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Old May 19, 09, 5:44 am
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Right, we're all booked. 5 nights at the intercontinental in Jimbaran, then three nights in the river villa at the Maya Ubud resort. Fingers crossed it's as good as it looks and is as good as Borneo.

Ok, that's my honeymoon planning done, and I now have finished all of my jobs for the wedding. Party time!
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Old May 19, 09, 12:56 pm
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Bali- a perfect place for a honeymoon
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Old Jul 16, 09, 7:59 am
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I'm heading to Bali in October (Sanur, Ubud then Kuta). I can't wait!!
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Old Jul 28, 09, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by fiona View Post
Get a driver/guide for a couple of days. There is so much to see in Bali- it really is a paradise island.
We are also planning a trip to Bali. First we spend a few days chillin at a resort, then we are going to Flores, Komodo, and Rinka Islands for a 4 day voyage. A friend suggested we hire a driver for 4 days and tour the island with no specific plan. How does one find a driver and what does it cost?
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Old Jul 29, 09, 6:04 am
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Originally Posted by sfskier View Post
How does one find a driver and what does it cost?
Why, on FlyerTalk, of course! There is a thread in this very forum, IIRC, about drivers in Bali. Mr. Megatop and I have toured with two of the most-recommended by FTers: Wayan Suena and Dewa Marco. We've also toured with Dewa Marco's cousin Dewa Pablo. A full day of touring, up to 8 hours, costs about 500,000 Rupiah (=~$50) all-in for car, driver, and fuel, but excluding temple fees and other admission charges. DewaMarco is an FT member. Like many drivers in Bali, these guys speak an incedible array of languages.

I need to book in with those guys for my upcoming trip.
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Old Nov 4, 09, 9:20 pm
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I'm heading there later this month with my wife and 2yo and planning on staying at the Conrad. I know nothing about Bali. Is there anything to do for a 2yo? Should I split our stay into 2 areas instead?

We will probably stay 4 or 5 nights.
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Old Nov 8, 09, 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by LAChargers View Post
I'm heading there later this month with my wife and 2yo and planning on staying at the Conrad. I know nothing about Bali. Is there anything to do for a 2yo? Should I split our stay into 2 areas instead?

We will probably stay 4 or 5 nights.
I split my recent trip between Ubud and Jimbaran Bay. I would not recommend Ubud for a 2 year old. I think you're better off at one of the resort on the south side.
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Old Nov 29, 09, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by MegatopLover View Post
Why, on FlyerTalk, of course! There is a thread in this very forum, IIRC, about drivers in Bali. Mr. Megatop and I have toured with two of the most-recommended by FTers: Wayan Suena and Dewa Marco. We've also toured with Dewa Marco's cousin Dewa Pablo. A full day of touring, up to 8 hours, costs about 500,000 Rupiah (=~$50) all-in for car, driver, and fuel, but excluding temple fees and other admission charges. DewaMarco is an FT member. Like many drivers in Bali, these guys speak an incedible array of languages.

I need to book in with those guys for my upcoming trip.
Can't locate this thread. Can you point me in the right direction? Or PM me the contact details of these drivers?

Thank you. ^
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Old Nov 29, 09, 11:39 am
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We used Dewa Marco in September for a day tour of the island temples and volcanos. Excellent experience, shared a lot of information on the traditions of the Balinese culture. He was also very flexible with our schedule. It was also the best shopping experience - he took us to an artist area and the prices were excellent. His web site is: http://www.dewamarco-tour.blogspot.com/.
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Old Nov 29, 09, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by lallyr View Post
Or PM me the contact details of these drivers?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/asia/...li-driver.html

I've used both Wayan and Dewa, and they are both excellent. Wayan lives near Ubud, and is my first choice anytime I am based there. Dewa lives close to the Le Meridien on the west side of the island.
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Old Nov 30, 09, 12:34 am
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Thanks SanDiego1K & sfskier
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Old Nov 30, 09, 9:42 am
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I spent last week with Dewa Marco and one of his co-drivers. Still an excellent all-around experience and a good value. I continue to highly recommend him.
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Old Nov 30, 09, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by MegatopLover View Post
I spent last week with Dewa Marco and one of his co-drivers. Still an excellent all-around experience and a good value. I continue to highly recommend him.
Hope I can book him before we arrive on December 6--waiting for an email. Are there alternatives once you arrive?

Edited to add--we connected this morning and we are booked for three days--hooray. Will report when I return

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Old Dec 11, 09, 4:27 am
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update on Bali driver experience

Hello. My husband and I today completed our third and last day with Dewa Marco, a driver recommended by other Flyertalkers. We provided him some ideas of what we wanted to see and modified them as we went along and we had the most wonderful experience! He combined expert driving, tour commentary and background on life in Bali for a terrific three days. He suggested order of what we wanted to see (such as putting the walk to the Git-Git waterfall in the late afternoon so it would be the last thing in the day due to the heat), building in money changing and other stops as needed, shopping of course. He provided helpful tips on monkey etiquette at Uluwatu (and nothing was stolen from us by monkeys), bargaining advice for shopping--he had it all.
As noted before if you are interested contact him ahead of time at [email protected] Contact me if you have any questions. I will also be posting a review of my stay at the Conrad Bali on the hilton thread

Cheers, Mary Anne
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Old Dec 11, 09, 6:09 am
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Glad you enjoyed your holiday in Bali, silver springer, and that FT's tips served you well.

I'll be back to Bali and spending some time with Marco later this month. Always enjoyable.
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