Everyone have heard about this island once in their life. And yes, it seems like paradise here – well depending on where on the island you are. I will bring you closer to the more developed areas and tourist centers of Bali rather than the whole island.

The best known parts of the island are located within 70km radius in the southern tip of the island. Kuta, Seminyak, Legion, Nusa Dua and Ubud.
Kuta is the best known town just next to Legian and the international airport. And it is a – shit hole. I will be honest. If you are up to cheap parties, drunk Aussies and annoying hawkers selling all kinds of shit, you are probably in the right place. But there is nothing else than cheap tourism as you know it from all the touristy epicenters. And the beach is not even nice. Everyone tries to pull money out of your pocket (and even it is not expensive, it just adds up if you are staying here for more days). It’s simply a place to avoid at day (and at night). But still worth a visit so that you can appreciate the better parts of Bali.
Legian, between Seminyak and Kuta is way more quiet, but you can still feel the dirty tourist vibe here. And to be honest, even if the beach is wide and long, it is simply not nice! The water seems constantly dirty due to the strong currents and waves and the sewage system also does not help to keep this place clean.
The further southwest you walk, the posher the places become. Seminyak seems to be a good compromise if you want to stay in a kind of busy area but keep yourself away from the mass tourists. Still, the beach is not worth it, the hotels and restaurants become better. And everything is in kind of a walking distance.
A cab ride to Seminyak from the airport will set you back 100.000 – 150.000 rupiahs.
Once you arrive at the airport, you can withdraw money after immigration and customs. Since most of you are able/ have to buy a visa in arrival, it is actually advices to have Rupiahs in hand before you arrive to Indonesia. Currently, the visa on arrival can be obtained for 30 usd and it is valid for 30 days. Check with your consulate if you are eligible. Immigration is pretty straight forward and nothing to worry about. Once you head out to the arrivals hall, there should be an ‘official’ taxi stand. Well, it’s official but run by a monopoly. Check the price with them, and check other reviews and comments on taxi prices on the Internet. It can be a hit and miss. We were quoted 200.000 which was way over the price reviewed on the Internet. So we went further and this is where the touts approach and start annoying you… Don’t take the next best, negotiate to go as low as possible.
After refusing most of them, we agreed on 150.000 to north Seminyak. This was not on an official taxi but rather with a private driver. Still trustworthy and I will provide more information on him on the info overview of this trip.



If you look for reviews on Air China, there surely is not the most positive opinion on the net. If something good is written about the main carrier from China it only concerns the premium cabins. And even in this category, Air China seems to be below average.

On this trip we chose to use and test Air China from Europe to Beijing and from Beijing to Singapore. A quick overview in Air China:
– member of Star Alliance
– Beijing is their main hub
– using a mix of wide and narrow body aircrafts
– A330, Boeing 777 and Boeing 747-400/800 on Europe to Beijing routes
– inflight entertainment in all classes on most of their aircrafts (wide body only)
Munich to Beijing:
Scheduled: 14:15-06:10 on A330-200
Beijing to Singapore:
15:35-21:40 on A330-300

We left Munich on time and arrived in Beijing 40 min earlier. Service was average, but not bad. Food was ok, not the best, but surely not the worst. The same average applies to inflight entertainment. All in all, surprisingly ‘good’ if you take all the online reviews as your base. In my opinion, Lufthansa is the most average airline in the world. Not good, but not bad. And compared to Lufthansa, Air China was exactly the same.

In summary it was a very smooth and trouble free flight on both routes with very similar aircraft service and interior. The only con I would mention is the command of English the crew had. It was very difficult to understand, and even the pilots did not speak proper English. In terms of service, they are surely better than any US carrier I have ever flown. And with the current advertised rates from Europe to Asia (400-500 euros return) I would definitely chose them again as the price is currently unbeatable.




Welcome to the biggest country in the world (at least when it come to population)! On this trip report I will start with a 8 hours layover suggestions for Beijing. So if you fly via Beijing (and this will be definitely the case when you fly Air China) to a final destination in Asia and can afford a longer stop over (or if you are forced to stay longer there) you should grab a 72hours layover visa on arrival and check out some tourist stops in the capital city.

72 hour stopover visas are readily available on arrival at the airport for a certain list of countries. Check it out on Google and also make sure that you need to arrive and depart within 72 hours from the same airport (there are some exceptions though).
If you have at least 7 hours between arrival and departure, one great thing to do is, yes, visit the GREAT wall of china! It’s even quicker to reach from the airport than from the city centre. The easiest way is to hire a car with a driver (English speaking). The trip from the airport to the wall entrance takes 60-90min and you can enjoy this amazing man made monument at the Muntianyu part. This area is less crowded than other entrances on the wall.
Once at the entrance buy the ticket to the wall, a shuttle bus ticket as well as a ticket for the gondola. 1.5-3 hours on the wall should be absolutely fine, you can enjoy great views and then head back to the airport.
The guys and drivers from bestour are amazing and very honest people. Hence trust them as they will tell you how much things cost, even get you a student discount with your foreign drivers license :) and can advice you on where to eat. The driver was on time at the airport, waiting with our names written on paper at the airport exit.
The whole trip with driver will set you back around 800Rmb for the entire car, so it will become cheaper if you are a bigger group. Entrance and transport on the ground is another 150 rmb per person.
I would recommend this hassle free trip to anyone if you are willing to spend your layover outside of the airport and rather see stuff than just relax in an international airport:)
To book the driver you should definitely contact Mark from best-our at
Next on: short 12 hour layover in Singapore and off to Bali!

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