Bali regularly finds itself topping the polls as a favourite holiday destination. Although everyone has their own take on how to enjoy the island, it is important to pay attention to what the experts have to say. Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, advises visitors not to fret about ‘Bali belly’. They also mention that hygiene standards on the island have improved considerably in recent years and many kitchens offer good quality organic produce. It is important to stay hydrated, avoid arak drinks and consume local street food with caution.
An informative site written by some of Australia’s most experienced travel writers, www.traveller.com.au, has its own section dedicated to Bali. It features a list of things that will surprise first time visitors including the fact that culture is everywhere. From vibrant rituals and festivals to thousands of temples and flower offerings, the Hindu religion colours all aspects of everyday life on the island. The Balinese carry out their religious obligations with great pride and ceremonies bring people together to celebrate the essence of life itself.
The site also explains that there are a lot of people named Ketut on the island of Bali. Members of the Sudra caste share the same four names - Wayan, Made, Nyoman or Ketut – whether they're male or female, and are named by order of birth. If a family has a fifth child, they will start again and call him or her Wayan.