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bali FAQs

1. Where is Bali located?
Bali is an island in the Indian Ocean and it is a province of Indonesia. It can be found two miles east of Java.


2. What is the time difference between India and Bali?
Bali is two hours, thirty minutes ahead of India.


3.What is the best way to travel to Bali?
Reaching Bali by sea is quite popular as there are several cruise liners that stopover at Bali, but you will first need to reach Singapore or Sumatra to board. However, the best way to travel to Bali is by air as the Denpasar International Airport receives international as well as domestic flights regularly.


4. Is it a safe destination?
Yes, Bali is a safe destination to travel.


5. What are the popular places to see here?
The popular places to see in Bali are Ubud for its forests and temples; Kuta for its beaches and surfing; Nusa Dua for its resorts; and Denpasar which is the capital of Bali. 


6. What are the drinking laws?
The legal age for buying and drinking alcohol in Bali is 21 years.


7. What is the currency used in Bali?
Bali’s currency is the Indonesia Rupiah. Several places in Bali are now using credit and debit cards but there is also a reliance on cash to make payments. In smaller, lesser known areas, credit cards will not be accepted at all. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventualities by carrying the Thomas Cook Travel Prepaid Card. It is a secure way to carry money and Thomas Cook is one of the most trusted foreign exchange partners in the world.


8. Will I get WiFi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card there?
WiFi connectivity is widespread in Bali, especially in hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars. You can buy a local sim card anywhere in Bali but it needs to be registered at one of the official stores of the service provider. The best service provider in Bali is Telkomsel. If you’re looking for something cheaper, then consider XL Axiata or IM3.


9. What’s the food like there? Can I get Indian food? What about vegetarian options?
Bali is famous for delicious food, specifically noodles in vegetables, chicken, shrimp or pork. One of the most famous dishes from Bali is Nasi Goreng. There are also several Indian restaurants in Bali if you have a craving for homestyle Indian food and some of these have thalis, curries and delicious dals and kormas. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.


10. What are the emergency numbers in Bali?
112 is Bali’s main emergency number.


11. What are the local travel options here?
Bali has Uber and there are local taxis and buses as well. However, most people do enjoy renting a scooter and travelling around to see the place better. This is not only cheap but  also a lot of fun.


12. What are some of the things to do here?
Since Bali is an island, there are a lot of beach related activities to pursue here such as surfing and swimming. There are also museums, caves, waterfalls and temples and numerous other wonderful things to see here.


13. What are the tipping rules in Bali?
Tipping is appreciated in Bali and you can either leave it on the table or in a tip jar. Tip according to the service received.


14. What is it like to travel with infants, children and elderly?
Bali is an excellent family holiday destination as there are plenty of places here that children will enjoy. In fact, places like Kuta and Nusa Dua have several beachside resorts that are perfect for travelling with children. The elderly can also enjoy Bali if you choose among the quieter places to stay. The most recommended places for the elderly in Bali are Nusa Dua, Ubud and Sanur as they are relatively quieter than Kuta or Seminyak.

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