Navigating Bali: Dos and Dont's Guide to staying safe

Navigating Bali: Dos and Dont's Guide to staying safe


Navigating Bali: Dos and Don'ts for a Safe and Connected Experience with BaliSIM2U eSIM

Bali, with its mesmerizing landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, is a dream destination for many travelers. However, like any other travel hotspot, it's essential to be mindful of local customs and safety measures to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. This guide, while informative, is only a guide and is by no way a definitive list of dos and don'ts. Here are some additional tips to consider during your visit:


1. Respect Local Customs: Bali is deeply rooted in Hindu culture, so it's crucial to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly when visiting temples, and always ask for permission before taking photos of locals or sacred sites.

2. Bargain Wisely: Bargaining is common in Bali, especially at markets and street vendors. However, do so respectfully and remember that haggling over small amounts may not be worth it.

3. Stay Hydrated: Bali's tropical climate can be unforgiving, so remember to stay hydrated, especially if you're out exploring during the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it at your accommodation or trusted water stations.

4. Practice Safety Precautions: While Bali is generally safe for tourists, exercise caution and common sense. Secure your belongings, avoid walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas, and be mindful of traffic when crossing the streets.

5. Explore Responsibly: Bali's natural beauty is a major draw for visitors, but it's essential to explore responsibly. Respect wildlife and marine life, avoid single-use plastics, and opt for eco-friendly activities and accommodations.

6. Wear a Helmet When Riding Your Motorbike: Accidents are very common here, and hospital bills can very quickly end up in the tens of thousands of dollars.

7. Take Out Health/Travel Insurance: Many people come to Bali without adequate protection. Travel insurance is affordable and a great way to protect yourself from theft, illness, cancellations, and many other scenarios. Enjoy your stay and know that if something goes south… you are covered.


1. Disrespect Sacred Sites: Bali is home to numerous temples and religious sites, which hold significant cultural and spiritual value. Avoid climbing on structures or engaging in disrespectful behavior at these sites.

2. Overconsume Alcohol: Bali may be known for its nightlife, but excessive alcohol consumption can lead to risky situations. Drink responsibly and be mindful of your surroundings, especially if you're out late at night.

3. Ignore Beach Safety: Bali's beaches are stunning, but they can also be unpredictable. Pay attention to warning signs, swim only in designated areas with lifeguards present, and be cautious of strong currents and rip tides.

4. Engage in Illegal Activities: Bali has strict laws regarding drugs, vandalism, and other illegal activities. Engaging in such behaviors can have severe consequences, including imprisonment or deportation.

5. Disregard Local Etiquette: Politeness and respect go a long way in Bali. Always greet locals with a smile and a polite "hello" (or "salamat pagi" in Bahasa Indonesia) and avoid raising your voice or showing anger in public.

6. Don’t drink Tap water: The water here is not as treated as overseas. Instead, take the safe route and drink bottled water instead.

7. Don’t use ATM machines in Mini-Marts or on the street: Bali has a big issue like the rest of the world with ATM skimming. Stay safe and use a Bank branch ATM with a guard. He will have a white or blue official-looking shirt. It's his job to protect the ATM from any nasty cybercriminals looking to clean out your bank account.

8. Don’t use unauthorized Money Changers: There are many tricks here with unauthorized money changers. A big giveaway is an exchange rate much better than the official. Also, walking down the back alley to get to the exchange or in a random shop down the back. An authorized money changer is an office. It usually has a guard, and it will ask for your passport or your personal details on a form. It almost looks like a bank. If you're not sure, ask someone who will point you in the direction of an authentic money changer.

9. Don’t flash cash/valuables around: Indonesia is a developing economy, and as such, some people turn to petty theft in order to live. Flashing wealth around and being careless can result in tears. Trust us, we see this every day. Bali is a fairly safe place. However, use your common sense.

10. Don’t get drunk to the point of not knowing who you are: You are overseas; keep your wits about you. Many stories take place of people not keeping their wits about them. Especially at nighttime. Enjoy yourself but remember you are in a foreign country.

11. Avoid walking backstreets at night time alone: Petty theft does occur so please use a Go-Jek (motorcycle taxi) or one of the many other transport options available.

12. Do Not Walk Around Naked: While Bali is known for its beaches and laid-back atmosphere, walking around naked is highly disrespectful and offensive to locals. Please dress appropriately and respect local norms.

13. Behave Respectfully: Remember that you are a guest in another country. Behave respectfully towards locals, follow local customs, and be mindful of your actions and words.

How BaliSIM2U eSIM Enhances Your Experience:

Having a BaliSIM2U eSIM can greatly enhance your experience in Bali by keeping you connected to your friends, family, and important information while ensuring your safety:

1. Seamless Connectivity: With a BaliSIM2U eSIM, stay connected to the Telkomsel network, one of the leading providers in Indonesia, ensuring reliable coverage throughout your travels.

2. Instant Communication: Share your adventures with loved ones or seek assistance in an emergency instantly, without the hassle of purchasing and swapping physical SIM cards.

3. Safety Alerts and Information: Stay informed about local news, weather updates, and safety alerts to navigate Bali with confidence. Access important information whenever you need it.

4. Emergency Assistance: Reach out for help or contact local authorities quickly in case of emergencies, providing peace of mind knowing that assistance is just a call away.

By following these dos and don'ts and staying connected with a BaliSIM2U eSIM, make the most of your time in Bali while ensuring a safe and memorable experience. Explore Bali's wonders, immerse yourself in its culture, and create unforgettable memories.

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Enjoy your time in Bali with BaliSIM2U eSIM, your reliable travel companion!

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