Bali The Beautiful: What To Know Before You Go

December 10, 2017

Bali is beautiful no doubt! However, there are parts of your visit that will be not so beautiful, if you are not prepared for your visit. We will cover things you need to know, from waves to monkeys, before you travel to Bali:

 How To Travel Around Bali

The top three ways to travel around Bali is by foot, taxi, or rented vehicle.

Foot: If you are wanted to stay near your hotel and explore the local area, this is great for you. This is also a great option if you are on a tight budget.

Taxi: If you are not comfortable with traffic that does not adhere to strict guidelines and also roads that are in poor condition, taxis are the way to go. Drivers are used to commuting with these conditions. Taxis are very common, making them easy to find.

Rented Vehicle: You can rent a car or SUV for $20-$60 per day. Remember that the vehicles are right-hand drive. This could be difficult to adjust to. Scooters are another commonly rented vehicle. Bali is known for having chaotic traffic and poor road conditions, so be cautious before renting a scooter. Many accidents occur from travelers operating scooters that are unfamiliar with the conditions.

Dress Codes

Bali is full of beautiful temples that you should definitely visit. There is a dress code the Balinese follow and expect you to follow also. Balinese are conservative. While entering a temple you should have your shoulders and upper arms covered.

Always wear appropriate foot wear, especially at night. During the day a cheap pair of flip flops is a great choice. Many places will ask you to remove your shoes before entering anyway. Remember, cheap shoes are great. Flashy shoes may get stolen. At night you will want your feet to be more protected. You do not want to get bitten by a snake, especially because there are many poisonous snakes there. 

Protect Yourself

You have heard this before and we will say it again. Protect your skin! Since Bali is located just 10 degrees south of the equator, the sun is much more intense than in other places around the world. It will not take long unprotected to get a nasty sunburn. To avoid a blistering sunburn wear sunscreen.

You will need to use some sort of insect repellent too. Ever heard of Dengue Fever? It is something you do not want! Mosquitoes in Bali can carry a disease that can cause Dengue Fever, which feels similar to the flu.

Check with your doctor to see if there are any vaccines that you may need before traveling. 

Wildlife Will Roam

If you see an animal without a red collar run in the opposite direction, as it has not been treated for rabies. You will notice that some animals, including monkeys, will have a red collar. A red collar means that the animal has been treated for rabies.

Seeing a monkey will make you want to smile, but be very careful. Even though monkeys are cute, they are still wild animals. Showing your teeth to a monkey is a sign of aggression. You do not want to pick a fight with a monkey.

Discounts Come At A Price

Choose your vacation time wisely. There is a reason that vacation is extremely discounted. Bali’s rainy season could ruin your trip. The rainy season is October-April. If you like rain, this is your time! If you are looking for more of a paradise weather, hot and sunny, then plan your trip between May and July.

Calling all surfers! If you want some of the world’s best waves head to Bali April-October.

Preparing for your travel is the best way to have a great trip. Nothing ruins a trip faster than a nasty illness or a fight with a monkey. Hopefully, these tips will help you have a blast while traveling Bali.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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