Culture

Balinese culture is a mixture between local culture and the Hindu culture with influence from Chinese and Indian cultures. Mixture between Hinduism from India and local culture created Balinese Hinduism or known as Hindu Dharma. Some traditions in Hindu Dharma are unique and are not similar with other traditions in mainstream Hinduism. One of them is Nyepi (Silent Day) to celebrate the Saka New Year. During this time, all Balinese are not allowed to make fire or turn on electricity, make parties, travel, or work for 24 hours. During nyepi, there is no human activity in public, no car, or even airplane, making Bali look like an unpopulated Island for 24 hours.

Ethique

Bali is a sacred place that still has a great faith in their belief. Some etiquette in Bali is a crucial awareness. Bali itself is very respectful to a statue. You may see a sajen, a sacred food for good in Hinduism, placed below the statue.

Electricity and Water

220 volts at 50 cycles AC. Voltage can fluctuates considerably so use stabilizers for computers and similar equipment. Plugs are of the European two-pronged variety.

Time zone

Bali is on Central Indonesian Standard Time (Waktu Indonesia Tengah, WITA) or GMT +8 and lies in the middle of Indonesia. Bali’s time is same as the time in Singapore but one hour ahead from Jakarta.

Clothes

The weather in Bali is always subject to change. It has a tropical climate so sometimes it has rainy or drought. In the rainy season, the temperatures can vary from 24-31oC and, in times of drought, the temperature can vary from 31-35oC.  In other words, prepare and pack for everything. In Bali people dress conservatively, we expect people to dress smart and be well groomed.

Health

Check with your physician before leaving home for the latest news on the need for malaria prophylaxis, recommended vaccinations, and also other tropical sickness. Frequently considered vaccinations are: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Typhoid. Most doctors are recommending Hepatitis A and B vaccinations before leaving but please consult your physician.

You can call BIMC in +62 361 761263 for emergency purposes.

Pocket Money

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all three days of the event are included in your conference pass, in addition to one opening reception dinner and one gala dinner. In order to help you figure out how much pocket money you will need, we have listed the prices of some common products you are likely to buy while in Bali. Please note that some prices may vary depending on where you purchase the item.

  •   Postcards: $1-$2 (Rp5000,00 – Rp20000,00)
  •   Pen: $1-2 (Rp5000,00 - Rp17000,00)
  •   Notebook: $2-3 (Rp 15000,00 – Rp25000,00)
  •   Soda: $1-2 (Rp7000,00 – Rp 15000,00)
  •   Coffee/tea: $1-3 (Rp 5000,00 – Rp35000,00)
  •   Snacks: $1-2 (Rp5000,00 – Rp 20000,00)
  •   One meal: $3-5 (Rp30000,00 – Rp50000,00)
  •   Cigarettes: $2 (Rp15000,00 – Rp20000,00)
  •   Public transportation: $0.5-3 (Rp5000,00 – Rp30000,00)

Currency and payment methods

In Indonesia the currency is Rupiah (Rp), and all cash payments will be in Rp. Exchange of currency will probably be easiest at the airport when you arrive, but the banks are also open Mon - Fri from 09.00 to 15.00. The website below lists the average prices in Rp and you can compare it to your hometown. It could be a useful tool to create a budget for pocket money and possible further travels:

Info about Cost of Living in Bali