Do’s and Don’ts of Bali

Jimbaran

Do

  • Visit Kintamani to get a nice view of Mount and Lake Batur (you can opt to dine at Lakeview Restaurant, which is basically a place for tourist groups, to soak in the view over lunch. The food is nothing to shout about, plus your driver probably gets some kickback for bringing you there, but all in all it’s not too bad)
  • Try the Luwak Coffee on a visit to a “coffee plantation” (which is a typical set up to earn tourist dollars as with most other tourist attractions in Bali, and again, some kickback to the driver is probably involved, but it’s worth it), the most expensive coffee in the world at over US$65 per 100g, produced from the excretion of coffee beans from the Asian palm civet after having been eaten and digested
  • Have grilled seafood for dinner while watching the sun set over Jimbaran beach
  • Get a Balinese massage/spa (as many times as you can arrange for during your stay)
  • Visit Kuta/Legian beach, these are probably still better than most other beaches despite being ultra congested with tourists
  • Do your shopping at Matahari, which has practically everything you want under one roof including art and craft, without having to bargain over the price (unless you enjoy doing this) and dine at Dulang Restaurant just next to it, arguably among the best food you can find in Bali at down-to-earth prices
  • Be prepared to pay 150,000 Rupiah per person for the airport tax on your departure. This is NOT included in your air ticket

 

Don’ts

  • Agree to the deal too quickly when doing price negotiation while shopping. Take it slow and pretend not to be interested
  • Take the taxi at the airport without pre-paying the taxi fare. The taxi booth is on the right side of the terminal exit. They will quote you 3 times the official rate if you didn’t pre-pay first.
  • Drive on your first trip there. The traffic “rules” are quite different. Leave it to a hired driver which doesn’t cost very much anyway.
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