Bali – A quick overview
Bali also known as the Land of the Gods, has previously been voted one of the best holiday destinations in the world! It’s beautifully surrounded by mountain landscapes and gorgeous beaches. This exotic little island has a lot to offer and is great value for money!
The main types of transport for tourists are Taxi’s (metred), bemo (chartered vehicle with a driver) and rental cars/scooters.
While we were there we used the metered taxi’s and hired a bemo for a private tour of the island. Be careful when at the airport – If you haven’t pre-arranged a pick up to your accommodation and intend on taking a taxi, get one from inside the terminal, there is a taxi counter and they set the fare before you leave, it’s official and fair so you don’t need to worry about being ripped off. We found this out after we exited the terminal! Trying to get a taxi outside was hard work, although there were lots of taxis around none of the drivers wanted to use their meters and were asking for more than the standard fare.
Local currently is the Indonesian Rupiah – Some businesses display their prices in US dollars but they are not legally allowed to accept US currency as payment anymore and you’ll need to pay by Rp. Try and carry small denominations of cash with you as some of the smaller stores and stalls at the markets don’t always have enough change for big denominations.
Airport Departure tax is included in your airline ticket, however depending on your nationality you may need to pay for a visitor visa on arrival (check with your local Indonesian consulate for further information).
A VAT rebate for luxury goods bought in Indonesia is available for tourists at international airports on the day of departure however, this is restricted to tourists who have been in Indonesia for less than 2 months. Goods must be bought from stores displaying a VAT refund for tourists logo and you must ask for VAT rebate tax invoice, also called a faktur pajak (check with stores offering the rebate for more detailed information).
Tipping is not compulsory in Bali, however it’s at your own discretion if you do wish to tip for good service.
Bali is tropical with a warm and humid climate, there are two distinct seasons – the dry and the wet. The dry season is from April through to September and the wet season is from October through to March. Although in saying that, we went in early October, stayed for nine days and it only rained for half a day while we were there – It tended to rain overnight while we were sleeping and had dried up by the morning anyway.
The Balinese are extremely proud of their culture and you will see it with all the festivals and rituals taking place frequently. The locals dress up immaculately in their traditional wear while fulfilling their religious duties. You’ll see scared offerings everywhere you turn – make sure you don’t step on these! Remember to be respectful when entering a temple and ensure you take your shoes off, cover your legs, midriff, chest and shoulders.
Monkeys can do what they like though 😀 Here’s one meddling with a prayer offering!
Hope this info is of some use to you, Bali is almost magical in a sense and is definitely worth a visit!
Happy travels, Priti x