A year a go today I flew to Bali, a tiny island in Indonesia for a new adventure. My second adventure of the year. It was exciting to be back on the road again, a new country, a new stamp in my passport and also not knowing what to expect. Bali is known for its beauty and paradise but underneath all of that, the island is being run down by tourists, becoming westernised and it is probably one of the worst places I have experienced for scams and hassling in the whole of South of East Asia and there’s a lot here. I love to shop in the markets when travelling, it’s one of my favourite things to do but in Bali, I just felt like I couldn’t do it. It was a frustrating experience. Even if you just look at a stall in passing, the stall/shop owners would just assume you want something and come to try and get you in the shop. In some cases, if you said no they would follow you down the street and some would even grab your arm. It was all just too much for me.
Don’t let that put you off ever visiting Bali but unfortunately it’s just the reality of it. Having said that away from the main tourist places it truly is beautiful with its white powdery sand and it’s magnificent deep blue seas. There are plenty of hidden gems on the island to go for a relaxing day on the beach to soak in the sun and its amazing views. The temples are worth a visit for an amazing view of the horizon and a walk among monkeys. I always thought monkeys were cute until I visited South East Asia, where you get the chance to meet them in the wild, Let me tell you this, they are vicious little things that you just wouldn’t want to mess with. They are also petty little thieves and will try and steal anything that you have on you.
It’s a shame that the weather was so bad the majority of my stay there, as I would have liked to have gone to the Ubud area and explored the temples, rice paddies and see the countryside that Bali has to offer. Perhaps if I visit again one day I will go and do all the things I had to miss because of the rain.