Indonesia Travel Guide (Bali)

Bali Introduction

There’s a reason why Bali is called “The Island of the Gods”, and that is because it is a natural paradise. It is a place of fantasy, authentic experience and tropical ambience. Rich in natural wonders and exotic culture, it remains as one of the most beloved destinations in the world. Not only is Bali filled with world-class beaches, resorts and shopping but visitors cannot help fall in love and be inspired by the Balinese spirit and essence.

Cuisine

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Balinese cuisine is known for their use of local herbs and spices. As a result of their predominantly Hindu society, their practices mainly reflect Hindu traditions. Balinese dishes are indigenous but does borrow influence from Indonesia, China, and India.

Popular dishes include:

  • Babi guling (suckling pig): The most popular Balinese dish is roasted suckling pigs.
  • Lawar: It is a dish with a mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat with herbs and spices. Often times, the dish is cooked with animal blood to add taste. It is the usually served as an accompaniment to Babi guling.
  • Bebek Betutu (slow cooked duck): This highly popular dish takes so long to cook that it needs to be ordered a day in advance. The duck is stuffed with local ingridients, herbs and spices and wrapped in “upeh”, betel nut husks. It is finished when the duck is slowly cooked until the meat falls off the bone.

Popular Attractions:

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  • Nusa Lembongan – From beautiful sunsets to clear blue water, the small island off the southeast coast of Bali is a popular attraction for travelers in Bali. You can relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery or immerse yourself in exciting water activities like snorkeling or boat rides.
  • Taman Tirta Gangaa – Perhaps the most notable cultural sight in Bali, the royal water palace is filled with pools, gardens, fountains, sculptures and plants. Built in 1948, the place is made in reverence for the Hindu religion and to be a place of joy. You can find people in religious ceremonies or swimming in the pools.
  • Jimbaran Beach – Jimbaran beach is a place of serenity and tropical allure. The peace and scenery that the beach has to offer can provide the perfect mind healing and rest you need.

Nightlife

From affordable drinks at low-key spots to mega-clubs, Bali offers the best nightlife for everyone. As one of the world’s top destinations, nightlife in Bali welcomes all travelers. Nightlife in Bali is centered on Kuta and Seminyak. While Kuta attracts a younger crowd that enjoy popular culture, Seminyak attracts a hipper group.  

  • Beach Clubs- Enjoy the beautiful sunset, beachside view and in-house international DJs in beach clubs like Ku De Ta. Beach clubs styles range from Mediterranean vibes to Ibiza-inspired parties.
  • Night Clubs- With its thriving tourist scene, the part scene in Bali thrives as well. The clubs in Bali are world-renowned and offer a variety of music for every clubber.
  • Night markets- Experience the authentic culture in Balinese night markets like Sanur or Gianyar Night Markets. Night markets are perfect to enjoy a variety of local foods and products at affordable prices.

Currency

The Balinese currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Although you will see rates in USD ($), the businesses are legally obligated to accept rupiahs.

Customs & Languages

Although there are many languages spoken in Indonesia, the official language here is Indonesian. A majority of the population are able to speak Indonesian, which makes it the most widely spoken languages in the world. Their culture has been shaped by interactions with other foreign influences from the Far East, South Asia, and Middle East. This resulted in multiple religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and others more — leading to a complex cultural mixture.

Here are some helpful words/phrases:

  • Hello — Halo
  • Thank you — Terima kasih
  • Please — Silahkan
  • How much is this? — Berapa banyak ini?
  • Where is the bathroom? — Di mana kamar mandi?

Voltage/Power

  • Voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
  • Power sockets: type C / F