Bali Travel Tips - Bali Travel Advisory
Bali Island being known as one of
most favorite tourist destination in the world now is getting
better in terms of hygiene and medical facilities. There
are a lot of hospital as well as emergency clinic with an
international standard service which can handle medical
emergency with bilingual staff.
But we hope your traveling
to Bali memorable. It is advised to have medical insurance
before traveling to Bali. Best to have insurance that will
evacuate you if you get terribly sick or have a serious injury
and need airlifted to Singapore or home. Here are a couple
of other common sense points that should keep you in good
shape and enjoying your visit in Bali.
Since Bali has tropical climate,
please drink plenty of fluids (water and fruit juices) to
avoid dehydration. Drink bottled water ONLY - ice in drinks,
however, is not a problem. Use common sense when choosing
a place to eat. Eat in established restaurants that are clean
and well patronized.
It is advised to bring along
your a sufficient medication supply if you are using prescription
drugs. Pharmacies (outlet in Indonesia called Apotiks) often
can fill a prescription but the dosage may not be quite the
same as your doctor has prescribed. (Also, while traveling
keep your vital medication with you or in your carry on -
in case your luggage is lost).
The temperature and
humidity is high in Indonesia as well as in Bali. Take prompt
care of any cuts or burns - do not risk infection in this
heat and humidity. If you are sleeping in the open air, use
mosquito repellent and a mosquito net. Malaria is not a problem
in Bali. Do not forget to use sun block to protect your skin
from sun burn.
If you are
traveling to Bali Island for a week or so, you might be tempted
to rent a car and go out driving yourself around to explore
Bali and it’s unique. Our advice: Don't - especially
if you are coming from a country where driving on the right
is the norm. When you put together pedestrians, bicycles,
tour buses, trucks, livestock and assorted immovable objects
in the middle of roads that are not well marked with traffic
controls are often ignored and little - if any - enforcement
of rules that may exist - you have yourself one of the most
creative driving environments
First, forget about
getting lost - that's the least of your concerns. If you have
an accident and there is an injury to a local person you will
not be able to leave until the matter is cleared up. Better
to hire a car with a driver, enjoy the scenery and arrive
at your favorite destination relaxed. It usually costs only
about US$ 10.00 more per day to hire a driver with your rental
vehicle than without - so you are the judge, where you want
to go the driver will escort to your destination safely.
Entering Temple and Ceremony
is well known as island with thousand temples since about
90% of its population is Hindus. You can find elaborate carved
temple throughout the island which interesting to explore
inside. Hindus in Bali apply strict rules regarding temples
and ceremonies. These rules mainly concern dress requirement
and conditions of ‘cuntaka’ (taboo) such as menstruation
or open wounds, bringing food into the temple, being physically
or mentally ill, being in a state of mourning (for the Balinese
this last 42 days), and having given birth within the past
42 days. Other rules need to be observed or asked for, especially
The Balinese have a reputation as extremely
honest people. If you lose the way when rent car for self
drive, you can ask anybody in the street politely. Because
of Bali Island live on tourism, so most of Balinese can
speak a little bit English, so they will gladly show to
you the way. Unfortunately, not everyone on Bali is Balinese
and there has been an increase in petty crimes - especially
in Kuta. Nonetheless Bali is still far, far safer than most
large cities in this world.
Pickpockets, car break-ins and drive by bag snatching seem
to be the most common complaints. To reduce your risk, use
plain common sense and take the same basic precautions you
would if you were visiting any big city. So, keep a tight
grip on your purse or camera, Never leave any bags (whether
valuable or not) unattended in your car, on the beach or
by the pool, use the hotel safety deposit box, don’t
go down dark deserted gangs (alleys) and don’t count
money in the open. Not so hard...
On the flip side don't even think of committing a crime
in Indonesia. You are a long way from home with far fewer
rights than you think. Behave yourself and be a gracious
and honest guest.
If you would like to enjoy your time out
of hotel, please keep a little extra money handy. Money
changer can be found in the airport or in the hotel as well
as tourist destination. However the exchange rates in the
hotel lower than the others but more secure. All tourists
leaving Indonesia from Ngurah Rai International Airport
have to pay an airport tax of Rp.100, 000. That said be
advised that it is against the law to leave Indonesia with
more than Rp.10, 000,000. Departure for domestic travel
is also taxed (Rp.20, 000) though most of the time this
has already been included in the ticket price - but every
so often you are surprised... (And even if you're not you
can always make a donation to the local Red Cross or charity
Shopping and Bargaining
in Bali Island are cheap compare with other country, so that
way, most of people would like to spend their holiday in Bali.
