On the lookout for Monkeys!!
If you are visiting any forests where there are monkeys make sure to hang onto your bags, drinks, cameras, sunnies etc as the monkeys have a habit of running up and grabbing them when you least expect it.*Related to:
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Dang That Dengue Fever Part 2
The time you are mostly likely to get bitten is,
2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours before sunset.
So, between those times, take precautions.
If you start having
fever like 30 or 40 C,
along with headaches,
throwing up and stomach aches,
these maybe symptoms,
you should get doubled checked
in a hospital.
There isn’t a cure,
should you be unfortunate enough
to get the disease.
Drink lots of fluids,
including Guava Juice which,
helps the blood platelets go up
so that your body can fight the disease.
For more information on
the development of Dengue Fever, click:
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Regional Office for South East Asia (SEARO)
Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Health
Bali Travellers Warned on Dengue Risks
They steal from you (be it: specs, umbrellas, cameras, etc) and trade it for food.
That's how they make business.
Monkeys are everywhere in Bali, to name some are: Uluwatu, Ubud, etc.
My advise is to keep all your loose items in a bag and hold it tight and wear contact lenses instead of specs hahaha...
And if they ever managed to grab something from you, don't try to take it back by force.
They have big and sharp teeth, I've seen monkey fights there and one of them got a long, deep flesh cut.
respect the sacred areas
When you want to enter the area of temples you have to be appropriate dressed : clothes that cover the lengs.Usually in temples entrance you can rent clothes and they give you also a cloth belt in bright colors.
give attention to the sea flags
Before you decide to swim give attention to the flags.If there is a red flag that means there is a danger and you can swim on your own risk.Dont underestimate the not too big waves, when you get closer you will feel that is not a joke and it takes no more than a min for a accident to happen.
Hiring a taxi for a day...
Even with a pre-negotiated price, the driver we had for one day was trying to add excess airport charge of 16,000 per person for drop off at the airport (entrance fee)...at the end of our journey...conflicting- refused to pay without asking other drivers or airport official-then he suddenly backed off and left without a word.Related to:
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The water looks great!! Is It Safe To Swim ??
You know the feeling, it's hot, it's humid, you are relaxing on the beach, and you fancy a dip in the azure blue waters that look so inviting and refreshing. The waves look a little big, and there are plenty of surfers out there so it seems ok, you are a strong swimmer so off you go.
Most of the time it's goint to be ok, as long as you are careful!! and aware of some of the dangers. Lets face it swimming in the sea isn't really safe in any place in the world It depends on which beach you are on.
Kuta, Tuban, Legian, Seminyak beaches for example are not really good for swimming however there are areas which are better than others, these are usually marked with a YELLOW flag, that area is usually patolled by life guards, that doesn't make it safe, there are still undercurrents and the like which can pull you far out, it's just that someone should be looking. If there is a RED flag flying don't even consider swimming in that area.
Nusa Dua beach is considered safer than the ones mentioned previously, however the area is very popular for water sports, which can bring their own dangers. There is also one close to Nusa Dua called GerGer Beach, this also is safer for swimming, and no watersports.
Jimbaran area can have some huge waves, so watch out.
Uluwatu area and that includes Dreamland isn't safe at all for swimming unless you know where the waves or currents are less strong.
Sanur is probably the safest area of them all,
It's very difficult to be too specific, look for surfers, if there are a lot then it's probably not too good for swimming in.
There are quite a few cases every year of people drowning in the waters around Bali, especially on Kuta beach, ENJOY BUT BE AWARE.Related to:
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We do know the v e n d o r s of the beaches area all over the world. Mostly poor locals who try to sell their belts, massages, hats, sunglasses, funny toys, towels, bonbons, bracelets necklaces, bikinis, earrings, paintings, gems, fake Rolex's, ice cream and so on!
Nowadays these people are not anymore the poor locals and even Bali got overrun by pushing on men and women who can be aggressive, and also persistant.
It can be annoying especially some of them are very rude.
The vendors usually stay underneath the shady trees though you can find them anywhere, sometimes walking to ... wherever. So rest underneath a shady tree... and get overwhelmed by the beach vendors ... *lol*
Just donot react in any way, ignore them when they get too close.
One N O P E mostly is not enough although turn your face the other way will work! Donot get angry ... it won't work!Related to:
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I get many many people asking me about "Bird Flu" and is it safe to come to Bali.
My flippant answer is always
"Are you coming to Bali to relax,on the beach, or by the pool, go sightseeing or some shopping; OR; are you coming to stay on a chicken farm in the remote parts of Bali."
Seriously, Bali has had "Bird Flu" within it's population of domestic Fowl for 4 years now, and in those 4 years there have been 4 cases where people have died from it. All the cases were very recent, and all happened in some of the more remote areas of Bali well away from the touristy Areas. There have never been any reported cases in the whole world where Bird Flu has been passed from human to human.
