3. The island of Bali is famous for its delicious traditional cuisine. Nasi Ayam, Nasi Campur, Lawar, Bebek, Mi Goreng, Babi Guling, Balung, Tum, Pepes, Ares – it is a real jam and all gourmets should try these mouth-watering dishes! What is even more exciting is that you can eat traditional Balinese food with your hands – and it actually tastes much better that way!
5. Island of gods, island of thousand temples, island of paradise…All these titles have appeared thanks to the unique rich culture of Balinese people. They have their own dialect, art, music, crafts, many rituals, holidays and ceremonies. So many fascinating things you can learn and even take part in as the Balinese are more than happy to show you their culture. Try to really connect with the locals and you will probably get invited to join a Balinese ceremony or a wedding!
7. Sports! Did you know that the Balinese love playing badminton, futsal or volleyball? And they are amazing surfers and great at yoga? Just about everything! And whether you are a pro or beginner, they are happy to teach you or have you in their team for a game or two.
8. We’ve mentioned it before but it is worth to enhance a bit more. You haven’t seen Bali if you haven’t been to the local market in the morning. Each village has their market and even though it is for early birds (best time to go is about 6-6.30 AM), it is all worth it. Exotic fruits, 1000 different kinds of vegetables and spices, offerings and much more. It is colorful and vibrant, and the experience is even more complete if you go with one of your new Balinese friends who are able to tell you all about everything you see!
9. Traveling to another country is always exciting and fun. And what makes it even more fun if you can really communicate with the locals. So why not learn a few words Bahasa Indonesia while you are in Bali? You will see that the Balinese love it when you make the effort of speaking their language, and it definitely helps you bond and understand the Balinese culture.
10. Eat in local restaurants as much as you can. Bali has many options to dine and sometimes it would make you feel you are in your home country with all the choices of foreign cuisines. However, eating with the locals really enriches your experience. Even though local restaurants aren’t as cosy, clean or fancy as that Italian restaurant next door, it really is an experience to never forget!