Before visiting Bali there are a few things you should know. Here I put together the most important things from the experience I’ve made.
1. Expect a lot of waiting – Rent a scooter!
Yes, waiting and a lot of it. The traffic in Bali is insane. Even if the destination isn’t far away let’s say 5km, it will still take you approximately 30 mins or more it depends. There is no highway so most of the time you will be driving approx. 50km/h, so of course everything is longer. If you’re not used to traffic like me haha, then it can be quite frustrating. Also I have found their services not to be very organized and efficient. When we visited the Bali Night Safari, we already had our tickets, but still had to wait 20 minutes in line and then 40 minutes till the safari started after driving 2 hours. There weren’t even many people there so it could have easily been dealt with better. But hey, not everyone has the same experiences and the safari was still amazing! Just be ready for sitting in stuffy taxis with traffic! BUT : You could rent a scooter for a few days like most tourists do, it’s a great way to get around. It’s very affordable.
2. Bargain properly
When buying things on the streets you should always try and bargain. Never push it, otherwise just walk away and find another place. Lots of places sell the same things.
3. The currency can be confusing
The numbers on their currency is very high. 10’000 IDR are 0.75 USD and 100’000 IDR are 7.5 USD. There are a lot of 0’s so that can be confusing. I also gave a 50’000 IDR bill instead of a 5’000 IDR bill. But the people were so kind and told me that it was wrong. Of course there could be people that wouldn’t tell you, so just be careful, you’ll get the hang of it with time.
4. Driving is on the left side
If you’re planning on renting a car or scooter remember that you have to drive on the left side. If you’re not used to it, it can be confusing, but you’ll get the hang of it. Just be careful, since traffic in Bali is crazy.
5. Respect their culture
When visiting temples you must wear a sarong on the bottom and your shoulders must be covered, so a t-shirt is fine. You can buy sarongs anywhere or they might be handing them out for free infront of the temple. That’s what they did at the Watertemple in Ubud.