Essential Bali Travel Guide: Understanding Bali and Where to Stay

If you heard Bali, the first term that comes to your mind might be “honeymoon”. After all, in the book and film “Eat Pray Love”, Bali signifies love. And as a romantic setting, it is portrayed in TV shows and many movies. The majority of us know that Bali is a lover’s paradise, but it’s more than that. The island has something for travellers seeking experience, culture, and character. It’s also a perfect option for company bonus tours, solo travels, group holidays, and even family trips.

Essential Information about Bali

  • Language: The languages will be Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia and Balinese. Most people know and talk English too.
  • Religion: Over 80% of locals is Balinese Hinduism. That will be exceptional in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim nation. It’s essential to be respectful in their way of life, especially when visiting religious sites. Bali Island also celebrates Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), which we will discuss below.
  • Time Zone: GMT+8 (Central Indonesia Time). Bali is in the Exact Same time zone as Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur; along with an hour before Jakarta.
  • Money: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR or Rp). USD 1 is around Rp14.000++. PHP 1 is approximately Rp278, and EUR1 is currently almost Rp15.500.
  • Modes of Payment: The majority of those stores and restaurants transact in Rupiah; however, major credit cards are allowed by most hotels, fine-dining restaurants, stores, and souvenir shops. I found that several establishments have. Others such as Visa and American Express are allowed too.

Understanding Bali

Bali is Indonesia’s most renowned tourist destination. The tourism industry is the province’s primary source of earnings, fueled by tourism-related businesses such as resorts and hotels, tour agencies and operators, and much more. Alongside making up the majority of the economy of the province, tourism also resulted in the growth of crafts and arts. It also revived a few customs and the traditional dances which are left concealed and forgotten. Organic appeals also abound in Bali — both on land and underwater. Rice terraced mountains, beaches, islands, jungles, waves, waterfalls, and marine life would be the attraction for the daring. These and more motivated Bali to grow as among the world’s top destinations.

The Best Places to Stay

Bali Province is structured on Bali Island and other tiny islands located around the southeast part, specifically Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan. Denpasar’s town is the capital. Bali gets the most varied choices in Indonesia when it comes to lodging. You can find guesthouses, inns, hostels, budget hotels, high-end resorts, hotels, and villas.

The island could be divided into four areas: South, North, Central/East, and West Bali. Although it is likely to keep in other regions, the southern portion has become the most popular tourist hub. The majority of the accommodations, restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping areas, and attractions are situated here.

Most of the island’s tourist attractions are seen in South Bali. Most people choose to stay in South Bali due to their tourist-friendly amenities and services. Moreover, it’s accessibility makes it a good base and jump-off point to some other tourist destinations in Bali. For most of the tourist, the places to remain in South Bali are the following:

  • Seminyak is located further north of Kuta. It’s similar to Kuta’s version. Seminyak has plenty of villas, luxury hotels, and spa hotels.
  • Legian is a suburb situated between Seminyak and Kuta. It offers the best of both worlds, budget and luxury. This area is tamer compared to Seminyak and Kuta.
  • Kuta District in Badung Regency has the maximum concentration of accommodations in Bali. Even though there are luxury hotels here, the town is known for its budget-friendly and backpacker-friendly lodging.

But suppose you’re after peace of mind or even more cultural experience. In that case, Ubud in the Central/East area is also a great option. It’s not as accessible as the shore towns, but it provides a relaxing Balinese escape.

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