Unlike many other parts of the world affected by this disease Indonesia hasn't been able to get a grip on controling this, it is difficult for them to get the population to understand and accept that the only way to control is to cull the bird population within a certain radius.
So as to whether it's safe, first of all the flu is transmitted through extreem close contact with the droppings made by infected birds, the virus is carried through the air when it is disturbed. Most cases have been with people who either work in enclosed areas where the birds are, or have daily contact with them (i'e in Village communities where they are part of daily life). So stay away from chicken farms.
The virus is destroyed at high tempreatures, so as long as the chicken is well cooked there is no danger of any infection that way. (ask for it "KRING SEKALI", that the way it's said not the way it's spelt, I Know, before all the experts on Bahasa write to me) Or take your eggs hard boiled, or fried till well cooked, there should be no problem
Stay clear of all domestic fowl even if they look healthy.
There are thousands of poepole who come to Bali every Day (around 5,500 to be exact) and no cases so far, of any tourist getting it.
So you can be pretty sure that if you are cautious, carefull, then there shouldn't be a problem.Related to:
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Uluwatu is a beautiful place but be careful of the monkeys loitering around the area.
My hunch is that the monkeys could be 'working' with some of the local touts there. The monkeys would make a grab for your glasses, and one of the locals would retrieve it from the monkey. The local will then 'reward' the monkey with some food.
The local there will then return your glasses to you and ask for some money in return. Anything lower than Rp 20,000 and they would ask for more (coz they know your glasses cost more!)
They also grab your cameras and camcorders, so be careful!!
Money Changers too many zero's
I know there are many other tips and warnings about changing your money from fellow VT'rs, but thought I would just add and reinforce the dangers.
There are hundreds of places through out Bali, especially in the touristy areas (obvious statement), as you leave the arrivals area in the airport you can be sure that they are ok, and will not try to cheat. They are screened by the authority who cannot afford to let the more unscupulous dealers operate there, the rate of exchange is terrible compared to outside. Most hotels have money changing facilities the rates will be better than in the airport but still not as good as outside.
Banks change money once again the rates are not so good, but they are safe,.
Once on the outside there are changers everywhere, some are genuine and authorized, but it is difficult to tell (don't always believe the sign which says they are.
Kodak photoshops are agents for the best money changer PT Central, will get a good honest deal with them. There are others, the best way to tell is common sence sorry to state the obvious, but check the condition of the place and the the board displaying the rates, if it looks old and dodgy it probably is, compare the rates with others you have seen, if its a lot higher then there is probably a catch.
They will not accept old or disfigured notes Take your own calculator with you to make sure they do the correct conversion, when the money arrives they should count it out for you slowly, take your time and make sure you check it again in front of them, once you are happy that you have the right amount don't let them take the money back to put into an envelope or bag for you. In some of the smaller places hold on to your money or get a friend to hold it for you, until they have counted out the rupiah, if its wrong don't let them have your money. Basically if you are not sure of the look of the place don't use it, or use the ATM machines readilly available in most touristy areas, and don't bring that much cash to change.Related to:
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$100 USD bills
When bringing over cash,
Make sure that your $100 dollars bills
are not ripped, written on, scotched taped,
and date from at least from 1996.
In other words,
that they are in good shape.
Because of the traffic
of counterfeit dollars around the world,
certain requirements are asked of;
when exchanging $100, $50, etc. USD Bills.
Passport Up To Date
One of the requirements for entry into Indonesia is that your passport must have 6 months minimum validity, from the date you arrive in Indonesia. If it doesn't they won't let you in, and they will put you back onto the next available flight.
It happenned recently to an Australian Couple, where the lady only had 5 Months and 2 Weeks left (in other words not enough by only 2 weeks ) before it expired. (apart from the corrupt immigration official, who tried to obtain $2,000 to make the problem dissapear, and who has since lost his job, but that's another story, and one thats been in all the papers so no problems with liable there!)along with all the hasstle and waiting in uncomfortable conditions), they were put on the next plane home. SOME HOLIDAY.Related to:
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Is she or isn't she?
Take extra care with your luggage while in Bali. Many people have been caught with illegal drugs found in their suitcases, handbags, and even Boogy bags. Schapelle Corby, a pretty Australian woman was caught up with 4.2 kgs and now faces the next 20 years in prison for an offence that she strongly says that she did not commit. Whether she is telling the truth or whether she has been framed is unsure but I do feel for this woman being trapped in a foreign jail day after day, night after night. If Schappelle did commit this crime, have we seen evidence of her suffering from withdrawl symptoms of the marijuana was found in her boogy board bag? There are so many things I would like to say about this case but I am urging all travellers who do go to Bali to be vigilant and take care of their belongings at all times. Bali is a wonderful place to visit but be careful especially at airports and keep your things locked up and stored in security boxes or rooms when in hotels.
Picture of Schapelle retaken from Ninemsn.Related to:
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