Bali is unique place for sure and one of the best things about Bali is its people. Balinese people love to talk, interact and get to know visitors. You won’t be alone for long in Bali!
When attending a Temple Ceremony
Locals appreciate when a visitor says “Selamat pagi” (good morning), “Selamat siang” (good afternoon) or “Selamat sore” (good evening). Learning how to say “thank you” (terima kasih) in Indonesian or even in Balinese (matur suksma) will also be appreciated.
Indonesian as well as Balinese people love family and kids, so count on those coming up fast in conversation, as well as your marital status. This isn’t nosey, just friendly. Indonesian people tend to have a group identity so if you are in a position where you want to give a small gift / tip to someone, realize that not giving the same to everyone else present will be taken a slight by them. For example if you are renting a luxury villa and want to tip your cleaner, you’d better tip the gardner, driver, cook, laundry girl and security guy too.
You will notice the multitude of offerings that are placed outside doorways and at street intersections. These are considered ‘holy’ as long as the insense is rising up towards the Gods. Try your best not to step on the offerings during this or any other time as it shows a level of respect.
In Asia the way to say something or do something is often more important than what you do. Wearing a smile is one way of showing locals you are friendly towards them. In situations of misunderstanding or even tension, a smile can help to keep the situation on a comfortable level. In exteme situations (road accident, angry / physical encounters etc.) one way to pour cold water on the situation is to say “Mau minta maaf” (basically “Please accept my apology”).
Visa-On Arrivals are US$25 for a stay of up to 30 days. A 30 day visa can now be extended for an extra 30 days. 7 day visas NO longer available.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and you must have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets). If you cannot fulfill both of these requirements, you may not be allowed to enter the country.
Electricity in Indonesia is 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim plug, you may need a convertor plug, ( easy to buy at a supermarket in Bali)
Remember, drugs are illegal in Indonesia and the result is a very high price or jail term.
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Despite the terrible effects, Bali can thank the volcanoes for her civilisation. Tropical soils tend to be poor because heavy rains wash away the nutrients. Bali, however, has been spared this disadvantage. Continuous eruptions throw fertile ash over the island.
Mountains also cause rainfall. Moisture-laden air rises, cools and then rains. Rain falls on the south of the island. The northern third is in the rain shadow and so is rather arid. So, thanks to the mountains, Bali has fertile soil and good irrigation.