What To Do And What Not To Do in Bali

Bali is one of the most beautiful countries you will ever visit, and it’s a dream of many people to travel here. However, we thought we’d create a quick list of things to do and not to do in Bali, so you can have the best time. Take a look so you’re prepared:

Don’t Drink The Tap Water

The tap water will give you a bad stomach. Only drink bottled water in Bali! There are similar rules in many countries, so this shouldn’t be too hard to remember.  

Do Haggle

When shopping, do haggle your purchase to get a better deal. However, always try your best to be polite and reasonable in your haggles. A little more money may not make a difference to you, but it will likely make a difference to the seller.

Don’t Touch People’s Heads

In Bali, the head is considered to be the most sacred part of the human body. Don’t touch anybody’s head, even playfully.

Do Use Both Hands When Giving Or Receiving

When giving or receiving, using both hands is considered polite. Don’t give with your left hand, as it is considered rude. It is also considered rude to point with one finger. If you use your hand to wave somebody over, it’s usually best to do so with your palm pointing down to the floor.


Don’t Eat All Your Food

When eating, don’t eat all of your food. It’s customary to leave room for a second serving, but you should also always leave a little food on your plate. This lets the host know you had enough to eat and many consider it an offering to the gods, too!

Do Take Your Shoes Off

When entering a sacred building or even somebody’s house, it’s usually the norm to take your shoes off. If you’re unsure, look for a row of flip flops outside the building. If there are other shoes outside, chances are you should take yours off too. Whether you’re looking to go into one of the private villas, a temple, or a little hut, taking your shoes off should be taken seriously. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of shoes, let’s mention feet. Don’t touch people with your feet, or point to anything. It’s considered very rude!

Don’t Take Drugs

Something Bali has a zero tolerance policy on, is drugs. Taking drugs will not be taken lightly – the death penalty exists in Bali and Indonesia, and people have been sentenced to death and executed for attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country. You will likely be offered drugs of all kinds on your trip, so make sure you stay smart and say no. You will avoid a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering.

Hopefully, these pointers have given you a good idea of what to do and what not to do while visiting Bali. It’s going to be a very different culture to what you’re used to, but if you stick to the rules, you can have a great time.

About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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