas are built around Australian tourists - with Australian budgets. I like to travel with Aussies very much, but there was no mention that they are the dominant tourists to the island and costs are targeted to what they can afford.

2. Nowhere was it mentioned that travel around Bali can be challenging. There is no public bus, train or any form of transportation. The main mode of transportation is taxi, and for a single British (ie not Australian tourist with Aussie dollars) tourist, this can start to become rather pricey.

3. Day trips are an alien concept. As a backpacker, I often go on day trips to meet other like-minded travellers. In Bali, you are actively encouraged to hire a driver and get them to take you to the sights. Alone, this is both expensive and awkward - being a single girl and having to make small talk about football teams and weather in the UK all day rather than meeting like-minded travellers is anything but fun.

4. The book did nothing but bang on about how busy it is in Bali - I was expecting the throng to almost carry me along the pavements! Though my experience was the complete opposite - I was wondering where all the holiday makers were! I was advised that I was travelling in low season (I knew this - I figured I may just escape without being actually crushed to death by the masses!) and that the level of occupancy was usual.
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