Compared to it’s muslim neighbours, Bali is predominantly Hindu and so you will notice a lot of gods and goddess carved into the walls, statues and temples. Most families have built or own their own temple with a god of their choosing so you will see plenty as you travel through the island. You will also notice that there are little pallets offerings made out of palm leaf and decorated with frangipani, flowers and incense which are meant to appease their gods and keep evil spirits at bay. These are made daily and although difficult to avoid, try not to step on them when walking through the streets!
The currency here is Indonesian Rupiah and you will be dealing in the thousands so make sure you have you currency converter app on hand to help you understand how much things cost.
Throughout all of my backpacking adventures and using local transport in Asia, I found Indonesia the most challenging. I was informed to use Bemo’s (local buses) as these were more cost effective but it actually ended up costing more. Ojek’s or motorbike taxis are pretty good and cheap but they will try and fit two of you on with all your luggage!
Car Taxi or rental is probably the most cost effective and time efficient option of getting around the island and cheaper if you share.
If you’re looking for a reputable bus company to transport you the Parama Buses are excellent and have tourist offices to assist you. These have multiple routes to locations like Ubud, Lovina, Nusa Dua, Kuta and Amed. (Tip: if you keep your ticket, you will get a 10% discount if you book a second time)
Indonesian is used universally across all islands but you will find that many islands and even regions within the islands speak their own dialect. Balinese, Javanese – there are way over 300 separate languages! Despite this, if you learn a little Indonesian it will go along way;
Hello = Apa Kabar
My Name is = Nama Saya <insert name>
Thank you = Terimah Kasih (Tereema Kassy)
You’re welcome = Sama Sama (my favourite!)
Please = Silahkan
Excuse me = Ma’af
Good Bye = Salamat Tinggal