Bali, Indonesia’s most popular destination, is a tropical paradise where lush jungles and volcanic mountains meet white sand beaches and glistening turquoise seas. This Indonesian island offers an endless list of activities, from snorkeling and diving to trekking and hiking.
When to go: During the dry season (April-October)
The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season when the weather is dry, making it the most ideal time for surfing, diving, and mountain hiking. However, you should avoid visiting during the monsoon period from July to October as it’s often raining.
How to get around: There are plenty of ways to get around Bali, from a scooter or bike to a tour package. Alternatively, you can hire a car for a reasonable fee, just make sure to let the driver know your itinerary in advance.
What to eat: If you want to eat like a local, then don’t miss babi guling (suckling pig), nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice), and sate lembat (fish cooked in chili sauce). These are simple yet delicious meals and they’re inexpensive.
Drinks: Beer and wine are cheap, but spirits are a bit more expensive than in the West. Be wary of low-quality and bootlegged alcohol.
Money: Bring cash, particularly in the markets, and only use credit cards at more upscale restaurants and boutiques. Some shops don’t accept cash, and some charge a 3% fee for credit card payments.
Bali is one of the safest countries in the world to travel to, with a relatively low crime rate. Despite this, travelers should be aware of scams that involve gambling and card games. Moreover, drink spiking is a serious concern in some areas of Bali.