The Indonesian island of Bali is known around the world for its scenic rice terraces, delicious cuisine and breathtaking beaches — but it’s the people that make this destination so special. They’re generous and genuinely warm, with a fun and sly sense of humor. For example, upon seeing a bald tourist, locals might exclaim he’s ‘bung ujan’ (literally ‘rain cancels’) — a reference to the fact that the hairless head is like a clear sky.
The island’s thriving music and dance culture is another reason to visit, as are its traditional crafts, including silverwork and batik textiles. And don’t miss the opportunity to attend a traditional ceremony for an authentic experience of Balinese culture and tradition.
Bali is a small island and while there are buses and trains to get you from one end of the island to the other, it’s usually faster and more comfortable to hire a driver with a car or scooter. These drivers are often available through hotels or you can find them through apps such as Grab or Go-Jek.
The main island has lots to offer for every traveler, from the swanky resorts of Seminyak in the west to family-friendly Sanur in the east. You can also explore the lush jungles and pristine coral reefs of Lovina or take in the Mount Batur sunrise on the north island. And don’t forget the shopping, from Coach at Beachwalk to unique wood-carved figurines at Ubud Art Market.