Ask the travel expert: Where to find cheap vegetarian food in Bali?


Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — how-tos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: askrakshit@in.fcm.travel

I am travelling solo to Bali in November 2017. My whole package is booked. My query is: how much amount should I carry in USD for personal expenses? How can I get cheap vegetarian food in Bali?

Since you have already booked a package, your hotels, sightseeing tours and transportation will be taken care of. You will only require money on tour for tips, meals, water sports and maybe a spa treatment. Depending on what you plan to do and how often you plan to go out, you could keep aside a budget of USD 40 onwards per day. There are quite a few Indian restaurants in Bali where you will get vegetarian food. Besides that, you could always opt for pizzas at a local cafe. The Taco Beach Grill at Seminyak offers some vegetarian options. If you want to try vegetarian Indonesian food, you could ask for Gado Gado (and ask them to keep the egg and the prawn crackers away) or you can ask for vegetarian Nasi Goreng (be sure to ask them not to put fish in the reparation).

We are planning to go to Dubai for New Year celebrations. My family holds a US visa which is valid till 2025, can we get visa-on-arrival at the Dubai airport?

You should be able to get a visa on arrival at the Dubai airport basis your valid USA visa. As of 1 May 2017, Indian nationals holding a normal passport valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date, and a visit visa or green card issued by the USA, which is valid for a minimum of six months, can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days for a charge of AED120 (subject to change). You can aso apply to extend your stay for an additional 14 days for AED250 (subject to change).

I am a single female aged 37. So far I’ve travelled only in India except a couple of foreign destinations on business tours. I’ve done a couple of solo trips in India. Can you suggest an international destination for a 5-7 days trip that I can do on my own. Safety is one of my prime concerns.

Depending on when you want to travel, Iceland is one of the safest places to travel for solo women travellers. The months of February-March and September-October are ideal for viewing the Northern Lights. Besides Iceland, some of the other destinations worth checking out are Greece, Sri Lanka, Ireland, East Europe and Netherlands.

I’m sending my parents on a five day trip to Bali. Since they’re not into water sports or partying, which places would you recommend they stay in?

Bali is a great pick for a nice and relaxing holiday for your parents. I would recommend booking two nights in Ubud and the rest in Nusa Dua.

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