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Useful tips for first time travelers to Bali…

If you’re a first time traveler to Bali, the following tips should be handy for you.  If you’re a frequent traveler to Bali, please add any extra tips that I have not included.  Safe travels!

PASSPORT

Ensure passports at least SIX MONTHS VALIDITY from your return date from Bali to your country of origin.
Take a photo of your passport or photocopy it and send it to your email address so you have easy access.

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PACKING and CLOTHES

Pack lightly as Bali is hot. Natural, loose fabrics have the benefit of breathability as opposed to synthetics.
Shorts and T-shirts are fine for males and light sundresses, three-quarter trousers or same for females.
If dressing up, a loose shirt and long shorts/loose trousers for men and a long summer dress is mostly suitable for women.
Thongs and sandals are commonplace. Joggers are handy if you are to do a lot of walking.
Make sure you have a hat as Bali is sunny.
Cozzies are a must and a cover-up eg sarong for women is handy.
Leave expensive jewellery at home. Inexpensive dress jewellery is readily available to purchase.
Hairdryers are commonplace in rooms of midrange plus hotels.
Forgot something? Buy it there; shopping is cheap!
Assorted toiletries are inexpensive and readily available in supermarkets. Often your favourite products are cheaper there too!
A pashmina is handy for the flight in case the temp is too cold. Even a sarong packed in your hand luggage can come in handy!

LUGGAGE

Ensure you have adequate luggage allowance if you intend to shop. Most airline bookings include 20kgs but you will be charged if in excess of this.
Most hotels do have scales you can use to check your luggage weight.

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SUNSCREEN

Take your own as it is pricey in Bali.
Remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and wear a hat!

TOWELS

Hotels supply their own bath towels and pool towels. Taking your own towel is not necessary. A sarong is handy for the beach.

ELECTRICITY:

220 volt 50hz is supplied in Bali. A 2 pin plug is required. These adaptors can be purchased inexpensively. Alternatively, borrow from your accommodation reception.

CHARGERS

Pack your camera, phone, ipad, laptop etc chargers and take a multi-plug POWER BOARD for ease of charging several items at once as they will only need 1 adaptor plug.

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MOSQUITO REPELLANT

Apply it regularly as Dengue Fever is prevalent.
Mosquito repellent is readily available in supermarkets eg. Autan, Soffel
Many hotels regularly use a preventative outdoor fogger spray.
Suggest spraying your room regularly also, including below bed and in cupboard, behind curtains.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Take your medication in their original packaging and take the prescription with you in case you need to replace them.
Apotiks are chemists in Bali.
Circle K supermarkets often sell basic medicinal needs.

OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS

Be aware that over the counter medications in Bali may appear similar to those you are familiar with, but may in fact significantly differ.
Panadol, for example, comes in various coloured packaging denoting differing ingredients. Ingredients include pseudo-ephedrine for “cold and flu” and caffeine as “Panadol Extra”.

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VISA ON ARRIVAL

Don’t worry if you haven’t changed money to pay the $35US VOA. This can be paid in Australian dollars (allow approximately $55AUS at current rates) and change will be given in Rupiah. So handy to have a few rupiah to pay your taxi driver!
Or, if you wish to take US dollars, purchase from your Australian Post Office with no commission. It will take 3 days and there is a minimum spend of $200.

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AIRPORT PORTERS

Porters will offer to take your bags when arriving at or departing from the airport. They are dressed in uniforms and appear “official”. Politely say NO if you do not want them as they will expect payment for handling of your bags (approx 10,000 IDR per bag).
If you have multiple pieces of luggage (especially departing with lots of shopping), the porters can be a godsend!! They will also take you straight to the correct check-in line, so very convenient for a small payment eg.50,000 IDR as a ‘thank you”.

