Bali is an island paradise so many Australians know and love. It has it all from beautiful beaches and exquisite natural sites to its warm, welcoming people and vibrant local culture. The island's vibe is hard to describe, an untouchable essence and authenticity that draws people in from all over the world. Bali offers incredible places to explore and activities to experience. It is no wonder Australians pour into Bali all year round
[ When ]All year round but the dry season (May to September) is best
[ City ]Bali
[ Good For ]Everyone
[ Weather ]Pleasant most of the year with wet and dry season
[ Crowd ]4 million a year
[ Cost ]$$$
[ Sex Work ]
Despite being widely practiced, prostitution is still illegal in Indonesia
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Typically flights are cheaper in the wet season but many carriers offer deals year round, making for an attractive and affordable destination.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful but go for safer and more reliable Bluebird Taxis. Don't forget to check the meter's running and avoid drivers who insist on a fixed fair or don't have a meter. You might run the risk of being scammed.
When planning your trip to Bali often the first challenge is deciding where to stay. The island offers a wide range of locations to suit different tastes and budgets.
Kuta is famous for its nightlife and its beach. Seminyak is up market and chic with amazing dining. Ubud is peaceful and beautiful. Legian is more quiet but close to the action.
Bali is part of Indonesia, a largely Muslim country, and while the island culture is more influenced by Buddhism it is still a relatively conservative place. Sex work is illegal and yet it is still a big business in Bali. Nightclubs and massage parlours are great places to find sex workers and most taxi drivers will be able to take you to a popular location if you ask.
The locals are a lot more conservative and most sex workers are from elsewhere in Indonesia so taking a local to bed is going to be a lot harder than with a tourist or a sex worker.
Be cautious of locals who seem interested with you either on the beach or in the club. What may seem like innocent fun can often turn into hassling or a demand for cash. It is often easy to spot a sex worker in the club as they typically seem too good to be true and be just that bit too friendly and keen to meet you. The cost for one of these girls can either be incredibly expensive or cheap depending on the time of night, you level of attractiveness and your skills of negotiation.
Kuta Cowboys are the famous gigalos of Bali. They prey mostly on female and gay male visitors, offering seemingly genuine attention in return for money. There are two ways they can be paid, either up front for their services (common for gay male clients) or in the form of gifts like clothes, meals and allowances (common for female clients). Depending on how you negotiate you can pay anywhere from twenty dollars to thousands.
Stay hydrated. Even in the wet season it can still be hot. The temperature can reach the mid 30's and humidity can reach 80% so it is essential to keep drinking water. When out partying you should pace yourself with water. It's even more important after a big night out.
The Balinese believe in Karma so locals involved in pretty crimes is rare. However busy streets and large crowds make pickpocketing easy so be wary. Keep your eye on your valuables. Most hotels provide safes, which are a great way of keeping important things like your passport or cash safe.
Be sure to pack something waterproof during the wet season as you'll probably get some rain during your trip.
Drink spiking and assaults can often occur, especially in the nightclubs. Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your drinks and your friends when out partying.
If you use your common sense most problems and dangerous situations can be avoided. But there are some things that can go wrong in Bali:
- Party drugs are common and easily accessible, especially in the nightclubs. The quality of the drugs are not the same as in Australia so be careful. You might be sold something that doesn't work at all or is way too strong.
- Although common drug use is still illegal and the penalties under Indonesian law are harsh. Drugs including MDMA, LSD, marijuana and ‘magic mushrooms’ are all banned and even just possession can get you a minimum four years in prison or a $90,000 fine. Dealers will sometimes set you up for arrest to make more money as well.
- Be careful when drinking cheap alcohol. Taxes on alcohol in Bali are high so it might seem like a good idea to go for the cheaper arak. Arak can often contain methanol which is toxic and can lead to blindness, kidney failure, brain damage and death. Keep yourself safe and avoid it altogether.
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Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: