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So you are planning a trip to Bali – you have seen the spectacular photos, heard about the wonderful people, and are drawn by the mystery and beauty of this tropical paradise.

Great choice! What next?

This post is made possible by Indonesia Tourism Board

Getting to Bali

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Direct flight (total cost from SGD 175)

Take TigerairAirAsia,  Garuda Indonesia, SilkAir or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~2h 40 min)

Direct flight (total cost from RM 400)

Take Malindo AirAirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~3h)

Direct flight from Perth (total cost from 309 AUD)

From Perth:
1. Take AirAsiaJetstarVirgin Australia, Garuda Indonesia or SilkAir from Perth to Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali). (Flight time: ~3h 40min)

Interested in what the different parts of Bali have to offer? Visit the Indonesian Tourism Board’s official Bali page!

Simple, read our first-timer’s guide to Bali and get planning! No need to plough through Google with all your questions – sit back and we will tell you everything you need to know.

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1. Best time to visit

  • Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate year round.

  • Temperatures linger between 26°c and 28°c so you are never going to be cold! (Places on a higher ground like Ubud and Bedugul has a more chilly weather!)

  • The dry season in generally May to September, and the wet season October to April.

  • Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year.

Ultimately, if you are limited by children’s holidays or the desire to have Christmas abroad then embrace the great weather, the bustling attractions and exciting vibe of Bali at it’s busiest.

May, June, September (non-peak period)

You will find prices of accommodation between 30% and 50% cheaper than peak season rates – plus you still have great dry season weather most of the time.

April and October

Especially good if you like watersports, since the surf is good at this time of year.You might have some refreshing rain showers, but you will also see plenty of sunshine.Also great months to travel with children as most theme parks and attractions are quieter, and getting around is less crowded and stressful.

 

Note: Nyepi is the day of silence that falls on the Balinese New Year. All attractions will be closed, and everyone observes a day of fasting and silence. It’s an inspiring spectacle to be part of, but don’t expect a busy day doing tourist stuff.


2. Where to stay – The best places for you

Bali has busy towns, lush rainforests, artistic hamlets, pristine sandy beaches, awesome shops and epic parties. Generally we can categorize each areas into 5 different regions:

South Bali, Central Bali, North Bali, East Bali, and West Bali.

Bali Map

DO NOT underestimate the size of Bali, it is huge! From South Bali to North Bali it can take about 4 hours drive depending on the traffic. And each area has very different look and feel – the atmosphere, the culture and the type of attractions vary greatly too.

If you are visiting Bali for the first time, we recommend you to stay at South Bali and Central Bali because it is more tourist-friendly and it’s hustle and bustle with activities. (you can navigate easily even if you don’t speak Bahasa)

So where is best for you?

 

South Bali

Kuta

If you want to party, then Kuta has some seriously good nightlife, amazing beach bars – and great shopping too.

Kuta Bali

Photo via albenscider, Sky-Garden-Bali

Eat in one of the many restaurants, have a few drinks in the amazing bars, or live it up in the famous Sky Garden Bali – Kuta never sleeps!

 

Read our Kuta guide:

What to do in Kuta?

Where to stay in Kuta?

Seminyak

If Kuta sounds a bit too crazy for you, then Seminyak is just what you need.

Seminyak BaliPhoto via La-Favela, Seminyak-beach, Magali-Pascal, kryzuy

Enjoy the beautiful beach and watersports during the day and enjoy the finer life in the evenings. (Head to Raya Jalan Seminyak for a spot of shopping too!)

 

Read our Seminyak guide:

What to do in Seminyak?

Where to stay in Seminyak?

Uluwatu

Basically paradise for surfers at Uluwatu Beach, and those wanting to enjoy the panoramic cliff top, sunset views at the famous Uluwatu Temple.

Uluwatu Bali

Photo via jyetylr

This is simplistic Bali at it’s best with just a few restaurants and places to stay.

 

Read our Uluwatu guide:

What to do in Uluwatu?

Where to stay in Uluwatu?

Jimbaran

Prepare yourself for a life of luxury in the beautiful region of Jimbaran with pristine beaches and 5-star hotels. Famed for the fresh seafood, make sure to indulge in lobsters and oysters aplenty!

Jimbaran Bali

Photo via weekendhaven, twinkletamz, fatboo

For activities, learn about local life with cultural tours of the surrounding villages.

 

Read our Jimbaran guide:

What to do in Jimbaran?

