BALI GUIDE // Part Two – what to pack In Love with a Surfbikini – Gastbeitrag von Heidi | Meerdavon
First of all, let us tell you this: Bali’s infrastructure is not to be compared to a European one.
So how to get around when you want to explore your neighbourhood and the rest of the island?
PART THREE // how to get around
So you just arrived in Bali in your hotel or homestay. Wondering how to get from A to B? Train? Bus? Metro? – No. Don’t expect that. Walking? – Not the best idea. And where do you want to walk, while there are often no sidewalks? Bicycle? – Not suitable for longer distances. In the following we will show you how to get around and tell you everything you need to know about different means of transport. Including the DO’s and DON’Ts, the PRO‘s and CON’s.
- First step: check the scooter before renting it. Even if the renter says “Don’t worry, you won’t need the rear brake“: Make sure the brakes are breaking, the lights are working and the horn is honking.
- Wear a helmet! Always! Even if it’s hot and your hair is on point today, riding without a helmet is an unnecessary risk. Ask for a helmet that fits and has a visor.
- “Follow the locals” is almost the best advice. If you don’t know where to turn or how to overtake that car driving at 10km/h just follow the flow of scooters driven by Indonesians.
- Use the horn: It’s a great way to make that driver in the car understand that he can’t change lanes without even checking whether there’s another bike or not.
- Use the signals (definitely less common among locals) but still a good idea when you want to turn. If you have a person in the back of your bike, he or she can shake their hand to indicate your direction.
- Stay calm when you get stopped by the police. Tiny police stations are located on main junctions and if they stop you they will ask for your driver licence, helmet and the documents of your bike (mostly hidden inside your seat). The police like to take care of tourists (and some of their wallets …)! Keep smiling when you get stopped (sometimes it works, especially for girls!) and say sorry for whatever you did. In case they won’t let you go, you might need to pay their next three meals which are around 50.000 IDR instead of getting a ticket 😉
- Have an international driver’s license!
- Keep your eyes wide open and drive foresighted (only close your eyes while you are riding through rice fields when you are in the back of someone else riding the scooter).
- A little sunscreen on your shoulders is recommended!
- Don’t wear plastic helmets! (they might be stylish, but won’t protect your head when crashing)
- Never carry your handbag over your shoulder! Always put your handbag under the seat, try to never have it visible. If you have a big beach bag with your beach essentials only, put it between your feet on the bike but make sure that your valuables are stored under the seat. (We’ve heard too many stories about some bad guys snatching handbags or even kicking over your bike while you’re riding just to rob you when you lie on the asphalt)
- Don’t leave your valuables inside the bike. It’s so easy to open the seat and grab anything inside! Once they even stole my specs … aduh
- Don’t drive too fast! Street dogs love to jump in the middle of the road without a warning and roads are filled with potholes. If you ride faster than 60km/h you won’t be able to stop without falling in case of emergency braking. Yes, we’ve had accidents and no, you won’t be allowed to surf for several weeks with wounds all over your tanned beach body!
- Never drink and drive! Self-explaining..
- Better don’t forget the rain coat during wet season 😉 Downpours during wet season can be very heavy with flooded roads and may last for hours, so better keep a rain coat under your seat (they sell them for 50.000 IDR at every supermarket.
- Don’t forget that we have left-hand traffic on the island!
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