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MONEY CHANGERS

WARNING: Unscrupulous Money Changers are common: if the rate on a board seems too good to be true, it likely is! Always change money at Authorised, reputable dealers.
An Authorised Money Changer must be formally authorised and identified with distinctive markers. All Authorised Money Changers are obliged to use a logo, they must also prominently display their registration number provided to them by Bank Indonesia on their signboard. If there is no logo and registration number then they are NOT Authorised Money Changers.
DO NOT use a Money Changer at the back of a shop, down an alley or laneway. Always count your Rupiah before handing over your dollars.
DO NOT accept small denominations as it is often a sure sign they will attempt to short change you. (50,000 and 100,000 are best).
DO NOT rely on their calculator as they are sometimes rigged.
DO NOT rely on the person counting out the Rupiah in front of you as their hand is sometimes quicker than the eye.
DO NOT hand over your dollars until you are satisfied they are giving you the correct amount.
DO NOT be distracted or intoxicated either when you change money.

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HOTEL SAFES

Remember to use the hotel safes or safety deposit boxes for your money and passport. I divide up my $100 or $50 Australian notes into envelopes containing $200 each. I label the envelopes 1, 2, 3 etc. This way I know how much I have left and whether anything has been tampered with. Hotel safes should be without reproach, but there have been stories otherwise.

CREDIT CARDS

Visa, Mastercard, American Express are all readily accepted in hotels and shops (not market stalls!) A surcharge of a few percent may be charged for the convenience.

ATM’s
ATM’s are available. You can nominate the language you want the machine to use, and it will usually say on the ATM what note and amount it dispenses. ATM’s are handy to use if you would rather not carry large sums of cash and are a convenient way to obtain local currency at a reasonable exchange rate
Always be sure you don’t reveal your PIN and be careful that you do not leave your card in the machine.
Keep in mind that your withdrawal may be subject to a nominal fee for an international transfer, so check with your bank before leaving home. The other point to note is that your bank may freeze your card if out-of-the-ordinary transactions (such as withdrawals in 4 different countries over the course of a week) appear, so keep a copy of your bank’s contact information on hand.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE          

You cannot afford to travel without Travel Insurance!

Ensure you are covered for “medical evacuation” as costs can be preventative.

Be upfront with all pre-existing conditions.
Consider paying a little extra to exclude an excess as each claim, even during the same trip, you will be charged an excess.

Send a copy of your Travel Insurance documents to your email address so you have easy access.

Carry a copy of your insurers emergency contact number and your policy number in case you need to contact them while out.

BALI BELLY

Take precautions such as:
Do not drink tap water
Wash your hands regularly
Use antiseptic hand sanitiser/wipes
Eat from reputable restaurants only
Avoid food and beverages from street vendors
Do not use ice made from tap water
Consume fully cooked food that is still hot, or fruit/vegetables you have peeled yourself

If you succumb to Bali Belly, the sooner you seek medical treatment the less valuable holiday time it is likely you’ll lose.

SCAMS

Ensure your taxi driver has his METER on.
Don’t use non-authorised Money Changers.
Don’t enter competitions. They are often “time share” schemes eg. someone approaching you with a clipboard – or jumping off a bike, offering you a scratchie and tell you you’ve won a prize!
At small supermarkets check the price of your goods and question it if in doubt as tourists are sometimes charged excessively.

MONEY

The Indonesian rupiah (IDR) is the official currency of Bali. Australian dollars are readily exchanged in most of the tourist areas. Foreign currencies like the US dollar, UK pound, Euro and Singapore dollar are also readily exchanged. Major credit cards are widely accepted too.

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BAG SNATCHERS/PICK POCKETS

Be aware that unfortunately this does occur! Avoid walking with your bag over the same shoulder as the road is on. Motorbikes have been known to ride past grabbing the bag and often injuring the pedestrian.  Whilst riding a motorbike, place your bag under the seat as again, bikes have been known to ride past and grab your bag off your shoulder.
If children surround you selling postcards/beads/bracelets be warned you could pick pocketed. This also goes for someone bumping into you or grabbing men’s private parts as a distraction.

DRUGS

SAY NO! Airport signs state, “DEATH TO DRUG TRAFFICKERS”. This also applies to drug users. Be wary of anyone selling any narcotic substance. Corruption is rife and sales are often setups to being caught!

RESPECT

Be conscious of the predominantly Hindu religion of Bali. Cover up when entering sacred temples and follow any instructions of conduct. Honour the many religious days and festivals held.

It is impolite to receive or hand anything over using your left hand or to touch the top of anyone’s head.

