You can eat like a king for $5 a day in Bali 

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You can eat like a king for $5 a day in Bali 

Retiring cheap in Bali? Food here is super cheap and super good! I’ve been eating like a king here for $5 a day. You know how you sometimes dream of places to retire where your dollar is worth way way more? Bali is a spendthrift’s dream for food.

Waking up in the morning I grab couple of hard boiled eggs for 40 cents (4000 idr) each. Rich in protein, with a very distinctive taste these are a great way to start the day. Maybe a Balinese coffee 50 cents (5000 idr) if I’m feeling indulgent.

After my morning workout, I’ll head to the warung for a chicken curry with rice 90 cents (9000 idr). Spicy but good. 


For a mid afternoon snack, you cannot beat a fresh fruit shake. I like mine without any added sugar or milk. It’s $1 (10,000) for your choice of anything from mango to dragonfruit. I  usually go for the watermelon, but they are all good.

Writing the blog at the pool is super hard work, so dinner will usually be noodles $1 (10,000 idr) from a bakso cart. These are the equivalent of hot dog carts. They are everywhere! 


For dessert my favourite is either deep fried bananas 50 cents (5000 idr) for a small bag!


 Dessert doesn’t always make it into daily budget. Sometime I’ll grab a bag of peanuts for 40 cents (4000 idr) or some shrimp chips 30 cents (3000 idr). One thing I really love here which is a little expensive but worth it is the fire roasted sweet corn $1 (10,000 idr)! 


Keeping a $5 a food budget is super easy here in Bali . I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap while eating like a king. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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