Things to consider before going to Bali
Bali is one of the most tourist islands on Earth, Bali is not exactly a virgin paradise. However, it can be difficult to avoid the crowds in South Bali and Ubud, so seek solitude to sure that you are happy to find many hidden corners out of these large settlements.
Tip: Head to the central mountains, or more chill-out north and west of Bali.
Carefully choose your base
It worth putting some thought into where you want to base when you visit Bali, chaotic traffic, and the heat is likely going to make you stay indoor in your hotel instead of trekking very far on foot or sit in stuffy cab hooked up in traffic. If you want to buy a storm and eat more of your body weight in good food, a week on Nusa Lembongan is not likely to leave you completely satisfied.
Do not worry about ‘Bali’s belly.’
Strict eating habits are no longer needed to avoid spending a break in Bali. Once upon a time, salads, cut fruit, ice and most of the dishes were on the list of hazards, but hygiene standards have improved significantly over the island, and many kitchens offer organic products well. While unreliable shrimp are always there, stay hydrated, avoiding the infamous local Arak liqueur and eat street food with some caution, the dreaded Bali Belly must be maintained remotely.
Dress for the occasion
Beach wears are not always allow in Bali – many upscale bars, restaurants, and clubs execute the law of dress code. If you are not sure, call ahead to save the possible embarrassment of rejection.
Respect the religious practices
Religion is law in Bali. Streets are blocked when there is a ceremony, so do not put your knickers in a knot or stops the driver during mid-trip for a blessing – it’s all part of the magic of the island. Plan accordingly, avoid traveling on dates that fall on Nyepi day in Bali, when everywhere (including the airport) are shutdown throughout the day, and always dress modestly (cover shoulders and knees) and behave appropriately while visiting temples and holy places.
Prepare a mixture of price tags
It is still possible to visit Bali with little money to stay in the rooms, dine in the warungs and shops in the local markets, but can be blown with the same ease their economies and beverage, food, spa treatments and room rates in upscale facilities are in a similar price to that of Australia, the UK, and the US. Look out for online discounts and happy hour offers.
Be careful with wild or stray animals
Give wild and stray animals a wide distance. They May look cute, but rabies and other diseases are serious risks in Bali and monkeys are known for their forms of sampling. Bali street dogs are many, and often in destitute condition. If you are interested in making a difference, consider that the “doggy donation” to Bali refuge, which helps repair and rehabilitation of the island stray dog.
Avoid plastic bottles water
Heat and humidity in Bali require constant hydration but consider the environment before buying another bottle drink. It is estimated that three million plastic bottles are thrown away every month in Bali; help reduces this figure by investing in the bottle stainless steel that can be filled; Most good cafes and restaurants have a disposable water filter that can be used free of charge or for a small fee. County Cafe in Seminyak has stainless steel bottles available for purchase.
Learn some local language
Indonesia has some basic words which will take you a long way in Bali. Try words like Selamat pagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terima kasih (thank you), for starters.
Remember low season often means the rainy season
Be aware of the rainy season in Bali
Be aware of the rainy season in Bali(Jan-April and October-November) when planning travel. Discounts may be great, but you can end up spending your holidays in a locked house, you can be asking your whether the trip worth it. Fortunately, the rains are often limited to brief afternoon downpours, so that your stay is not likely to be a total loss.
You can bargain for many goods and services in Bali, but they do it with respect and with a smile on your face. You will know when the seller has reached its limit, then do not push it further. If in doubt, walk – if the seller does not come after you, you can be sure that they are not willing to go lower than the price they gave you.
Be aware of the current visa situation
In early 2015, Indonesia waived its standard system for 30 days tourist visa on arrival (VOA) for 45 countries; most visitors from other countries (including Australians) should buy the VOA. While extending the visa by 30 days is possible, this can be a tricky business. Talk to a reputable Visa you know, or contact the nearest Indonesian consulate before your departure.
Respect the rules
Indonesia’s legal system can seem confusing and contradictory, but it is better not to argue with the police if you are charged with a criminal offense that can feel unfair, and pay “punishment willingly. Do not expect special treatment because you are a foreigner.
Respect the ocean
Even if you surf worshipper or an avid beach-goer, respect powerful waves of Bali, exposed rocks, and expose rock can be dangerous, so be careful and do not swim alone, unless it is safe to do so. Show the same respect for the beach do not leave any waste (including cigarette butts) behind – when the tide rises, it will be absorbed by the oceans at great cost to the marine ecosystem.
Bali is safer than the headlines suggest, but about four million tourists arrived on their shores each year, which is statistically normal that some travelers may have problems. Be safety conscious, always wear a helmet while driving a bicycle or motorcycle, be polite, and do not do anything you would not do in your country, and you will be on your way to a memorable and lifetime vacation.