Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bali 101: Practical travel tips for solo travellers

Solo travellers who choose Bali for their getaway enters a destination that vibrates in the active and laidback spectra of travel. A hideaway popular to honeymooners and holidaymakers, the Island of the Gods is a place where everyone can satisfy their basic pursuits for pleasure—shopping, swimming, beachwalking, and eating. Add to these the lounging in a villa accommodation in Bali, which is perfect for soul-searching travellers. If you are eyeing for Bali in your next travel, then pack together these travel tips that will save you the hassle.

General information

A good solo traveller spends time in knowing the relevant details about the desired destination. For those who are planning Bali holidays, the following bits of information will surely be handy:

  • Language: Balinese, a language specific to the island
  • Religion: Balinese Hinduism
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
  • Codes: Indonesian country code is 62, while the area code for Bali is 361.

Since the island is practically a tourist spot, many people know how to speak English. Make sure to follow basic customs, such as dressing up properly when entering religious edifices or not using the left hand when shaking with someone.

Travel requirements

If you are coming from a country that requires a travel authorisation, make sure to have a 30-day travel visa. This costs around USD25. The visa purchasing system only takes 3 to 5 minutes per applicant, so it is generally quick and easy. Take note, though, that the Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into a different visa.

Electricity

Most lodgings on the island use 220 volts, 50 Hz. Their power sockets are designed for two-pronged round plugs. Bathroom shaver plugs commonly have a transformer switch. If you need to bring your own gadget or appliance, it is advisable to bring an adapter.

Credit card transactions

Credit card users will be delighted to know that most Bali hotels accept such mode of payment. In case you need to deal with a transaction with your credit-card provider, here are the contact details of their offices on the island:

  • American Express - located at Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur (Telephone Number: 288511 ext. 111)
  • MasterCard - located at Bank Central Asia, Jalan Cokroaminoto, Denpasar (Telephone Number: 222652)
  • Visa Card - located at Bank Duta, Jalan Hayam Wuruk 165, Denpasar (Telephone Number: 226578)

Getting around

You will find an array of car rental shops around the island. Taxis are also a popular mode of transportation for tourists. Two of the notable companies are Taksi Praja and Taksi Bali. For a more hassle-free transportation around Bali, you can book one of the best holiday villas in Bali that offers car and driver services.


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2 comments:

Ella said...

It’s a informative tip for solo travellers.Many thanks a whole lot regarding this post.I love to travel to different places it will help me a lot. Well there is one more important thing for solo traveller hire the best car. This will not waste your time during travel.

srinivasa travels chennai said...

Really nice post and good to read this post. thanks for sharing

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