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Old 02-26-2018, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Lol no, she went to Lombok for her honeymoon and said it was like Bali about 15 years ago. Penang was an unnecessary part of my sentence other than to just generally imply that that is the view point of her and her Penang peers.
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:06 PM
 
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BALI. Still a beautiful gorgeous place. But, with that rise in popularity, it consistently brings in more dregs of society looking for a cheap place to get drunk - Kuta Beach. Along with that, more Indonesians from across the nation, are finding it a good place to sell drugs, sell illegal things, and just generally harass tourists which they see as potential ATM machines.

One argument could be that all of Bali is just being ruined. Another element could be that Bali is just as special and unique as ever, people just have to get away from the Kuta region altogether.

Where do you see Bali's future?
need to re-spread paganism with bali as a base. Garuda already flies on the flag and indonesia is somewhat secular.

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Old 08-25-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I found Thailand vastly more interesting, beautiful, and the food wonderful.
The beautiful think about Thailand is its an entire country...whereas Bali is just a small island in a significantly larger country.
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Old 08-26-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Yes, very true.
Nonetheless, I found Bali only attractive sporadically in spots. Most of the southern parts of the island are overwhelmingly over-developed, filled with traffic, noise, and ugliness and I don't just mean Kuta. And the temples and shrines are overrun with tourists.

Even Ubud was a mess though it gets a lot of praise (the countryside around Ubud was attractive though).

I stayed in a beautiful hotel and area but it felt like an oasis and a totally different experience once you step outside.

When I was there i often wondered if Lombok offered something better, much like Bali was years and years ago.
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Yes, very true.
Nonetheless, I found Bali only attractive sporadically in spots. Most of the southern parts of the island are overwhelmingly over-developed, filled with traffic, noise, and ugliness and I don't just mean Kuta. And the temples and shrines are overrun with tourists.

Even Ubud was a mess though it gets a lot of praise (the countryside around Ubud was attractive though).

I stayed in a beautiful hotel and area but it felt like an oasis and a totally different experience once you step outside.

When I was there i often wondered if Lombok offered something better, much like Bali was years and years ago.
That's probably the strongest aspect of Bali - the villas/accommodations/etc.

But the way they rip off tourists is unbelievable. Recently I was in Lovina, near Singaraja. I needed to go into the city a few times, and unlike most other hotels, they hotel staff would not tell me the ballpark price for what they SHOULD be charging to get into the nearby city. Like in Thailand, usually they'll just tell you it is so much baht, but they might add another $1 or $2 for a farang, etc. Typical Indonesia-style, even the hotels try to rip you off by calling their 'driver' and trying to charge US$10-15 for a short trip of about 10-15 minutes. (Meanwhile, you can organize a driver for half a day for like $25-30).

Anyway, Bali still remains quite attractive to me, but the combination of gridlock traffic, aggressive and annoying touts, along with many little incidents like the above, certainly begin to chip away at the charm. Not that the other stuff doesn't happen elsewhere, it's just that Bali can be both excessive and well-known for it.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:53 PM
 
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I loved Ubud. Picked a villa far from the main street and near the Yoga House and it was so quiet and peaceful
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Old 09-03-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Macao
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When I was there i often wondered if Lombok offered something better, much like Bali was years and years ago.
I've never been to Lombok, only Bali.

But, to me, one of the most endearing aspects of Bali is the Hindu element. I can't imagine a Muslim version of it appealing to me.

That being said, it seems that many Bali enthusiasts are finding something they like about Lombok.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:11 PM
 
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MALUKU UTARA...........what?

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Old 10-08-2018, 03:27 PM
 
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keep it pagan and garuda flying
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:38 AM
 
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Bali is fun and all (been there a few times) but anyone with a keen pair of eyes can tell that it is beginning to be overloaded - especially from Ubud southwards! The sooner Indonesia spreads its tourism out, the better for both Bali and the rest of the country!
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