My Top Tips and Travel Hacks For Bali, Indonesia

 In Asia, Backpacking, Before You Travel, Indonesia

A MUST READ ARTICLE IF YOU’RE HEADING TO BALI…

…even if i do say so myself šŸ˜‰

Having visited Bali on 3 separate occasions now, I feel I have a well rounded idea of this tropical island and how to act, play and adventure accordingly within it.

It comes as no surprise that the word has quickly caught on about this lush haven and Bali, particularly in recent years, has seen a massive increase in tourism as a result.

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Fear not though, Bali still offers an abundance of stunning beaches, sunset spots and cultural experiences. They are all waiting for you…

Here are a few tips and tricks that i’ve picked up from my travels in Bali that might help you with your preparations…

  • The plug adaptor you’ll need is the Euro 2 pole rounded pin plug

As you can see on my world adaptor below.Ā Shop the best value world adaptors here.

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  • They use a lot of sugar syrups here in Indonesia

If you are wanting a healthy shake or juice, be sure to ask for no sugar when ordering. Some don’t list it on the ingredients but will put it in anyway, unless you say otherwise.

  • It’s time to get your barter on!

Barre the obviously western chains and shops here in Bali, you will be getting your barter on. There is usually a {pretty big} margin to play with when purchasing goods from stalls and markets. When you first arrive to Bali, it is a good idea to shop around before buying anything and speak to people to get an idea of the actual prices. In a lot of cases you can get the item for 40% of the original price offer. Bartering can get slightly irritating and it definitely made meĀ appreciate set prices after a while. Saying that, barteringĀ can also get you a proper good bargain and can be a lot of fun too!

  • Carry Cash with you!

A lot of restaurants, stalls, markets and travel agencies will be cash only so it’s a good idea to have money on you. Obviously you don’t want to be carrying a LOT of cash around but just be wary of having enough on you. ATM’s aren’t as common in Indonesia, particularly if you venture off to one of the neighbouring islands.

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  • Dress respectably

When entering templesĀ be sure to cover your knees with a long skirt / sarong and your shoulders too, where possible. Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country and I would always advise to respect the views and religion through which you are travelling.

  • Hiring a driver for the day in Bali costs you about 700,000 IDR

For Ā£36 you can fill a car with friends and travel all over the island with a private chauffeur!

  • Warung translates to a ‘snack hut’ and is where you will find local food / businesses

  • Homestays are the cheapest way to travel

HomestaysĀ usually involve staying in a family run property in a basic, but usually clean room. Prices are around 200,000 IDR for this type of accomodation and can often include breakfast too.

The perks of homestays are similar to that of Airbnb. You save major pennies, you experience the local way of living and you get tips and tricks from the locals themselves. A lot of the homestays aren’t searchable online as they don’t have the marketing knowledge or budget like that of western businesses. You will just need to turn up and find them. They aren’t at all hard to find though, trust me.

  • Be careful of Bali Belly!

Our stomachs aren’t resistant to the same bacteria as the locals and so eating / drinking the same as them can cause issues. Bring some imodium, be mindful and stay hydrated. {Bali’s version of Gatorade – Pocari Sweat is a great way to hydrate in the tropical weather}.

  • Watch the local water

Drink bottled water wherever and whenever you can. I did all but one night when I had a few cocktails that i believed contained ice made of the local water. I was ill with stomach cramps for about 3 days and was very sick! You don’t want to be spending half of your vacation in bed. Water is super cheap too at 5-15,000 IDR so stick to it. No brainer!

  • Prepare for the humidity

The humidity is usually high in Bali so you’ll never need as many clothes as you think! Bikinis and sarongs are the one. Quick dry items and a variety of coverage is a great call too.

  • Mosquito Plugs

Before you leave or when you get to Bali, buy a mosquito plug to reduce the damage done by the buggers! They are inexpensive to buy here and a great additional precaution.

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  • Buy a local mozzie spray

Here in Bali they have many natural lotions with less chemicals in and ones that are more effective to the local mosquito.

  • Bokashi Rub

Buy some Bokashi rub in Bali to treat your mosquito bites! This was an absolute god send {literally stops all itching} and is something you can get it in the pharmacies over here in Bali. Bokashi Rub is an oily yellow substance, a bit like tiger balm but I actually preferred this stuff.

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  • Bali Etiquette

In a lot of shops it is etiquette to take your shoes offĀ before you enter.

  • All hail GoJek

This food delivery service and app allows you toĀ order any cuisine or takeaway and get it delivered to you for pennies… literally. Food or alcohol – Go Jek pick it up and delver it to your door.

  • Pre purchase your check baggage!

When flying in Indonesia check your baggage allowance beforehand and purchase any additional kg’s Ā you need online. This will save a fair few pennies as the prices considerably hike at the airport.

  • Sim cards are super cheap

Sim cards canĀ be picked up in most street vendors or if you’re super keen… right outside departures when you land at the airport. WIFI is available everywhere but if you’re looking for more frequent communication with the outside world then get a sim. I have never had one in Bali but i’ve heardĀ Telkomsel Flash 4G is a good one to get.

  • Make sure you try the local food!

Nasi Goreng, Nasi Campur and Mie Goreng are up there with the best. Don’t be afraid to eat from a local vendor, eating in Western establishments just isn’t the same. Eating local is also the cheapest way to eat in Bali so you’re saving the pennies and digging into their yummy culture!

Other Indonesia posts of mine that you may find of interest:

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