Yes, Transport....Transport !
Everywhere in tourist areas you'll be offered "transport, transport", and the rates are negotiable.
It's much more relaxing to have someone who knows his way around behind the wheel than to drive yourself through Bali's traffic.
You can fully enjoy the sights, don't have to worry about getting lost, and there's always somebody to watch the car and your belongings when you go for a meal or sightseeing.
Dress code is not for party
Balinese as in much of Asia, shorts are not considered polite attire for men or women. But things are different in Kuta Beach and all other beach resort, shorts and singlets have become part of daily life. In this case many women go topless in Kuta but do not try in other island, for example Lombok.
Everything totally different if you visit Temples or Government offices, you are expected to be dress properly use temple sarong for temple visit and think just like in your home if you go to Police office or in Government Offices.
Do not touch somebody's head, especially when you just know each other or to older people, for Balinese and most of Asian, head is sacred, regarded to be abode of the soul.
Handing over or receiving things with right hands is also considered polite, but opposite for the left hand. However, using both hands is to show great respect to the elder's person.
It is also not polite if you talk to someone with your hands on your hip, which is considered a sign of contempt, anger or aggressiveness.
Walks in Bali is not very popular, people are most mobiling using their motorbike or bike, the logical reasons are because of the strong tense of the sun, most people are comfort with their Jacket (which look very strange for the westerner) to block the sun.
Other reason is because of the lack of public transportation route. Ok, here are the tips, walks on the left side (Indonesian default side of driving), and if you see any offering on the ground, walk around it.
Motor Bike Rider
Bikers stop at the traffic light on the white stripe, which is forbidden (as it is for the pedestrians to cross), and they just go on before the green lights on...
You may be heard about the crazy way of Balinese people ride, but that's what I mention is just too far.
They were very lucky that the police was not on the place.
Get a "automatic" motor bike so you don't have to change gears.
It is easier especially if you are not used to ride motor bikes a lot in your country.
Some brands like Yamaha Mio, Nuvo, and Honda Vario are the automatic motor bike.
The police will stop you from time to time on the street. They normally are stationed in the big cross roads, and close to tourists area. They just like asking questions, especially to tourists.
Just show your license. The traffic can be chaotic and overwhelming.
You need to get use to it.
Sometimes you will see mad biker who do some fancy stuff in the streets to impress people or maybe they just don't understand the traffic rules, like most of us.Turn on your light, it's a safety riding techniques introduced by the Police a year ago, though it has gained less and less popularity.
DO AND DON'TS
- Reconfirm your outbound flight.
- Drink alot of bottled water as you may dehydrated easily.
- Leave your important documents in your hotel safe and wandering around with the copies.
- Shop around when intending to change money as the rate may vary,
check if the commission is added or not.
- Show your respect by wearing sarong when entering temple.
- Change money at a reputable looking location, use your own (or the hotel's) calculator before changing!
- Put on loads of High Factor Waterproof Sun Cream
(especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water).
- Be careful with your belongings at all times. Crime is on the increase and can ruin your holiday.
- Cases of handbag snatching have been reported, so leave important documents in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulders!
- Try not to step on offerings in the street (walk around them).
- Respect the slow pace of processions when stuck behind one, for instance, don't honk!
- Haggle when buying (except on price-tagged goods).
- Stepping on offerings in the street.
- Honking if a caught behind the slow pace of processions.
- Deal in or do drugs. The death penalty is await.
- Touch people's heads even children, as it considers offensive.
- Enter temple during menstruation.
- Use your left hand in sacking or handing over something to someone as it is consider impolite. If there is no other option then express your apology.
- Forget to take your passport (or a photocopy of your ID)
- Swim outside designated swimming areas on the beach, currents can be very strong.
- Swim between the red and yellow flags.
- Worry too much about the ice - it's government-quality controlled in established bars and restaurants.
- Forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may not!
But let me tell you, if you new in Bali, see what and how we do, and not based on story