Bali Island of the gods
Bali is a magical place that evoke impress experience in Bali . The most important thing to remember about the island is that it encompasses many diverse region, modern life ancient and modern traditional. Bali has successfully managed to accommodate its many foreign visitor while maintaining its rich culture.
Located in the middle of the Indonesian Archipelago with close proximity to Australia , Bali is an island of approximately two thousand square miles, dominates by the volcanic mountainous areas in its center. Bali 's rich soil and numerous water sources have resulted in a lush and verdant foliage cover. While the Balinese economy incorporates a fishing industry as well as tourism, this largely an agricultural society, with a culture that is very much oriented to the soil.
Historically , Bali was collection of independent island kingdoms, before being brought under Ducht colonial control in the 19th century and incorporated into what was then the Ducht East Indies. In 1948, shortly after WWII, Bali along with the rest of the country achieved independence from Holland , becoming Indonesia .
Having been a tourist destination since the early 1900's, Bali is accustomed to playing host to visitors from all over the world. Bali have numerous facilities and activities for the tourists on the island, along with the famed Balinese smile accompanying their friendly, relaxed, and personable service.
Religion in Bali
Bali has a population of approximately three million people, over 90%, of who subscribe to a particular offshoot of the Hindu religion. This differentiates Bali from the rest of Indonesia , which predominantly Muslim. Religion plays a major role in the daily life of Balinese. Colorful religious ceremonies are common at the numerous temples, large and small, scatter all over the island.
Bahasa means language, and Bahasa Indonesia is the lingua franca of the archipelago. With over 350 native languages currently in use throughout the country, a good lingua franca is clearly necessary… When pronounced or spoken, sentences in Bahasa Indonesia (Bahasa) are usually not as lively as English, and like Deutsche (German), words in Bahasa are pronounced pretty much as they are written. In comparison to European languages, the grammar is very simple.
It's good to speak a bit of the language of a country you are visiting, or at least understand commonly used expression or greetings - this will allow you to get better involved with the people and culture. It also helps to speak a bit of the language when bargaining for souvenirs in the tourism areas, as a little knowledge goes a long way to getting a better price!
Linda of the United Kingdom told us of her funny experience with Bahasa… She wanted to buy a young coconut somewhere in Kuta and knew what a young coconut was in Bahasa. However, what she said surprised the vendor. "What did you say?" asked the vendor… it was then that Linda realized what she'd said. Instead of asking for kelapa muda - a young coconut -- she asked for kepala muda - a young head. Interesting request… easily done, but it all adds to the fun of an out-of-country experience. So give it a go - you never know where a bit of Bahasa might lead!
Here are some common expressions you are bound to hear / see / be able to use:
Tidak terimah kasih
How are you?
Have a nice meal
Have a nice trip / holiday
Have a nice trip / goodbye (if someone is leaving)
Goodbye (if you are leaving)
Don't mention it
No thank you
How much does it cost / what's the price?
Can I bargain?
Bali Climate and Weather
Bali has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. Year round temperatures averaging 31 degrees Celsius. High humidity can be expected during the Wet Season between the months of October - April. The Dry Season between the months of May - September have also the lowest humidity.
The Wet Season brings daily rain and quiet overcast days with the most rain recorded between December - February. Occasionally rainfall can also be expected during the dry season but usually at night or very early morning. June - August there is usually a very refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas mainly especially at night.