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5 Tips and Tricks for Traversing Bali

September 3, 2016 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Bali is a hugely popular tourist destination for Australians, and tours in Bali with Travezl packages are a great way to navigate this breathtaking country, however sometimes you need something more than a tour, or you want to explore off the beaten track, or you just want to be able to do your own thing on holiday, and so a tour isn’t right for you. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of 5 tips and tricks for traversing Bali that will make sure your first time in Bali doesn’t start with getting mugged by a monkey. 

Light Clothing

Bali is almost always hot, and with a standard temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, wearing heavy items, jackets, jeans, or even close-toed shoes isn’t going to be comfortable or ideal for your journey. Try to wear mostly light cottons, open toed shoes or sandals, and be ready to sweat all the time, as the humidity also climbs fairly high. This also means that you should be aware of where your hotel is set when booking. If you don’t want to spend long periods of time walking between the beach and your bed, maybe book a hotel that is closer to the beach.

Say No to Vendors

Something people, especially Australians, might not be used to (but will be absolutely essential) is saying “no” clearly and forcefully to street vendors or salesmen. Balinese vendors can be particularly relentless, going so far as to follow you down the street, or sometimes demand payment if you try something on or ask about the price. Don’t be intimidated into paying up,  instead just clearly and calmly tell them no, and walk away. 

Don’t Drink The Water

The water in Bali isn’t strictly controlled and treated like the water back home is, and as such, what comes out of the tap has the potential to make you very sick. Bali Belly is a terrible form of diarrhea that is picked up by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated drink in Bali, and the water is no exception. Bottled water is cheap and safe, and it’s worth it to keep a few bottles on you at any given time to avoid running out in the heat.

Beware Animals

Keep a safe distance away from wild animals in Bali, as the monkeys are known to steal from tourists, and to lose a camera on a holiday in a place as beautiful as Bali would be a shame. As well as this, the stray dogs in the area can carry rabies, and they have a higher chance of carrying rabies in Bali than many other places in the world. For this reason, in the very least, it’s worth keeping a respectful distance from the animals seen wandering around.

Wear A Helmet

Heaps and heaps of tourists get around on motorcycles or scooters in Bali. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and to be perfectly honest it’s a lot of fun, however a fall from a bike in Bali hurts just as much as a fall from a bike anywhere. The key difference between home and Bali (when referring to a fall, at least) is the kind of healthcare you’ll be able to get if the fall is serious. It doesn’t cost much and it isn’t worth the risk to not wear a helmet, so save yourself the brain damage and shell out for one.

Bali is a fun, wonderful, exciting, and dangerous place, so care should be taken when exploring its streets and cities. Follow the above tips to make sure your stay is one you’ll want to repeat again and again.

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