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Touts on Bali - How does it compare to other SEA destinations?

  • exacto

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    We're thinking of visiting Bali next year and wanted to know from recent visitors how bad the touts are in different places on the island. I haven't been since 1999, but remember the touts being particularly thick and persistent at Kuta Beach and to a lesser extent along the main roads in Ubud.

    How is it now? Are they still a pain? How do they compare to other places in southeast Asia? Thanks and regards.

    #1 Posted: 23/7/2013 - 11:08

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  • DLuek

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    I was only there for 10 days and didn't see all that much of the island, but in the places I did go (mostly Seminyak and Ubud), I didn't find touts to be very pushy at all. Not as bad as touristy parts of Bangkok and certainly nowhere near as bad as parts of Vietnam or Cambodia. Again, I may have just missed the places where they're bad, but I must say I felt that those locals I came into contact with were quite lovely on the whole.

    #2 Posted: 24/7/2013 - 00:38

  • exacto

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    Thanks, D!

    #3 Posted: 24/7/2013 - 21:56

  • tyler

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    Based on my experience in Sanur, Ubud and north Bali - a 'no thanks' tends to go a long way. I find - in general - that the touts in Vietnam and Thailand to be more aggressive.

    #4 Posted: 25/7/2013 - 01:27

  • captainbkk

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    since some 10 yrs or so the authorities have clamped down on them vigorously-but of course they still are, but thus keep low profile. i am fluent in bahasa, so I can adress them in that language-balinese of course also has its own language, but most are not from the island. Just be friendly, tlak with them and they can give mountains of info and become good friends and accept they wont earn 1 rupiah from you.The worst I found them in Vnam and China-stubborn and not listening , have not been to Camb recently.

    #5 Posted: 25/7/2013 - 05:43

  • exacto

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    terima kasih guys. as i mentioned, i hadn't been there for quite some time, and back then a friendly "no thanks" typically didn't go very far at all. there were a few times i actually had to get up and move on the beach when they wouldn't leave me alone. glad to hear that the situation is much improved. also, agreed that it is always a good idea to be friendly. cheers.

    #6 Posted: 25/7/2013 - 08:55

  • afron

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    Particularly bad in Bali.

    #7 Posted: 3/8/2013 - 21:23

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