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Bali Tour Guide, How Much Does It Cost?`

I have got hundred questions, “How much is the licensed Bali tour guide cost per day?” It sounds standard question from the visitor. For travelers, to visit a new place , a guide is not just a person who tell you the story behind every places you visit. A good guide is also your friend during the trip. A guide can act as a local translator or a wise negotiator while want to bargain something you want to buy.

There are thousand licensed guides in Bali. They speak your language fluently. Most of them speak axcellent English. For a day trip, an English speaking guide would cost about IDR 300,000 to 500,000. Any other specific languages like Japanese, France, Italian or Korean will cost you about 500,000 to 1,000,000/day.

At Thebalidriver.com, we are team English speaking driver. None of us are licensed guide. But we speak your language. We can act as your friend, your translator or your negotiator. But, in some places, we can not accompany you because we have limited authorization (we are waiting at the parking area). Please note, we are only a driver but we speak your language, and we understand about every story behind the places you wish to visit.

And we never charge you extra fees for our service. Your payment covering: a car, English speaking driver, gasoline, tax, parking fees, and meal for the driver.

Now, you decide. If you still need a licensed guide, please put extra money on your budget…

Update: The Bali Driver Goes Mobile & Bali Tour Packages Program

Hi Folks,

We are getting very busy over the year. After awarded as the 50 Best Small Medium Online Business, we are getting more business. We recruit more and more drivers and guides. As the part of our commitments, providing personal, flexible service affordable price, our team always work hard to give you the best what we can.

Our team has just finished our mobile site, you can easily access from your mobile phone ie: Blackberry, Android and iPhone.
We know, users are switching to mobile. Why shouldn’t us, too? Studies are showing that eventually we won’t even need traditional versions of desktop-optimized sites.

It is perfectly tested on Androind phone and iPhone. Please test with your phone. And please let us know if you find something ugly on our mobile version

Oh yea…, we are busy right now with another stuff. We plan to launch our Bali Tour Package Program. We plan to be ready at the end of this month. We have been busy to search the best hotel around the island for this package. Please keep watching our twitter for the update.

For those who are looking for  car rental in Bali or Bali bus rental or Bali bus charter, please take a look our new website http://www.balibus.com

Bali Tour Packages Program works if you really blind about Bali. It is the best choice for first time visitor. Our new program is designed for you, if you don’t want extra works to research your favorite places in Bali.


The Bali Driver as Top 50 Small & Medium Online Indonesian Business

This week will be the most exciting week for us. We welcome the New Year with the Hari Raya Nyepi Saka, we also received some good news from the Marketeer Magazine. Our hard and consistent work at The Bali Driver for the past year has awarded as The TOP 50 Small and Medium Online Indonesia Business by The Marketeer Magazine.

But this is not the end. An award is always need another step to keep it in our hand. An award just a process for a better service. We would to thanks to our loyal customers, our team and every person who get involved with Thebalidriver.com. The prize is dedicated for you, for a better service in the future.

Your comment is always welcome.

How to Pay Your Online Invoice?

Start from this month, we announce that The Bali Driver will use online invoicing system. Our payment system is integrated with PayPal, the best and the biggest online payment system in the world.

Since, we are facing many cancellation without penalty, this new system will help us to protect this issue. a 10% to 25% down payment required to confirm your reservation with us. The rest of the payment is made when you finish your trip.

Please contact us, if you have more questions about payment.

Please learn how to pay your invoice bellow:

thebalidriver.com Sebagai Top 50 UKM di Dunia Online dari Majalah Marketeers

Latar Belakang

Wisatawan yang cerdas dan dinamis, jika berlibur ke Bali biasanya jarang ikut paket-paket program tertentu yang ditawarkan oleh travel agent. Alasannya, tidak felksibel dalam tujuan wisata dan waktunya serta mahal. Maka, mereka akan mencari tempat untuk menyewa kendaraan. Dengan demikian mereka bisa sesuka hati mengatur rencana perjalanan mereka. Namun, hanya sebagian kecil wisatawan yang nekat mengendarai sendiri di Bali. Biasanya mereka takut dengan lalu lintas Bali dan takut tersesat.

Mengamati perilaku tersebut, lahirlah Thebalidriver.com sejak September 2007. Thebalidriver.com dirancang untuk menjawab kebutuhan wisatawan agar mampu menikmati liburan yang murah, fleksibel dan personal. Thebalidriver.com menyediakan jasa layanan sewa kendaraan dengan sopir yang siap mengantarkan wisatawan berkunjung ke tempat-tempat yang mereka rencanakan.

