The myriad attractions of Bali
Bali in Indonesia may require the avid traveler to master a few things like being monkey savvy and navigating the crowds, but the magic of Bali is worth it. Bali is one of the most visited islands in the world and you cannot expect it to be untouched. However, if you seek solitude then you can avoid south Bali and Ubud and opt for some secluded corners which are away from the primary tourist centers. For this you can head to the central mountains or the more chilled coasts of the north and west of Bali.
It is important to choose your base carefully because you won't get around much on foot because of the hot weather and chaotic traffic. It is a good idea to stick close to your hotel or guesthouse. For splurging on shopping and filling your belly with delicious food, you should try Nusa Lembongan. Then again you need to make some compromises when it comes to food hygiene in Bali. Although the hygiene standards have improved with the popularity of Bali as a tourist destination, it is still advisable to avoid salads, cut fruits, ice cubes and most meats. However, many kitchens offer good quality organic food products with a reasonable standard of hygiene. You need to keep yourself hydrated and avoid the local liquor arak along with exercising caution while consuming street food.
The other thing to consider is the dress code, because you may not always get away with beachwear in Bali because many of the higher end bars restaurants and clubs have a dress code. It is a good idea to make some enquiries before hand to avoid embarrassment. Also make sure to respect the local fervor for religion because it is very normal to see a street blocked off due to a ceremony or your driver may pull over to make a blessing.