Where to stay in Jimbaran?

Central Bali

Ubud

Surrounded by ancient rainforests and lush paddy fields, Ubud is the art and culture capital of Bali.

Ubud Bali

Photo via rachelle_taylor, balivillashvr, reshafirstiara

Jump into Ubud’s Tegenungan Waterfall, or visit the bustling streets filled with unique shops, art galleries, the coolest bars, and quirky eateries.

 

Read our Ubud guide:

What to do in Ubud?

Where to stay in Ubud?

 

3. Top tips for tip top accommodation

What makes a perfect hotel? Great views? A swim-up bar in the pool? Everyone is different, and thankfully Bali has everything for any budget – you just need to know where to look!

Our advice?

  • Set your budget

  • Look for accommodation accordingly

  • For those who are on budget, you may want to pick lower budget accommodation for most of the trip – then use your savings to stay in somewhere really special for the last few nights.

So how do you find the perfect accommodation?

First, you need to decide on a rough itinerary:

  • Where do you want to go?

  • What do you want to see?

  • When you have this in place, you can then start to look at places to stay.

Different Types of Accommodation

Homestay

It is exactly what it says, staying in someone’s home.

Homestays are a great way to meet local people, learn about non-tourist attractions and locations – and some homestays have more ‘soul’ than hotels.

 

Where to book?

Airbnb, Homeaway, FlipKey

Read our best pick here

Hostel

A great opportunity to meet other travellers, and save a few dollars. Beds in hostels tend to start from around $5, and most hostels have communal kitchens.

Hostel Accomodation Mermaid

Great for backpackers, and solo travellers!

 

Where to book?

Hostelworld

Hotel

Ranging from 1-star ‘no frills’ budget hotels starting at around $5, and up to the most luxurious 5-star hotels that will blow your mind (and your wallet!).

There is something for everyone, just decide what you really want from a hotel and search from there.

 

Where to book?

Agoda.com, Booking.com

Read our best pick here

Villas

You can get spectacular villas (with private pools for less than $100!) suitable for a romantic honeymoon, family vacation, and a holiday with a big group of friends.

Again prices vary, but the joys of a villa are the privacy and the feeling of ‘living’ in Bali.

 

Where to book?

Agoda.com, Booking.com, Airbnb, Villas.com

Read our best pick here

 

4. Things to do – Let’s get personal, it’s all about you!

Okay, we’re getting there, it’s all coming together and your Bali trip is becoming a reality. So what the heck are you going to do when you get there? Assume the sunbathing position, until happy hour then party the night away?

Great plan!!  If however you want to spice up your itinerary, then look no further. We have just the chart you need, to guarantee the trip of a lifetime!

Also read: 32 Incredible Things to Do in Bali that prove Bali is the Craziest!

4-1. Retail Therapy

Bali has some brilliant shopping but what are you looking for?

4-1-a. Artistic and traditional souvenirs like paintings, sculptures or batiks? (Sukawati Art Market)

Sukawati Art Market

4-1-b. How about the latest in high fashion labels? (Here’s our best pick on the best places to shop in Bali)

Fashion Shopping Bali

4-1-c. There are even incredible homeware shops and great coffee to be found!

Homeware Shops Bali

Bali has it all, and you just need to know where to look!

Tips: Bargain, bargain, bargain!

4-2. Pamper Yourself

No matter how busy your travel schedule, you should definitely pamper yourself with a good spa session and re-charge your batteries.

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La Joya Spa (Photo via doyoutravel, balimoments)

Not sure where to start? Find out more about the different spa treatments we’ve found, and love in Bali!

Also, read  our guide to Spas and Relaxation in Bali

4-3. For the nature lover

4-3-a. Instead of the usual beaches like Seminyak Beach, we say: make your way to one of Bali’s hidden beaches.

From natural lagoons with soft carpet-like moss, to secret coves, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Bali Hidden Beach

4-3-b. You can also explore 8 most spectacular waterfalls in Bali

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Photo via: tourfiona

4-3-c. If you’re up for water sports, Bali has some of the most radical waves for surfing – and a stunning underwater oasis for snorkeling.

If you don’t fancy getting your hair wet, don’t panic, there are plenty of quirky water activities for non-swimmers!

Underwater Walking Bali

4-3-d. Wild dolphins sightseeing – In Bali, you can see these wonderful creatures in their natural surroundings in Lovina. It’s a pretty exhilarating experience!

