A Word Of Advice
Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such. Religious guidelines:
• Always wear a sarong and sash.
• Do not walk in front of people that are praying.
• Do not use a flash camera or point your camera into the priest’s face!
• Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.
• At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees – however important that photographic opportunity is!
• Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.
When attending Special Ceremonies or Anniversary Celebrations as a guest, small donations are gratefully received. Your donation will help in paying for the offerings, and upkeep of the temple.
Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance that will cover any accident.
In Bali, always expect the unexpected, always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving. Beware of motorbikes! It is best to rent a car with full insurance as this will save time and money if you are involved in an accident.You must use a helmet at all times and have a valid license.
Be very careful when changing your money. Always check the rate of exchange and commission (if any). Most importantly, always count your money before you leave the premises and, if you can, bring your own calculator as the ones used by some places can be a little ‘inaccurate’.
There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after tourists have cashed money at Banks or Money Changers! Put your money away in your ‘burn-bag’ or hold onto your hand bag tightly! When changing large amounts of money please check each note carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake notes in circulation. When trying on garments do not take your jewellery off and leave it lying around – give it to a friend or leave it in the hotel safe. When at a spa – use the jewellery box or locker provided for jewellery.
SWIMMING ON THE BEACH
Currents and undertows can be strong. Always swim between the red and yellow flags and don’t swim too far out! Please, do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.
Thank you for respecting these suggestions.
Om Swasti Astu