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LAUNDRY

It is inexpensive to have your clothes washed and ironed. Hotels can be a little pricier, but local laundries are common in the tourist locations and charge by the kilo.

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SMARTRAVELLER

Register your travel with smartraveller.com
Keep up to date with any travel warnings via government webpages.
SOME EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:
1. The Police 110
2. Ambulance- 118
3. Bali International Medical Centre Hospital, Ngurah Rai Bypass open 24 hrs +62 361 761263
4. Kuta Tourist Police Post, Jalan Pantai Kuta, (0361) 7845988
5. Sanur Tourist Police Post : BK3S Post, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, (next to Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur), (0361) 8531960
6. Nusa Dua Tourist Police Post : Bundaran Tugu Mandala Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua, (0361) 7442622
7. Ngurah Rai Airport Tourist Police : Airport Police Sector Ngurah Rai, (0361) 751 023
8. Tourist Assistance Centre : Bali Regional Police, (0361) 224111
9. The Australian Consulate , Jalan Tantular 32
Renon, Denpasar , Telephone: +62 361 241 118

TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory, particularly when a service charge is often added to services. If you feel the service has been extra good however, it is appreciated.
Rounding up taxi fares and restaurant bills is polite.

TAXI

Bluebird taxis are preferable as they have a good reputation and use their meter for your journey.  There are many taxi’s in Bali these days and a lot of those are now trying to make themselves look like a Bluebird – even going to the trouble of trying a new tactic where they have a sticker on the front of their cars saying “Blue Taxi Group” to confuse people. They also have a back to front bird like the Bluebird Group so be careful.

When using a non-Bluebird taxi, ensure the meter is used otherwise it will be necessary to try to negotiate a fare prior to travel.

You can call a Bluebird taxi ahead of time on  +62 (0) 361 701 111

MARKET SHOPPING

Shopping in market stalls or from beach sellers can be a challenge at the best of times. Consider these handy tips:
 Negotiation is expected. First offered prices are often double or triple the real price
 Don’t reveal this is your first trip to the island (even if it is)
 Have a clear price you are willing to pay before you start negotiating
 Knowing a little Bahasa indonesian will often reward you with a better price
 Be aware shopkeepers do this for a living and are persistent and “athletic” negotiators
 Go early for best “Morning Price”
 If you think it’s a reasonable price, then do the deal
 Remember that 10,000Rp is equal to approximately $1.00Aus
 Watch the zero’s on your notes as it can be confusing.
 Be prepared to walk away
 If you buy multiple items, you should be able to negotiate a lesser price
 Maintain your sense of humour and be polite

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HENNA TATTOOS

Do reconsider having one of these! A toxic chemical known as phenylenediamine- PPD is often used in henna tattoos. Serious scarring and adverse skin reactions with hospitalisation has often resulted in henna tattoos.

WEATHER

May to September is the dry season.
October to April is the rainy season.
The dry season offers the best weather with cool, pleasant evenings and sunny days. Unfortunately, this also coincides with “high season” so offers the highest prices for accommodation.
The wet season is more humid with heavy rainfall however it mostly never rains all day. Rainfall is most likely to occur in the afternoon and can be quite heavy, warm, tropical and pleasant.

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LANGUAGE

English is so widely spoken in the tourist parts of Bali that in my opinion, the only words you really need to get you through your whole next holiday to Bali are:
 Terima kasih – Thank-you (pronounced Treema kasi)
 Tidak – No
 (So, Tidak terima kasih is used often)
 Sama sama is a response to Thank-you. It means you are welcome.
 Permisi – Excuse me
 Jalan Jalan – Walking (This is handy to use if being hounded by Transport people on the streets)
A few other basic conversational skills are:
 Apa kabar? – How are you?
 Baik – Fine/good
 Baik, terima kasih – Fine, thank you.
 Maaf – Sorry
 Tidak/Ya – No/Yes
 Nama saya – My name is…
 Selamat Pagi – Good Morning
 Selamat Siang – Good Midday
 Selamat Sore – Good Afternoon
 Selamat Malam – Good Night
 Sampai Jumpa Lagi – See you later

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IN CONCLUSION

Relax, show respect and enjoy your journey through Bali. x

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New Laws could see unmarried tourists imprisoned for sleeping in the same room !

