Bali is a destination where there’s something for everyone. Surfers can hit the pristine beaches and watch the professionals carve up the waves; nature lovers can explore the jungles, waterfalls, volcanoes and cliffs; foodies will find culinary delights at local restaurants and street stalls; and shoppers will find international fashion boutiques and art galleries.

There’s also plenty of activities for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, from a day at a quiet beach to a yoga retreat in a lush tropical setting. Those who want to immerse themselves in the culture can visit the countless temples and shrines, as well as attend the many religious festivals throughout the year.

The Balinese are a deeply religious people and the Hinduism practiced here has a strong influence on everyday life. Everywhere you look you will see offerings to the gods, with little baskets of fruit and flowers placed all over the streets. They also believe in karma, which means that what you do will have a positive or negative effect on you.

The roads in the heavily populated areas can be congested during peak times and ceremonial processions sometimes block traffic completely. A rental car is a good option to get around, but I wouldn’t recommend driving it unless you’re very confident on the road. Taxis are cheap and easy to get, and rideshare apps like Grab and Go-Jek are also popular. Public buses are also available, but they’re usually pretty slow and often full of tourists.

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