This week I checked out the famous Bali Swing for a travel company I write for. Amongst the insane weekend crowd, my favorite part was seeing the groups of Indian travellers everywhere. It felt great seeing them having a great time. Yeah we can be loud and are in ridiculously big groups – but for a lot of them, that’s probably either their first or biggest trip they’ve ever done. If they are finally getting to experience this, it’s only time till they make frequent flying a norm! If you’re planning your first big trip outside of India, below are the 6 reasons Bali is the perfect destination for first time Indian travellers!
Balinese welcome Indian travellers openly:
Indians have commonly hesitated to travel as they have experienced either major culture shock or an unwelcoming environment by their host country. Racism is very real and it instantly ruins any trip. One thing I love about Bali is that I’ve forgotten that racism exists. Balinese are so warm hearted; they even make Canadians look bad! They absolutely love the Indian culture (especially Shah Rukh Khan) and will go out of their way to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your stay. Indians are so welcomed on this island.
Ok, so we’re Indian - we love to save money! Bali is a great destination as pricing for a high-caliber vacation is very affordable! This article has a great breakdown of how much your vacation would cost (I’ve included a rough average estimate below). In my opinion, Bali is great year-round and I recommend visiting during March-May if you are looking for more availability at a lower price + less crowd.
Accomadation - $600 ($100 x 6 nights)
Transport and Attractions - $120
Food - $210 ($30 x 7)
Random Spending - $100
Trip Total - $1,030
This one is huge! Indians often struggle to find meals that suit their dietary restrictions or taste palette. Famously known for the best vegan and vegetarian cafes in the world, everyone is easily be able to find something that’ll have them drooling! Also, if you’re like me and sometimes just need Ghar Ka Khanna (Indian food) - you can find tons of Indian options all over the island. Since Indians (especially my Punjabi’s) love drinking, it’s important to note that alcohol isn’t cheap on the island. I recommend picking up a bottle of your favorite liquor at duty-free once you land! I have noticed that Kuta and Seminyak definitely have the best alcohol deals!
I plan to do more research before I recommend Indian restaurants in Bali, but here are a few Indian restaurants I’ve seen tourists frequently visit in Kuta and Seminyak.
A big reason Indians don’t travel frequently is often because of limiting visa restrictions. Similar to Thailand, Bali caters heavily on tourism and fortunately offers visa’s on arrival. As an Indian traveler, I’ve never experienced any issues at the immigration counter while entering or leaving the country. If everything is in order, I don’t imagine seeing your family having any issues either.
If you are looking for a holiday longer than 30 days, the process to extend your visa is extremely easy and completed through a reliable visa agent. Please reach out to me for more information on this!
Safety for Women Travellers:
This is the number one reason I moved to Bali – I confidently say that this island embraces female travelers and ensures they are taken care of very well. The way Thailand caters towards men, I believe Bali focuses on women. Balinese people always keep a special eye out for any female travelers and will go out of their way to make sure they are comfortable. Each country has their own sour grapes, but I feel safer here than I would in America or Europe.
In the end, a trip to Bali is exactly what you want it to be! If it’s your solo life-discovering trip, dreamy bachelorette party, or big fat family getaway, Bali will make it happen! There are so many activities that cater for all personalities. With so many great and affordable options to book, you’ll be struggling to pick your favorites in the end. Just wait till you see the variety of villas and luxury hotels that are awaiting your arrival! Always remember that no one ever does just one trip to Bali. The island works in magical ways and will have you returning sooner than you think!
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions - I’d be happy to help you plan your big Bali trip! It’s an absolutely gorgeous island and I cannot wait for you to experience it!