INDONESIAN plans to make cohabiting outside marriage a crime, jail adulterers and stop the open sale of condoms are causing alarm in Bali where the laws would also apply to tourists.

The island’s politicians and tourism leaders are sounding alarm bells over the controversial proposed new laws, saying the State is interfering in issues of morality which could drive away tourists.

The changes are part of a widespread revision of Indonesia’s Criminal Code, known as the Kuhap, which was last revised in the 1950s. The 500-page document, which contains more than 750 articles, is currently before the country’s lawmakers for debate.

Under the proposals, cohabiting outside marriage becomes a crime carrying a one-year jail sentence and would apply to tourists as well as Indonesians. The punishment for adultery goes up from nine months jail to five years.

Tourism chiefs are concerned that if passed and enforced, by arresting tourists sleeping together and checking into hotels as couples, this would be a major disaster for Bali’s travel industry, which is the lifeblood of the island’s economy.

And moves to ban the open sale of contraceptives, which are currently prominently displayed and sold in minimarkets and convenience stores everywhere, have also been criticised.

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights warns that the controversial aspects of the new code risk returning the country to the 16th Century and driving away tourists who face jail for sleeping together outside marriage. At its most extreme it could even mean police raids on hotels.

Commission member Dianto Bachriadi says the State should not be regulating morality and that if passed, the new laws would mean members of the public are spied upon in their private lives.

Mr Bachriadi says that if the article on cohabitation is not dropped it would apply to foreign tourists in Bali.

“It is applicable for all people in Indonesia, including foreigners. All people who are in Indonesia could be imposed upon, without exception,” Mr Bachriadi said.

“It will be counter-productive to many things, including tourism. It will make tourists run away. Police will actively raid hotels … And it will cause fear for all people. It will negatively affect the economy and all other things. Moreover it is an issue of privacy. About sin, it is their business with God, not the State.”

Bali politician Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana says the Balinese do not want the new laws and the legislature will convey these views to Jakarta.

“The Government’s target is to get more tourists coming to the country. That’s why they create a free visa policy and add more countries to this list. Tourists keep coming to Bali as the Balinese are friendly to all tourists, as well as respecting their privacy,” Mr Adnyana said.

He said it was common knowledge that many tourists in Bali are not married but come together and share hotel rooms on holiday.

“If the new criminal code draft is legalised and is imposed in Bali it will disturb tourism activity. It will build an image that couples outside marriage will be arrested. We in Bali hope that the draft will not be legalised.”

The Bali Tourism Board chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya agrees.

“If it is legalised, of course it will affect foreigners. It means the State has too much interference with people’s lives and religion. … and for sure this will affect tourism.”

Plans to ban the public sale of contraceptives, like condoms, are also under fire. Shops would be banned from offering or showing contraceptives and could only sell them if a customer specifically asks.

Social groups warn such a law is a setback in the prevention of HIV and AIDS and called for the government to focus on crimes like murder and corruption instead of moral issues.

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, which is co-ordinating an NGO response to the new criminal code, says it smacks of overcriminalisation.

“Too many of the citizens’ acts are qualified as crimes, especially those acts considered to be against religious morals,” executive director Supriyadi Widodo Eddyono said.

“This should not be the main priority of criminal code reformation. There are many other articles that should be a priority, such as corruption, money laundering and human trafficking. The revision process should focus more on those things,” he said.

The new code also makes black magic and witchcraft, practised widely across Indonesia, a crime, with a jail term of five years for using black magic to cause illness, death or suffering.

Indonesia’s parliament is notoriously slow-moving and the new criminal code is not expected to be finalised and passed until the end of 2017. By this time, the Balinese authorities hope the more controversial aspects will have been deleted during the consultation phase.

source:  Herald Sun

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GUIDE TO MARKET PRICES AND SHOPPING

Shopping in market stalls or from beach sellers can be a challenge at the best of times.  Consider these handy tips:

  • Negotiation is expected.  First offered prices are often double or triple the real price
  • Don’t reveal this is your first trip to the island (even if it is)
  • Have a clear price you are willing to pay before you start negotiating
  • Knowing a little Bahasa indonesian will often reward you with a better price
  • Be aware shopkeepers do this for a living and are persistent and “athletic” negotiators
  • Go early for best “Morning Price”
  • If you think it’s a reasonable price, then do the deal
  • Remember that 10,000Rp is equal to approximately $1.00Aus
  • Watch the zero’s on your notes as it can be confusing.
  • Be prepared to walk away
  • If you buy multiple items, you should be able to negotiate a lesser price
  • Maintain your sense of humour and be polite
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Please remember many of you will be able to secure better prices than those stated here, whilst others will not be able to secure as good a price as stated here.  This is a “guide” only.

