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Landing in Bali

The first time you arrive at the airport in Bali can be a bit of a challenge so we thought we would give you a few tips.

Tip One - Wear light comfortable clothing on the plane. When you arrive you will probably be transported to the arrival lounge by a bus . When that warm tropical air hits you it can be like a brick wall!

Tip Two - Avoid using the porters until you have been to Bali a few times. They can be quite insistent but politely say no and they will get the message. If you do use them the rate per bag is 1000 - 1500 Rph.

Tip Three - There are autotellers in the arrival hall, these work fine and it is a cheaper place to get some local cash than at your home airport. There are also moneychangers in the area after you get your luggage that offer reasonable rates.

Tip Four - There is a taxi office to the right of where you leave the departure hall. It is a simple and regulated system and is alot cheaper than the transfers you may be offered by your travel agents. it is also quicker as you do not have to wait until other passengers come through the arrival hall before you head off to your hotel. The taxi rates at the airport are preset, you do not need to barter.

Tip Five - If you are only passing through Bali, there is a luggage store also to the left of the doors that you leave the airport through. If you have an interconnecting flight it saves you carting luggage into town. Prices are cheap.

  • Please do not step on the offerings (small woven baskets with flowers/rice and incense)
  • Ladies can not enter a temple during menstruation
  • Do not point at locals , it is impolite
  • Do not touch people on the head, it is worse than pointing!
  • When shopping do not carry large amounts of cash, it can make you a target for pickpockets , but also your wealth can embarrass locals
  • Be careful when crossing roads, the traffic is less orderly than home
  • Always take photocopies of your credit cards, passports, travellers cheques, just in case you lose the originals
  • Always ask before you take photos of the locals
  • The dogs in Bali are not pets and wander the streets. It is best not to try to approach or touch them as they can often be snarly and you wouldn't want your kids to get bitten

    IMMIGRATION -
    To enter Bali, or Indonesia for that matter you need a passport that has a validity period of at least six more months. Travellers with passports from some countries (including Australia and New Zealand) are also required to purchase a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival.

    These visas are not extendable. If a longer duration is required you must organise that through your nearest Indonesian Embassy prior to travel.

    CUSTOMS -
    Like many of it's Asian neighbours, Indonesia has very strict laws relating to drugs (including possession for personal use), don't risk it! It is also illegal to import weapons, TV sets, radio receivers, fresh fruit, Chinese medicines and anything remotely pornographic.

    CURRENCY -
    The local currency is the Rupiah (Rp) which can be found in the denominations from 100 to 100.000; and coins from 25 to 1.000 rupiah denominations. Due to the favourable exchange rate from Australian and New Zealand dollars to Rupiah we suggest you be extremely careful when exchanging money as you will get a lot of Rupiah notes. As some money changers are less than honest it is also a good idea to change an amount that you can easily work out mentally (such as $100) and count the money you are given carefully.
    Hotel money changers are generally honest but the rate is not as good as that available "down the road".
    Credit cards are accepted in most retail establishments and at hotels. In some cases, a service fee is included when charging a purchase to your card. However, when travelling to the village, take Rupiah with you. Keep small change handy when riding in bemo (public minibus) or buying a drink at warung.

    LANGUAGE -
    The national language is Bahasa Indonesia. English is spoken by most of the younger people, especially in hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.

    CLOTHING -
    The dress code in Bali is definately casual. Take light clothes, as the weather is warm-to-hot throughout the year. There are really only two seasons in Bali - wet and dry. During the wet season the rains usually fall in short spells but it is generally more humid during the day.

    Nude or topless bathing is forbidden.

    CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS -
    Shorts, mini-skirts and exposed arms are not allowed in and around temples. It is a custom to take off the shoes in temples, on festivals grounds and in private houses. We strongly recommended you observe these customs to show your respect for the religious traditions.
    Embracings and intimate touchings are not well seen in public.

    ELECTRICITY -
    220V AC.

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