Dolphins in Lovina

4-3-d. For the mountain lovers, you can hike Mount Batur. (Read our Mount Batur guide here)

Mount Batur, Mount Agung

Photo via Ulises Mardi

Alternatively, you can attempt Mount Agung – Not many can claim they have climbed an active volcano, so here’s your chance – combine it with a visit to Besakih temple too! Read our Mount Agung guide here.

Read our nature guide in Bali

4-4. Get Down with Culture

No one visits Bali without being drawn into the rich and mysterious culture – from the ornate offerings at the roadside to the mysterious sea temples.

4-4-a. You can’t come to Bali without exploring at least one temple like these sea temples, during sunset where the view is at its best.

Bali Sea Temples

Tips for Temple Visits: (tap to expand)

4-4-b.  If temples aren’t your thing, and you still want to get some culture in, make sure you see a Balinese traditional dance.

Ranging from the famous Barong dance, to the hypnotizing Legong dance delicately performed by the younger girls.

Legong dance Gamelan Orchestra

Photo via urya-peradantha029

Often these dances are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. The gamelan is essentially the sound of Bali, music that you will often hear on your trip and come to associate with your wonderful adventure.

Read our Bali’s Culture Guide

4-5. Back to School

There are skills that you can learn in Bali that you may not have the chance to learn at home.

Learn how to make jewelry, paint, make coconut carvings or play a gamelan – there is something for everyone.

You’ll have fun and it gives you a great opportunity to sample Balinese life and meet local Balinese teachers.

So what kind of things can you expect?

4-5-a. Art – Visit the many art galleries for inspiration, or take a class with the incredible painters, sculptors and some truly alternative artists. Our recommendation on painting class? You can contact Nyoman’s shop at [email protected], we are totally in love with his paintings! Nyoman Shop Bali

If not, book an artistic retreat for something totally different.

4-5-b. Jewelry making – Anything goes, from cute little beaded bracelets to professional silverwork. The great thing about jewelry lessons is that you come away with some homemade souvenirs. Our recommendation? Try silver making at Studio Perak Jewelry Making at Studio Perak

Photo via An Epic Education

4-5-c. Yoga and meditation – Anyone that has read ‘Eat, Pray Love’ will know that Bali is renown for it’s spiritual and holistic practices. Recharge your soul, tap into your spirit and re-align those chakras with some yoga and meditation classes. Or you can have a Yoga retreat in Ubud.Yoga Bali

Photo via mcbs86, bexuals

4-5-d. Cooking classes – Any excuse to eat more food is good with us. Learn about the importance of fresh produce and how to re-create your new favorite Indonesian dishes at Bumbu BaliCooking Classes Bali

Photo via Fabulous Destinations

What have you got to lose? You are guaranteed to have fun even if you aren’t destined to be the next Picasso!

4-6. Do a Daytrip

Yes it’s another one that you might think is touristy but seriously, why not have a day adventure at one of these fun places? Embrace the tourism!

4-6-a. Waterparks – Take the kids to the epic Waterbom, or just become big kids and go on your own. No one is ever disappointed!
Waterparks Bali

Photo via The-Wonderful-Bali,-Universal-Indonesia,-Waterbom-Bali,-Blooloop

4-6-b. Safari and animal parks – Bali has some seriously exotic animal parks, you are going to see animals that you have never seen before and hear the call of the jungle.
Safari Marine Park Bali

4-6-c. Treetop adventures – A great day spent clambering around the tree tops on a safety wire and seeing the rainforest from a  whole new perspective? Why not!
Treetop Adventures Bali

Photo via osiochina

4-6-d. Monkey Forest – Located in Ubud, this forest is famous, or infamous some may say, for the thousands of monkeys that roam inside. Our advice – if you are going to go, then don’t take food, stay a safe distance from the monkeys, and don’t bring small children.
Monkey Forest Ubud

Photo via TripCanvas

The list of things to do in Bali is endless – we have covered all the things that we love doing but don’t be afraid to look into trying other things that you enjoy!

5. Ditch the Diet – Welcome to Foodie Heaven

If Bali blows your mind, then you can trust the fabulous food to blow your tastebuds – prepare yourself for a culinary adventure!

Whether you choose to eat local in tiny, street side warungs, or extraordinary fine-dining establishments, you get expect to find an exciting array of dishes.

Food prices vary from incredibly cheap (a whole meal and drinks for a few dollars) up to the more expensive and luxurious gastronomical experiences (can be up to hundreds of dollars).