* Prices quoted in Indonesian Rupiah.

 * Remember, some people’s livelihoods may depend on your negotiations

MARKET PRICES (GUIDE ONLY)

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Baskets (woven)  5 000 – 15 000

Basket (set of 3, incl. mesh tops for food) 50 000

Batik bags 30 000 with Bali written and 45 000 plain

Beach towels (Bintang, Toughen Up Princess) 55 000 rp

Beaded purse  25 000 to 40 000 for larger size

Belt 35 000 – 50 000

Belt (men’s leather) 80 000 – 150 000

Board shorts RP 30 000 50 000

Bowls, silver aluminium 100 000 – 500 000 (av. 260 000)

Bracelets, wide knitted stretch sml beaded 15 000rp, lge beaded 25 000rp.

Buddha statue (coloured)  50 000 – 150 000 (av. size 90 000)

Caps Baseball Peaked  (no name) – 30 000 – 50 000

Caps Baseball Peaked  (named) – 50 000 – 75 000

Cardigans light weight plain crocheted  55 000

Cardigan, large size printed with hood 100 000

Crocheted bag sml 50 000 -100 000/ lge 150 000

Cushion covers  35 000 – 70 000

Dresses (summer) short 45  000/ long 80 000, depending on size/ length

Dresses , flowing 3/4 length 100 000rp/ long 250 000

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Earrings  5 000rp ,20 000rp

Earrings, pearl studs 30 000rp – 50 000

Flags/umbal umbals 25 000 – 50 000 for longer

Frangipani hair clips 10 000 med/ 15 000 multiple sml frangipanis on clip

Handbags (Louis Vuitton etc)   100 000 – 150 000, larger 150 000 – 250 000

Handbags (no name)   50 000 – 100 000, larger 100 000 – 150 000

Hammock, parachute material sml 200 000/ lge 250 000

Jackets (leather) tailor made 700 000 – 1 200 000 (depending on size/leather)

Kids T-shirts 30 000

Kimonos  65 000

Large Overnight Bag RP 180 000 – 200 000

Masks, sml 25 000/ lge 90 000

Men’s shorts, short pull on 60 000, longer fitted striped 100 000rp.

Necklaces,  25 000 – 50 000

NRL Shirts, kids 100 000/ adults 120 000

Pashminas 50 000 – 100 000

Placemats, wooden (6 pieces) 90 000

Placemats, woven (6 pieces) 90 000

Rayon pants, from 65 000

Salad servers, aluminium 70 000

Sandals, leather 75 000+

Sarongs, Short 40 000

Sarongs, Long 50 000

Sarongs,  fancily embroidered  70 000 – 200 000

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Singlets (Billabong/Quicksilver, Nike etc) 40 000 (kids)/ 60 000 (mens)

Scarves, silk or sequined  40 000 – 90 000

Shirts Collared Polo’s, mens 80 000

Sandals, (ladies) dressier 75 000 – 150 000

Skull ornament, coloured, av. size 100 000

Stubby holders, 6 pack 40 000

Sunglasses (Raybans, Gucci etc) 25 000 – 50 000

Shorts Ladies, with zip  65 000

Skirt, denim 80 000

Table runner, sizes vary 40 000 – 100 000

Thongs 50 000 – 100 000

Travel cushion, horseshoe shape 60 000

T-shirts  40 000rp (kids), 45 000 – 70 000 (adults)

Umbrella for rain 40 000 – 80 000

Underwear (Jocks – Calvein Klein) men/boys 30 000 – 80 000

Vans (sneaker type shoe)  120 000 -200 000

Watches 50 000 – 200 000

Wallet mens, Billabong etc 80 000 – 120 000

Wallet ladies , branded 80 000 – 120 000

Wind chimes, bamboo (sml) 10 000/ (lge) 40 000

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Have fun and happy shopping – and if all else fails, consider a “fixed price” market stall.  