Dalam perkembangannya banyak wisatawan yang belum punya rencana perjalanan sama sekali selama di Bali. Thebalidriver.com membantu mereka menyusun rencana perjalanan mereka secara gratis. Ini sebagai nilai tambah layanan yang ditawarkan kepada mereka.

Mengapa Thebalidriver.com

Lalu, apa yang membuat Thebalidriver.com istimewa dan lebih menonjol jika dibandingkan dengan website sejenis?

Dari tampilan website di atas, ada 4 poin penting yang membuat Thebalidriver.com menonjol

  1. Realtime Chat
    Thebalidriver.com terhubung 24 jam dengan Yahoo Messenger, sehingga pelanggan dapat bertanya kapan saja kepada Thebalidriver.com. Mulai tentang harga, membuat rencana perjalanan atau sekedar menyapa saja
  2. Integrasi Facebook
    Menyadari penting dan kuatnya peran Facebook dalam era marketing saat ini, Thebalidriver.com melakukan integrasi dengan Facebook. Untuk menarik lebih banyak fans Facebook, seringkali dibuat diskon dengan syarat harus me”like” halaman Facebook Thebalidriver.com
  3. Integrasi dengan Tripadvisor.com
    Tripadvisor merupakan situs travel yang paling dipercaya oleh traveler di seluruh dunia. Rekomendasi yang positif di Tripadvisor merupakan senjata yang sangat ampuh untuk mendulang booking.
  4. Toolbar Pendukung
    Toolbar ini berisi beberapa fasilitas, di antaranya chatting, penerjemahan dan integrasi dengan sosial media Facebook dan Twitter.
Pemanfaatan Teknologi

Di atas itu dari sisi tampilan website yang terintegrasi dengan baik dengan website social lainnya. Di sisi back-end dan reservasi, kami memberikan perangkat telepon kepada setiap staf reservasi yang terhubung dengan Yahoo Messenger dan Email 24 jam sehari. Dengan demikian, setiap reservasi yang baru dijamin akan dijawab maksimal dalam 1 jam. Email terintegrasi dengan Google Calendar dan Google Doc, yang bias diakses oleh semua staf, mulai dari sopir, reservasi sampai akunting. Dengan cara ini dapat menghemat kertas, komunikasi dan pertemuan-pertemuan lainnya.

Istimewanya, kami menyebutnya kantor berjalan. Semua dilakukan secara mobile dan tanpa perlu kantor serta perlengkapannya.

Fungsi Website

Website dibuat sesederhana dan langsung menampilkan pesan dilengkapi dengan nomor telepon hotline yang bisa dihubungi 24 jam. Fungsi utama websitenya adalah sebagai media informasi. Traveler biasanya perlu diskusi lebih jauh mengenai rencana perjalanannya, sehingga website tidak didesain kaku. Komunikasi lebih banyak terjadi lewat chatting atau email.

 Strategi Marketing

Sebagian besar konsumen datang lewat search engine. Wajar, karena Thebalidriver.com berada pada posisi paling atas dengan keyword utama. Di awal, kami berjuang keras di sisi Search Engine Optimization, sehingga website berada pada posisi teratas. Seiring dengan perkembangan Facebook dan Twitter, perlahan-lahan website diintegrasikan dengan media social.

Media social ini lebih banyak bertujuan sebagai media relations. Meski tidak jarang juga reservasi datang dari media sosial. Facebook dan Tripadvisor dan Youtube dimanfaatkan untuk menjaring rekomendasi yang positif dari pelanggan yang telah puas menggunakan jasa Thebalidriver.com

Mengapa Online?

Membangun bisnis secara online itu murah. Yang dibutuhkan hanya ketekunan dan kesabaran. Impactnya besar. Dengan modal yang kecil impactnya tidak kalah dengan perusahaan besar yang bermodal besar.  Yang penting adalah investasi waktu dan layanan yang baik. Layanan yang baik akan mengundang rekomendasi positif dari bekas pelanggan. Tugas selanjutnya adalah memelihara pelanggan yang telah loyal kepada kita.

Tidak salah jika Thebalidriver.com bermimpi menjadi top UKM Go Online di Indonesia. Bermodal tidak lebih dari satu juta rupiah pada awal berdirinya, saat ini telah mampu mengajak sampai 8 orang sopir yang siap mengantarkan wisatawan berjalan-jalan menikmati Pulau Bali.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/balidriver
Twitter: @ikads

*) artikel ini ditulis untuk mengikuti pemilihan Top 50 UKM di Dunia Online dari Majalah Marketeers

The Value of Local Knowledge

If you’re visiting a tourist hotspot for the first time and you feel as though every single driver who approaches you to offer you a ride around town simply wants to drive you to the most expensive places possible to make a load of money (because they’re clearly in cahoots with local business owners), then you’re not alone This is common, because there are some drivers out there who are like that.