The main staple of Bali is rice so you can expect that to accompany most dishes as well of plenty of vegetables, spices, meats and fruit. Overall the food is pretty healthy so you can have a guilt free dessert or cocktail!

What are some authentic local dishes you should most definitely try?

Babi Guling

Whole pig slowly roasted on a spit resulting in moist pork and the best crackling you will ever taste

Babi Guling

Photo via adventurefoodie.blogspot.com

Lawar

Diced coconut, chili and garlic usually mixed with minced pork meat and blood.

Lawar

Nasi Campur

Essentially mixed rice, it’s cheap, cheerful and super tasty.

Nasi Campur

Photo via dongengduniakecilku

Bebek Betutu

Spiced, wrapped duck slow roasted overnight. Usually requires advanced booking at the restaurant.

Bebek Betutu

Bubur Injin

Bali’s version of a rice-pudding. A sweet, thick black rice treat often flavored with coconut.

Bubur Injin

Photo via silentskylark.com

Sate

Delicious seasoned meat and fish skewered on lemongrass sticks and cooked over open coals. Dip and enjoy!

Sate

Sambal

Spicy, sweet or sour chili sauces that accompany most dishes. Each restaurant has it’s own secret recipe!

Balinese Sambal

 

Tips:

  • Vegetarian and vegan food is widely available and there are plenty of dedicated vegetarian restaurants.

  • There are plenty of certified halal restaurants throughout Bali.

  • Bali places a lot of emphasis on fresh food and organic produce so you will be spoilt for choice with healthy and organic restaurants.

  • Most restaurants will try their hardest to comply with any dietary requirements – just ask! (For those requiring gluten-free meals too.)

  • There are a ton of quirky cafes and uniquely themed restaurants to visit too.

  • If you are on a budget but want to do a fine dining in Bali, try these affordable fine dining restaurants!

  • For drinks, definitely try Bintang beer (drink up at one of these amazing beach bars!), Kopi Luwak (poo coffee), or Balinese rice wine

Read our ultimate food guide in Bali too!

These are the one-in-a-lifetime eating experiences, with outstanding food and amazing themes!

6. Let’s talk money, honey

The official currency of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and is stated as Rp on pricelists (usually in thousands of Rp otherwise people get bored of writing zeros).

For around $75, you become a Rupiah millionaire and will swiftly have to become a counting genius.

Indonesian Rupiah

Photo via spreadthosewings

Tips:

1. Depending on where you are, exchanging money into IDR usually best done once in Indonesia, as rates outside of Indonesia are considerably higher (Of course there are exceptions in cities like Singapore, which has a better exchange rate).

When you arrive, change a small amount at the airport ($50-$100), for your transport and other minor things – until you can get to an authorized money exchange outside of the airport where rates will be better.

2. DO NOT use unauthorized money exchange counters or back-street kiosks – the rate sounds too good to be true, and you might probably receive considerably less than the amount stated no matter how closely you watch them count your cash. We recommend you to change at BMC authorized money changer.

Money Exchange on Bali

3. Debit and credit cards (apart from American Express) are widely accepted throughout Bali although a surcharge of 2-3% often applies. There may also be foreign charges by your own bank for using your card abroad, so check these with your bank beforehand.

6-1. How much money should I bring to Bali?

With accommodations and flights booked – you just need to bring enough to cover things like food, drinks, tours/entrance fees, massages/Spa, and some shopping.

For those who are on budget

If you dine in local warungs, do minimal shopping, tours and massages, you will need around USD $15-25 per person per day.

Here’s the breakdown:

– Food/drinks (USD $10 per person for 3 meals)

– Getting around by taxis (USD $10 for 1-2 taxi trips, USD $5 per person if you are sharing among 2 persons)

– Miscellaneous funds for shopping, massages/spa and tours/entrance fees (USD $10)

For those who want to travel luxuriously on budget

If you dine in fancy restaurants occasionally, splurge on decent massages/Spa/desserts and travel extensively, you might want to bring around USD $35 – 60 per person per day, depending on how much shopping and tours you do.

Here’s the breakdown:

– Food/drinks (USD $25~30 per person for 3 meals)

– Getting around by taxis (USD $20 for 3-4 taxi trips, USD $10 per person if you are sharing among 2 persons. This fee will be similar if you hire a driver (Rp 450,000 – approximately USD $33 a day, if you travel in a group of 3 or more)

– Miscellaneous funds for shopping, massages/spa and tours/entrance fees (USD $20)

For those who are living the high life

Bring you credit cards. Extravagant five-course meals and luxurious Spa in Bali can cost up to few hundred dollars. There is simply no way you can carry so much cash with you.

