One of the best things about living in the Top End of Australia is its close proximity to Asia.
We love to holiday in Bali! Famed as a popular surfing hangout in the 70s, Bali still attracts millions of visitors each year.
Australians love Bali and so do many others. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the most desired holiday destinations in the world, showcasing a relaxed lifestyle as its major drawcard.
Bali has a little something for everyone.
Discover Bali’s unique culture and learn a few words of Bahasa Indonesia. It will enhance your holiday experience more than you realise.
Rituals, festivals and ancient culture is throughout Bali. You will see small offerings to the gods outside every shop, home and temple. Visit the temples at Tanah Lot and Uluwatu where hundreds of visitors watch the traditional Balinese Kecuk & Fire Dance. It’s spectacular at sunset!
If you’re visiting a temple, both men and women will need to show respect and cover their legs below the knee with a sarong. A sash should be worn around the waist.
Some temples also insist women cover their shoulders. My tip is to carry a scarf with you wherever you go – just in case you need a little modesty.
The dress code for Bali is simple and low key. Bali is hot all year round and has an average temperature of 32 degrees. So forget your jeans, and don’t bring a heavy jacket.
Pack light cotton fabrics – strappy tops, lightweight flowing kaftans and open-toed sandals. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers and a hat. Bali has perfect swimming weather all year round so be sure to bring your sunscreen.
The markets are fun for first time visitors where haggling and bargaining is expected. Remember, the first customer of the day is known to be ‘the good luck charm’ for a profitable day. Always be polite and cheery when bargaining; it’s part of the game.
Try shopping in Seminyak, Legian, Canggu and Ubud where you will find some very trendy boutiques, high-end homeware, silver jewellery and unique antiques.
Get off the beaten track and see Bali’s World Heritage listed rice terraces, spectacular waterfalls, the Sacred Monkey Forest and stunning beaches.
There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls and rice paddies that will take your breath away. Watch a farmer herding his flock of ducks or see a family perched side saddle on a motorbike on their way to the temple. It is truly breathtaking!
Balinese cuisine is quite unique, and there are a few Indonesian specialties that you should at least try when you visit Bali. Babi guling (suckling pig), nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) and sate lilit (chicken sate) are great dishes found almost everywhere.
Why not take an Indonesian Cooking class and bring home some new skills!
Many tourists hire motorbikes and drive around without helmets. Don’t do it! Be sure to wear protective clothes just in case you fall off.
Hiring a car with a driver is another option and my recommendation. A nice chauffeur driven car with air-conditioned comfort to get you where you’re going can be a respite in the hot weather.
Balinese people are extremely generous and hospitable. Learn to say thank you – terima kasih – and be sure to use it often. It’s sure to bring a smile.
There’s so much to see and do in Bali, so take your time and be sure to relax and enjoy the pace of life in the tropics. Explore the beautiful countryside of this fascinating exotic island and take home a little mystic energy.
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