Many travellers make the “first timer’s mistakes” in their first trip Bali. These are all classic and avoidable mistakes many wished they had knew before. We have all the quick facts and basic informations that will be extra handy when you are in need for a help.


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These tips might be easy but when compiled together can be essential in making an even more satisfying and safe trip than ever:

Arriving In Bali

1. Visa

A 30-day visa is given for free to nationals of 45 countries, while Visa on Arrival is USD 35 for others ( extendable once)

2. Weather

Best time to go : May – August . Wet season : October – April. Dry season : May- September

3. Special Days

Total Shutdown during Nyepi/ Saka New Year happens usually in March.


Getting Round in Bali

4. Driving

Drive on the left

5. Rentals

All international driver’s’ license are required to operate vehicles.

6. Taxis

The most reliable and popular choice is : Bluebird

7. Traffic

Bali’s traffic is quite heavy and packed. Be sure to travel earlier to arrive at specific time.

8. Other public transports.

There are public minivan taxis used by locals for short commute. They work like taxi and cost cheaper.


All about Money

9. Currency

Current exchange rate for USD 1 is around Rp 13.000- 14.000

10. ATMs

You can withdraw money using foreign bank cards with certain fees applied. The denomination note is Rp 50.000 & Rp 100.000.

11. Exchange

There are plenty of money changing services, but try to go with official ones available at the airport during arrival. Be extra careful on scams.

12. Price Bargain

Traditional shops and art markets welcome price bargain, and start with half the tag price. No bargaining at modern stores with fixed price.

13. Tipping

Tips are appreciated ranging around 5-10% of the total bill.


Gadget Use

14. Sim cards

All convenient stores sell SIM cards and most offer competitive ready-internet data package.

15. Electricity

Two-pronged electrical plugs with 220 Volts, 50 Hz.


Etiquette and Customs

16. Temple Visits:

Visitors must wear waist cloth and sash/ sarong, usually available for rent in front of temples. Most temples require no entrance fee, but keepers will point visitors to a “ donation box”. Stay civilized and well-mannered during tour. Use right hand for gesturing. Left hand is considered rude.


Staying Safe

17. Water

Tap water is not ready to drink.

18. Drugs

The penalty for drug is death.

19. Monkey

Avoid wearing valuable and loose items when visiting temples or places inhabited by monkey. Don’t feed or approach the monkeys.

20. Emergencies

Police number is 110. For an ambulance, dial 118

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