Get around Bali way more easily with having these mobile apps downloaded on your phone, your travel will be as easy as pie!
There’s no denying that apps have become an essential part of our modern living. Not only helping us to run our day-to-day lives, they also play a vital role when holidaying abroad – and Bali is no exception! Here is a list of some of our favourite and most useful apps to help make your holiday (or life) in Bali hassle-free.
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Whilst this app is used more in Australia for arranging social gatherings with your mates and checking-in with family – here in Bali Whatsapp is used as the main communication tool for pretty much everything.
From reserving tables at your favourite restaurant, booking hotel rooms or bagging a daybed at the hottest new beach club, Whatsapp is the main communication app to use throughout the island. With its quick and direct response time, it is even the number one choice for arranging hospital and dental appointments – so make sure that this is installed on your device ready for your touchdown in Bali!
Gone are the days where you had to stand by the side of the road, desperately trying to flag down a taxi and waste your time bartering with the driver. Whether you prefer to travel by motorbike or by car, with the click of a button, the highly popular Grab app gives safe and reliable transportation to your chosen destination. It even tells you the exact cost of your trip before booking and gives you the option to pay by cash or online payment – making the whole experience totally hassle-free.
But Grab is not just an app for transport – it also allows you to order food and shopping directly to your villa or hotel. No more battling through the Bali traffic – instead relax by the pool and wait for your food to be delivered to you!
It is highly likely when travelling abroad that you will need to access the internet. If so, then it is important when going online, that you are using a virtual private network (VPN) when accessing your personal accounts – especially if using the free Wifi in public places. The last thing you need is to return home from your holiday to find out that all of your personal data has been compromised!
Whilst there are many VPN sites to choose from, we recommend using Express VPN for their easy to navigate site, high speed connection and great compatibility with both handphones and desktop devices. Offering competitive prices for monthly, 6 monthly and 12 monthly packages, it’s a hassle-free way to make sure that you stay safe online.
For more information on the importance of having a VPN in Bali, check out our Bali Buddies article here: Why You Need a VPN in Bali
One of the biggest stresses when holidaying abroad is changing money and working out how to carry it around with you safely. Thankfully, the Wise app makes this a lot more straightforward, allowing you to exchange your money and transfer it between countries, secure in the knowledge that you are getting a competitive rate with no hidden fees.
Why not also check out their Wise debit card which can also be used to withdraw cash from around the island and pay for purchases via card, always getting the best exchange rate!
Although English is widely spoken in Bali – especially in the south of the island – there is no denying that knowing a few key phrases always goes down well with the locals. Not only does it show respect to the Indonesian people, but it may also help you bag a few extra dollars-off when haggling for bargains! It is also a handy tool to help you communicate in situations when encountering a language barrier (we’ve all been there!). This is definitely one of our holiday ‘must have’ apps! These days you can even use the camera feature on Google Translate to translate text. This is particularly handy at the supermarket if you are wanting to know the ingredients of different products.
It is well known in Bali (in fact, throughout all of Indonesia!) that directions and signposts are not always a true reflection of the actual distance to a specific location. To save you precious holiday time Google Maps is the ideal tool to help you navigate the island and find those important ‘must see’ tourist hotspots. It will also give you an idea of travel times! A few kilometres may not seem far, but in certain areas of Bali at peak times this may take you an hour. Google Maps will help you to see the actual traffic situation versus just the distance.
You must have heard of travel apps that are commonly used for booking accommodation like Booking.com, Expedia, etc. But, how if you want to search for the activities or the most interesting things-to-do in your destination? Klook is the answer.
So there you have it, our pick of the best apps to download ready to make your time in Bali safer, cheaper and a whole lot easier. Do you have some suggestions to add to our list?
Now you’re ready to go and enjoy your time on the Island of The Gods.