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Bali, Indonesia

Living Costs in Bali

This place is called the “enchanted land”, and no wonder, fordespite its small size, this island packs in everything you expect of paradise, from coral reefs to the jungle-clad slopes of mighty mountains complete with tribes of naughty monkeys. Here, amid the most gracious and hospitable of peoples, you can live for as little as US$1,500 a month.

When you first arrive, you will probably find shopping at the western-style groceries and supermarkets easier and more familiar. This is the time to pay attention. Keep your eyes and ears open, ask your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances questions about where they shop, and you will soon learn where you can find the freshest food, best selection, and most reasonable prices.

By any standard, Bali is an inexpensive place to live. Here’s a sampling of prices for the island. Most of the food prices are derived from the big international grocery in Denpasar and are intended for comparison only. As a rule of thumb, the more you shop in local and traditional markets, the more you will save.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Bali, Indonesia

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Rent IDR 8,500,000  Unfurnished, two-bedroom villa.
Gas IDR 100,000  For cooking.
Transportation IDR 500,000  Monthly cost for motor bike rental.
Electricity IDR 400,000  A/C usage.
Water IDR 100,000
Telephone IDR 75,000
Internet and Cable IDR 375,000 Bundled with TV.
Cell Phone IDR 200,000
Groceries IDR 500,000  Basic items for couple.
Entertainment IDR 1,740,000 Movie tickets: 70,000 per ticket; dinner and drinks for two: 100,000 – 300,000; drinks for two: 100,000.
Medical Appointment IDR 800,000 A basic doctor/clinic appointment; per visit.
Household Help IDR 2,000,000 Two visits per week; 250,000 per visit.
Total IDR 15,290,000  US$1,081.98

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Sanur, Bali

Sanur, located in the south of Bali, is on the quieter side with a more relaxed vibe and a slightly older crowd than that of nearby Kuta.  This town, made up of 7 districts, has become popular with expats for its mellow lifestyle and proximity to international schools.  Even though it is a quieter area there are still plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from.

The beach in Sanur is about 5 kilometers long and protected by a barrier reef which makes the waters calm and safer for swimmers.

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