Bali is the most tourist friendly island in Indonesia. It is one of the hottest beach destinations of Asia for everyone – from regular vacationers to honeymooners. Bali is the uber exotic destination for all. So, if you are planning a Bali vacation this holiday season, then here are a few tips to help you make the most of the trip:
As with any popular destination, it would be wise to make prior bookings for your accommodation at Bali. From budget friendly to luxury resorts, Bali caters to every need. However, before deciding on a date, have a look at the Indonesian calendar for the local holiday seasons. For instance, Ramadan is a busy period and many locals book the resorts and any accommodation would sell at a premium.
2. Where to eat
When in Bali do not forget to taste the local cuisine. One of the most popular eateries is Warung, a traditional roadside food joint. The food is inexpensive and very basic. But the taste is totally out of this world. If you leave Bali without tasting food from the Warung, then consider your trip incomplete.
3. Language & Culture
The people of Bali speak Bahasa Indonesian language. Buddhism and Islam are the 2 popular religions of this tourist place. The culture is very Asian. People are very hardworking and hospitable. The number of locals speaking English may be less, but the scene is improving owing to the tourist influx in the past few years.
4. Beach entertainments
From as mundane as basking on the beach to surfing, the beaches of Bali offer an array of entertainment to the tourists. Kuta being the best beach to try surfing, other destinations for surfers are: Padang Padang and the Bukit Peninsula. Surfing schools dot these beaches and one can try their hand on surfing at any of these locations.
5. How to move around
Getting around Bali is best done by renting your own transport. It could be a car or a bike, driving the vehicle yourself is the best way to see Bali. If you do not feel up to driving in this part of the world, then a driver can be hired at nominal cost along with the vehicle.
In Bali, shopping and bargaining go hand-in-hand. Whether buying souvenirs or antiques, shopping in Bali is almost never complete without a good deal of negotiation. The traders here almost expect it from you. So indulge in and test your negotiation skills on this one trip to Bali. But if you seem to be hassled by hawkers, then the trick is to stick closer to the sea. This is one place where the hawkers won’t step in for sure.