Anyone who has been to Bali can attest to its status as a tropical paradise.

But there are some aspects about Bali that might be surprising to first-time visitors.

It is important to know about these before you land in Bali to be able to make the most of your experience and to avoid the culture shock. If you have booked a trip to Bali, here are 10 tips that would be useful to know when exploring the island and its many attractions.

1. Dress modestly when visiting temples.

This is one of the things that a lot of tourists violate when exploring the many attractions in Bali.

You must wear a shirt or pants when you visit any temple.

Avoid exposure of the underarms and legs as a sign of respect for the culture being preserved in these temples.

If you are wearing shorts or skirt on your visit, wear a scarf over it

2. The Bali roads are chaotic…

And it is mostly crowded.

This is to be expected of any tourist destination.

But be prepared for a different level of chaos when in Bali.

It is therefore important to pay close attention to your personal belongings, especially valuables when exploring the various parts of the island.

Avoid exploring alone whenever possible.

3. Bali employs a “smoke-free” law in 2011.

Hence, you must avoid smoking in public places (such as hotels, temples, beaches and other tourist attractions) or you could be penalised when caught.

4. You can easily find Wi-Fi access all over Bali.

With the rise in tourist visits, Bali has also expanded its connectivity options by offering Wi-Fi access to tourists.

You can easily connect to the internet wherever you are on the island.

But Wi-Fi is not always free; they are often available through commercial establishments such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars, etc.

5. Rent a motorbike to make it easier to explore.

Bali is a huge island.

Commuting to get from one point to another can be quite limiting and expensive.

Renting a motorbike offers you more flexibility in terms of where you want to go and what you can see.

6. Hire a taxicab or bemo (public bus) for sightseeing.

If you do not know how to drive a motorbike, you can still explore Bali on your own by renting a cab for one day.

This will enable you to tour the island and experience many tourist attractions in one day.

7. Be careful exchanging money.

If you are carrying dollar or other types of currency upon entering Bali, you should have them exchanged by reputable banks or money exchange services only.

There had been several reported fraud money changers in the past.

There are also a few hotels that allow their guests to have their money exchanged on the reception.

There are plenty of options to get the funds you need during your stay.

8. Surfing is a popular activity in Bali’s beaches.

However, you need to beware of any warnings when you head to the beach as Bali beaches are notorious for its treacherous undercurrents.

Beaches you need to beware of are those located in between Kuta and Canggu.

9. Bali Belly…

Even though the so-called “Bali Belly” is no longer existent, tourists are advised to be cautious about where they eat.

In addition, drinking straight from the faucet is not recommended.

10. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!

Since Bali is a tropical country, it can be hot all year round.Temperature in Bali (year-round) averages from 29 to 35-degree Celsius. Always use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke.

Temperature in Bali (year-round) averages from 29 to 35-degree Celsius. Always use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke.

Always use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke.

Planning your perfect trip to Bali is all about being prepared. With these tips, you know what to expect and focus on simply enjoying your vacation wherever you intend to stay or explore.

With these tips, you know what to expect and focus on simply enjoying your vacation wherever you intend to stay or explore.

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