The iconic beaches, rice terraces, jungle-covered volcanoes and unique culture of Bali attracts travellers from all over the world. But it’s the genuinely warm and generous Balinese who keep people coming back to this beautiful island time and time again.

A highlight of any trip to Bali is a visit to one of the many lush green rice terraces, especially at sunset. But don’t be fooled by their beauty, as the terraces are home to a whole host of pests that are just waiting for an opportunity to feast on your unwitting backpack. It is for this reason that you’ll never see a rice terrace in Bali without being surrounded by a team of locals armed with bamboo sticks ready to protect it from the multitude of creatures that are lurking in the bushes!

Bali is a year-round destination but it has two distinct seasons. The rainy season lasts from November to March with sporadic rainfall throughout the day.

It is important to note that although you can use credit cards at some places in the larger travel hubs, cash is king in Bali. It’s best to carry around large denominations of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) for your trip, and you can expect to pay a premium if you try and use a credit card in the more remote areas.

Grab car (taxi) is the preferred form of transport on the island, and a moped is an alternative for those who are confident enough to ride one. But I wouldn’t recommend driving in Bali unless you are very experienced and comfortable with small, winding roads with rice fields on either side that you could easily lose your way on.

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