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Short guide to Bali

These pages contain a number of tips for travelers that are going to bring a visit to the Indonesian island of Bali soon. They are simple tips about the daily life on the island and what to expect when visiting the island. Many things will be just slightly different than at home, but it is important to locals that you at least somewhat adhere to their lifestyle.

Tips for first-time travelers to Bali

Designed to go under your clothes, moneybelts are highly recommended for Indonesia. If you hang a compact pouch on a leather strap around your neck, dangling under your shirt, it can be yanked off in crowds. A tight moneybelt fastened around your waist next to your skin is better.

Keep your traveler's cheques, passport, and other documents in plastic covers inside so they don't become soiled with sweat, thus illegible or troublesome to use. On extended trips around the island, wrap a cloth or handkerchief around your belt so your skin doesn't get irritated because of the wet canvas. Select a moneybelt with the buckle in front so it doesn't gouge into your back when you're carrying your backpack.

A very secure and undetectable way to carry large-denomination bills is a thick leather belt with a zipper along the inside which opens to a long, narrow, interior compartment. These cost around 15 euro in Europe, but they are not easy to find in the U.S.A. or Australia.

Last revised on January 30, 2010
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