Indonesia is distinctly tropical. The weather in Bali in June is usually hot and humid with temperatures ranging between 28 -32 degrees Celcius and the relative humidity is about 88%. There is comparatively little difference between the daytime and night time temperatures. All conference sessions will be held in air – conditioned venues. The dress code for meeting is smart casual.
Only Rupiah (Indonesia currency) or is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Most hotels, restaurants, and souvenirs shop accept certain foreign currencies and credit card. The Indonesian Rupiah is available in note denomination of 100,000.-, 50,000.-, 20,000.-, 10,000.-, 5,000.-, and 1000.-.
Coins are available in denomination of 1,000.-, 500.-, 200.-, and 100.-. You can buy Rupiah at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money changers on presentation of your passport. The exchange rate fluctuates regularly. Check your bank for the latest exchange rates. Current conversion rate :
USD 1.00 = IDR 13,000
EUR 1.00 = IDR 16,500
TRAVELLERS CHECKS & CREDIT CARDS
Traveler’s checks are accepted by leading banks and hotels in principal cities, including Bali. The use of travelers’ checks in Indonesia is as popular as in any other countries. Visa and Master Card are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and pubs. According to Indonesian banking regulations, payment by credit cards should be charged in local currency.
The electric current in use throughout Indonesia is 220 volt at 50 cycles. In hotels, you may found two sockets for 110 and 220 volt each; or a converter may be obtained through the housekeeping.
Power Plug 220 V:
Country code (Indonesia): 62
City Code (Bali): 361
Police : 110 or +62 – 361 – 110
Fire Department : 113 or +62 – 361 – 113
Ambulance : 118 or +62 – 361 – 118
Search and Resque : 111, 115 & 151
+62 – 361 – 751 111
Sanglah Public Hospital : +62 – 361- 227 – 911
OPERATOR ASSISTED CALLS
Within Indonesia : 100
International : 101
DIRECTORY TELEPHONE NUMBER INFORMATION
Bali : 108 or +62 – 361 – 108
Indonesia : 106 or +62 – 361 – 106
CLINIC & HOSPITAL
Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC)
Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC Blok D
Phone: (+62) 361 3000911
Surya Husadha Hospital Nusa Dua
Jl. Siligita Blok I No. 14
Phone: (+62) 361 775 827
Bali Nusa Dua Emergency Clinic I
Jl. Pratama No. 81, Nusa Dua, Bali
Phone: (+62) 361 771 324
Bank Mandiri Nusa Dua
Pertokoan Niaga Nusa Dua No.2-4
By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai
Nusa Dua, Bali 80362
Phone: (+62) 361 772095
Bank Nasional Indonesia (BNI) Nusa Dua
By Pass Ngurah Rai
Phone: (+62) 361 770525
Jl. Kartika Plaza No. 120 A-B Kuta, Badung
Phone: (+62) 361 768 999
Graha Mahkota, Jl. Teuku Umar 208-210, Denpasar
Phone: (+62) 361 269 999
Jl. Teuku Umar No. 2-4, Ruko 9-12
Phone: (+62) 361 244 888
Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but English is widely spoken and understood.
Dress is normally casual and light clothing is advisable due to the hot, humid climate. Trousers or slack and shirts are generally considered appropriate but a jacket and tie are required for formal occasions when making official calls. For certain formal occasions, long-sleeved batik shirts are acceptable. For travel to mountain areas, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Halter tops and shorts are frowned upon in most places except around sport facilities or on the beach, proper decorum should especially be observed when visiting places or worship.
Tipping is not encouraged in hotels and restaurants if 10% service is already included in a bill. Extra tips from satisfied customers are for encouragement. At most hotels a service charge of 10% is added to the bills. An airport porter expects 20,000 Rupiah per bag.
Worship places for Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims as well as Protestants are available in Bali.
Strict security measures will be provided at the conference venue and all designated hotels. Security is provided at places outside the conference venue and hotels where official activities are held.
Custom allow on entry at maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigarettes 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipment are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs. Prohibited are firearms, narcotic drugs, pornography, Chinese printing and medicines, trans- receivers and cordless telephones, films pre-recorded video tapes and laser disks must be screened by the Censor Board.
