Be careful where you step! When it’s raining, the sidewalks can be extremely slippery, and
Sidewalks can have large and deep potholes, that are not visible at night
Driving a scooter. Never go too fast. Accidents happen daily. Loose chippings are everywhere. Cats, dogs, chickens…anything can cross your way. And any vehicle can come towards you from any direction, anytime.
Currents in the sea can be dangerous, and change depending on the weather and wind conditions; also good swimmers have drown on Bali
Don’t do drugs – it’s not worth it, especially when you get caught! Even for petty drug related crimes, death sentence might be your gamble.
People do lose their lives in Bali, often because of swimming or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (or both).
There is crime on Bali, (although not much compared to many other destinations), so stay alert
Prostitution is illegal in Bali
Magic Mushrooms have recently became illegal.
HIV/AIDS is widespread among prostitutes. Practice safe sex all the time!
Being topless on the beach is not allowed.
Balinese are open minded but they don’t like: people using their streets as toilets, topless guys in restaurants and shops, disrespectful and loud behavior, somebody touching their head!
Bali by Area
Kuta is always wild at night
Seminyak has the most clubs and beach clubs that are more upper class
Ubud is laid back, art, small shops, great food, healthy life style, and yoga. Think new age!
Lembongan Island is easy to get to and is like Bali 40 years ago. Paradise!
Sanur is more quiet, a bit upper class in general, with calm beaches, great restaurants at the beach side (Pantai Sindhu), and lots of live music.
Indonesian clove cigarettes are called Kretek and are smoked everywhere. (you will smell it too!)
Rainy season is from October to February, Dry season is from March to September
Bali (incl. Lembongan) are one of the best surf destinations in the world
Amed is the place where most scuba divers stay and where you find the wrecks
Nusa Dua, 5 star resort area
Jimbaran – seafood restaurants and BBQ directly on the beach, every night (busy, fresh seafood, tasty)
Bukit Penisula in the south, it is surfer’s paradise and still a little bit off the beaten track. Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, Dreamland, Uluwatu, Balangan.