Bali is the land of smiles and friendly if not laidback and spiritual folks. While the locals may be more than happy to cater for visitors, a little consideration goes a long way in Bali. Here are a few dos and don’ts to consider while on holiday in this beautiful island paradise:-

  • Do be respectful. When entering a Hindu temple, wear a sarong with a sash. If you do not own one, they usually rent them out at the front of a temple. Make sure your upper body is not too exposed either. It is also nice to leave the temple a donation.


  • Don’t touch a Balinese person (or child) on their head. The head is considered a sacred part of the body.


  • Do take off your shoes when entering a home or sometimes even shop. It is rude not to.


  • Don’t hand a Balinese person something with your left hand, it is considered rude.


  • Do take note of the red and yellow flags while on the beach. They are there for your safety when in the water and indicate where you can and cannot swim.


  • Don’t avoid eating at Indonesian warungs because you are afraid you may get sick. Most warungs are clean and hygenic and offer delicious Balinese food


  • Do make sure you have all your vaccinations up to date. Bali is full of diseases which can be avoided if you are vaccinated against them.


  • Don’t walk around scantily dressed. Just because it is hot, doesn’t mean it is socially acceptable to walk the streets of Bali in a bikini or without a shirt. The Balinese are modest people and tourists parading around half naked is not appreciated.


  • Do tip. If you have received good service, whether at a café, bar or tour, tips are a nice way of saying that. Balinese workers do not receive a high salary so any extra tips are always welcome.


  • Don’t bring drugs into Indonesia. Even though this is a given for any country, Indonesia has the death penalty and is not afraid to sentence a criminal to this if they are caught smuggling drugs in or out of the country.


  • Do haggle when visiting the markets. It is expected that prices can be negotiated in markets around Bali. However, many stores outside of the markets have fixed prices and it is considered rude to try and haggle there.


  • Don’t write a letter to a Balinese person with a red pen. Red ink is considered the colour of anger.

Be sure to stick to these do’s and don’t’s and always be aware of your surroundings and you’re bound to have the time of your life!