While there is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Indonesia, those who bring into the country currency worth more than 100 million Rupiah must be declared to customs the amount upon arrival at the first port of entry.
THINGS TO DO
Places of interest in Bali include Ubud, Bangli, Batubulan, Bedugul, Besakih, Celuk, Denpasar, Goa Gajah, Goa Lawah, Jimbaran Bay, Lovina, Kintamani, Klungkung, Kuta, Legian, Mas, Menjangan island, Nusa Dua, Peliatan, Sangeh, Sanur, Tampak Siring, Tanah Lot, Tenganan, Trunyan, Yeh Saneh, Sanur Beach.
Balinese popular dances areKecak, Baris, Barong & Rangda, Legong, Sanghyang Trance Dances and Topeng (Mask) Dances.
Bali’s white beaches are most favourite for holidays. There are a variety of water sports available, such as banana boats, parasailing or jet skiing, surfing, swimming or plain sunbathing. Cruises to the surrounding islands can be taken from here as well as submarine dives to watch the tropical underwater life from within safe compartments.
Rafting, Cycling and Eco-tours
Bali offers first class adrenaline pumping white water rafting down the spectacular Ayung River by Ubud. Here you can also go bungee-jumping from a cliff down to almost touch the river. If you enjoy cycling, Ubud and its surrounding is a wonderful town to bike around, as found by Elizabeth Gilbert, written in her bestselling novel “Eat, Pray, Love”. There are also good cycling paths at Uluwatu in the south, while mountain climbers may want to climb up Gunung Agung.
In Bali, dance and dramas are an inseparable part of daily temple devotion and celebrations, and many are held sacred. Each village has a different date of festivities, and a visitor may therefore, accidentally watch dance performances that are not staged for tourists. However, Bali villages do offer a lot of cultural performances catering to tourists, such as Barong dance, Kecak dance, the Baris, and the Mask dance.
Bali has various shopping spots. Main tourist roads are often lined with shops and stalls selling crafts of all types. Your best buy in Bali will be paintings. For best paintings, visit the galleries at Ubud (25 km North of Denpasar) and the surrounding villages of Pengosekan to admire the artists at work. For fine woodcarvings, go to the village of Mas and Batuan, home for the master woodcarvers, ‘wayang style’ paintings, and antiques to traditional Balinese carvings made from volcanic purnice. If you are looking for gold or silver jewellery, head to the village of Celuk. You can also bring home souvenirs for friends and relatives at Sukowati where you may be overwhelmed by choice. While for casual and chic summer wear, the place to browse is Kuta. For those who do not like to wander too much from the beach, Kuta, Legian, and Nusa Dua have more modern shopping areas.
Spa and Wellness
Bali offers you to be spoilt with aromatherapy massages, herbal wraps and scrubs with essential oils, foot reflexology, detoxification, from highly respected traditional treatments once only enjoyed by princesses in the ancient courts to modern technology methods. Each spa has its own unique feature. For instance, a weekend at Bagus Jati provides the opportunity to enjoy delicious, healthy food, lots of activities and pampering in a tropical forest. Here, the Indonesian herbal treatment or jamu restores the body, mind and spirit, cleansing the body from all toxins. Regular Yoga exercises complete the course.
Visit Bali Barat National Park
For serious trekking, head for the Bali Barat National Park at the western part of Bali. This is a large park covering 76,312 hectares in the districts of Jembrana and Buleleng. Entrance at the Jembrana side is at Melaya off the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway. This park offers pristine tropical nature, and is the last home of the most endangered Bali starling with only some one hundred remaining.
Like the food of other regions in Indonesia, Balinese staple food is rice, served with small portions of spicy, pungent vegetables, fish or meat and served almost always with sambal or chili paste. Bali is a few of the regions in Indonesia whose majority of its people are non-Muslims, thus babi guling or roasted suckling pig is a specialty, as is bebek betutu, smoked stuffed duck wrapped in bamboo leaves. In Jimbaran area, for instance, you can sample seafood dishes while sitting on the beach. Visit this place in the evening, the cool atmosphere and caressing breeze will make your dining experience remarkable.