Bali is often considered the go-to destination for Australians who want to go overseas and have fun, either staying in nice hotels or Easy Villa – or spending time in homestays on a budget. In fact, many may become so entranced at all on offer that they forget all about the budget. After all, if you are going to have a great holiday, why not spend a little more to make it even more fun?
There are so many things to do and see in Bali that you may not know quite where to start. Here are ten tips to help you make the most of your holiday.
- If you are not big on crowds, you will find that Bali has hosts of people because it is such a popular tourist destination. That doesn’t mean you should stay home. You can organise your holiday to take in less popular areas such as the mountains in the central part of Bali or the north and west coasts, where there are fewer people.
- Choose a base to suit your preferred lifestyle. Remember the weather will be hot and humid so getting air-conditioned accommodation is a must if you are not used to that climate. If you don’t like chaotic traffic, then choose accommodation on the outskirts of the city. If you are after fine food restaurants, book accommodation near to them.
- Hygiene standards have improved in Bali so you are not so likely to get Bali Belly. Just take care with street foods and the local liquor and you should not have to waste your holiday being sick.
- We tend to think of Bali as a beach and surf destination. While this is true to some extent, many clubs have a strict dress code that does not include beach wear, so remember to pack – and dress – for the occasion.
- Respect the local religious culture by dressing appropriately. Cover your shoulders and knees for temple visits. Don’t sweat it when the shops or other venues close for religious festivals or if the street is blocked off for a parade of some kind. This is all part of learning about the culture of another country – one that is not all about pleasing yourself and doing your own thing.
- Not all things Bali will be cheap so come prepared. While it is possible to get cheap accommodation and meals and have a holiday on a shoestring, you are just as likely to find Australian prices on many goods and services.
- Mind those wild animals that roam the street. The monkeys are thieves, especially where food is concerned, while stray dogs could be rabid.
- Take care of the environment by using a thermos for water rather than buying and discarding plastic bottles. Most restaurants offer filtered water for free.