Bali is the most famous tourist destination in Indonesia. A lot of newly married couples and travel wanderers go there to rejuvenate and recreate. If you are planning to go there anytime soon, this article is a must-read.
Bali is a small island in Indonesia. A land full of beautiful beaches, eccentric temples, and lots of exciting activities. This island has a unique set of art and dance that attracts tourists from all over the world. Being ignored since forever, Bali got the world’s eye in 2010. After that this small country became the first choice of all travel lovers. Most couples go their to enjoy their new life bliss.
If you are planning on visiting this place. Here are the 10 things you should consider before going on a trip.
Set a Budget
Contrary to other destinations, Bali is quite economical but it does not mean you can hop on to anything. You have to see your bank account and feasibility. Then decide the mode of transportation, residence and food in new country. Southern part of Bali is quite famous and populous. So apparently the food and hotels are a bit cheap there. You can make a comparison chart and then decide the whole trip that may not broke you account in any terms.
Learn local norms before going to Bali
This is very important task you should do before going. Balinese are quite peaceful and friendly nation but they do have a set of etiquettes to follow. So before going learn and remember following manners and use then accordingly.
- Don’t point at anyone.
- Don’t touch the head of a local (so, like, don’t go patting random kids on the head even if they are super cute).
- Take off your shoes when entering a local’s home.
- Don’t let your foot soles show while sitting.
- Don’t cross your arms or put your hands on your tips (these are seen as aggressive postures).
- Be mindful of the offerings on the ground and don’t crush them.
- Don’t engage in a political discussion or activity, especially with any locals (you might be in the clear, but it is much more serious for the locals).
Learn to cook
This is a surprising tip but trust me it will help you a lot. You may want to try new cuisines and food combinations. But after a while you may want to eat something of your own taste and likings. So even if you don’t know the basics, just learn how to cook few basic dishes while you are on your trip.
Carry Small Currency in Bali
Despite most of the destinations are natural and God Gifted in Bali, Indonesia. You have to pay a fee to visit ot enjoy them. They are very less, like in scents or small units. You can visits the sites free if you came after 5;30 or after sunset. But who wants to enjoy nature in dark. So just carry little amount of cash with you all the time on the trip. It will help you a lot of trouble.
Carry your best sneakers
Since Bali is an island and it a lots and lots of walking, hiking or trekking. Most of the beaches or temples has numerous stairs or trail. You have to walk a lot in order to enjoy each destination. So to save your feet from soaring and pain, carry the walking or jogging sneakers or shoes along with you. This tip will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable.
Do not Stick to beaches only
Bali, Indonesia has some of the most beautiful and clean beaches in the world. Most of the tourists came her to visit beaches only and do not explore other attractions in the island. Here are few most beautiful and scenic temples that you can pay visit and enjoy the local rituals. Some of the most notable temples are Gunung Kawi Temple near Ubud and Pura Lempuyang Luhur, which is located along the eastern tip of the island.
Temples are superfluous in Bali, so following the right protocol when visiting a temple is super important.
- Take off your shoes before entering.
- Dress modestly. Keep your shoulders and legs covered.
- Put on a sarong to cover your legs when entering a temple.
- According to religious teachings, women on their periods can’t enter any temples or other sacred places of worship.
The Monkey Forest Sanctuary: You’ve probably seen it on Instagram, and it’s also a must-do when visiting Bali. f you want to get a little under-the-radar, the West Bali National Park covers an area of over 70 square miles and serves as a sanctuary for over 100 species of birds, endangered plants, marine life, and so much more. Guides are available for hire at the park’s entrance, and most of the nearby hotels also arrange tours of the park.
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Visit a local Balinese Family
The Balinese are some of the nicest and most welcoming people we encountered in our travels. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with locals in Bali and learn about their cultures and traditions. There are many gorgeous things in Bali: the rice fields, the sunsets, the colorful and fragrant flowers… but the most beautiful part is the heart and kindness of its people.
Taste Their local Scrumptious Cuisine
When it comes to local Balinese food, indulge yourself in a mouth-watering satay (meat or veggie meat on a stick with a spicy peanut buttery sauce), Lawar (finely chopped meat and vegetables mixed with shredded coconut), and of course, Nasi Goreng (fried rice, Indo style). Nasi means rice in Bahasa Indonesia, one of Bali’s two main languages. So, it’s safe to say that you’ll never pass a market in Bali or the rest of Indonesia without seeing some sort of Nasi dish.
Important Applications in Bali
Grab is the Southeast Asian version of Uber, and this app is essential when visiting Bali. Use Grab to find a motorbike taxi to take you to your destination.
Very popular in Bali, Go-Jek is your all-in-one ride share and delivery app. This app has a handy list of restaurants and grocery stores and you can order anything for delivery straight to your door.
Visit Local Art performers on the streets
Bali has one of the most unique and amazing art performers in the region. They have a signature dance style that attracts tourists all over the world. So if you are planning to visit Bali soon, go and see their dancers and smoothest moves. It will rejuvinate your mind and soul for sure.
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