Here are 7 things not to do in Bali… sometimes you need to know what not to do so you can get the most out of your Bali Holiday.
1. Don’t haggle for 30 minutes at the markets with no intention of buying
Firstly, you will be exhausted. But more importantly, it’s considered rude. Stick to good haggling etiquette.
2. Don’t spend all your time in Kuta
Kuta is probably Bali’s most known tourist destination, and for that reason, people think that if they have seen Kuta, they have seen Bali. This is a mistake, because a lot of people hate Kuta. It gets a bad wrap, and I have to admit, it’s not all lies.
My Aunt and Uncle went on a cruise that stopped at Bali for the day, and all they got to see was Kuta. And let me just say they don’t think very much of Bali, which is such a shame as Bali has so much more to offer.
3. Don’t not see Kuta
What? Didn’t I just spend the whole last point thrashing Kuta?!
I know, but as I also said, Kuta is Bali’s most known tourist destination (well, maybe not since “Eat, Pray, Love” brought tourists from all over the world to Ubud). Even if you go for an hour or two, it’s worth seeing what it’s like, grabbing a bite to eat, checking out the markets and deciding for yourself.
It’s also great for backpackers with lots of cheap accommodation in a central area. And some people love Kuta. Just remember there is so much more to Bali, so try and combine your time here with other areas in Bali.
4. Don’t look up when you are walking
Sudden gaping holes can appear out of nowhere. Frequently.
5. Don’t leave your drinks unattended
It’s fine to go to a bar but you just need to smart about it. Watch your drinks, order things you know and stay with people you know.
6. Don’t just eat Western food
Experience the local cuisine. Go to local “warungs”, try a cooking class, and eat at places that you find yourself (they don’t have to appear in the Lonely Planet guide to be worthy).
7. Don’t go for less than one week
If you can, try and stay two or more. There are so many different places to visit all over Bali. And if you have to go for a week or less, plan your itinerary so you can see two different locations (unless you have been before). Anymore and it will be hard to relax. Any less and you would be missing out.