In part three of this article series, I shared the low down and absolutely fabulous tips on what to wear to the beach in Bali. To sum up…all you need to pack is a few swimsuits, a few cover ups, a few pairs of sandals, and a lot of time to soak up the sun in the most beautiful place on earth.
This fourth part in the From Tourist to Transplant series is all about what to wear when you aren’t being a Bali beach bum. When you’re ready to trade in your bikini for your walking shoes and guide map, and leave your Bali villa rental you’ll need to know what to wear when and where on the great island of Bali.
What to Wear in Bali: Mountains and Malls!
Once you’ve brought all of your beach gear back to your Bali villas rental, you will probably rummage through your opulent villa bedroom closet to find something suitable to wear while sightseeing. If you haven’t read this article you are probably clueless as to what to pack for your trip to Bali…you can’t spend your whole vacation in a swimsuit…think of all the chaffing.
When you’re ready to venture out of your luxuriously appointed Bali villa rental and visit one of the many Balinese temples you will want to wear comfortable walking shoes, loose fitting shorts (tight shorts make it a little difficult to get around in some of the rockier locations), loose fitting shirts (see note above), sunglasses, hat, and a lanyard to securely hold your digital camera and ID. Out of respect for the spiritual aspect of the temple to the Balinese, please try to wear clothes that are modest.
Once you’re done visiting the mystical Balinese temples and you’re ready to visit the local markets you can easily transition from one to the other wearing the same outfit, or you can slip into a sundress and a pair of slip-ons. Walking through the markets requires comfortable shoes and loose clothing, but be sure to bring your money with you and be prepared to bargain. The local food markets are also great places to see awesome Balinese dancers perform staged battles between Rangda and Barong, evil and good.
After you return to your Bali villas rental and put away all the wonderful local foods and handmade items, and designer items you bought at the market and mall, you’ll want to sit back and relax before dressing for your evening out on the town.
When you plan what to back for your trip to Bali, make sure to include a few gowns (ladies), and dress coats (gentlemen). Believe it or not, there are many 5 star restaurants and vibrant clubs within a short drive of all Bali villa rentals, and you’ll want to dress for the occasion.
So, pack comfortable clothes and a few dressy clothes, but make sure to leave the jeans, clogs, heavy sweaters and coats, and doldrums at home! Bali is bursting with things to do, but you have to make sure to wear the right clothes.