12 Things to Know Before Going to Bali

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.

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Would highly recommend scooty rental as it’s cheap and fun way to explore Bali

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.

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Have food to awesome views in Bali

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Foodies would love their time in Bali Indonesia

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.

Dreamcatchers galore

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.

Uluwatu Temple

So many places to visit in Bali Indonesia

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.

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Canang Saris inundate market areas during prayer time

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!

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Know about the taxes before you go to a cafe/restaurant in Bali

Also Read: This Cafe in Bali is one of the most Instagram-worthy SPOT

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.

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Bali is a beach lover’s paradise

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!’

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Always be ready for luxurious spa treatments

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Pamper yourself in the Balinese spas

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.

Or read our detailed 2 weeks itinerary to Bali.

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  • Reply Sherab Tenzin December 28, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Hi Prerna,

    I am sure Bali would be in many people’s bucket list where you can also count me in. It’s such a wonderful place looking at your pictures. And one thing you have mentioned about the feeling of being a billionaire is quite interesting. I have also heard same from my friends who traveled there before.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh December 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Hi Sherab,
      I hope you make it to Bali super soon 🙂
      Yes, indeed the billionaire feels will make you spend way more than you would have imagined! But again, we would love to go back to the Indonesian island and explore more of it.

  • Reply corinne & kirsty January 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I am dreaming of Bali! I really want to go there! It looks so so amazing! thanks for all the tips! i shall remember them when i decide to go!

  • Reply Cris F. January 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Great tips! The scenery and food look AMAZING! Bali is definitely high on my list of places to visit soon.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh January 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Hope you can visit Bali soon, Cris. 🙂

  • Reply Rosey January 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    It’s the views that sell me. Every picture i’ve ever seen of Bali looks amazing.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh January 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      You must visit Bali, Rosey! You’d absolutely love it.

  • Reply Jersey Girl Cooks January 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Good tips! I would love to go to Bali someday. It looks like a beautiful place.

  • Reply Ada January 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Bali. It seems like such a relaxing and peaceful place.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh January 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      It sure is relaxing. More than that, it’s a lively island nation full of activities to do and gorgeous locations to explore.

  • Reply Virginia April 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place. Always wanted to go there awesome post great job on writing

  • Reply Minakshi Bajpai April 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Beautiful and serene Bali. It is always been my bucket list. Hope will visit Bali soon.

  • Reply Suzanne April 1, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the tips! It’s my dream to go there.

  • Reply Katie April 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place with tons to do. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Reply Gina April 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Great and fun ideas – added to the to-do list!!!

  • Reply DeeDee |Chasing A Better Life April 2, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Stunning photos and couple. This looks like it was an amazing trip. One for the Bucket Lists.

  • Reply Tina Hogan Grant April 2, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I’ve never been to Bali Love the pictures. Looks like a beautiful place and so much to do. Maybe one day I’ll make it there.

  • Reply kim April 2, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Great tips! I’ll bookmark these for if i’m going to bali someday, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Amanda April 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds like a great place to go for a holiday and there are some great tips here to remember, thankyou.

  • Reply Sondra Barker April 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Bali looks beautiful…I definitely want to visit Bali one day. For now, I’ll just stare at your beautiful pictures. LOL.
    xo, Sondra

  • Reply Michelle Christie April 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Guys! Thanks for sharing these tips. I would not have had any idea about renting a scooter instead of a car. That tip alone is a value to me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply LavandaMichelle April 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I’d love to go to Bali! It seems like such a welcoming place, I know I’d feel safe and sound. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply R. Roy April 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Bali has always been one of my favorite places. I haven’t been able to cover it all during my last hectic visit there. You just reawakened my curiosity buds, Prerna.

  • Reply David Allen Elliott April 3, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    This is such good information to know about. I know that the people I have met along my journeys have made the journeys so much more enjoyable. It’s good to know that the Balinese people are a warm and considerate people.

  • Reply Msddah April 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    I definitely cannot wait to visit. Thanks for all the tips especially the exchange rate. That is some great information to now.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh June 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you! The exchange rate keeps changing but I am sure it wouldn’t have changed greatly. Have fun in Bali. 🙂

  • Reply Dee at My Dee Dees Diary April 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

    This is such great information. I want to go to Bali but needed this information beforehand. Thanks

    • Reply Prerna Harsh June 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Happy that our information is of help. Hope you make it to Bali asap! 🙂

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