Just like common tropical islands, in Bali you will find a extensive range of plants by surprise. Huge banyan trees are all over the place in the villages by the Bale banjar or pavilion, or temples. Dozen species of coconut palms and varieties of bamboos across the island will make your holiday so special that you will dream and cherish each moment you spend here in BALI
1. Do I need to have a VISA for entering Bali
Indonesia has a visa-on-arrival system for Aus, CAN, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and then your passport will be stamped for 30 days. If you would like to stay more than 30 days, then you will have to apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Consulate of Indonesia closest to you.
2. Is Bali Safe
Although the United States State Department has put out a travel warning on Indonesia, there is no such warning for the island of Bali. Bali tourism is touted by all the major US travel magazines and was recently featured in the Travel Section of the New York Times. Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia and has always been peaceful - up until the 2002 Kuta Beach Club bombings, planned by outsiders, which claimed many Australian lives. Since the Bali Bombings, the Indonesian government has really taken the threat of terrorism seriously and arrested many potential criminals. As for safety in the streets, there is very little violent crime in Bali, especially in Ubud, where the conference will be held. One has to take precautions against pickpockets in the Beach areas, just as you would in any tourist resort.
3. What is Bali's weather like in December January
Generally, the Ubud area of Bali has warm, sunny days (90 degrees) and cools off at night. Rain is frequent but usually light and of short duration.
4. What about immunizations
You will be traveling in civilized, built-up areas; so even though your doctor may suggest all kinds of things for traveling in the jungle, please impress upon s/he that you are staying in nice resorts and eating at good restaurants. *As recommended by Meghan Pappenheim, an American resident of Bali: There is no Malaria, Encephalitis or Polio on the island of Bali. A Tetanus shot is a good idea. You do not need Malaria Medication, as malaria is a rarity in Bali. You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly - mild dysentery that passes in a few days.
5. What about clothing
Your rooms and the hotel are air-conditioned. But it is hot outside. Bathing suits are a good idea. Good walking sandals are a must. Bermuda shorts or pedal pushers are a good idea. A light folding umbrella wouldn't hurt either. BALI IS A SHOPPING HEAVEN! Get ready!
6. What about money
The exchange rate is approximately Rp.9,100 = US$1.00. Basically, things cost a lot less in Bali. There are ATM's all over the place that takes Cirrus and Plus. PLEASE tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Bali or elsewhere, as they might cut off your funds for fraud protection if they don't know it is you. Asia loves Visa or Master card. Few restaurants and shops take American Express.
7. What About Credit Cards, Cash, Exchange Rates & Money Changers
Most small shops, restaurants & tour companies run on cash. ATM machines are rampant on the island, most having the Cirrus and Plus connection. You often get a very good exchange rate via ATM and its convenient. Money Changers are all over Bali, although not all over them trustworthy. Try and stay away from the small storefront Balinese money changers - the guys with handwritten signs and made up rates... The larger establishments, or those that say 'authorized money changer', will be a safer bet.