Off the top of my head, I’d say it would cost you 0 to 00 a month. I’m not tech geek, but I think it has something to do with packet speed or lag or similar.
It would involve getting a dedicated line with an ISP (like a call center would have) and securing a backup internet connection in case your dedicated line goes offline. Either way, it’s unavoidable (so far) and unpredictable.
I overlooked this issue until I started hanging out with interns here in Bali who were required to visit the immigration office 3 times to extend their visa on arrival.
The Indonesian government has high profile projects in the works to improve the service level in Bali, as well as connect the country to a second major pipeline through Australia as well.
Currently, Indonesia only receives service through pipelines to Singapore.
Ian and I will be visiting Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and possibly Hong Kong.
Many of you who follow the South East Asian scene will have surely noticed the blogosphere lighting up with glowing reviews of Chiang Mai. David is hanging out there for a month along with a huge crew of DCers and other bloggers.
My biggest problem with living in Bali is the cost of assuring a solid internet connection.
If you wanted to drop some serious loot solving this problem, you could probably do it.
A set up like that would probably work, but it would be a lot of contracts, set-up time, and other BS that nobody really wants to deal with unless they are digging in for the long haul. I’d say about 10% to 15% of my Skype sessions suffer from some kind of internet lag. For 0 bucks a month, the stuff I can do with confidence: If you talk to long term expats in Bali, they are bullish about prospects for improvement.
I’ve got service through Biznet, which is one of Bali’s best ISPs. Internet service has been improving radically over the past few years.
It’s a pretty magical place to be wondering around for a few years.
If you’ve got a backpack, and a desire to see some of the world’s most interesting cultures and beautiful sights, you’ll find plenty of like-minded people to join you. Similar to the Philippines, Bali didn’t make it to the standard backpacker trail.
Let’s be honest, Bali is a culture-rich island with loads to write on and explore.