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Reviews

This man is an expert scooter rider. You are not an expert rider. So please do not attempt to level up your scooter game while on holiday in Bali.

Your book made all the difference

Michael, your book made all the difference. We just got home from a truly wonderful holiday and I have to say you have written the most practical travel book I've ever read. A friend of mine put me on to your website and I bought the book when you announced it and it paid for itself in the first hour! Your airport arrival tips are gold mate! Keep up the great work!!!

Prompt pick up from the airport

Great so far, lots of options and Michael clearly knows his stuff. Any questions just ask. Prompt pick up from the airport from a very pleasant chap. Have now booked a day tour and looking forward to that!

Great value

Great value we had a family of 6. Comfortable modern car, such a lovely driver. Would recommend "MADE " he was so helpful & happy.

It’s worth every penny, trust me!

I did the temple tour and had a blast! My driver Kadek was an absolute sweetheart. As I was on my own he walked me to the different entrances and made sure I got where I needed to be. As a solo traveller you might think this is a bit expensive, it's worth every penny, trust me!

Very easy for a family of 6 first Bali visit

Hi Michael, Firstly, thanks to Putu and team, our arrival yesterday was very smooth, we followed your tips and it made it all very easy for a family of 6 first Bali visit. (You can quote me on that 😃)

I can not recommend this service enough!!

Thank you so much for arranging our day tour in Lovina with Gede! We had a great day! Gede was fantastic guide and so helpful! I can not recommend this service enough!!

A massive thank you for providing us with our wonderful driver

We wanted to say a massive thank you for providing us with our wonderful driver Kadek. I am so relieved we booked a private driver for 3 days as we explored around Bali. Kadek was amazing: a superb driver, so calm and understanding when our itinerary kept changing. He was patient and kind and I felt my family were in safe hands all the time, but particularly when I directed us down a back route of a very steep, winding narrow road. Thank you for providing such a reassuring service.

I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

I randomly found Michael’s website a few months before our first trip to Bali and I am so thankful I did! We literally followed his tips exactly for getting through customs, buying a SIM card and getting out cash and it was so smooth. We booked an airport transfer and 4 full days with a private driver… which I was a little nervous about at first (just to be honest), but everything worked out perfectly. Having a private driver ensured we saw all we wanted without having to deal with the tricky local taxis and it gave us peace of mind knowing who we would be with every day. I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

I cannot thank you enough for this tip

I cannot thank you enough for this tip. I have used Transferwise in BALI last week and it worked perfectly without the horrible australian banks fees. also, it’s so easy to withdraw money from the many ATM’s around and I must say that I am now using it in Australia if and when I need to transfer money abroad. Best tip ever.

Epic day…made our holiday!

What an outstanding day. Thank you Michael for putting this outstanding guide together and to Putu the Driver for a magic day. We got some amazing photos in the hills overlooking the lake (highly recommended) and LOVED the treetops advernture. The floating temple was always on our list but there is so much more to see. Go early like we did and get in front of the traffic - and make sure you have a great driver!! Epic day...made our holiday!

The most useful, up to date, practical and unaffiliated information

Thanks for this email and for your awesome website. Of all the Bali websites that I have looked at, it has the most useful, up to date, practical and unaffiliated information, which I have referred to and used many times over during and whilst planning my trips to Bali. Thank you so much.

That was an awesome day!!!

Wow! We couldn't have asked for more, from the time Putu picked us up to the time we got back to the hotel it was an epic day! There is SO MUCH to see in and around Ubud...and thankfully Putu knew which were the one-ways so we didn't waste time going round and round like some other people we talked to over lunch. And thank you so much for the tips about where to have lunch and Putu is an absolute gem!! Thank you Michael, that was a day to remember...

Airport transfer was great

I had Komang for my airport transfer yesterday and he was fantastic, thank you so much. He was so kind and helped me stop for snacks on the way to Canggu. Because I'm travelling by myself I felt so much safe than taking a taxi, especially after the stories I've heard. Great service!

Putu is awesome!

Thanks Michael. Your driver booking service is outstanding value and such amazing service!! Putu took us to Aling-Aling and gitgit and then the floaring temple and tanah lot temple...what a MAGIC DAY!! He's great. Thanks again.

Great advice!

This really has helped me plan my family's holiday so much Michael. I used to just change traveller's cheques or cash at the hotels I stayed at and I knew it was expensive but I didn't trust using money changers or ATMS. Now I know! I'm sending this to all my friends. Thank you again, it really is a wonderful resource.

Thank you!!!

I know about 3 of these but 2 are new for me. My boyfriend and I went to Sari Organik yesterday after walking through the rice fields and it was amazing!!! Thank you for making great recommendations!!!

Loving your recommendations!

Thanks for all your recommendations Michael. We haven't just followed your guides on money and booked a tour through you but we just booked 2 of the restaurants on this list to treat ourselves while here in Bali. Thanks!!

I’m sending this to all my friends!!

You are better than our travel agent back at home Michael. Thank you so much for listing all the attractions and making the guide map. Seriously we had no idea where some of these were so for a planning tool it's awesome!!! We picked out 4 days worth of day tours and made a list of which attractions to see on each day and it made it sooo easy. Thank you so much ?

Great confidence builder!

I was always too scared to get taxis until now. Been here a few times but just reading this everything makes sense. I now take a private driver for longer trips and make sure the meter is on in a bluebird taxi on shorter trips before letting him get going. And I always tip the Grab guys to make up for the dirt cheap price!

Seriously great waterfall guide!

My boyfriend and I have been ticking off as many waterfalls on your list as possible and absolutely having a ball in Bali!! Big thank you from Christina and Marcus!!

Great advice, very practical

Hi Michael. Love your writing and how practical you explain everything. Especially the locations of the best ATMS in Seminyak. Really gives us the confidence to use them because we have heard many horror stories from friends who had their card skimmed.

Being polite in temples

I've been to Bali before and planning another trip with my wife and kids. Your knowledge about how to be polite at temples is really useful stuff. I've seen people with phones going off before and it was horrible, but some of the other points I didn't know about. Great confidence builder. Thanks Michael!

The best travel advice about money ever!!

I went to Bali last year and had my card swallowed and now I know why!! About to go on my second trip with the girls and you have the best travel advice about money ever!! I always thought some of those ATMs were dodgy but now I know it's ok to get money from the airport or from one at a bank.

The perfect start to our holiday!!

We were so thankful we planned ahead and booked your driver. Immigration took ages and we were hot and sweaty and the kids were getting tired when we got through, so it was such a welcome relief that we saw Putu exactly where you instructed us to meet him. So many taxi drivers yelling for our attention!!! If we didn't have your advice arriving would have been a disaster. Thank you so much Michael. You're the best!!!

Truly amazing!

Thank you Michael for providing such an amazing service and advice. The driver you reserved for us (Putu) is truly amazing! He took great care of us on all the days we booked and took us to places we never even knew about!! He was really cool about waiting for us when we went over time at some places and clearly knows all your secret trails. We had such a wonderful time and was the highlight of our trip to Bali. We are already booking our next trip!!!








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