The beauty of this island is surpassed only by the beauty of the people and their Hindu/animistic culture. A mecca for hippies! Ubud is a great place to base. Give Kuta Beach a wide berth unless you like surfing, shopping and getting hounded.
There are now travel warnings to Indonesia, however Bali is NOT included. Bali is predominantly Buddhist, so there are no Islamic extremists (that we know of) on the island, unlike the rest of Indonesia. That means fewer tourists will be around making the island more enjoyable. But don't visit Jakarta or Surabaya as there have been reports of Islamics hunting Americans and forcing them to leave...
Added: December 8th 2001
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Posted by Ketuk Obama on 2010-05-07 22:57:12
Bali is not some chill-out Mecca of Hindu tolerance and peace! Bali has been over-run by Javanese cartels (thugs) who control everything from the nightclubs to the beach vendors! Everyone must pay the VIG to these gangsters. Corrupt cops send scores of "snitches" out into the tourist crowds in search of the naive hippy or surfer-kid looking for any buzz ther than Bintang beer. This place has lost it's charm long before the bombs killed 212 people. The only exception is Ubud - If you like watching sunsets and rice terraces - There is NOTHING left but evil treachery and false smiles!
Posted by yvrtravelguy on 2009-06-26 04:29:46
went back to indonesia december 2007 and found great changes. I've travelled around the country many times over the years and found bali so busy it is almost a stressful place. There are way too many people there now. there must be better places to go to in indonesia like nias island lake toba gili islands
Posted by susilo on 2008-11-15 21:25:37
I love my bali
Posted by OCEp the RastAmAN on 2007-04-14 06:17:54
well bali is the most heaven in the earth with the nice people in there...
in bali just not provide the beach, bar, etc...but the most is also provide culture...i mean strong culture of balinesse hindu...
a lot of hinduist event there....
the people with humble dan smile....can take you to feel nice to be there
yes of course the bomb were explode there....and this were done by damned islamic separatic who claimed with the bomb they can straight go to heaven?!?!!
what a fucking manner...
but i can assure you ....the people of bali were angry to this islamic separatic....they cursed this bomb.....
the people of bali is in our side (the heaven seeker :D) .....that's mean they done everything they got to make we feel comfortable & welcome to be there.....
i have a lot a friend.....i mean...a lot lot lot lot friends in bali.....
and you guys must take a break in APACHE REGGAE BAR at legian kuta.....
with a homemade alcohol they called "ARAK"...you can swing your body to follow the rhitym of bob marley song.....the reggae rulezz!!!!!!!!
let's go to come here man!!...... lets sun bathing and free your soul!!!
Posted by james in Oz on 2006-07-16 00:21:09
don't even THINK abt smoking pot there!
Posted by Candy
on 2005-07-01 05:18:58 My Score:
Indonesia in general is a cheap place to live, but now Americans must pay for tourist visas (under an attitude of suspicion towards the intentions of foreigners) and there is a growing impatience for hipster frequent visitors.
The Balinese appreciate eccentricity, laughter for the sake of laughter, and creativity. They have colorful religious festivals (Hindu, though infused with Buddhism), and most of these are open to respectful close observers.
So one would think that Bali would be fairly open to hippies. And they are. But the Balinese don't like deadbeats, overt sexual behaviour, and nudists. Pay your bills, keep a mellow attitude, and be respectful of police officers, and you will do fine despite your beards, beads, and bare feet. The sizeable expatriate community in Bali, though, shows us an example of: the weirder you are, the more money you'd better have. I won't explain, but it's words to live by.
Don't expect to get by as a scam artist in Bali: word travels fast. Cheats, ripoff artists, and other such losers will meet with pretty uncomfortable justice. In this lifetime.
Posted by andrew on 2005-06-13 00:26:19
in indonesia the goverment sentences people to death for pot and destroy the enviorment(blast fishing on corral reafs, leaded gasoline, very few emmissions standards and much much more). Indonesia persacutes hippies and kills their people, WHY DO YOU SUPPORT THIS BOYCOTT BALI!!!!!!!
Posted by hesstafari on 2005-04-06 02:29:11
Balinese are mostly Hindu not Buddist!
Posted by Josh on 2004-07-26 05:10:50
Kuta Rulz, so does Ulus and the rest of bali,
From Josh the Surfer.
Posted by spungy (joEY) on 2003-06-01 18:54:53
bali is beautiful i only went for 4 days n i didnt want to leave so tranquil breathtaking!! especially the beaches at nite...xxxbutterflyzzzzzxxx