My next trip is coming up soon and I am in the preparation stage. I have looked up quite a bit of information and thought that I might as well compile it into a post for you.
So, in this blog post, I will show you the basic information that you need to know when traveling to Bali, Indonesia. What visa do you need, what sockets do they have as well as some of the sights that you could visit whilst on the island.
Language: Balinese, though English is spoken pretty much island wide.
Time Zone: GMT+8
Electricity: The standard in Bali is a two-pin plug for a socket. Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz and Power sockets type C / F
Currency: Rupiah (Rp).
1 Indonesia Rupiah is 0.000095 Australian Dollar (May 2018)
Tipping: Tipping in Bali is considered to be a foreign concept. Although it isn’t mandatory to tip for every service you avail, the tips are nevertheless appreciated.
Weather: May is the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 26°C(79°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is January with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F).
WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Because Bali is quite a touristy island, most people speak basic- to good English. However, it is always polite to speak a few basic words of the local language. Underneath are some words that could be helpful and polite:
- Hello: Hai
- Thank you: Terima Kashi
- Good Bye: Sampai Jumpa
- Sorry: Maaf
- Good morning: Selamat Pagi
- Yes: Ya
- No: Tidak
Depending on your passport and citizenship, you have the following options, when your main purpose is to travel to the island as a tourist:
- Free Visa (more than 140 countries (FREE entry, 30 days valid NOT extendable) You can check HERE if you require a visa or not.
- Visa on Arrival (costs 35US$, 30 days valid, can be extended (once for 30 days)
- Social, Tourist or cultural Visa (B-211) (can stay 60 days, can be extended 3 times for 30 days each.
To enter Indonesia, your passport must be valid for at least six more months from the date of entry. You also must have an onward ticket when arriving in the country.
FOOD AND DRINKS
DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER
The tap water in Bali is of uncertain quality and is often pegged as the cause of many cases of the ‘Bali belly’ (I’m sure you know what that means, I am not going to go into details)
Go to the local mini-mart and stock up on big bottles of water to help you stay hydrated (Very important because it’s really hot and humid in Bali and you need to drink lots of water).
GOING OUT TO DINNER IS CHEAP
You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice in Bali with the cost of food and beer being really affordable.
If you stick to local spots then you can find Bintangs ( A pilsner, clear, bottom fermented lager beer) for less than $2AU. A filling meal for two cost you around $15AU to $20AU or less. Wander out and try out some of the local cuisines.
UBUD MONKEY FOREST
Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Bali’s several grey long-tailed macaque-inhabited forests. It is also home to a Hindu temple complex. This is one of Bali’s most popular attraction so it can get crowded from time to time.
Since they are wild animals, they can attack or ‘rob’ you. It is advised to remove any blingy earrings or jewelry and make sure your bags are locked (They can open zippers). Lower your eyes, channel your inner David Attenborough, remember that you are on their turf and have some manners. If you do that, that you have a great chance of spending some time with these mischievous creatures and you might be able to get a selfie with one.
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourist objects in Bali situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud Bali featured by the amazing rice terraces.
The terrace is part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gunung Kawi is a temple complex centered around royal tombs carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century. It is located amid scenic rice terraces about 30 minutes from Ubud. Note: There are more than 300 steps to climb.
Bali art markets offer the most unique shopping experiences, where you can discover a treasure trove of artworks and handicrafts made by local craftsmen, all at bargain prices! There are several markets in different locations of the Island. All offer the same unique experiences plus you get to buy some amazing cheap souvenirs while you are there.
In fact, pretty much everything is cheap!
You can get your hands on pirated DVDs for around $1 a movie and they usually do deals like ‘Buy 10, get 2 free’. You can also buy clothes, knock-off handbags, stuff for your house and more. The key is to pack light so you can cart stuff home in your luggage.
WATCH A SUNSET ON THE BEACH
Be sure to spend at least one sunset on the beach, watching the sunset while sipping on a tropical cocktail. The sunsets in Bali are absolutely beautiful.
Have you been to Bali yet? I personally can’t wait to go next week.
If you have any tips that you have missed in this post? Let me know in the comments below.