Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Bali
Bali Bali Bali, I absolutely LOVED Bali! If you haven’t already noticed in my travel guides. I will link them at the bottom of this post. There are so many assumptions on what Bali is like and it scares some people from visiting. In this post I will talk about the dos and don’ts when visiting Bali.
I am so glad I went to Bali and I definitely would like to go back in the future. The beautiful balinese people are so genuine and kind. It was so lovely to go somewhere and have their beautiful smiles greet you and say hello everywhere you go. I really do miss the genuine kindness.
It was my first time visiting Bali. Of course like most people I had heard so many stories about Bali, both good and bad. I thought, with anywhere you go and visit, there is always going to be good and bad reviews on that destination. Everyone has their own idea of what places are good and not so good. Just like restaurants in your own country. Some people will like a certain place and then other people will think it wasn’t that good.
For me, Bali was amazing. There are of course things you have to be mindful of but I think that goes with anywhere you visit.
– You have to remember not to drink a drop of water in Bali that isn’t from a SEALED bottle or from a resort that has guaranteed you that it is safe to drink. Most resorts provide bottled water in your rooms.
– Remember to brush your teeth with bottled water not with the tap!!!
– In the shower remember to close your mouth so no water accidentally gets swallowed.
– Remember if you have ice in your drink to make sure it is from a safe place.
– I would also recommend if you are drinking a canned drink like Coca-Cola, I would recommend pouring it into a sterilised cup as you need to be careful that the can hasn’t been contaminated.
– We made sure we only ate at the resorts which had good hygiene certificates or restaurants that had a lot of people inside eating as usually restaurants that aren’t busy with people is usually a sign that it is not a great place to eat at.
If you are drinking alcohol in Bali that isn’t your standard bottled drinks, example; Smirnoff Ice, Bintang then I would recommend you watch them make your drinks or go somewhere where you know that they will make it with known ingredients.
Don’t leave your bags or drinks unattended:
This is really a given wherever you go in the world. You can never be to careful when travelling and leaving bags or drinks unattended. People may spike your drinks or steal something of yours so keep your belongings close to you.
Bargaining takes a bit of getting used to but when you start to get an understanding of how to bargain then you will be ok. Please don’t get aggressive when bargaining as you have to understand that they are just trying to make an income for their families. The Balinese love to bargain but if they aren’t willing to give you the price you want then just accept that and move on as you will most likely find whatever you wanted down the road in another shop. Don’t be abusive or scream and get upset at them especially if it’s an older balinese person. Very important to go about bargaining calmly when visiting Bali.
In the Balinese Culture they create offerings for the God’s. They do this 3 times a day and lay them either in their shops, outside the shops, on the pavements etc. They are everywhere so just be careful where you walk as it isn’t polite to step on them.
Don’t wave with your left hand as that is considered impolite in the Balinese culture.
If you are going to rent a scooter then I would recommend wearing a helmet.
I don’t think it is compulsory to wear one but traffic in Bali is very busy and they do have a high crash rate.
Stay away from drugs:
The drug laws in Bali are very strict. If you get caught you can end up in prison.
The Balinese people are so kind and there are some gorgeous places that you can go to in Bali.
*Bali, Indonesia Travel Guides*
Part 1 – http://borntobealive.blog/welcome/bali-indonesia-travel-guide-part-1/
Part 2 – http://borntobealive.blog/welcome/bali-indonesia-travel-guide-part-2/