1. Drink bottled water only.
It’s important to just be safe and not even risk drinking contaminated water. There’s something known as the “Bali Belly,” and it isn’t any fun. Stomach cramps can ruin a trip. However, you should still be sure to drink lots of water to combat the heat and humidity.
2. Be prepared for the humidity.
It’s a whole different kind of climate there. It’s especially bad during the wet season of October-April.
3. Buy Bali bug spray.
This spray will be much more effective than anything you bring over from your home country. Their bug spray is specifically designed for their rather active bug population. Autan and Soffel are two preferred brands.
4. Rent a scooter for getting around the city.
(Via Bali Spirit Festival)
Scooters are a great way to save money and get to places, maybe even a little faster than a cab. It’s definitely the easiest way to get around on your own. The rates are usually around 30,000-50,000 Rupiah or $2.50-$4USD per day and 200,000-250,000 Rupiah or $14-18USD. Don’t be afraid to barter the price down if it isn’t reasonable.
5. Take off your shoes before entering shops.
This is just a normal cultural rule in Bali for some places. Follow the leader. If you see shoes outside the door, you should probably take them off. It’s usually required for entering places of worship.
6. Dress appropriately for venues.
Particularly when visiting temples, it’s important to remain modest. It is respectful to enter only when your knees and shoulders are covered.
7. Download Gojek.
(Via Free Malaysia Today)
It’s basically the Bali version of Uber Eats. Get food delivered right to your hotel whenever you want.
8. Beware of aggressive monkeys.
Yeah, that’s right. They aren’t always as nice as they are cute. Just be mindful of them and don’t get too close.
9. Expect there to be plenty of sugar syrups in your drink.
If you’re looking for something healthy, be sure to specifically ask for no syrup, as it’s often used and not listed on the ingredients.
10. Get the right plug adaptor.
You need the Euro 2 pole Rounded Plug for all your needed electricity.
11. Make sure you barter before paying for something.
Most of the time you can find the product for nearly 40% cheaper than what they’re asking. Ask around for the cheapest price, and bargain if it doesn’t seem fair. Start by deciding the highest that you will pay (but you should be sure to respect their work). Offer much lower than that and see what the shop owner comes back with. Refuse to go over your price and even start walking away, and there’s a change they will change their price. Don’t be afraid of giving in if you really want it though.
12. Bring cash.
A lot of places are cash only in Bali. Be sure to always have some cash on you, but not too much! It’s figured that the price of a trip is a total of Rs 30,000-35,000/ US$ 469-547 per person, so you should bring about that much cash with you. Make sure to store it somewhere safe.