Bali is an exotic destination that has been attracting visitors for decades, however, the island has been exploding in tourism, particularly over the last several years. While the locals would be more than happy to cater for visitors, a little consideration still goes a long way in Bali. Here are some pearls of wisdom and cultural nuances for you to keep in mind, while visiting Bali!
It is expected that visitors dress and act modestly when entering the temples This includes covering up for both men and women, and a sarong or scarf is the ideal way to do this. Women having their period are not allowed to enter the temple.
In Bali, using your left hand when passing something to somebody is generally considered disrespectful. It is preferred that you use both hands.
In addition, the Balinese believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body. Thus, touching people’s heads is considered highly impolite.
The tap water in Bali is not drinkable and kindly use mineral water to brush your teeth.
Haggling is expected in the markets, but be careful just how hard you push the Balinese. Always try to find that balance when seeking a good deal.