 

Note: As of now, the departure tax of Rp. 200,000 payable only in Rupiah at the airport when you leave has been abolished. This fee is now absorbed into your departure ticket price (when you book your flights), so you don’t need to keep the extras anymore!

7. The art of packing

Step away from the rucksack! Let’s have a chat about the basics before you dash to the shops for a holiday spending spree. Trust us, you aren’t going to need most of the things that you are mentally packing.

Traditional suitcases are great but even better if they have wheels. Some surfaces might be a bit too bumpy to drag them but you will glide along through the airports and flat surfaces.

Luggage

Hybrid rucksack/wheelie cases are awesome and well worth investing in. You can carry them when the going gets tough and wheel them the rest of the time. Perfect!

Hybrid rucksack

Okay, now you have a case what do you REALLY need to pack aside from your passport?

The packing list

7-1. Clothes and Shoes

Pack minimally as you will be spending most of your time in swim or beachwear. (You will want to keep cool and dress light while in Bali!)

If you are visiting classier establishments like the famous Rock Bar or Kudeta, do pack accordingly for the smart casual dress codes.

  • Flip flops/sandals – Day to day you will live in these!!

  • Trainers/sneakers/Hiking boots – You know if these are applicable to you. Climbing Mount Agung? Bring them. Walking to the pool? Not needed!

  • Hat/sunglasses – keep cool and look cool!

  • Beach Towel – Especially good if you are staying in budget accommodation, and want to use as a bath towel too. Alternatively buy one when you get there, cheap and saves bag space.

7-2. Toiletries and Healthcare

Make sure to pack sunblock, moisturizer (or aloe vera gel) to keep your sea and sun dried skin hydrated and looking lovely.

Definitely bring insect repellent. You will NEED this.

Insect Repellent

Also prepare an emergency health care/first aid kit that includes panadol, charcoal pills, rehydration sachets and whatever else you think you might need. It’s better to be prepared!

7-3. Gadgets

  • Adapter – The Bali socket is a 250 vault 2 round pin plug. Most hotels have adapters, but it’s worth investing in a couple. Adapter

  • Phone – Ideally unlocked so that you can buy a Bali sim card for cheaper calls.

  • Camera and extra memory card– You are going to want plenty of pictures. Remember to check your insurance for cover on technology.

  • Laptop – Essential for the hardcore bloggers and worker bees but if you can get away without it then leave it at home.

8. Transport

Getting around Bali is relatively easy, most tourist areas have a central transport station, and you can always pre-book tourist transport to take you places.

Taxi

  • Taxis are everywhere, they are cheap and a lot less hassle. However, be prepared for ‘broken meters’, lack of change, hard-selling of tours and unexplained fix fare prices.

  • Bluebird taxis are the most reliable, but still make sure that the meter is running and you have a vague idea how much the journey should cost before you set off (ask someone in your hotel). (Note: Beware, not all blue taxis are Bluebird taxis!) Bluebird Taxi

  • Taxis from the airport show have official set prices so have a look then to get an idea of prices.

Kura-kura Bus

  • Kura-kura buses are a convenient and easily accessible way to travel around Bali. Kura-kura bus

  • There are 8 different routes to bring you around the main areas – such as Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud, etc.

  • Simply look at the route map and the timings, and you’re free to plan your itinerary for the day!

Hired car & driver

  • For a more bespoke and flexible itinerary, you should consider hiring a car and driver for a few days.

  • You can set your own destinations and relax in the comfort of your own vehicle (usually air conditioned!!)

  • Prices are relatively cheap, around $30-$35 per day and usually negotiable. Make sure you agree a price beforehand.

  • For first-timers to Bali, it’s not advisable to drive in Bali as the roads can be quite chaotic. For example, people pull out without looking, and traffic lights only serve as suggestions.

If you would like to hire a driver with vehicle in Bali, you can look for Pak Wayan (or Wayan Bogler). When our editors visited Bali, he took really good care of them and charges a reasonable rate too – Rp 500,000~650,000 per day (approximately USD 40~50) depending on the type of vehicle, includes parking fees, mineral water and petrol.

You can also email him at [email protected] or contact +62 81236733969.

