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Bali Travel Tips for First Timers

14th August 2014

Long time travellers Libby and Barry Grosse recently won an Escape Travel competition and were rewarded with a five night trip to Bali. Big fans of the island, Libby and Barry were delighted to return to Bali and enjoy a relaxing beach holiday on us. We chatted to them on their return to get their top tips for holidaying in Bali. If you are thinking about jet setting to this beautiful Indonesian paradise, then check out Libby and Barry’s helpful hints.


We always enjoy simple but delicious food in Bali – the variety is amazing. Our favourite foods are roast suckling pig, duckling roasted in banana leaf, masi goreng, mei goreng, lanar and gafor. Balinese fruit is also a real treat – plentiful and cheap.

Tip: The number of restaurants is unbelievable so make sure you try as many as you can. We love dining at Jimbaran Bay and enjoying fresh seafood from one of the beachfront restaurants.

Things to do
It’s important to experience the amazing countryside in Bali, especially the rice paddies and the stunning coastline.

Tip: Be sure to visit a traditional Balinese village and also the famous Mother Temple Pura Besakih. Don’t forget to take a camera to capture the beautiful scenery and one of Bali’s famous sunsets! 

The thing we enjoy most in Bali is the Balinese people, they lead simple lives with great family commitment. You will receive a warm welcome and experience friendly hospitality every day.

Tip: Organise your own local driver while in Bali. They are great value for money and provide an easy way to get around and see the sights.

Where to stay
We love the resorts in Bali, it’s wonderful to relax and enjoy the fantastic facilities with restaurants, bars and swimming pools on site.

Tip: One of our favourite places to stay is the Ramada Bintang Bali Resort.

What to pack
Try not to over pack but take light clothing - loose fitting clothes are best with open footwear. If you forget anything or want to restock your wardrobe, hit the shops – clothes and footwear are very cheap. Also take sunscreen and insect repellent!

Tip: Laundry costs are cheap and the service is fast so you can recycle your clothes and re-wear your favourite outfits.