Bali is one of the hottest destinations on the planet! It’s the perfect place to soak up the Indonesian culture, while also making the most of glorious beaches. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, these hot tips will put you on the right track:
1. When to Go: Bali sits close to the equator, so it benefits from warm, tropical weather all year round. June/July and December are peak holiday periods, while March/April to September/October is a great time to visit if you want to take advantage of off-peak rates and the drier season.
2. Best Sights to See: Bali is wonderfully diverse, with plenty of sights to see.
- We recommend checking out destinations like Ubud, Singaraja, Kuta and Lovina
- Temples such as Besakih,Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Pura Ulan Danu Bratan are also a must-visit
- Bali is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, so ensure to check out Kuta Beach, Balangan Beach, Legian Beach and Seminyak Beach (remember, if a red flag is up, it means the beach is off limits due to dangerous currents)
- Don’t forget to check out the amazing markets Bali also has to offer too – try Pasar Kumbasari, Baduing and Kumbasai (Denapasar), Candi Kuning (Bedugal) amd Pasar Anyar (Singaraja).
3. Accommodation: Accommodation in Bali is easy to come by and caters to everyone, from budget travellers and villa lovers to those who want 5-star resorts. If you’re travelling in peak holiday seasons, accommodation can book out fast, so get organized and book in advance.
4. What to Wear: Bali is humid and tropical, so light clothing is best. You’ll rarely need to dress up here and even in more formal restaurants, casual dress is fine. Keep in mind that if you want to visit temples, though, you’ll need to cover your shoulders and upper arms, as well as your waist and legs.
5. Getting Around: Travelling around Bali is somewhat self-sufficient – you can drive yourself, rent a bicycle, take a bus or hire a driver to take you around. Taxis are available too. If you plan to drive, make sure you have an international driver’s license, cover rental vehicle excess with your travel insurance for Bali and obey the road rules.
6. Food in Bali: There are amazing foods to sample in Bali, from Lawar (chopped meat with spices) to suckling pig and more. While street food is also worth a try, avoid any food that hasn’t been peeled/cooked in front of you, as this can lead to ‘Bali Belly’ (otherwise known as traveller’s’ diarrhea). Avoid tap water too, as this is not safe to drink – or brush your teeth with.
7. Taking Medications: You can pick up most general medications at pharmacies in Bali. If you need to bring something else with you, make sure it’s considered legal there and take your prescriptions and doctor’s letters with you. Be very wary of bringing in any prohibited substances into Indonesia (or accepting these while there), as this can lead to severe penalties.
8. Customs & Etiquette: The Balinese are friendly and welcoming people, but it’s important that you respect their customs and etiquette.
- Don’t disrespect or deny any religions or God, as this is illegal in Bali
- Many public places in Bali, including hotels, restaurants, bus stops and shopping centers, are also non-smoking; pay attention if you’re a smoker, as if you’re caught, you can face prison/detention
- Do not engage in public displays of affection
- Avoid engaging in any aggressive or hostile behavior, as this is rarely tolerated in Bali
- Use your right hand (not your left) for eating, handling items and exchanging money – the left hand in Bali is considered “dirty”
- Don’t use your fingers to point, as this is rude; instead, use your thumb or your whole hand to gesture