Things to Avoid in Bali

Bali is a famous holiday island which has been attracting more and more tourists to visit and see its natural beauty and unique culture. With a reasonable budget you will be able to experience the world class service and facilities of a world class tourists’ destination. Moreover, the prices in this island are very affordable and for you who always want lower price, the bargaining shopping is the best way here. Not just that, the weather, the people, and even everything about the island is interesting.

Bali is indeed the best place related to the safety, pricing, and attractions. However apart from those good sides mentioned earlier, like everything which exists in this world, it is also common to have bad sides. Common inconvenience things for instance traffic jam, dirtiness, or flood, but the other bad things are there. This writing was not intended to make you afraid of Bali. Not at all! It was written just to give you information as a consideration for the things that need to be avoided while you are spending holiday in Bali, so you could have an unforgotten memories in this island, like the others. According to the baliblog, these things are need to be avoided in Bali.

Arguments with Regulations or Customs

customs indonesia baliRegulations were made to maintain comfort for everyone. Like the other countries, Bali also has some regulations or customs which need to be obeyed. Some of them are indecisive but some are also strict. Just make sure that you do not argue the regulations because the Balinese will not like it. For example, many tourists protest upon their arrival at Ngurah Rai International airport upon arrival, for extra tight security check which are very bothering, like opening your luggage and so on. Arguing or refusing the officers will only give you more nuisances. The best thing to do is to be polite and accept the regulations as it may lead you to a safer condition of travelling.

Things which are prohibited to be brought into airplane or outside the airplane for example: things that could harm other people (weapons) like knife, swords, baseball sticks, pistol, firearms, or knuckleduster, explosives or flammable things like alcohol, petrol, firecrackers, fireworks, gas lighter; chemicals or toxic substances like bleacher, chlorine, acid, pepper spray and so forth; narcotics like marijuana, ecstasy, opium, and so on; properties of the airplane such as lifejacket, maskers, safety guide book, and so on.

Taxis that Don’t Use the Meter

blue bird airport taxisThis things normally happens in Indonesia, where the taxi driver prefer to turn off their taxi meter and ask the passengers to pay a fix amount of money. However, this will only happen if you get on an infamous or illegal taxis. So, before entering a taxi, make sure that you ask the driver whether they want to switch on his taxi meter or not. If they do not use the meter, stay away and find the other taxis as it may cost you more than it should be. Usually, the well known and trusted taxis like Bluebird, Ngurah Rai Taxi, Geka, Gelora, Koperasi Taxi Kowinu Bali, Pan Wirthi Taxi, Rajawali Taxi, or Ramayana Taxi would appear in appropriate manner and serve you well. Other than those taxi corporations, it is not guaranteed that you might get a good service. However, you should always be careful because using a well known taxi, does not mean that you are free from fraud or other irresponsible acts.

Unregistered Money Changers

money changers kuta area baliChanging money is also crucial thing to do in Bali. If you want to do so, try to find a registered and legal moneychanger. It is quite easy to find the legal one, as you can judge by yourself how a good moneychanger looks like. Dealing with a wrong moneychanger could seriously rip off your holiday budget.

Below are the list of some TRUSTED moneychangers :

  1. Airport Money Changers
  2. PT Bali Maspintjinra, Kuta Jl Sriwinjays No 16A
  3. BMC Seminyak PT Bali Maspintjinra (opposite Bintang Supermarket, next to Sip restaurant on the Kuta side.)
  4. PT Bali Maspintjinra, Head office Jl Raya Seminyak No 16A
  5. PT Bali Maspintjinra, Sanur, Jl Danau Tamblingan No 18
  6. Central Kuta Money Changer, JL Pantai Kuta, Kerobokan, Kuta, Denpasar
  7. Wahana Money Changer, JL Raya Kuta 88R, Kuta, Bali
  8. Sentral Kuta Money Changer JL Kunti 121, Kerobokan, Kuta, Denpasar, Bali
  9. Kodak Shops
  10. Fuji Shops

Flashing Money

flashing money in baliAbsolutely, do not try to show off in the public area by flashing your money. Doing that may attract the pickpockets and thieves which could only give trouble. Well, they are not Balinese for sure, but usually come along from outside Bali for working and once in a while stealing tourists’ money.

Buying Drugs

buying drugs at baliThis is Bali, not Amsterdam. Here, or anywhere in Indonesia, drugs are illegal and prohibited. It does not matter if you are only using them, the cops will have enough reason to send you to jail. Moreover, bringing narcotics into Indonesia will be punished dead. If you buy drugs on the streets, it will also be more risky, because police has “eyes” everywhere. Do not sacrifice your whole holiday pleasure for this temporary pleasure!

Hustlers on the Streets

hustlers on the streetsThis is the characteristics of every developing countries. Beggars could be found easily on the street. Some of them are genuine and poor, but the others are fake only taking advantage of your generosity. If you give them money, it will not help them but it will make them become lazier because they do not need to work to gain money. Moreover, some of these beggars have big boss who exploit them for getting easy money.

hotel in bali

Heat of the Day

dehydrationAlthough you come to Bali to feel the tropical climate in the warmth of the sun, you may not expect that sometimes it could be burning hot in Bali. So, always be prepared with some water to avoid dehydration. If you want to walk around the street, it will be better to be done in the morning or at night because the day and afternoon could be very hot.