BALI TRAVEL GUIDE
Bali has very quickly become a popular destination for Westerns. Whether you're looking for the party of Canggu, the Yoga retreats of Ubud or the surf of Uluwatu, Bali has something that appeals to everyone.
Bali itself holds so much to see, from trekking volcanos at sunrise, days wandering through rice fields or chilling at a beach club to watch the exotic sunsets, there is so much to see and experience on this little island of paradise.
Many areas of Bali have now been taken over by tourism, hosting hubs of cafes, bars and some of the best well known vegan restaurants. However, others remain quite remote and maintain their unique Balinese beauty and charm.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
A COMPLETE GUIDE
The best time to travel to Bali is during the islands dry season from May to October, the humidity is less and you won't have to worry about the monsoon downpours ruining any outdoor activities. BUT saying this, this makes it incredible busy, flights are more expensive and hotels get booked up.
I visited from January to March during the rainy months, and if you don't mind the short bursts of tropical rainstorms, this is the cheapest time to go!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language in Bali is Balinese, however, most of the locals speak Indonesian, as most have immigrated from Sumatra over to the island of Bali.
Currency: The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah. 1 USD is equivalent to about 14,124 IDR.
Credit Cards and ATMs: You’ll be able to pay with your credit card at upscale restaurants and hotels in tourist areas. However, if you’re going shopping at the local markets, the vendors only accept cash. There are plenty of ATMs in popular destinations like Bali and Jakarta, but you’ll struggle to find machines in more remote areas.
Plugs: The plugs in Indonesia are type C. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Bali is one of the safest Southeast Asia destinations for solo female travellers. But it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions and keep your eye on your belongings. You’ll also want to avoid buying arak, a locally produced alcohol. It can contain poisonous methanol so only buy your drinks from reputable bars and resorts.