moving to bali

Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Bali

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 23 October 2017
  • 3 minute reading time

Even though you have decided moving to Bali, and you most probably have bought a flight ticket already, the hassle is not over yet. Not taking into consideration other critical must-dos like choosing and applying for the right visa, there are some other important facts you should be aware of before the big move.

Important Facts about Moving to Bali

Rentals Are Paid Upfront

The Balinese system of renting property differs from the way common in the majority of Western countries. Whether you are renting a house or a land for 6 months, 1 year, or even 10 years, the rent is paid upfront. As this system does not really correspond with a lifestyle most of the expats lead, it is advisable to make a really good market research before choosing the property to rent.

Nevertheless, it is not impossible to find some monthly rentals, especially in major tourist areas. This goes hand in hand with higher prices as you usually pay up to 50 percent over the yearly market price for this privilege.

If you are moving to Bali to start a business, then you can take advantage from the many start-up hubs.  Not only do they provide open space offices, their offer also includes accommodation, chill-out space, as well as laundry.

Intuition Rather Than GPS

Do not even try to fight with this. It is 100 percent sure that you will, sooner or later, get lost in Bali. You cannot trust Google maps and other online maps there. Not only are they not up to date. Some roads or paths are not passable anymore and they do not even take into consideration one-way streets.

Consequently, what seems like a 5-minute travel may take you 3 times longer. With its heavy traffic and bad roads, Bali is the right place to learn about the virtue of patience.

Eventually, you may feel that going for a trip without the help of the GPS technology will be a better idea. In this case, you should be aware of the random and sometimes bizarre system of road signs and street numbers.

First of all, road signs run perpendicular to streets rather than parallel to it as in Anglo cultures. Secondly, it is not rare that roads change their names unexpectedly. Thirdly, street numbers perform bizarre leaps.

As a result, do not try to understand or even find any order in this Balinese system.  Bali is an island full of unknown beauties and breathtaking places. Following your intuition and advice of locals rather than the GPS might be a much better strategy, especially if you are planning moving to Bali.

Bali Is More Than Just Denpasar and Ubud

Even though Bali is a small island, there is so much entertaining things to experience. Whether you are a fan of tourist places or not, you will definitely fall in love with its astonishing rice paddies, romantic sunsets, and jaw-dropping landscapes other than the two main “tourist traps,” Denpasar and Ubud.

How Cekindo can Assist

Cekindo helps you save time during your visa application process. Therefore, you can enjoy your time in Bali to the fullest. Especially for you who plans moving to Bali or starting business there. Feel free to approach us for a free consultancy.

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Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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