Saturday, October 10, 2009
Bali is a destination that we keep coming back to over the last few years. There is so much about this country to love – its natural beauty, how the culture and religion are so deeply embedded in their everyday lives and rituals, the gentleness and warm hospitality of the Balinese and of course the food.
Our favourite spot is to head straight up to Ubud and to bypass Kuta at all costs if possible. Unfortunately, the lure of Bali is just as appealing to the hordes of Australian tourists who take advantage of the cheap airfares and behave appallingly. You would spot them from a mile away, all in packs – the women are all half-naked, plump flesh oozing from too tight shirt shirts and singlets sporting cornrows or dreadlocks, and men in their Bintang singlets walking around with beer bottles on the street. It is also a sad fact that schoolies are now opting to come to Bali for their annual end of year party. It is too irresistible, the sun, surf, alcohol, and non-parental oversight – it’s a dream come true for many. This is the ugly side of tourism that has overrun Bali and blights its real beauty.
Mercifully, there are still lots of areas in Bali that one can escape to and we find our serenity in Ubud.