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Old Jan 25, 10, 8:00 pm
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atLAS, aLAS
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: LAS
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I vote for self-drive

I rented a car two times out of the three times I have been in Bali. So about 6 of the 7 weeks I have been there, I have had a car. It is difficult driving at times, because of the many users of the road being different sizes moving at different speeds. But the freedom you have by renting a car is worth it in my opinion. I don't want to have to worry about another person when I am on vacation.

If you are willing to make the effort to use Bahasa Indonesia, you will never get lost. I speak it with the grace and sophistication of a three year old, and I can still usually get my point across. Just roll down the window and ask any local.

I did have one encounter with the local police, in Denpasar. I made an illegal turn, which was signposted. So I knew I was certainly wrong. I went with the policeman to his police box for negotiations. I admit, I did tell a small fib to the man which had a bearing on our negotiations. I told him I was a high school math teacher (high status but low pay). So we settled the violation for Rp 50000. He enjoyed our encounter, as he gave us a police escort to our destination complete with flashing lights.

I've driven in 24 different countries on 5 continents. The only place I visited that I felt too uncomfortable to drive at all was Cairo. The place I felt the most uncomfortable driving was Manila. Bali driving is easier; perhaps about the same as driving in urban parts of the Caribbean.
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