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Hitchhiking in Bali is like hitchhiking in a 3rd world country that is a top destination for 1st world tourists.

First, it is very hard near the touristic hotspots. Kuta and Ubud for example. But away from there, it works pretty nice.

Basic rules:

  1. The thumb sign doesn't work. Use your imagination. The "slow down" sign works, pointing your direction is cool... Surprise them :)
  2. If you're not Indonesian (or maybe Malay), all cars are taxis. Not only those that have a "taxi" sign, that are already legion. Even if you're not white, they'll spot you like a grease stain on a wedding dress. So, no point hitching the cars. Settle for the pickup trucks and trucks.
  3. Sometimes they will ask you to pay after you're already in the vehicle. Since there is no highway, just ask to get dropped off.
  4. Offers to contribute financially are not frowned upon. If you're travelling, you're probably 10 times more resourceful than them. And they know it.
  5. If you're lucky enough to find a tourist or an expat that has space in his car, he is very likely to give you a ride. There is a sort of tacit solidarity between tourists and expats. That is if you don't mind riding with them...
  6. Rain starts without warning and lasts for an unpredictable amount of time. If you're carrying electronics, seal them in a plastic bag.

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