So, you’re all set to set your foot on the Island of Gods, Bali…
Excited much? You should be
Well, from strolling amidst the crowds to finding solace in the trek trails and waterfalls, there are certain tips and tricks you must be aware of when visiting this paradise on Earth.
And, to acquaint you with the same, we have enlisted those below. Read on and brace yourselves as these are sure to come in handy during your visit.
1. Definitely not as uncrowded as it seems
Bali is no more the hidden gem of the planet. That being said, it experiences tourists in large numbers all year round because of its favourable climate which stands second to its astounding beauty.
While you may not be able to resist the hustle and bustle of South Bali and Ubud, keen solitude seekers will be able to locate secluded corners too. You can go on to discover the off-beaten path and some of the most mesmerizing and unexplored waterfalls of the area.
2. Respect the traditional customs
Bali is as famous for its temples as it is for its beaches, hikes, and waterfalls. It is a perfect amalgamation of all the worlds. Hence, it is essential that when you are visiting the island, make sure to respect the traditional customs and dress modestly when visiting the famous temples. Cover your knees and shoulders too when visiting any religious space.
Besides, you might come across ‘canang sari’, i.e. a religious offering made by Balinese Hindus when visiting the temples. Take notice that you don’t accidentally step on it.
3. Keep tab of the added tax in your bills
When at any bar or restaurant in Bali, make sure to keep a tab on your food bill. According to laws, bars and restaurants in the region charge an additional 21% on foods and drinks. While some may add these to their menu price itself, there are other bars and restaurants that add it to the final bill. Although there’s nothing to worry about, you should be aware of this beforehand.
4. Learn to bargain
In Bali, there shall be many instances, especially at the beaches when you will have to bargain so just learn the basics and you will be good to go. Always remember to never push your limits and know when to stop. When in doubt, just walk away. If the vendor agrees to your price at that point in time and is ready to give you the stuff, that’s it. Do remember to be polite and humble, no matter what.
5. Get your currency exchanged beforehand
As unfortunate as it may sound but you need to be careful of the currency in Bali. It is advised that you must get it exchanged beforehand from a trusted source, like from the airports. However, you must not rely on shop owners which flock around the region in abundance as some of them have reportedly duped tourists.
Besides, keep a check on the current exchange rate as it will come in handy when you get your currency exchanged.
Now that you are aware of some of the most important things before travelling to Bali, you are good to go. Do extensive research (even about the little details) as you will be able to spend your time in peace.
If you are the adventurous kind, take the off beaten path and explore the unexplored. But, before you head out to such trails, do make sure you are equipped with the best tactical gear. And, 511 Tactical is the name to trust for it.