The Do's and Don't's of Bali

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Bali is the most beautiful place I have traveled to as of April 2020. I fell in love with the island, and I would love to go back for a longer period of time!

Bali was also my first solo trip. I visited for 2 weeks by myself to meet up with 50 people I had only met through the internet for a conference. Sounds pretty wild, huh? It was!

I always carry a travel journal when I go anywhere besides home, to write down special memories,or things to keep in mind in the future. I feel safer wandering around Bali than I do the streets of Atlanta, but there are some things to remember when going. Here are some of the tips & tricks to not only surviving, but falling in love with Bali!


  • Pay more than 400,000 IDR for a taxi from the airport (Seminyak) to Ubud.

  • Overpay in general. You can barter for most things. Maybe not food though.

  • Drive on the right side of the road.

  • Drink the tap water! Only drink bottled water unless you boil it first. There should be kettles in any room you stay at.

  • Stay at the L'amore Hotel in Seminyak - it's nasty. Just don't do it. If you have questions, email me.

  • Go souvenir shopping till the end of your trip to carry less around.

  • Touch the Monkeys

  • Hold items you're not willing to loose around the monkeys. They will take it. They also pick-pocket.

  • Fight the monkeys if they steal your stuff. Let them have it.

  • Try to hike up to the Gates of Heaven (Pura lempuyang). Take the taxi!

  • Try to take a motorbike taxi with a suitcase!

  • Get in a taxi if it's not a Bluebird! Bluebird taxis are a light blue and have a meter: meaning you know exactly how much you owe them for the distance you went. There are other blue taxis barely darker than Bluebird, to trick you, that do not have a meter and will tell you one price when you get in, and a more expensive one when you arrive and not let you out until you pay that.


  • exchange at least $250 U.S. dollars at the airport and carry it in a safe, non-obvious container deep in your bag. There is no guarantee that the ATMs around the island work.

  • Download GoJek for motorbike taxis (just like Uber, but pay cash after the ride)

  • Negotiate with Taxi's

  • Rent a motor bike to explore the island (especially the less crowded Nusa islands) (should be around 70,000 IDR per day)

  • Go on a snorkeling trip (around 150,000 IDR : $10 US)

  • Eat a lot! It's cheap and delicious