Bali is one of the world’s most famous destinations which will offer you the chance to live a few new and interesting experiences. If you are going to visit this small Indonesian island there are a few things you should take into account.
1.First of all you should surf the internet and you should try to find out as many things as you can about Bali. It’s better to be informed than disappointed. I don’t know what you know about Bali, but the unpleasant truth is that Bali is a very dirty place, especially if we are talking about the urban areas.
Leaving aside the trash, there is one more aspect that significantly contributes to this general appearance. I’m talking about the multitude of offerings which can be seen in every part of the island. One of the principles of the Hindu religion is to worship the gods and this is why everywhere you look you will see altars which are adorned with a lot of offerings.
Even if those offerings are beautifully decorated with flowers and plants, they also contain food. You can’t even imagine how bad these offerings reek at over 30 degrees Celsius.
However, it’s about their religion and culture and no matter how strange it may seem to some of us, it’s important to respect their values and principles.
Bali is often associated with the image of exotic beaches with white sand and blue waters, but this is a wrong perception. Despite what many people think, the Balinese beaches are usually very dirty and common. From all the beaches I have visited in Bali, the lovely Jimbaran beach seems to be an exception.
2.Choose a suitable resort for your trip to Bali! Believe me when I say that it’s important to choose a resort which can live up to your expectations. I’m sure that you have heard about the famous infinity pools and that the Balinese resorts are usually blessed with this type of pools. In my opinion you should take this aspect into account when searching for the perfect accommodation. I had the opportunity to stay in a resort which had a lovely infinity pool and I must say that it was a real treat to rest and relax in that pool in the morning sunlight.
3.Bali seems to be one huge natural landscape. From its lovely rice fields and wild forests to its natural parks and interesting temples, everywhere you look you can admire a splash of green.
If you travel on your own, my advice is not to choose an organized local tour because it’s very expensive. It is true that you’ll be safer this way, but there are other options, too. One of them is to rent a car with a driver from a specialized agency.
No matter how experienced you are as a driver, the traffic in Bali is chaotic and it would be better to have a local driver at your disposal. First of all the driver is accustomed to the multitude of cars and scooters and secondly there will be no danger of getting lost on one of the narrow streets of the city.
4.Don’t exchange your money in the currency exchange offices in the streets or in the souvenir shops, even if the exchange rate is much better. You might be fooled by the sellers because they use a special tactic to give you less money and if you are not careful enough you will fall into their trap. The safest places to exchange your money are the banks or the exchange offices in the grocery stores.
5.You should practice your bargain skills in case you want to save a lot of money. No matter what you want to buy, you should know that everything is negotiable in the Balinese local markets. It may seem exaggerated but the right price is about a quarter of what they ask for the goods. You should drive a hard bargain because it will worth the effort in the end.
To conclude, I believe these five tips will help you improve your traveling experience in Bali. After all, experiences make us richer and Bali means a multitude of new and interesting experiences.