Bali is the land of beaches and the island of gods. It has a rich diversity and a very magnificent aura that leaves you stunned. It has been our favourite destination and we have had thoroughly enjoyed every moment there. (Cue: We have written so many articles on this island nation).
But it is said “Travelling is the best teacher!” Apart from relishing the beautiful moments, we also had unforgettable instances that taught us a lot of things.
If you are planning a rendezvous with this spectacular island, here is your best Bali travel guide (penned down by us based on our real experiences and occurrences), to have great time at this paradise.
1) Balinese and their Warmth
Bali is a tourist country that sees a lot of people all around the year and the Balinese are excellent hosts. They are so hospitable, welcoming that you feel like home! We have never ever had a bad experience with the local people of that country, like not even once!
They have quick services and the staff at the hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, spas and pubs have always been kind and polite. Do not hesitate to take a favour from them if you ever feel strayed or disoriented.
Their graciousness always reminded us of a famous Indian belief – ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guests are like God)
2) Rental Car viz. Rental Scooty
One can hire either a car or a scooty, both being cheap sources of travel but Scooty is more feasible and highly suggested (Nothing better than breezy air on your face).
If you run low at petrol, you can purchase it (given in vodka bottles) which is easily available at almost every shop on the roadside.
3) A great place for Big-Time Foodies and Beer-Lovers
Bali is a hub of yummy food and delicacies and that too at a very affordable price! Some fancy places like Potato Head or Ku De Ta charge a lot of money for the alcohol and the snacks but it is advisable to stick to the native food-spots.
Bintang beer is the most popular one there and is available for $1.50AU to $2AU at the local food and beverage houses and at the same place you get a sumptuous meal for two for $15AU to $20AU or less.
4) Learn to Haggle for almost Everything
You will find that there are two prices for everything – one for the locals and one for the tourists. You must have excellent bargaining skills because there is a lot of room for negotiation. Even fixed prices of hotels and tours can be altered with manoeuvre. So, you can enjoy the privilege of a discount of you are good at wheeling the deal.
5) The Billionaire Feels
The currency makes you feel like a wealthy person. €1 equates to 14,886.34 Indonesian Rupiah – so you can estimate that how many times you would have been dealing with hundreds of thousands.
Note – Never count cash in front of the person who is serving or selling you because it is considered unethical and rude there.
6) Things to see in Bali
There is an eternity of places to visit in this beautiful country. One should not miss out visiting Ubud and its sacred Monkey forest or jump into the Tegenungan waterfalls. Kuta, Seminyak, Uluwatu, Lemobongan are a few of the other famous places that one should have in their Itinerary to Bali.
7) Respect the Culture
Even though Bali is tourist-oriented country yet the Balinese are very particular about their culture, beliefs. You’ll find the famous ‘Canang Sari’ in every nook and corner because of its sacredness- a daily offering made by the natives. Also, they do not allow ladies to enter the temple premises when on periods. You can raise your voice against it because one should respect all the religions but weed out such orthodox approaches.
8) Be Aware of the Tax in Bars/ Restaurant
As per the law, the bars and restaurants have to charge an additional 21% on the bill as tax. While some of them add it in their menu price, others mention this in the unnoticeable corner of their menu card. Although it is completely fair and just but one should be aware of the big hole that will be in their pockets because of the tariff!
9) It is a Beach Lover’s Dream come True
Bali is not only about rugged coastlines and sandy beaches but has lot of other things to explore. Yet, a beach lover will find pure ecstasy and bliss at Bali while basking under the sun and feeling the breath of air. It has picturesque backdrop, famous architectural building, a happening night-life but for a beach lover there is enough peace and solace too.
10) Sunscreen and UV-Protection
It is very important to take sunscreens, hats and sunglasses along to your trip! We forgot our pack of sunscreens and then the trouble began! Firstly, my skin was tanned and I had major sunburns. Secondly, the sun-blocking creams were so damn expensive. The damage was already done but an integral lesson also learnt! Pack sunscreen as soon as you finalise to visit Bali Indonesia.
11) Money Exchange
It is easy to find money changers at the airport or the hotel or the resort but it is recommended that one opts for an authorised institution only for the same. There are kiosks which are indulged in unscrupulous practises, so it is better be safe than sorry!
12) Beauty Treatments and a Lot of Pampering
There are a lot of places in Bali that offer you with cosmetic treatments and beauty services. But it is better not to compromise with the quality by going for bogus treatments. There are a lot of spas that have an amazing ambience and provide with extra-ordinary services like Karsa and Temuk the two spas we went to!
The massage parlours are quite cheap wherein you can get a one-hour full body massage for Rp. 100,000 to 150,000 or better to quote it like ‘pampering for around £6.25 only!’
So you are sorted for your next trip with our best Bali travel guide. Know what to expect on your visit to Bali, see this video.