The problem with the article starts with the authors assumptions concerning what is good and bad. He seems to think that all "Travellers" (a word that is somehow more annoying when people who give themselves the title use it) share his views on the subjects he is discussing. I have a very good friend who is a salsa dancer in Bali. The dance scene there is rock solid, she is a lovely lady and good friend (top notch dancer too)... so I can think of two reasons why Bali is on my list of places to go. If you are going to someplace that draws tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of tourists every year, don't be surprised if it's touristy. I could have told the dumbass that before he went.
#2 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Dumbass...Way too kind. Apparently Bali is only Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud . I love the place - have gone back for the last 3 years and have never been to Kuta or Seminyak. Tend to stay with a family outside of Ubud for 3-4 weeks and travel to the north.
Kind of like saying that Cambodia is only PP and SR or Thailand is Phuket and Nana... Unfortunately some people read s@#t like this and disregard an entire country and its' people.
Sounds like the author really went off the beaten path for his research.
Agree with the others. In many respects I loathe the Kuta/Legian area (it's a love/hate relationship!) but it doesn't stop me from spending a few days there each time I come through to visit the old haunts. But the rest of Bali - I thoroughly enjoy, and each time I go back, I discover new areas that continue to surprise and delight me. Make the effort to head up to the mountains, the north and the west!
It's conceivable that splitting up with his partner may have coloured his judgement. He was relatively polite about Singapore's beaches a couple of days before.
He was right about the weather on the 26th and 27th though: it made the Kuta beach (which is fantastic despite the crowds and the largely-concealed development debacle behind it) surprisingly uninviting. And I bet there are a number of people that get a pretty rude shock on arriving in Kuta to find that beautifully stylish hotel is accessed via a series of muddy lanes lined with souvenir stalls, sleight-of-hand moneychangers and the multitasking motorbike driver that can hook you up with literally anything if you haven't got the hang of ignoring him yet. But yeah, even Kuta is no worse than, say, Chaweng unless you have a real aversion to Australians.
Really though, if your budget stretches to a moderately classy hotel in Kuta you owe it to yourself to get the taxi that will take you somewhere nicer.
#8 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
I've never been to Bali myself, but from what I understand, most of the island is rural and practically devoid of tourists. It seems, if you don't like a particular area of Bali, you can go to a different area and enjoy a completely different atmosphere.
i am not agree with that oppinion.Bali is great island,not because me from Indonesia.If you like a crowd stay at kuta & you can go to potatohead at seminyak
#10 dymasaditiya has been a member since 5/11/2012. Posts: 4