If a holiday in Bali is on your list of things to do this year, this article was written with you in mind, and if it happens to be your very first time on this unique tropical island paradise, here are a few things about Bali that you probably don’t know.
Stuff to Know Before You Travel To Bali
While this Indonesian island is a tropical paradise, you are never far away from a traffic jam. Vehicles of all kinds (including some you have never seen before) are on the narrow roads and although it seems chaotic at first glance, everyone finally gets to wherever it is they are going, and all with a smile! The quickest way to move around is to hire a small motorcycle, just make sure that you are fully insured and don’t ride too fast.
Don’t Drink the Tap Water
Even the locals will avoid drinking the tap water, and with bottled drinking water on every corner, you should drink 6-8 glasses per day to stay hydrated, especially if you are there during the summer. For the very best accommodation, look no further than Bali luxury villas by Cantik, an Australian owned and managed resort that always impresses. Booking in advance secures a good deal, and this is a premier resort that has everything you could possibly need for a perfect getaway.
Bartering is Accepted
With the exception of top-notch designer boutiques, restaurants and convenience stores, bartering is part of the Balinese culture, but don’t overdo it, as the locals rely heavily on tourism, and most things are very cheap when compared to prices at home. As with any other place in the world, if you are prepared to pay the first asking price, the seller will happily carry out the transaction, and saving a little here and there will add up.
Say No to Drugs
We all know what happened to the Bali 9, and Indonesia makes it quite clear that they have zero tolerance to drug use, so avoid all illegal substances, unless, of course, you want to feature on Banged Up Abroad! By respecting the local customs and traditions, you will gain so much more from this laid-back lifestyle that no other place can replicate. A word of warning, avoid riding motorcycles after drinking alcohol, as a few scrapes will be so painful, it will ruin your holiday, you are better off on foot or using one of the local motorcycle taxis.
Be Aware of the Street Dogs
Much like Thailand, Bali has a stray dog problem, and while they are not usually aggressive, it is not wise to pet a strange dog, and in the event you do get bitten, seek out a doctor immediately. The locals do feed the dogs, and there are voluntary organizations that offer these poor creatures some assistance.
Book your first-class accommodation with an online agency, then do a little online research to prepare for what will certainly be the holiday-of-a-lifetime on the beautiful tropical island called Bali.