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Country rank: 1 out of 29 Places To Visit In Indonesia

Sub-Region: Westernmost Sunda Islands, between Java and Lombok


Ideal duration: 4-6 days

Best time: April, May, June and September (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Denpasar (Check Flights)


"An idyllic retreat"

Bali Tourism

Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is the best place for any tourist who needs a week of absolute relaxation, fragrant cuisine, scenic beauty and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, scenic coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali is indeed, a place of leisure and idyll, and simultaneously, a place for the adventurous and the explorers.

Bali, the land of tranquil exploration, is filled with picturesque mountains, coasts, waterfalls, forests and beautiful remnants of old architecture. The island not only has retreat centres and a vast expanse of beautiful landscape to look at, but is also home to old Balinese culture, tradition and mouthwatering cuisine. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and they are not far from the truth. The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this tourist trap.  Home to many coral reefs, mountain peaks, beaches and scenic routes, with old temples and small snatches of Balinese old-world-charm in the streets and groves. It also has its own cultural roots, its own cuisine, festivals, music and native art, which is a sight to behold. Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats - there is something for everybody here.

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Bali is a little conservative when it comes to tradition, and temples- there is a proper dress code that needs to be followed. Shoulders and parts of the upper arm must be covered while visiting a temple. A sarong around the legs and a temple scarf around the waist is also mandatory. Public displays of affection are not appropriate near temples or holy places, and modest dressing is encouraged. Also, it would be advisable to never use the left hand to offer anything to the people or the deities, and using the index finger to beckon someone. It is considered equally rude to touch somebody on the head or step on canang sari (holy offerings) on the street, so tourists must be watchful. Religious processions also take place frequently in Bali, and interrupting these is not appropriate. Flash photography is also discouraged at quieter places. Tipping is a practice in Bali.¾

The languages commonly spoken are Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian, but almost all the people on the island have at least a rudimentary knowledge of English, so it is relatively easy for tourists to find their way around Bali. Also, the signs in Bali are multilingual, with Chinese and Korean counterparts of English signs.¾

Bali has been populated since prehistoric times. After the 4th and 5th century, Hindu traders brought their religion to the island, but little else is known about this time. After that Bali was under the Majapahit kingdom ,and many more tumultuous regimes for a while. Different tribes blossomed at this point. Then the landmark time for European colonialism was the 16th century, when Dutch settlers arrived at the city. This influenced many parts of Balinese culture, and created a hybrid of architecture in the area. In 1710, the Dutch people conquered the existing regime, and Bali was brought under their control. Dutch rule was short-lived, however, because Indonesia was soon conquered by Japan during World War II. Since then, Bali has been propped back on its feet by tourism, that boomed in the 19070s.

Nightlife at Bali only really starts after midnight, with most of the popular clubs opening around that time. With the western concept of bars and clubbing gaining ground, Kuta and Seminyak are the best places to find popular clubs. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly good days of the week for a night out.¾

Bali has a distinctive shopping culture, with many different kinds of night markets, art markets, thrift stores, antique stores and of course, Balinese souvenir stores. There are many silver workshops at Celuk and Ubud, and the Ubud Art Market is the most famous art market in Bali. The urban areas are also home to many malls- like the Kuta Beachwalk and Discovery Mall. Kuta and Ubud have many night markets and thrift stores as well, which have cheap and beautiful products.¾

Rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia, and is used in Bali, but American dollars are also accepted nearly everywhere. Credit cards can be used at modern establishments, but for most flea markets and hawker centres in Bali cash is advisable. ATMs around Bali also accept foreign credit cards.

For citizens of the US, it is not imperative to exchange currency, for USD is accepted almost everywhere. However, for every other country, the most reliable exchange takes place in commercial banks for the airport is slightly unreliable.

For the traveller on a shoestring budget, about USD 40 is the daily budget, including food and travel expenses. Comfortable travel would require a budget of about USD 60 - 70, and luxury travel would reach upwards of USD 100.

Bali is a city where religious beliefs influence almost every aspect of life. It is home to one of the unique forms of Hinduism, even though Indonesiaês population is predominantly Muslim. Balinese Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practised religions in Bali, with various temples dedicated to both faiths. Balinese Hindu festivals are different from Indian Hindu festivals, and their customs and traditions are also vastly different.¾

Bali is a predominantly coastal city, and most of its food is based around the local produce- plantains, rice, jaggery, coconut and various kinds of vegetables and seafood. It is a mix of curries, rice dishes, skewered dishes, and seafood. Padang restaurants are best places for authentic Indonesian cuisine, but tourists cannot find authentic Balinese food there. Most of Balinese authentic cuisine is based on pork and beef, which is why it does not make its way to the predominantly Muslim population of mainland Indonesia. Therefore, the uniquely Balinese cuisine with a melange of spices can be found only at Bali. This comprises yam pinging (grilled chicken and seafood with an assortment of vegetables), ayamtutu (chicken cooked with spices) and satay, or pieces of meat marinated in peanut sauce and grilled. These are usually accompanied by rice. For breakfast, there are items like fried plantain with jaggery, fried cakes with jaggery. They also have a special kind of coffee, which is brewed traditionally. Most American chains are also found such as McDonaldês and KFC, ubiquitously in Kuta and other tourist-visited areas.

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