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Old 10-14-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Am I one of the few who have been disappointed by Bali? Yes, there are some beautiful mountains, beaches, and wonderful rice paddy landscapes, but I found much of the place vastly crowded, the cities unappealing, swarming with traffic and car fumes. Even Ubud disappointed and I couldn't even walk the sidewalks which were uneven--dangerous and full of rubble. Kuta is ugly especially. What were beautiful were the hotels. Some of the most beautiful in the world. Worth the journey? Don't know. I found Thailand vastly more interesting, beautiful, and the food wonderful.
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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I have only been there once and that was enough. Yes, the hotels were nice but it was too hot for my taste. Couldn't stand the touts, I got severe food poisoning...
I much prefer Malaysia, especially Sabah in Borneo.
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:55 PM
 
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bali look a like a very free place. which I see this is caused by the travelers and we can see people of different races.but bali is still the main attraction of the tourists around the world, that's why bali ever dubbed as the best tourist attractions . in bali it has become a common thing we see the tourists , especially young guy thier drink getting drunk ,shouting and laughing .balinese still hold the tradition and a religion that makes something made by travelers still considered taboo.
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Macao
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bali look a like a very free place. which I see this is caused by the travelers and we can see people of different races.but bali is still the main attraction of the tourists around the world, that's why bali ever dubbed as the best tourist attractions . in bali it has become a common thing we see the tourists , especially young guy thier drink getting drunk ,shouting and laughing .balinese still hold the tradition and a religion that makes something made by travelers still considered taboo.
If I can interpret what you are saying, you are saying 1) there are many tourists, and 2) balinese have a lot of traditions.

Yes. I don't think anyone in their right mind would argue against either of those two things.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:41 AM
 
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Bali is still a beautiful island but like you said the key is just to get away from Kuta. If the drunken sunburned Aussies crowd want to stay in the tourist slums Kuta let them, it's a big island for the rest of us. Some of them probably never leave the one mile radius around there hotel.
But, oh my God the touts. Even in Ubud that's a problem.



Yeah, like the other guy, it's not American's or even Chinese - it seems the Aussie's love the place because it's close, it's cheap, and it's not Australia. Americans still go but it lost it's allure years...decades ago, and they aren't going to travel all that way just to sit on a beach. Back when I went it was all Aussies, and I took one look at Kuta and got out of there as fast as I could. For Australia, it's like American's version of Cancun - a relatively close place with generic-fake-exotic surroundings (in Kuta at least). They aren't interested in temples, or history, or spiritual awakening. For them it's all about cheap booze, cheap lodging, and getting sunburned on the beach.
I don't know anyone in the U.S. that gives a crap about going to Bali. I know Hilton owns some properties there which will lure in some but other than that, not seeing it. If I went to Indonesia I would want to do something other than just go to Bali to hang out at the beach or in a resort.

As you said Americans that want to hang out at a beach and a resort don't need to go clear to Asia to do that. Are you kidding me, get real.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Looks like Indonesia is really pushing LOMBOK as another BALI.
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:08 PM
 
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I don't know anyone in the U.S. that gives a crap about going to Bali. I know Hilton owns some properties there which will lure in some but other than that, not seeing it. If I went to Indonesia I would want to do something other than just go to Bali to hang out at the beach or in a resort.

As you said Americans that want to hang out at a beach and a resort don't need to go clear to Asia to do that. Are you kidding me, get real.
Bali is quite far from the US. Unless you want and tour SE Asia, you're better off going to Cancun or the Bahamas.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Am I one of the few who have been disappointed by Bali? Yes, there are some beautiful mountains, beaches, and wonderful rice paddy landscapes, but I found much of the place vastly crowded, the cities unappealing, swarming with traffic and car fumes. Even Ubud disappointed and I couldn't even walk the sidewalks which were uneven--dangerous and full of rubble. Kuta is ugly especially. What were beautiful were the hotels. Some of the most beautiful in the world. Worth the journey? Don't know. I found Thailand vastly more interesting, beautiful, and the food wonderful.
In fairness to Indonesia, there are loads of islands that aren't like Bali - many not nearly as spoilt and crawling with tourists. Culturally, Indonesia is incredibly diverse and interesting. It is a lot more populated than Thailand as well. I love Thailand and the food but i'm not sure It is the more interesting country. I also enjoyed my time on Java and specifically Yogyakarta, Borobudur and the volcanically active Mount Merapi a lot more than Bali. The people in Yogya are incredibly friendly and genuinely welcome you as a tourist. The food was much better than anything I had in Bali as well which were often overpriced tourist trap restaurants. The best part of Bali imo are the temples specifically where they are located ie in the middle of a lake or along a rough coastline.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I visited once for just 4 days. It was a very stereotypical tour arranged by my uncle for our whole extended family. At the end of it my uncle asked how I liked it and if I would visit again. I said I definitely enjoyed myself a lot, but I probably wouldn't ever return. There are just too many places to see and I just didn't feel compelled to come back. That said, I'm certain that if I was forced to live there for a couple years I could certainly suck it up and enjoy myself lol.

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Looks like Indonesia is really pushing LOMBOK as another BALI.
Yeah my cousin got married in Penang and went there for her honeymoon. She described it as Bali about 15-20 years ago.
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Yeah my cousin got married in Penang and went there for her honeymoon. She described it as Bali about 15-20 years ago.
I just spent the last ten days in Penang (just left there a few days ago).

Nothing like Bali though. Penang is basically UNESCO-preserved 'Georgetown' which is a ton of colonial-style buildings that have continued to be refurbished, or kept in use for decades. The tourists float around in that area, with some of them serving the tourist industry with restaurants, some bars, and tourist shops. Most of them are just residential though.

Just outside of 'Georgetown', you have the rest of the island. Some beaches, which are quite mediocre. Some tourist sites including Chinese temples, snake temple, and Penang Hill among others.

Just a completely different vibe from Bali altogether really.
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