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  1. balinews

    Video of tourist screaming at immigration goes viral
  2. C

    Help with Visa for my Girlfriend

    I'am 25 live in Australia and my girlfriend is 17, lives in Jakarta she has all required documents, ID card, passport, birth cert., etc 1. I'am unsure if I should ask my sister/mother to sponsor her or be the sponsor myself? (as age gap and they might worry she will not return) 2...
  3. balinews

    Four people charged with extorting tourists in Kintamani

    The illegal fees eradication task force of Bangli Police has arrested four people allegedly involved in illegal fees extracted from tourists visiting the Kintamani tourism area in Bangli regency, Bali. The four suspects, identified only by their initials as INDD, 47, IKS,47, INM, 46, and INL...
  4. Billt4SF

    Do morons make you nervous?

    Anyone else nervous? Recent political events in the US, and the speed at which they were promulgated, and especially the questionable sanity -- dare I say outright crazed approach -- of those at VERY high levels of government, make me a bit nervous that a long term living situation for...
  5. Markit

    Name change?

    Just a thought that the management might want to change the forum name away from the Bali Travel theme and more towards the day to day stuff that really comes up here? Suggestions? Bali and Indo (know it all club) Bali for Advanced Users Bali (not a tourist in sight) ....
  6. balinews

    BNN says more then 60,000 drug users in Bali

    The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) says its data reveal that 2 percent of the population in Bali, a total of more than 61,000 people, are drug users. Most of them are between 21 to 40 years old, with the rest belonging to non-productive age groups. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika admits...
  7. M

    Visa to Australia for Indonesian friend

    Hi there, I am in a debacle. We have a friend who is Indonesian who we have known for 10+ years. He is married and has three children. As he has always been very good to us when we have been in Bali and we consider him part of our family, we would love to have him come to Australia for a two...
  8. spicyayam

    Explosives found in a warehouse in west Java

    All over the news now. Seems like a big deal. Polisi Ledakkan Bom Bekasi di Lokasi Penemuan - News
  9. C

    Kintamani Tourist Tax

    Has anyone else fallen fowl of the Kintamani Tourist Tax? We went through there the other day and got stopped for 'tourist tax' 160,000!!! 6 of us in the car, made us pay for 5, I didn't have to pay as I was driving. Kitas holders with family. Even if you are just traveling through or not...
  10. begonia

    Anybody knows why part of the Ubud Market still broken, black and empthy?

    Any of you have any idea what is going on with the Ubud market? I have been away for almost four months and I am still shock to see the market is still the same and nobody repair it!! If I am not wrong probably has been already one year since got fire isn't it? how come they don't do anything...
  11. geedee

    Monkey forest rd.

    Arrived back tonight from a week in Japan. Staying on Monkey Forrest rd . Was extremely surprised how little traffic on monkey forest rd at 7.30. Places were busy but traffic very very light. Is this normal?
  12. F

    Best time of the year to visit Bali?

    Hi everyone. Planning to go visit Bali this December with the whole family. We are going a Bali holiday and our main concern now is if December is best for us or too crowded or bad timing? It's for 2 weeks visit, and if you have suggestion for any family-friendly activity or place too, is...
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  14. G

    Ideas for a bucks/stag trip?

    Arranging a bucks/stag trip for 5 nights from the 6th of October. There will be approximately 6-8 of us. Any advice anyone has for us re fun activities/nightlife etc would be very welcome. Lively group of early-mid 30's. We are staying in Seminyak.
  15. Mark

    Outdoor bathrooms?

    Planning a villa now and interested to hear opinions on indoor vs. outdoor bathrooms in Bali - by outdoor I mean covered by a roof and with appropriate privacy measures but otherwise open to nature. Have stayed in places with both and can see the only advantage of an outdoor bathroom to be...
  16. geedee

    Another Australian media story

    This one about banning alcohol Bali alcohol ban? Indonesian law would outlaw beer and wine
  17. balinews

    Possible jail time for fixing projector

    As reported by, The Italian Job? , an Italian man filed suit against the Denpasar, Bali Immigration office claiming he was illegally detained and charged by officials on May 22, 2016 during an evening cruise in the Port of Benoa. During that cruise, 36-year-old Carmine...
  18. T

    Bali is a Dangerous Place

    Wonder where she got her drinks, how she got it? Sorry we could not find the page you were looking for. A young woman has had half her pancreas removed in a Bali hospital after suffering suspected methanol poisoning from drinking cheap alcohol on her idyllic holiday. Jen...
  19. balinews

    How cheap arak is made in Indonesia

    The mother of a young man who was poisoned after drinking a methanol-laced cocktail has shared a video of the rusty tins and garbage bins used by bootleggers to produce the deadly mix. Liam Davies, from Perth, started having violent seizures in the back of a car after drinking what he thought...
  20. spicyayam

    Movie set in Laos: River

    I just watched this movie and thought it might be of interest: River (2015) - IMDb It is set in Laos, which is one reason I liked it as it brought back memories of travelling there. It was also a good reminder how a situation fuelled by alcohol can easily get out of control, and SE Asia is not...