But for high class quality service and product have reasonable
Difficult for many first timers but once you get the hang
of it you’ll never pay retail again! However, not everybody
wants to bargain anymore. Many of Bali's finer retailers now
refuse (price tags generally signify a fixed price) but bargaining
is still the norm in the art markets, trinket and T-shirt
shops. But don’t get cheesy. Nothing is more irritating
nowadays than watching a well clad tourist trying to squeeze
the last 1,000 Rupiah (about 10 US cents) out of a shopkeeper.
Just remember how much it cost to get to Bali. So what is
the value in not taking home that beautiful wood statue? Negotiate
a good price and take home a good story.
Service and Tipping
normal in tourism or service industry. Most large hotels and
restaurants will automatically add a service charge of between
5 & 10 percent to your bill which is quite sufficient.
Smaller restaurants generally don't add anything extra but
considering that the waiter's wage may well is less than $1.00
a day - a tip of 10 percent is very much appreciated.
Other, Bellmen generally get Rp.5,000 - Rp.10.000 for a small
to medium sized luggage and at least Rp.2,000 for those house
trailers some people carry around. For taxi drivers, rounding
up to the nearest Rp.5, 000 or depending on the length of
trip is the norm. If you hire a car for an entire day it is
good form to give the driver Rp.5, 000 - 10,000 for each meal
and tips, (say Rp.50, 000) at the end of the day. With tour
guides (split between the guide and driver will be more acceptable)
up to you. Salaries are low in Bali and tips are an important
means of earning a living. In Bali, tourism workers live on
in Indonesia as well as in Bali rapidly growth well over the
last few years but patience is the keyword when trying to
dial overseas from Indonesia - especially during office hours.
Most better to use hotel’s International Direct Dialing
(IDD) and Home Country Direct (HCD) services. Overseas calls
can also be made at state-run telephone offices known as a
wartel (warung telephone).
All telephone numbers listed
herein are local numbers. To reach any number in Bali dial:
International access code + 62 + 361+ (local number). Wherein
"62" is Indonesia country code and "361"
is the most common area code for Bali. Be advised most Bali
telephone numbers are 6 digits some are still 5. Cellular
service in Indonesia is GSM and CDMA. If you bring your own
hand phone you may purchase a prepaid calling chip from any
telephone operator’s distributor (cheaper than using
your home country service).
Need to get online? Both AT&T
Global net & AOL have local access numbers on Bali. AT&T
is 256-737 / AOL is 289-652. If you plan to be on Bali for
a while and need to be connected there are several ISPs. The
local phone company allows anyone access to its network without
having to establish a user account or pay any set fees (the
telecommunication operator makes its money by adding a 50%
surcharge to its normal per minute tariff) making it easy
to check your internet email (i.e.; Yahoo mail) on your laptop.
To access dial 0809-89999 / username: telkomnet@instan / password
But now a lot of hotel
provides their service with Wifi which can be connected from
your room. Check with your hotel staff for inquiry and assistance.
Indonesia applies GM (global Service for Mobiles) and CDMA.
You can purchase prepaid calling cards at lower cost than
calling on your home card. Major services are Telkomsel, Indosat,
Pro XL. Look for outlet signs or banners with product variants
and brand markings.
is the staple food in Bali as well as the other part of Indonesia.
It is often included in accompanying dishes and sometimes
in soups. Chicken, beef and seafood are either steamed, braised
stir and deep fried and even grilled over coconut husks. Chilly,
coconut, garlic, ginger, saffron, lemon grass and several
kinds of shrimp paste are just some of the ingredients that
give Indonesian food its unique flavor. Lunch and dinner are
served with a choice of main courses and vegetables, usually
well spiced and aromatic, but do not too hot.
If you want to have
an experience to enjoy Balinese food, please try a little
bit until your stomach used to. Most of Balinese foods are
spicy and hot.
like everything else in life, occasionally take a wrong turn.
It is highly recommended that all visitors ensure that they
are covered in terms of travel insurance. We shall under no
circumstances have any liability to hirer, any other occupier,
licensee, or guest on the property for any loss of or damage
to the personal belongings, car and its contents of the hirer
or any member of the party during the holiday.
Have a plan and solution for yourself, your family and you’re
traveling companions in case you get sick in Bali. Know how
and who to call for help and Basic First Aid. Make yourself
aware of the local medical facilities, i.e.: which are appropriate,
how to get there and when to get there.
If you are required medical evacuation knows how to activate
this, who call, what to say and what to expect. Always travel
with valid Travel Insurance and bring along your travel
insurance representative office detail contact.