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Beer is Back in Bali Mini-marts!

A ruling from the Minister of Trade limiting the sales of beer at convenience stores and warungs was set to take effect on April 15, 2015.

As reported by Beritadewata.com, mini markets across Bali claimed they no longer have beer to sell and were not receiving new supplies from beer distributors. A few shops admitted to have old stocks of beer that they would sell until finished and then not restock.

A Reprieve for Bali Beer Sellers?

Meanwhile, the vice-chairman of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Ketut Suwandi, told the press that the Trade Minister has relented in the face of widespread protests and issued a special set of regulations exempting Bali from the ban on beer sales at mini markets and convenience stores. The exempting regulation has reportedly been hand-carried to Bali by a member of the Minister’s staff stipulating how beer sales will be controlled in Bali, given the Island’s special status as a tourist destination.

While specific details are short, Suwandi says the new regulations will address the aspirations of the people of Bali to allow beer sales in tourist areas. It is believed that it will be left to local regents, mayors and village chiefs in Bali to specify what areas will designated as tourist zones and remain open to beer sale to tourist visitors over the age of 21 years.

Details of the special regulations for Bali will be shared once the new ruling is formally promulgated on the Island.

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Ban on Sale of Beer at Bali Convenience Stores and Beaches – Call for Review

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DenPost reports that the Badung Tourism Service in Bali is asking the Indonesian Department of Trade to review and revise Ministerial Regulation Number 6 of 2015 that will severely limit the distribution and sale of beer.

Under the new regulation slated for implementation in mid-April, beer can no longer be sold from convenience stores or from local vendors circulating on Bali’s beaches. After that date the regulation would limit the sale of beer to supermarkets, hypermarkets, bars and restaurants.

The head of the Badung Tourism Service (Kadisparda), Tjokorda Raka Darmawan, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, commenting on the new regulation said: “The impact (of the regulation) will not be immediate, but will certainly be strongly felt over the long term. If this is allowed to stand, tourist visitors (to Bali) can shift to other countries, such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.”

Darmawan said the regency of Badung is targeting a 5% increase in tourist visitors in 2015.

Citing the popularity of cold beer among the citizens of major markets to Bali, Darmawan added: “If this (beer) is outlawed or its distribution limited, this will certainly affect their enjoyment. The total number of visitors from Australia to Bali has now achieved one million or around 80,000 Australian visitors per month, many of whom like this beverage (beer). Because of this, the government needs to review the rules and tourism areas should be exempted.”

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Similar sentiments were expressed by the chairman of Commission II of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung), Nyoman Satria. Insisting that beer with less than 5% alcohol does not make people drunk, said: “It would be better if the Government focused more on controlling local alcoholic beverages such as home-made ‘arak’ that has not been studied by the Ministry of Health. Regulations from the Minister of Trade must meet the aspirations and protect the people and not only seen from a narrow perspective.”

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The uber cool Rock Bar…

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Whether you’re going for a quiet drink with your much loved or to party with your group, the Rock Bar is a hip place to be.

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An open topped bar perched cliff front and overlooking a breathtaking vista of ocean is on one level, whilst another level is surrounded by suspended terraces where you can congregate and drink in the views whilst sipping a cocktail or two.

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Be prepared for the occasional splash from the sea on the lower level, or to be “wind-blown”, if the conditions are just right.

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I suggest you arrive before sunset and also to leave early to try to beat the long queues for the inclinator.  Keep in mind the inclinator only carries four passengers at a time and resort guests take priority, both ways!

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Do consider using the inclinator if steps are a problem for you – there are many!

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The drinks are generous and the location breathtaking.

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A DJ, delish tapas, sunset ocean views and an uber cool vibe, makes the Rock Bar one of the most popular places to be.

Cheers to a great evening! x

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More info: ayanaresort.com

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
Jl Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
Bali, Indonesia – 80364

Phone: +62 361 702222

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