If you desire history, culture, and art, you will find this in the Ubud (“U-bood”) region of Bali. If you desire to “get away from it all”, then head to the north and centre of the island, where there are rural styled resorts and guesthouses, also village homestays—where you can, more or less, experience traditional life. Here there are rice and paddy fields, exotic, herbs, spices, traditional villages, batik, jewellry, and paintings. It is fascinating how in many ways life for these people has not changed for centuries, though now, thanks to modern communications villagers know of and can participate, with the wider world.
A few Balinese phrases to know (Balinese is a different language from Indonesia):
Hello (the most important) = “Swas-tias-tu” or “Hello”
How are you? Kenken kabare?
Thank you. Matur suksma.
Things to be aware of. December to March, heavy monsoon rain, but this rain occurs usually in the afternoon, for a few hours only, and not every day. Also, the rain is warm, unlike the Australian winter rain. For me, it is not a problem. Wear a hat, or simply get out of the rain for a few hours, but if you are so inclined carry an umbrella. Mosquitos—the greatest problem in Bali, and Asia. Mosquitos carry disease, dengue fever, malaria, and whatever. When you arrive at your accommodation, spray your room with DEET. When you go out, spray your clothes with DEET, roll some rollon DEET onto your exposed skin. I store my clothes in airtight bags, and spray the interior of the bag with DEET. This keeps my clothes soaked in the substance.
There were a few things I did not like about Bali. First, smoking, smoking is far more common than in Australia, and coming from Oz, I noticed the difference. What is most annoying is that smoking goes on in restaurants (except most of the veg restaurants). One more thing, transport. Road travel is slow. There is only one road to most destinations, and it will be a narrow and busy road, filled with traffic. Don’t expect to go anywhere quickly. Estimate 30-40kms per hour.