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    Is it safe to go around Bali via a rented motorbike? We are staying in Kuta, but would want to go to Ubud and Nusa Dua on a motorbike.

    Thanks Phil for the info. I would have thought twice if I read it earlier. But by the time I read your answer, my husband and I already came back from a trip to Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua via a rented motorbike. We are both aware of the dangers of riding a motorbike (motorbike accidents are commonplace in the Philippines where we are from, and insofar as traffic rules are concerned, Manila could be worse) But since my husband and I know how to drive a motorbike, we thought we will give it a try (we find it is safer to drive a motorbike in Bali than in Manila or anywhere in the Philippines since there are actually more motorbikes than cars in Bali.) We did have a travel insurance, and really believed that we can drive a motorbike so long as ourPhil driver's license allows us (just like in the US.) Of course, the thought of an accident crossed our minds, but then again, an accident could happen anywhere in anything you do if one does not take caution. We thought that it should not hinder the adventure that we wanted to experience for the trip. It is precisely why I asked the question coz I have not read anything about travellers in Bali going around on a scooter or motorbike. It did make me think that maybe it is not safe, but looking around, we saw many people in Bali are actually driving scooters/ motorbikes. So it occured to us that it could be safe so long as we take caution and ensure that we do things right. (you are so right, there seems to be no traffic rules in Bali). We extremely enjoyed our road trip to Ubud,and even stayed overnight. We passed by Denpasar, went back passing Sanur, and also went to Nusa Dua. My husband and I are active people and love the outdoors and going around on a motorbike gave us the chance to see more of Bali. We can stop anytime, take pictures, eat anywhere, ride the more scenic route, have a new tan, and did not have to worry about a 3rd party (driver) So in answer to my question, it is safe to go around Bali on a motorbike so long as you recognize the dangers of driving one, and you take extra caution knowing that accidents could happen anytime, anywhere. Of course, foremost, you should know how to drive a motorbike :) over 7 years ago

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    Any one knows a cheap hotel in boracay for a five days stay for 20 persons

    There are limitless choices for accomodations in Boracay and it really depends on how much is "cheap" to you and your group, and your conditions for your hotel - location (white beach 1, 2, 3, bulabog beach, off white beach? Beachfront or not?), amenities ( aircon, non aircon? ), dorm type or 2-3 persons in a room? etc. Most beachfront hotels are upscale and more expensive, although you can book a room in one of these beach front hotels for PhP2500/room/2pax for $50 during off peak seasons, with additional bed at $20 (again, depends what cheap is to you) Hotels not found in the beachfront area is cheaper, depending on the hotel services and amenities offered. Native and bungalow type accomodations (which can house up to 20 people and where u may cook your own food) are also available around, and prices can vary dep. on location and time of the year. There are also dormitory type accomodations which charges $6 to $15, again depending on location and amenities. You can go check to several websites like www.MyBoracayGuide.com or www.boracayonline.org or www.boracayisland.org and other sites, choose your preferred location and compare prices. Hope you will enjoy Boracay! over 7 years ago

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    Me and my wife want to travel to either New York City or San Francisco in September, can someone help us decide!

    My husband and I travelled last year to the US and we went to NY and to SFO,among others. I love both NY and SFO. Both are distinct and have each own vibes. NY is exciting and did not attempt renting a car. Instead, we went around via train (all over Long Island and at the Westchester areas). In SFO, we rented a car, and visited neighboring places like Monterey and Sausalito (awesome). If we go back to the US, we will definitely go back to NYand SFO again. Do both if you can! over 7 years ago