Balinese Simple Etiquettes
are inclusive by nature, take great pride in their heritage, and therefore do not mind visitors observing ceremonies and traditional dances, just as long as you follow a few simple, basic points of etiquette
. (After all, how would you like a group of foreign speaking tourists invading your wedding or funeral of a close relative to snap a few photos?). First, dress appropriately - smart casual is appropriate - swimwear is not appropriate. Two, be quiet and respectful. Cameras and camcorders are ok - but do be unobtrusive. Also, do not step in front of anyone to snap a photo and do not sit higher than the local priest presiding over the ceremony. As well, Do Not touches or pats anyone (including children) on the head.
Unique and Need to Know
When visiting temples be aware that you should wear long pants or a sarong with a selendang tied around the waist (men and women). Whilst you can take your own every major temple has selendangs to borrow for a small donation. It is extremely bad form (in fact, it is taboo) for women who are menstruating to enter a temple. If you do find yourself stuck in traffic for no apparent reason, you may have to come up on a Balinese procession on the way to temple. Be patient. No amount of honking the car's horn is going to speed things up and it is rude to try to pass.