Bali is known as the Land of Gods, and the Balinese believe that Heaven is Bali and that Bali is Heaven, and indeed, in the lush tropical vegetation, they have a distinct point. 90% of Balinese are Hindu and around five per cent Muslim, which is quite different to the rest of Indonesia. The Balinese people are some of the nicest, most pleasant and tolerant people in the world. Get to know the real Balinese, and your trip to this intriguing island will be an enriching one. Here are 12 thing not to do in Bali !
- Don’t bring drugs into Indonesia. Even though this is a given for any country, Indonesia has the death penalty and is not afraid to sentence a criminal to this if they are caught smuggling drugs in or out of the country. This also includes buying drugs of any kind while in the country.
- Don’t walk around scantily dressed. Just because it is hot, doesn’t mean it is socially acceptable to walk the streets of Bali in a bikini or without a shirt. The Balinese are modest people and tourists parading around half naked is not appreciated.
- Don’t step on ceremonial offerings. They are usually scattered throughout the streets, on door steps. If you can avoid stepping on them, do. The Balinese are highly spiritual and these offerings are part of their religious beliefs.
- Don’t touch a Balinese person (or child) on their head. The head is considered a sacred part of the body.
- Don’t drink the tap water in Bali. The water is not sanitary and many tourists fall sick from consuming it.
- Don’t hand a Balinese person something with your left hand, it is considered rude.
- Don’t leave your plate completely empty when eating a meal at someone’s house. A little food is always left over as an offering for the gods and to let your host know you had enough to eat.
- Don’t provoke a monkey to attack and if you do get bitten, go straight to the doctor as monkeys can carry rabies.
- Don’t avoid eating at Indonesian warungs because you are afraid you may get sick. Most warungs are clean and hygenic and offer delicious Balinese food.
- Don’t put your feet up on a chair or table showing the bottoms of your feet. It is considered to be very rude.
- Don’t write a letter to a Balinese person with a red pen. Red ink is considered the colour of anger.
- Don’t hire vehicles unless you have insurance. It can be very costly for you if you damage the vehicle without insurance.
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