Bali this December

Nov 5th, 2002, 03:46 PM
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Bali this December

I'm interested in travelling to Bali end of December, possibly stay thru New Years. Anyone else thinking about/planning to go there around Christmas time? Worried about security? Will I be the only American there? Also need a good tour guide. Plan to stay around 2 weeks. Any info/suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Nov 6th, 2002, 01:55 AM
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Hi christine I Have been there twice before, wonderful the best place in the world.I am considering travelling end dec for 12 nights Don't see a problem with security and guess the place will be back to normal.I would stay in UBUD a small villiage outside denpasar.Tour guides a plenty.
Nov 6th, 2002, 04:58 AM
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We are planning to go to Bali in June. Check out for good info. Although 95% of the posters on this site are Australian, you can get a good feel for the situation in Bali right now--also tons of recommendations for tour guides, drivers, etc.
Nov 6th, 2002, 05:56 AM
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Given that the intelligence agencies had not predicted an attack on Bali, it would be difficult for the travelers on this forum to predit whether Bali will suffer another attack.

That said, I have traveled to Bali a number of times and loved it. The people are warm and friendly, the prices are low, the place is lovely.

The recommendation to stay in Ubud is one option (but it's not just outside of Denpasar, it's a fair distance from Denpasar and no longer a small village). Some people like being in a village setting in the hills, and it is beautiful. Consider spending some time at the beach (Sanur is my choice) and some time elsewhere, perhaps Ubud.

You'll have no difficulty hiring drivers/guides in Bali. Just ask your hotel for a recommendation.
Nov 7th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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Then when there is some trouble I suppose your family will want the Government to bail you out, send in planes to have you evacuated to some area with good medical services and then probably they will want to sue someone for the stupidity you showed in going to a hotspot.
You are a stupid, stupid person who thinks that because the small number of Balinese are not Moslem the rest of the Moslem Indonesians are not going to do anything against their most hated enemy - the American!
Nov 7th, 2002, 03:56 PM
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Just returned from Bali and it was very peaceful and relaxing. Stayed mostly in Sanur and Ubud. There were international travelers from different parts of the world including an American student who just graduated from Santa Barbara, a young women from Hawaii,a couple from LA interested in the outcome of the World Series, us and a few others.Certainly the numbers of tourists will continue to be lower after the incident in Kuta but there was much to be appreciated there. Security did not feel like a problem unless you go to the other parts of Indonesia (including Lombok).

I would suggest an excellent guide we used named Wayan Sueta, email [email protected] or [email protected]. His phone number in Bali is 081 239-29762 (cell phone). His English is excellent, he can show you the real bali, and no I wouldn't rely on those recommended by your hotel.
Nov 7th, 2002, 06:45 PM
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At least some of you have answered a question that I have wondered about for years and that was " why did the Jews in Poland, Germany etc stay when there were indications for years before WW2 that they would be persecuted"
Wear blinkers and go to Bali but hopefully it won't be my tax money that will bring you home in a body bag.
Nov 7th, 2002, 10:41 PM
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Ferm - I doubt it will be; based on your attitude and grasp of history, you probably live in a country which doesn't have socialised healthcare or emergency assistance.
Nov 8th, 2002, 04:41 AM
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The 3 times I went there I never liked the place anyway, every few years I 'gave it another chance' and every time the chaos at the airport, rip-offs and constant hassle from just about everyone turned me off. Strange how such a charming and rosy picture is not painted of a place that was loosing many tourists because of these hassles anyhow.

Sorry but when giving my real e-mail I was subjected to spam messages.
Nov 15th, 2002, 07:54 PM
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Did you already book hotel for 2 weeks on Bali, because if you didn’t you can split you holidays and visit island Lombok near by and Gili Islands. Please let me know what would you like to do, I'm a travel agent and I'm working in Asia department so I can help you with a lot of information.
Nov 16th, 2002, 08:31 PM
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There are hundreds of American expats living in Bali, in addition to the tourists passing through. You will certainly NOT be the only American there. If you haven't been to the island before you may not realize that it's a fairly big place and has quite a cosmopolitan tourist and expat population.

You don't really need to book a tour guide ahead of time. I would suggest you meet prospective guides/drivers in person first and see if you like their personality, check out the car, and use them for one day first as a trial run before entrusting your vacation to a stranger.

I do highly recommend Ubud as a base for at least several days, as many of the temples and cultural attractions are near the central area. Do try to avoid the most touristy areas such as downtown Ubud, and get out into the small villages. (yes, I live in a small village outside Ubud) If you have any specific questions it would be easier to reply.

Bali is stil a wonderful place, just as New York is still wonderful, even after the attack.
Nov 17th, 2002, 03:45 AM
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The tourists are hassled even more than before because of the beggers have less prey now. The begging situation in Bali is BAD!
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