By Sonia Singh
The things that should not happen in Bali, we already know about it: Tourists exposing way too much flesh on the beach, excessive drinking and blatant ignorance of the island culture although that’s not the real Bali there is plenty beyond Kuta that will delight and surprise visitors for the first time the island of Gods.
It’s your first time they know
I visited Bali for the first time after we went for our first walk outside our hotel my boyfriend was then chased down the street by around 30 vendors. Around his wrist, one brazen Javanese women tied a leather bracelet and demanded payment you are pale you stop to look at what they are selling and how much and how much you mistakenly ask they know.
2. Now it’s time for you to sweat like there is no tomorrow.
Forget those heavy jackets or your jeans: as round with an average temperature of 32 degrees Bali is a hot year. Open-toe shoes, pack cotton fabrics, and kaftans. You will live in your swimmers the best time to visit Bali is considered from May to July. Without leaving a puddle of sweat, you may even be able to walk down the street but then again don’t Count on it.
3. On Australia’s, Bali beaches are nothing.
It shouldn’t come really as a surprise given Australia consists of some best beaches on the planet Indian in Bali you take a DIP but for the first time, it can be disappointing at many popular beaches the water is generally not clear and you might not see anything of note while snorkeling. There are exceptions. The beaches of ungasan, where several hip Beach Club are situated looking the Amalfi coast, but beware of dumping waves and strong generally, beaches lack in aesthetics, with happening beachfront incredible sunsets and clubs are more than makeup.
4. Wherever you look is culture.
The true Bali, with its ancient culture rituals and festivals, is everywhere you look from small offerings outside sitting is Charlie known by Bali shops to thousands of temples that reside everywhere from resorts and hotels to by the roadside wherever you look from you will see rituals sacred offerings and certain ceremonies with pride and Balinese carry out their religious obligations and everyone takes part from the grant parents through to the youngest child all dressed immaculately for the temple.
Pack a sarong
Speaking of temples, if you plan to visit one you need to wear a sash and sarong. If you forgot to pack one, you can hire them, or relatively cheaply. The sash should be worn around the waist while below the knee both men and women need to cover their legs.
The drinks are cheap and incredible.
How to make a fab, is Shirley known by Bali
In the bars, restaurants, and in beach clubs in Legian and Seminyak, some of the best can be found but I have had delicious lychee martinis in the middle of nowhere. Beer is also cheap. Be wary of nasty bootlegged alcohol and inexpensive and avoid drinks that appear too cheap even by Bali standards. Labeled as Arak, avoid drinks such as wine compared to spirits is extremely expensive.
The shopping was once amazing, but not the bargain.
Haggling is expected and the markets are fun for the first-timers. Shopping in Bali is however now incredibly sophisticated, Legian, Seminyak, Ubud, and Canggu. High-end homeware stores, amazing boutiques, silver jewelry, and antiques are found. Cost of many items what they do at home so for the sales hunt around.
Is Kuta really that bad, but it’s not the real Bali
Kuta is tasteless, seedy, and full of tourists. I found that sort of thing appealing, but on it don’t judge the whole of Bali. It’d be like visiting surfers. Speaking the Balinese who have had the dubious pleasure of mixing it with Australians in Kuta on holiday think we are all like that. Show them it’s not true.
Such a decent coffee
For caffeine lovers, Once Upon A Time, Bali was a desert. Not so Of Revolver try the two outposts in Seminyak, Coffee Shop and
- Butter Cake in Seminen and Canggu and Anomali in Ubud. Most cafes with free Wi-Fi, you may consider becoming a digital nomad.
You don’t need to wear a helmet, but you would not be mad.
Most of the motorbikes are hired by lots of tourists, and they drive around without helmets, in shorts and thongs-throwing caution to the wind. Bluebird taxis are metered, super clean, and cheap but there is no public transport to speak of.
When you land in Bali you no longer need to have cash ready.
On arrival of Bali, Australian is no longer required to pay $US 35 for a visa. Australians are granted free entry into Indonesian for up to 30 days, under a visa waiver program.
Lots of Ketuts are there.
Same four names are shared by all the Balinese-
Nyoman, Made,Wayan, or Ketut – whether they are male or female, and are named by order of birth. They will start again and call him or her Wayan, if a family has a Fifth Child.
Cigarettes are cheap and lots of people smoke.
Every second tourist smokes, both the locals (mostly men), so, for those it will be a shock who loves our tobacco-free public spaces. It’s not surprising to see small children selling cigarettes either and young boys smoking.
14. Of nasi goreng you will get sick but, you should try it.
Balinese cuisine is not world-renowned, but it is inexpensive and tasty too. At least, you should try the nasi goreng( Indonesian fried rice) , Babi guling (suckling pig), and sate lembat. Room service, Double-Six Seminyak delivers a knockout nasi goreng. Some of the most incredible food you will find anywhere in the world, Bali’s restaurant scene is world-class.
Before you know it, you will be there.
There is a reason, with Australia Bali, is so popular. To get there it only takes 5 to 6 hours. Except in peak seasons(July-August and Australia school holidays) when accommodation and airfare prices soar. You will be kicking back with a Mojito watching a very nice sunset before you know it. You won’t get how much sleep, unfortunately nearly all flights home are at night.
Don’t drink water
Only drink bottled water and, brush your teeth in it too. Many resorts and hotels provide complimentary water and water are also cheap. Bali belly, that unfortunately does happen particularly to first-timers.
Truly there is gob-smacking scenery
See Bali’s world heritage listed rice terraces, and get out of the main tourist areas. See a woman perched sidesaddle on a motorbike on her way to the temple, watch a farmer herding his flock of ducks. Take a walk to meet the locals.
You would feel like a millionaire
The exchange rate means $AU100 is equivalent to about 1 million Rupiah. So, as fat, as is the local bookmarkers, your wallet will be. Mostly, there are money changes, (ask your hotel for a reputable one) and out at ATMs you can get money on your credit card, but be careful. In a local convenience store, mine was swallowed up and multiple things had been charged to my card when I got home.
You still should but tips are not expected
The Balinese people are lowly paid, and yet hospitable and extremely generous. If good service is received by you, a small tip goes a long way. In a couple of bucks each, if you are with, and learn to say thank you: ” terima kasih”. Learning a few Indonesian words, locals appreciate you.
I assure you that you will be back
Don’t be surprised to find yourself returning again and again, once Bali gets under your skin. Some Australians annually there holiday: others never come back home (With Australian ex-pats Bali is full of) There is something ethereal, magical and beautiful about Bali. Surely, get out beyond your hotel and find it.
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