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Bali’s Next Must Visit Destination To Receive A Huge Funding Boost In 2023

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We’re calling it, Bangli Regency in Bali is the island’s next most popular tourist destination. Over the years, visitors have slowly migrated westward from Kuta through to Seminyak, Legian, and Canggu. Some have moved upwards to Ubud, others east to Amed or just further south to Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.

There is now a clear but subtle shift of focus toward Bangli Regency. It has been confirmed this week that the area will receive a huge boost of funding next year to invest in up-skilling tourism workers. This can only mean one thing, investment and tourism development is moving into Bangli quicker than ever before. 

View Of Mount Batur and Lake Batur From Cafe Restaurant In Bangli Regency Bali

The Tourism and Culture Office of Bangli will focus on improving the area’s human resources and tourism management in 2023. The region’s tourism training budget has been announced as a healthy IDR 1 billion, around USD 63,000. The Head of the Tourism Marketing Division of Bangli Regency, Ida Bagus Sutha Maharinaldi, has spoken with reporters about the injection of funding.

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He explained that the budget would be used to help bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic and to develop new tourism potential in Bangli. The training offered will cover everything from how to run a tourism business and legal support to digitization, the development of tourism villages, increasing geotourism and exploring the culinary potential of the regency.

View Of Mount Batur From Lake Batur And Temple Village In Bali

Maharinaldi said, “Training activities in 2023 will add geotourism. Geotourism is special interest tourism by utilizing the potential of natural resources such as landscape shapes, rocks, geological structures and earth history, so it is necessary to increase insight enrichment and understanding of the processes of natural physical phenomena.”

View Off Lake Batur and Mount Batur Surrounded By Forest Jungle nature in Bali

The budget awarded to Bangli for tourism development in 2023 is greater than the budget they were given in 2022. Another positive sign for the region is that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies, the provincial government, and business sector are all looking favorably on the area. Speaking about the success of this year’s programs, Maharinaldi said the 2022 program is nearly completed. He told reports, “We still have one training activity, namely homestay management, which will be held [soon]. After that, the participants will conduct a visit in Ubud District, Gianyar,” 

Penglipuran is a traditional balinese village at Bangli Regency with Bale Bengong for meeting (pavilion) and straight street.

Being more inland than popular beachside hotspots, Bangli Regency will do well to take learn from the positives of the tourism sector in Ubud. As a honeypot, Ubud has topped all manner of ‘best destination for…’ lists over the years. Most recently, Ubud was named as the Best City in Asia by Travel + Leisure Magazine, as well as the Must Visit Destination for Solo Travellers in 2022 by Forbes Magazine. Bangli Regency is geographically similar to much of Gianyar Regency, where Ubud can be found. 


Some of Bangli Regency’s most popular tourist attractions include the tourist villages of Kintamani, Mount Batur, Lake Batur, and the Pinggan Sunrise Spot. Bangli is also home to countless waterfalls and gorgeous jungle and forest hikes that are generally far quieter than the waterfalls found closer to Ubud.

Villages and remote getaways in Bangli Regency are also now being promoted on Airbnb in partnership with the Indonesian Tourism Board, Wonderful Indonesia. In a new collaboration announced earlier in November, Airbnb is partnering with Bali to promote the island as a leading destination for digital nomads. The Live and Work Anywhere Bali campaign is marketing some of Bali’s lesser-visited areas to remote workers seeking a better work-life balance on the Island of the Gods.


The Governor of West Java has also expressed his intentions to invest in tourism development in Bangli Regency in the near future. During a visit in early November, Ridan Kamil told reporters that he was conducting research with the view to investing in turning parts of Bangli into Bali’s next resort destination. He explained, “I have said, God willing, to bring investment to Bangli so that I can advance to class. Today we will see several locations, investors have also come. I just connect it as a person who really loves Bali, especially Bangli Regency.”

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Sunday 27th of November 2022

The tourism sector negatively affects the characters of the people living in that region. People become money centered. because tourism and revenues are at the center of the economies of these regions.( like Bali and Phuket ) Especially after the pandemic, people have a desire to earn faster and more money. The people living here think that the tourists are the goose to be plucked. The Bangli area will also become popular like Kuta and Seminyak over time, and the people living there will want to screw up every tourist.


Monday 28th of November 2022

@stewe, don't forget,the old sentiment stil apply, "white = rich". So' the locals thought 5 dollars shouldn't be too much.


Saturday 26th of November 2022

For the Governor of East Java to be discussing funding for Bali is beyond ridiculous .The roads in Banuwangi and Ketapang are some of the worst in all Java...the main highway , #1 serving the grand and important ferry port to Bali is in terrible condition but full of heavy truck and car traffic 24/7 . Nightime driving on that highway is suicidal in my opinion .Please ask the Governor to get his house in order first .


Sunday 27th of November 2022

West (not East) Java Gov. Otherwise valid points though.


Saturday 26th of November 2022

Kintamani: Foreigners have to pay to enter or just drive through region: Not very tourist friendly.

Mt Batur: Check google 1 star reviews: Many people are having horrible experience with the locals: Maybe care to "improve" this? Our family have decided to stay away until situation is resolved.

Pinggan Sunrise Spot: People are charged 25-50k just to enter or take photo!


Saturday 26th of November 2022

Why can't Bali be left as Bali. Sanur is now being turned into Kuta and now it appears you are going to take pristine areas and do the same. Bali you are going to loose many tourists who have supported you.


Sunday 27th of November 2022

Well, - Sanur beach at low tide is not very attractive. In general I doubt swimming over there is recommended at all. - Saltwater now found in groundwater 1km from beach - Land prices beachside are skyrocketing. Prob. getting worse now due to "Medical tourism zone" developments. - Sanur "west" developing into rice fields at lower elevation: Future flood issues - Zoning reg. not respected to disadvantage of foreigners - Noise reg. not respected to disadvantage of foreigners So yes be careful when renting/leasing in Sanur.