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Scooters (Moped)

  • Scooters are cheap to hire and run, easily parked and a great, exciting way to see the island.

    ScooterPhoto via kings-life-2

  • The negatives however are possible run-ins with the police and other road users (sometimes literally) – and scams with regard to ‘damage’ of the vehicle once returned, and potential accidents.

  • If you really want to give it a go then make sure you have a driving license and use a helmet – both are required by law and failure to comply will also render your insurance invalid.

 

Other forms of transport:

1. Hiring bicycles is a great way to see the quieter areas of Bali. Just exercise common sense when using public roads and wear a helmet.

2. There are plenty of hidden islands just a boat ride away from Bali. Why not take a ferry or high speed boat on a few day excursions to next door Lombok, Gili Islands – and the Nusa islands (Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan). The quiet, undisturbed islands are well worth the journey!

3. Lastly, walking and cycling are great ways to see Bali, enjoy the sights, sounds and meet people as you go. As with all places be careful walking along busy roads or walking alone after dark.

9. The dos and the donts

The people of Bali are relaxed, friendly, and very lenient towards tourist behavior but ultimately Bali can be a culture shock so let’s lay down some ground rules to avoid any embarrassing moments!

Also read: 10 Common Tourist Traps to Avoid in Bali

DO:

  • Get adequate travel insurance – hopefully you won’t need it but will kick yourself if you don’t have it. Doctors’ fees can quickly run into hundreds of dollars if you are taken ill.

  • Take your shoes off before entering a temple or person’s house.

  • Wear a helmet if you hire a motorcycle. Messing up your hairstyle is worth it to avoid a brain injury or a police fine. On the same point, get insurance cover – just in case! Bali Police

  • Use an authorized money changer – the back street kiosks often offer commission free changing but amazingly you never seem to get what you expected

  • Dress appropriately especially in temples and in public places. Beachwear is for the beach!

  • Drink brand spirits in local bars. It’s rare but there have been cases of methanol poisoning from local brewed spirits.

  • Immerse yourself in the culture and spirit of Bali, a smile gets you a lot way with the locals!

DON’T:

  • Drink tap water – bottled water is cheap and widely available

  • Use your left hand to pass things to someone. Use your right hand or both hands together.

  • Use your foot to point or touch someone and don’t put your feet up on a chair and expose the soles to people. It’s a whole new level of insulting and disgusting in Bali.

  • Don’t point at people using your index finger – it’s insulting everywhere, but especially in Bali.

    Don’t point at people using your index finger

  • Swim outside of the flags on the beach. The fantastic rips make for great surfing but are dangerous to swimmers.

  • Enter a temple if you are menstruating or have an open, bleeding wound.

  • Pat someone on the head (even if it’s a cute child!) – The head is sacred in Bali

  • BUY, USE OR EVEN THINK ABOUT DRUGS! The penalty in Bali is death and it isn’t worth it!

  • Over haggle – gently bartering is fine but don’t get carried away

10. Chart: Indonesian language tips

Want to know the easiest way to make friends in a new country? Try to speak the language! Learning the basics will make a huge difference as locals try to help you. (Many Balinese like to practice their English with you too!)

Here are some simple Bahasa Indonesian phrases to get you started – if you get a flavor for the language, then why not download a language translation app and really impress the locals!

Good Morning

Selamat pagi (S’LAH maht PAH-ghee)

Good Afternoon

Selamat siang (S’LAH maht SEE-yang)

Good Night

Selamat malam (S’LAH maht MAH-lam)

Please

Silakan (sih-LAH-kann)

Please/help (request)

Tolong (TOH-long)

Excuse me/I’m sorry

Maaf (mah-AHF)

Thank you

Terima kasih (TEREE-mah KAH-see)

My name is ….

Nama saya … (NAH-mah sahy-yah…)

Yes

Ya (EEYAH)

No

Tidak (TEE-dah/) or Tak (TAH/) for both the final ‘a’ is a hard vowel and cuts off just before the ‘k’.

How are you?

Apa Kabar? (AH-pah KAH-bar?)

Fine, Thank you

Baik, terima kasih (bah-EEK, TEREE-mah KAH-see)

Now you know all there is to know, and we promise you’ll be extremely well-prepared for your exciting first trip to Bali!

Welcome to the mystical land of gods, hidden beaches, and sweet, sweet paradise.

Welcome to Bali

Photo via marina-pissarova

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