Which parts of Bali do you disappoint

Why Bali disappointed a little

I think your report on Bali is at least honest. Everyone has probably made a trip that is a bit disappointing. It was the same for me with Vietnam, but for slightly different reasons.
While reading, however, I had the feeling that you started the thing a little naive. Many points were foreseeable: a lot of rain in the rainy season (although I don't understand why you have to shelter or stay in a hotel - you're not made of sugar and it was definitely not cold either ...), mass tourism in a very popular travel destination , sometimes a not so beautiful beach (it happens more often in Asia that the beaches are full of rubbish and not as beautiful as on the edited travel agency photos). You don't have to plan everything through, but a look on the Internet without rose-tinted glasses would probably have done you quite well.
Unfortunately, the rest of my sympathy was over for me when I had to read the insult “Spast”. The whole sentence may come out very cool at first, it is not very witty. Have you ever hit a real “Spast”? You really don't have to abuse that as a swear word for an idiot - after all, it is also a physical and not a mental handicap. 😉
Nevertheless, thank you for your honest report, others can at least learn from it.

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Hello Steph,

Thank you for your comment. In our “defense” I have to say: have you ever experienced a heavy rain shower in Bali? I mean a real one where everything is flooded? Everyone is made of sugar with something like that and an umbrella or rain jacket will no longer hold you up. The only thing that really helps is to stay in the hotel or get sheltered somewhere as soon as possible if you are on the move by scooter or on foot. But we also had a lot of bad luck with the monsoons.

Finally, it should be mentioned that this was our very first long-term Southeast Asia trip. We just set off for it without knowing what to expect. Today, after about 7 years of traveling and living in Southeast Asia, we would do certain things differently or plan some things differently. But in retrospect it was a nice adventure and since then I've been to Bali a few times. 🙂

best regards
Marcel

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I was lucky enough to have been able to visit Bali several times over the past few years. The reason lies with my daughter, who has lived there for over 10 years and is now married to a Balinese. And not enough, in the meantime I've also become the proud grandpa of a real Balinese. The family connection that I and my partner have found among the local family is totally warm and honest and I say today that the real Balinese are the friendliest and perhaps also the happiest people I have met to this day. In addition, the Balinese have a Hindu belief, which has also adopted many elements from Buddhism over the millennia of the history of this people. So it is a mixed religion, but in any case a very peaceful and philanthropic one, which one can experience in dealing with them on a daily basis. I would like to leave out the topic of those who have migrated from other islands or who are seasonally looking for work, mostly Muslims, at this point.

Yes, I saw it with my own eyes, there are big problems in Bali with drinking water, electricity supply, waste, sewage, enormous traffic and a lot more. But Balinese are intelligent and clever people and learn very quickly. So from one year to the next I was actually able to see visible improvements in almost all areas and, for example, the quality of the food in western-oriented restaurants has also improved significantly. This leaves a small spark of hope that the whole infrastructure problem will turn to better ones, which will take a certain amount of time. I am more concerned about the large groups of Chinese people who travel package tours, which can be found almost everywhere at the moment and are a miserable burden on tourism in Bali.

So and now it comes: Yes, they still exist, the dreamy sandy beaches, miles long without tourist buildings and without rubbish. Have visited and hiked some of them and carried fantastic pictures home in mind and on microchip. For example northwest of the city of Tabanan or in Lovina in the very north of the island, but then also on the east side near Candidasa northwards. But also the offshore island of Nusa Lembongan with its white sandy beaches and the rocky coastline around Devil’s Tears are breathtaking.

So the individual of you has to decide, either the party mile with Ramba Zamba or the remote places with local people, where fortunately mass tourism has not yet found its way. Or maybe both, if you have planned enough time!

For information: my daughter and her husband have been running a surf school in the vicinity of Canggu and Tabanan for many years and recently a surf homestay where they can accommodate their guests. Both with the best ratings in TripAdvisor and others. If you would like more information, I am at your disposal with advice.

Selamat malam

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Hey, we want to go to Bali next year and surf and dive too. What is the name of the surf school? Are still looking for a small hotel, as we just don't like such large hotel complexes.
best regards
Lisa

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Selamat pagi Hape.

Great comment. I arrived here yesterday and I would be very happy to have a look at the islands with locals. Maybe you would like to write to me at +41774345909
Kind regards Nathalie

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Hello hape,
Great comment.
This year we are flying to Bali with two girls, ages 17 and 19.
In July, during the high season.
Do you have a few tips for us, including your daughter's homestay?
We also want to get to know the original.
I look forward to hearing from you. VG Petra

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Well then just visit the Philippines. If so many rave about a place, how can you assume that there is no mass tourism there? we are constantly denounced and ignored here on the Phills. So it is still possible to really visit the country here. As a traveler to Asia for over 20 years, I can say: The Phills can do everything that others promise - only cheaper and more honest.

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Hello Alex,

We have been to the Philippines before and loved the country! Unfortunately, we haven't seen enough yet, but we will definitely come back many more times 😉

Best wishes
Marcel

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We are currently planning our autumn vacation and are fully focused on Bali (because of the beach and partying), then I read your article. 😀

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Hello Stefan,

I think it's all a matter of expectations. We just imagined Bali to be a little different back then.

Bali definitely still has beautiful places, but we didn't see them on our first visit back then. The weather was another thing and so we left the island. By the way: if Bali doesn't suit you, you could also make a detour to Lombok. 😉

Best wishes
Marcel

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Hello Marcel,
Could you give us a few tips for beautiful and original things in Bali?
Also accommodations?
Is it worth going to Lombok and the southern Gilis?
We have 14 days - in July, in the high season.
But not otherwise, due to the summer vacation.
VG
Petra

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Hello Petra,

For tips on the original Bali, I can only recommend Indojunkie. We ourselves haven't been there that long and often - we don't know everything by a long way. 😉

I definitely recommend traveling to Lombok. There you will still find many original places where there are hardly any tourists (even in the high season, by the way). The best thing to do is to take a look at our Lombok category on the blog.

Best wishes
Marcel

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Nice blog and great reports. The article is older but you can agree 100%. If you know other Asian countries and are not a surfer, then Bali is
a bit disappointing even without rain. You can't really gloss over Bali.

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