However, for every driver like this, there’s another driver, like the ones who frequent this site, who love where they live and want to see the real businesses – the family-run hotels and restaurants, the honestly-priced boating trips – thrive, because they go there themselves and want to see them still there in ten years.

So whether you just want a great hotel where you can crash for the night, relax with some Foxy Bingo and not worry about the bill in the morning, or you’re keen on getting a quick tour of the local area before heading out on foot to explore, a local driver who knows his stuff will really help you out.

It’s certainly better than going it alone – some foreign places can be really confusing, and if you don’t know the language very well (if at all), it can be a nightmare, as taxi drivers at airports are slightly more likely to speak your language and be able to guide you to the right places.

So next time you’re in a new area, phone ahead to your your hotel (if you can) and ask them what local taxi firms they recommend, provided you’re staying with at well-reviewed hotel wherein the reviewers state that they’re not just in it for the cash. Alternatively, get in touch with the local community and ask them directly via the web. Good luck on your travels.

Come and Join The Kuta Karnival – A Celebration of Life

The Bali’s 7th annual international event, Kuta Karnival, is being held from today 19th – 27th September 2009. A series of magnificent art and culture event will be held during the dates and will take place along the Kuta, Legian and Seminyak Beach.

Bringing out the jargon “Celebration of Life”, this event was held as a tribute to Bali blast victims in 2002, furthermore to raise up the tourism potentials in Bali. It keeps continuing annually as the more supports from local community and great visitor responds.

Kuta Karnival’s theme this year is “Ecomarine” and will hold at least 25 event contents during the nine-days event, such as Turtle Release and Paddle for Peace, Environment Day, Kite Festival, Morning of the Earth Yoga, Sunset Dance, Mepantingan Balinese Martial Art, Moonlight Cinema, Barong Reptile Show, Street Art and Sand Culture Competition, Youth Race, Bali Food Festival, Cardinal Music Awards, Street Parade, and many more. See calendar of events of Kuta Karnival 2009 here.

The event is impossibly to be missed when you are visiting Bali and especially staying around Kuta, Legian or Seminyak Beach as thousands of people will come and join together on the sand to see this broadly celebration of life.

Date of event : 19th -27th September 2009
Time : 10am – 10pm
Venue : Kuta Beach
Website : www.kutakarnival.com

“Run Toward Peace” On Spectacular Kites and Colosal Dance

For the first time, there will be the most Spectaculer Event in Bali. At Tanah Lot Bali will be held spectaculer event which is representing “Three event on 1 Day full”. This spectaculer event will be held on September 12-14, 2008, where September 12th is the day when Bali Bombing I was happened last year. This moment truly become special day on this year. So many tourist will come to see kites festival both domestic and foreigner. Your satisfaction is guarantee here. And, you will dissapointed if do not watch this spectaculer event. And the three event are:

1. Tanah Lot 10 K “Run Toward Peace”

Tanah Lot 10 K, will be held on September 12, 2008 at 6 AM. With the safety route from Kediri to Tanah Lot Bali, where as long as the route fulfilled by green rice field panorama with the fresh air, very compatible place for Tanah Lot 10 K. This event will followed by more less 10 thousand participants from entire Bali and all province in Indonesia is possible. So that the expected effect is strengthening positive image of Bali society as a obyek and subyek of itself tourism.

2. Tektekan and Okokan Colosal “Dance For Peace”

Okokan and Tektekan Colosal will be the biggest attraction on the opening ceremony after run competition finish. This attraction will showed by 1500 dancer which coming from Tabanan regency. Okokan & Tektekan representing artistry and cultural which most popular specially in Bali and Indonesia generally. Beside Colosal dance show, at the same time there will be held new creation kites festival. Many creation kites will show off in the skies with colosal dance parade.

3. Tanah Lot Kites Festival “Flying For Peace”

Kites festival will be held on three days with unique venue and background. Enjoy the enchantment of unique, fantastic kites flying in the skies of beautiful Tanah Lot.

The type of kite, as follows :

Bebean
It have the form of fish, as a symbol of property, in which fish is important for our life either for ceremony or daily needed for our meal, and there are abundant in our surrounding either at the sea, river, on the lake even the rice field.

