All you need to know about Bali – a healthy knowledge of a much loved island

Reams and reams are written about Bali’s glorious beaches and its hospitable people, but do you know the basics about the province? Primarily it is an island of Indonesia. The landscape of the region is varied. Marvel at the island’s forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies and glistening beaches. The south of the province is well-known for the city of Kuta, where food is aplenty and methods of preparation are meditated upon. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort adds much colour to this beach city. The Northern part of Bali is popular for its resort towns. Luxury resorts have come up on almost every inch of its sandy shores. We are yet to begin understanding the island indepth; here are some essential Travel Tips to Bali.

Effective communication can go a long way when travelling in a foreign land. Balinese, Indonesian, English and other indigenous Balinese languages are spoken in the province. Thankfully, most locals are bilingual, but there is no harm in being familiar with their language.Smile graciously and try some of these phrases, selamatpagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terimakasih (thank you).

A hearty meal is also always on the agenda, but be cautious about eating street food. It is not to say that the people of Bali are unconcerned about hygiene, yet it is best to hear your tummy say that it is ready to take it all. Additionally, you must ‘think green’ when travelling in Bali, try not to purchase too many plastic bottles of water. Instead use the water filters available in most locations and purchase a stainless steel bottle instead.

Be respectful towards the customs of the land. If you happen to travel to Bali on Nyepi, which is a day of silence, note that everything in Bali (including the airport) does not function. Merely a day allocated to ponder, would make your trip a blissful one.

Make sure you don’t have to stay indoors on your visit to Bali. The rainy seasons are from January to April and October to November, it is best to look into all aspects of your trip before booking your ticket.

While rules must be followed, it is more important to explore, frolic and be daring when on vacation in Bali.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.