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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

In the tourist locales street vendors can be unbelievably pushy. Be polite at first, expressing your disinterest while looking them in the eye. They're just trying to make a living like everyone else, and if you ask the price they'll think you're interested and hound you mercilessly until you buy.

If the vendor persists, make a stand, stating firmly and unequivocally that you don't want the item. Repeat this in Indonesian or in English, and look them straight in the eye (don't look at the item they're selling) until they back off. This usually works. If it doesn't, say vehemently "Silahkan pergi!" ("Please go away!").

Another effective technique to use with a nagging crafts seller is to make an offer so ridiculously low he gives you up for a lost cause (but be careful, he could accept it!). Be wary of predatory guides who offer to show you around arts and crafts shops. They expect a commission from the owners.

Last revised on January 30, 2010
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