Should visitors rent a car in Bali?

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Mutia Adisoma

Renting a car isn’t advisable in Bali unless you’re planning on hiring a knowledgeable local driver as well. The roads are rather narrow and in the heavily-visited tourist areas the traffic is dense and can be frustrating to navigate, especially during high seasons. Motorbikes and scooters weave in and out of traffic as well, which can be scary for those who are not yet accustomed to driving in Asia. It’s very easy to hire a car and driver for a couple hours or for the entire day; your hotel or villa should be able to help you arrange this. Alternatively you can head to areas like Kuta and Seminyak where you’ll see lots of scooters and cars available for rent from locals. Polish off your bargaining skills and see what kind of deal you can strike! When bargaining in Bali, you’ll get the best results with a wide grin, silly gestures, and some lighthearted jokes.

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