Janggan
It’s a special kite, with a long tail about 200m and it has a special colour : red, black, white (Tri Datu), in Hindu religions as a symbol of “Benawang Nala/Naga Besuki “ which is mean “ the equilibrium of the universe”.

Pecukan
This kite has form like a carved, as a symbol of positive and negative (good and bad) but they should be needed each other and together making unity forever.

New Creation
It has a special form, which is adjust to the owner to developing their idea, creativity and innovation.

For more information :

Registration : August 9th to September 4th 2008 at Tanah Lot

Office : Parking Area of Tanah Lot Tourism Object Bali

Phone/Fax : +62 361 880361 / 880362

Email : info@tanahlot.net

www.tanahlot.net

Bali 10K, Run for Unity

Colossal Bali 10K (ten kilometer) road race performed in connection with the commemmorate of the 50th anniversary Province of Bali on August 14th 2008 and Sight seeing Denpasar 2008, to foster strong cooperation and friendship among the world of community, to developed a sport consciousness spirit in obntain of an expert Indonesian athletes, and supporting tourism event especially ‘Sport on Tourism’ as a tourist attraction. This event organized by Bali Provincial Government Office, in cooperation with PASI Bali, Denpasar City Government Office, with the theme of ‘RUN FOR UNIY’, involved throughout Bali, Indonesia event all over the world. The participants expected in this event divided into : International Male & Female Elite Top Atheletes category, National Male & Female Top Atheletes category, General Public category (college students, employees, Indonesian Armed Forces, and the Indonesian Police).
Day/date : Sunday, 10th of August 2007
Time : 05.30 am
Start/finish : the Monument of Perjuangan Rakyat Bali, Renon – Denpasar
Further information :
Bali TourismGovernment Office
Jl. S Parman, Niti Mandala Renon – Denpasar
Phone (0361) 235200, 7806200

The Bali Sanur Village Festival 2008

Sekda Bali, Nyoman Yasa representing the governor of Bali, Dewa Beratha, officially opened the Sanur Village Festival (SVF) II of 2007. Hundreds of officials, tourism industry, VIP, local community as well as tourists attended the event held at the Inna Grand Bali Beach Cottage. This 5-day event will run from 15-19 August exhibiting various cultural and art performances, sports and competitions.

“We are really proud of the second SVF II as our effort to preserve the culture and restore Sanur’s image as the main tourism destination in Bali,” adds the SVF II 2007 committee chairman 2007 Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra, Wednesday (15/8). At that time, many tourism industry were present among them Gede Ardika and many other VIPs.
In that opportunity, he mentioned a significant increase in number of visits. Until July 2007 the international visit rate has reached 914,360 tourists. Moreover, the number of domestic visits has also reached 52,390 or approximately 5,821 tourists daily. He claims to have worried about the bird flu outbreak.

He further added that SVF II brings the theme “The New Spirit Of Heritage” meaning that heritage is carried on in a new spirit which has existed and embedded in the Sanur community life. We can not deny that at this time there is a shift in the Sanur community lifestyle. This shift is natural considering globalization. Especially since the last decade, Bali has been opened for tourism.

He was convinced that the local cultural value and concept are maintained despite the mix between local and foreign cultures. Local and foreign cultures can coexist. Culture and tourism industry developing simultaneously can supplement and support each other. SVF can bridge the traditional community life with tourism. We also want to eliminate the existing community jealousy of tourism.

Joop Ave, former minister of culture and tourism gave a speech during the opening ceremony, praising the SVF event. “This proves that many young generation can perform an achievement,” he claims. So far, many have doubted the young generation ability.

The man who has visited Bali more than 8,000 times further adds his worries about the bird flu attack in Bali. According to him, the bird flu endemic is threatening Bali tourism. “This is frightening” he says. He often hears in media worries voiced by tourism industry.

He adds after the many problems encountered, Bali tourism has more challenges ahead. Bird flu should be resolved jointly by the tourism industry. “Worrying will not solve the problem. I advise the industry to meet the governor to eradicate the bird flu,” he says. He also concerns and doubts the survival strength of Balinese culture.

Editor’s Note :
Sanur Village Festival was established by the Yayasan Pembangunan Sanur. In its efforts to rehabilitate the image of Sanur as one of the first tourism destinations in Bali, various creative and fun-filled activities are combined into a five-day long event taking place within the Sanur area. Presenting arts, culture, sporting activities and many more, the Sanur Village Festival is expected to create a foundation for the local community.

For more information please contact:
Media Center Sanur Village Festival2007
Villa Dampati
Jl. Segara
Sanur
Tel : +62.361. 743.5955
Email : info@travelworks-bali.com

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