Check visa requirements and ensure your passport is valid for at least 60 days after arrival.
Consider the best time to visit Sumatra based on weather conditions.
Consult with a healthcare professional for necessary vaccinations and medications ahead of time.
Take precautions for mosquito-borne diseases and follow local safety guidelines.
Transportation on Bali is not easy or quick. There are very few public transport systems, so a private car and driver, or organized tour are recommended. Many roads are poorly maintained, take indirect routes and what may appear to 100km on the map could be 3-4 hours of travel time. Many cities suffer from traffic congestion and can lead to delays.
Accommodation needs to be booked ahead of time, as there are peak travel periods that may not be known to visitors, festivals, ceremonies and other events .
Respect local customs and cultural sensitivities. This includes wearing conservative clothes, covering shoulders and legs at religious locations.
Research and plan outdoor activities responsibly, supporting ethical wildlife encounters. Elephant rides, caged animals and photo opportunities should be avoided.
Practice environmental conservation by minimizing your impact and supporting local initiatives. Bring a reusable shopping bag, a refillable water bottle and in some cases you may want to bring your own straw and cutlery.