Bali is one of the top tourist destinationsin Asia,with its rich culture visible in more than 20,000 temples and palaces, plentyof colorful festivals and ceremonies. Along with that, the Balinese have many customsthat are very different from other culture, which you should followwhen visiting the city.Here are someDON’Ts for those who are planning their first trip to the island.
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DON’T use your left hand when giving or receiving
In Bali, using your left hand when passing something to somebody is commonly considered as disrespect. In this case,you’d better use both hands. The Balinese are very much aware of this custom and will appreciateif you abide by it.
DON’T keep your shoes on when entering houses
Wandering on the streets, you may noticea host of shoes lying on the doorstep of many cafés. That is because, in Bali, taking off your shoes when entering a house is considered a sign of respect besides keeping the floors clean. Therefore, you mightwant towear something that you can easily slip on and off, sinceyou’ll be likely remove it regularly.
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DON’T wear shorts or sleeveless clothes into temples
It is expected that visitors should dress and act appropriately when entering temples in Bali. This includes covering up for both men and women, andputting on a sarong or a scarf is an ideal way to do so. Thus, remember to dress properly if you intend to visit a temple, assomemight lend out sarongs, while others don’t.
DON’T step on prayer offerings
Watch your step coz you’ll find prayer offerings right on the groundbasically everywhere. Some are oftensmall coconut leaf dishes filled with a variety of items such as food, flowers, or incense. These spiritual offerings are very important in the culture and religion of Balinese.
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DON’T touch people’s heads
Touching people’s heads in Bali is a big no-no since people here believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body. Therefore, such an action like ruffling a child’s hair, even in a playful way, is considered as impolite.
DON’T leave a tip
Before having any intention to leave a tip in Bali, remember to check the menu and the bill carefully first. Most restaurants here add a 10% tax and a service charge from 3-10% to the bill. Therefore, you don’t have to leave a tip at any restaurants that already include a service charge.
DON’T swim outside of the designated areas
You need to be reallycarefulwhilegoing into the water at any beachesin Bali,since currents and undertows here can be very strong.Do not underestimate the power of the rip current or you might get pulled far out from the shore.
DON’T get stung by jellyfish
While go swimmingin Bali, also watch out for jellyfishas they mayinterrupt your fun, and getting stung by jellyfish is not so fun at all! Within a few seconds of being stung, yourskin will begin to bubble up. In this case, you’d betterquicklyapply some vinegar to the sting and the swelling will subside soon after that.
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These aresome of the things you should knowbefore coming to Bali. So, pay attention, and have a nice trip!