The main attraction of Bali
For a tourist who does not travel very often around the world, Bali is a place inaccessible due to the high cost of trips to this Indonesian island.
In fact, the bulk of the cost of the trip falls on the flight. And the rest itself – the hotel, food, excursions – turns out to be quite affordable. More expensive than, say, in Thailand, but not so much as to consider a trip to Bali as something very prohibitively expensive.
Bali is a heavenly place … Actually, the same can be said of any country in Southeast Asia (with the exception, perhaps, of countries with dictatorial regimes such as Burma – but this is a policy that we will not touch on). However, Bali is a special island. Than? Yes, everyone – from a surprisingly mild, comfortable climate to a unique local culture. But still, the main attraction of Bali is the people who inhabit this marvelous island. We will talk about the Balinese.
But first, some information about the climate (as it explains something). Many of the tourists whose visit to Thailand left an unimpressive impression call unbearable heat and high humidity the main reason for their disappointment. Climatic incompatibility is a very unpleasant thing. You are going on a trip for a whole year, dreaming about it, and, finally, saving up money. Arriving in the country, and the next day you realize that you can’t live at least two vacation weeks here. And instead of vivid impressions, only tedious efforts to survive in this suffocating wet country remain in my memory …
Alas, that happens. So, the climate of Bali is suitable even for those who can not stand the heat and high humidity. The average annual temperature here fluctuates around 25-27 degrees. There are no cold weather, but there is no unbearable heat.
Of course, there is seasonality in Bali – the climate of these places is called the equatorial-monsoon. But there are only two seasons – dry (from June to October) and wet (from November to March). Moreover, the difference between them is minimal. The rains are short, they go at night and by morning the land has time to dry out. As a result, air humidity remains relatively low.
The main attraction of Bali – relaxation, climate, food
And the wonderful climate, and religion, and the cultural traditions of the Balinese in the most wonderful way influenced their character. According to personal impressions, the inhabitants of Bali are perhaps the most hospitable, most smiling, most affable people that we have ever met in wandering around the world. Compared to the Balinese, even good-natured Thais seem to bees and silent (although comparing national characters is an ungrateful occupation – people are people, and each nation has its own prophets and its villains). The Balinese remain dazzling and, most surprisingly, absolutely sincere smiles in their memory. These are not smiles of politeness. Not a promotional bonus to money bags who have come from distant countries to lower a couple of thousand dollars in local restaurants. This is a genuine joy from talking to strangers. It is here, in Bali, that you fully feel the kinship of humanity. We have common mom and dad. Well, yes, the biblical Adam and Eve, who lived not in paradise at all, but somewhere in Central Africa in time immemorial prehistoric times. And we are all Europeans, Africans, Asians – relatives.
Bali differs from the rest of Indonesia in that another religion dominates here. Indonesia is for the most part a Muslim country, and here, on the island, people profess some special form of Hinduism (Wikipedia suggested that this kind of Hinduism is called “Agama Hindu Dharma”, the guide said something like that, but from our minds this is strange to our ears the name instantly eroded). Hinduism, like Buddhism, is a karmic religion. It determines the attitude of the Balinese people to life. If you want to achieve nirvana – do not do nasty things in your life. Sins are not forgiven, they accumulate. And what will happen to you after death depends on how you live this life.
Balinese people are devout. Guides say that the island has at least twenty thousand temples (for 3 million 300 thousand people). And among the people it is customary to strictly observe all the prescribed rites. The Balinese themselves take their faith very seriously. There are no such freemen, as in Thailand, in relation to their gods. Buddhists can “relax a little” (in any case, there are no particularly severe religious restrictions), but here, in Bali, everything is somewhat different. The Balinese coordinate all their affairs with their priests (priests?). At their advice, they choose a place for the house, at their instigation they plan a future home, with their blessings begin every new day.
At the same time, the Balinese Hinduism (as, again, Thai Buddhism) is a very tolerant religion. You are a Christian? Well and health! And no one will call you infidel or stranger here. And the Balinese temples are open to tourists. And the Balinese are multilingual from early childhood. Each of them knows at least two languages - official Indonesian and native Balinese. In fact, the educated part of the population speaks four languages at once – English is added to Indonesian and Balinese … K…