There is another side of Bali, which shouldn’t lead you to be unconfident with your situation. But on the other hand it’s important tot hink about the problems you could get here and learn how to deal with them the best way. I like to give you some examples of my own experiences.
Four days after my arrival my credit card has been swallowed by the ATM-machine. My PIN was correct, the chosen amount came out, but unfortunately not the card. Several calls later they managed to send a guy service-guy there to check the machine – the card wasn’t there anymore. I instantly called my bank in Germany and blocked the credit card, because they told me that it often happens with manipulated machines. If you are a customer of Mastercard just call their hotline. They have some very kind and helpful employees in the call centers. They also offered me to call me back via Internet on my indonesian number, so you don’t have to matter about the roaming fees. I ordered emergency cash, which will be provided within 24 hours. I picked it up near the Seminyak Square in a small „Western Union“-office – all worked out just as promised.
Only two days after that incident my helmet got robbed. The helmet was locked on a friend’s scooter and they just ripped it off. The scooter was placed at the parking spot on our campus. Grab your stuff and take it with you and you won’t have any problems like that.
Mosquitos are a very annoying and sometimes dangerous problem in Bali, as well. For example the Dengue-fever is transmitted by some mosquitos. Their peak of activity is while sunrise and sunset, so be careful at these daytimes and use „off“-spray or „soffell“ for better protection. The risk of Malaria in Bali is fortunately not that high.
Beware of the police, a lot of students get stopped by the Balinese police for no matter. In most cases they will try to get money from you, that’s why they look for any reason to give you a ticket. My advice, if you didn’t do anything wrong, don’t pay them and ask for their names or require a lawyer. If you know you made no mistake, they don’t take the risk and let you go. That was my experience, so no warranty that this is the best way to treat the police.