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8 tips all travelers should know before going to Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Photo by Steve Drake

As peak travel season approaches, many Brits will already be planning on taking those all-important summer trips, many with their eyes on Bali. So the language and travel experts at italki have outlined some of the key tips travellers jetting off there should know. 

Iker Uriarte, language and travel expert at italki, comments:

“Bali is a stunning destination. To make the most of your trip and ensure a smooth experience, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

1.  Respect local customs and etiquette

“Bali is rich in culture and tradition, and respecting local customs is important. Temples are sacred places, and women who are menstruating are not allowed to enter. It’s important to dress modestly and cover up in these places. It’s also customary to remove your shoes before entering temples, some bars, co-working spaces, and even certain restaurants. This shows respect for the space and its owners. 

2.  Learning helpful phrases

“While English is a common third language in Bali (after Indonesian and Balinese), it is possible not everyone you will come in contact with will speak English. It is good practice to have a basic set of phrases and words that you can use to show locals you respect the place you are visiting. These can be as basic as “please” and “thank you”. 

3. Medical care and health travel insurance

“Accidents and health issues can occur unexpectedly, even in paradise. To be prepared, make sure you know the local emergency services number. A top tip would also be to make sure you have health travel insurance that covers medical treatment, accidents, and emergency evacuation if necessary.

4. Be cautious of unexpected sicknesses like Bali Belly 

“Most people have heard stories of travelers in Bali who get ‘Bali Belly,’ which is a type of diarrhea caused by contaminated food and water. Stay safe by drinking bottled or filtered water and avoiding ice in drinks if you do not know where it comes from. You should be cautious when eating street food and choose restaurants you can trust. Remember that locals are accustomed to the water and food in Bali, but it can cause issues for travelers.

5. Be wary of the monkeys

“Monkeys in Bali, especially in places like Ubud, are known to be both charming and mischievous. To stay safe, don’t look monkeys directly in the eye as they may see it as a threat. Keep your belongings secure and zipped away, as monkeys can snatch phones, wallets, and other loose items. Avoid feeding them or getting too close to prevent bites and scratches.

6. Use waterproof luggage

“Travelling to Bali often involves island hopping and boat rides where your luggage might get exposed to water. Luggage is sometimes placed on the top or front deck of small boats, and choppy waves can lead to wet bags. To protect your belongings, invest in waterproof luggage or waterproof covers to keep your clothes and items dry.

7. Withdraw local currency

“Withdraw cash before leaving the airport – despite Bali becoming a more popular tourist destination, a lot of places (restaurants, shops, taxis, etc) don’t accept cards, so make sure to have cash with you. 

8. Research as much as you can

“Bali offers a wide range of areas, each with unique attractions and vibes. The most beautiful places are often the most hidden so do some research before you go.