Travel Tips in Bali

Travel Tips in Bali

 
Essential Tips in Bali:

  • To enter Bali, or Indonesia for that matter, make sure your passport is valid for six months upon entry into Indonesia, otherwise you’ll find yourself on the next plan out. You also must have proof of onward passage (i.e. a ticket out of Indonesia). Visitors from some thirty countries are also provided with a 60-days tourist visa issued directly upon arrival. Consult your travel agent or airlines, mention your nationality.
  • The rupiah is the basic unit of money. Foreign currency, in bank notes and traveler’s checks is best exchanged at major banks or authorized money changers. Do change money at a reputable looking location, use your own (or the hotel’s calculator before changing), as the ones used by some places can be “a little inaccurate”. Most important; always count your money before you leave the place. Traveler’s checks are accepted at all major hotels and large shops; some smaller shops will also accept them.
  • There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after one has cashed money at banks or money changers. Put your money away in your “bum-bag” or hold onto your handbag tightly.
  • Credit cards and charge cards: To day many hotels, shops large and small accept plastic, with the proviso that an additional 3% is added onto your bill. However, when traveling to the village, take rupiah with you. Keep small change handy when riding in public transports or buying drinks at warung.
  • Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance that will cover in any accidents.
  • If you rent a car, beware of motorbikes, as there are too many on the road. When you park the car, always remember to remove all your properties. Crime is on the increase and can spoil your holiday.
  • Remember Bali is a land where prayer and religious festivals take center stage. When visiting a temple or attending ceremonies, make it a point to respect local customs and traditions. Always wear a sarong and sash. Do not walk in front of people praying. Do not use a flash camera or point your camera to the priest’s face. Do try not to step on offerings in the street (walk around them). Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.
  • Do not drug! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Government prison service.
  • International health certificates of vaccination against smallpox, cholera, and yellow fever are required only from travelers comprising from infected areas. Typhoid and paratyphoid vaccinations are optional but still advisable. Drink only distilled or mineral water, or water that has been boiled and eat a lot of fresh fruit – do your body a favor.

 
 
Essential Information:

 
Currency
Indonesian Rupiah (also called ‘Rupiah’). Currency code = IDR. Notes 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000. Coins 100, 200, 500, 1000.

 
Time Zone
Bali Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.

 
Credit Card
Major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels along with American dollar traveler’s cheques.

 
Electricity
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim plug. Bathroom shaver plugs usually have a transformer switch. We suggest taking an adaptor for your appliance.

 
Driver License
If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years of age and posses an International Driver’s License or license from ASEAN countries.

 
Taxis
Only choose meterred taxi (for numerous taxi, you need to ask to the driver to turn on the meter). The reputable taxi is Blue Bird, phone: +62-361-701111.

 
Medical

  • AEA International (Medical Evac) Jl. Hayam Wuruk 40, Denpasar. Tel : 228996
  • Bali International Medical Center Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai 100X Denpasar. Tel : 761263
  • Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada (Hospital) Jl. Panglima Sudirman No.50, Denpasar. Tel : 227560
  • Kuta Clinic : Jl. Raya Kuta No.100X, Kuta. Tel : 753268
  • Nusa Dua Clinic : Jl. Pramata No. 81A, Nusa Dua. Tel : 771324
  • Rumah Sakit Umum Sanglah (Hospital) : Jl. Diponegoro, Denpasar. Tel : 227911

 
Emergency

  • Ambulance : 118
  • Fire : 113
  • Police : 110
  • Search & Rescue : 51111
  • Red Cross : 26465

 
Credit Card Enquiries

  • American Express. Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Tel : 288511 ext. 111
  • Mastercard. Bank Central Asia, Jl. Cokroaminoto, Denpasar. Tel : 222652
  • Visa. Bank Duta, Jl. Hayam Wuruk 165, Denpasar. Tel : 226578