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New Acting Governor Of Bali Happy After Visit To This Popular Vacation Town

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Indonesia’s election year coming up in 2024, and the country is preparing for formal political campaigning to begin. Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster and Deputy Governor Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, aka Cok Ace, have formally stepped aside and will begin their campaign for a second term in due course.

The new Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, has got to work straight away visiting the island’s leading tourist destination. 

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During his first formal visits as the Acting Governor of Bali, the ex-Inspector General of Bali Police, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, has been re-introducing himself to communities across Bali.

Already a highly regarded political figure, Mahendra Jaya wanted to take some time to explore the tourist destination of Ubud. With so much political dialogue happening over the last few months on the topic of tourism in Bali, Mahendra Jaya was keen to see for himself what the situation looks like on the ground. 

Mahendra Jaya was clearly pleased with what he observed of the tourism offering in the arts and culture capital of Bali.

During a visit to the traditional art market on Jalan Kajeng, Mahendra Jaya met with stall holders and tourists. 

During his visit, the Acting Governor was guided by the Indonesian President’s Special Staff Coordinator, AAGN Ari Dwipayana who explained why Ubud has made it to be one of the most famous and in-demand tourism destinations in the world.

Dwipayana explained that the tourism offering brings together cultural tourism with eco-tourism, spiritual tourism, and wellness tourism in a way that is seldom seen elsewhere in the world. 

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Part of what makes Ubud so charming to tourists is the wide range of accommodations available. Although mass tourism is very much at the heart of tourism in Ubud, the offering is far from commercialized.

There are hundreds of small, independent, and locally owned tourism businesses thriving in Ubud. From cafes to boutique shops, from tour operators to guesthouses, locally run tourism businesses remain at the heart of Ubud. 

Acting Governor of Bali Mahendra Jaya is said to have been pleased with what he experienced at Ubud’s tourism center and it’s easy to see why.

Ubud is a busy and bustling tourism destination with plenty of cultural landmarks, retail experiences, and incredible culinary offerings to explore. 

@adventuringwithclare Only have a short time in Ubud? 📌 Save this 1-day Ubud itinerary to see some of the most iconic places all before lunch 🔹Tegallalang Rice Fields – probably my FAVORITE thing near Ubud! We arrived here right at sunrise and were the ONLY tourists there! 🔹 Cretya Ubud – this is an influencer hub, but damn they make good food!! It opens at 8am so I recommend you arrive right at this time to have some time to take pictures of the grounds before all of the influencers arrive. If you want a table at the pool, there are minimum spends. But if you eat just in their restaurant area it is normal dining. 🔹Tirta Empul Temple – this was my favorite temple! I highly recommend hiring one of the guides, he taught us the meaning behind the offerings and the correct ritual for the springs. PLUS he filmed the entire thing on my phone! There is no set price for hiring the guide, but they recommend 100,000 IDR ($7) If you get an early start, you can be back in Ubud and have the whole afternoon to either relax, go see a waterfall, or head to the monkey forest! Happy trip planning!! ☀️Follow for more travel tips & inspo! #exploreindonesia #vacationmode #whattodoinbali ♬ Golden Hour: Piano Version – Andy Morris

Ubud is also a fantastic spot to use as a base when planning day trips around the island. Whether planning a trip to the iconic Tellalagang Rice Terraces, a sunrise over Mount Batur, or a day of chasing waterfalls around the Island of the Gods, Ubud has plenty to offer. 

Over the last few months leaders in Bali have been working to encourage tourists to engage in more cultural tourism during their vacations.

Ubud is the perfect place to take a deep dive into Balinese culture and learn more about the unique heritage and way of life on the island.


One of the leading cultural experiences in Ubud is a visit to Ubud Palace. Known locally by its traditional name Puri Saren Agung, the Ubud Palace has been the home of the Ubud royal family since the late 19th century.

The building incorporates some of the finest examples of Balinese artisans craftsmanship on the island.

The walls and doorways are made of hand-carved stone and during a tour of the palace, guests can learn more about the Ubud royal family and Balinese culture. 


Every day at 7.30 pm Ubud Palace becomes alive with music as local dancers come together to perform a traditional Balinese show.

The performance lasts 1.5 hours and takes tourists on a mystical journey through Balinese storytelling and culture. 


For an even more in-depth exploration of Balinese culture in Ubud, be sure to visit the ARMA Museum.

The museum runs daily workshops where tourists can learn everything from traditional music to egg painting, and cultural dance and learn how to make the daily canang sari offerings. 

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Friday 16th of February 2024

Get off your high horse, Bali. You've got serious competition worldwide. Your airport is a joke. Two to three hour wait to get through passport control? Even JFK's not that bad. Imagine coming to an island with your hard earned vacation money to be greeted by an angry passport control guy who treats everyone like they're carrying five kilos of cocaine on them. Love how the rice fields are covered up by concrete villa monstrosities and especially how it will probably get broken into by thieves. Greed is evident. All it takes is one bad incident and tourism will stop again. This governor should focus on ways to keep tourists safe and through airport arrivals quickly. Also other ways for Bali to make money apart from tourism. Not good to put all your eggs in one basket. And these tourist tax should go towards fixing the roads and offering free education for all students at least till 16. It will go to line the pockets of Balinese bureaucrats. Crooks.

Bob Fisher

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Neither of them should be allowed to return to posts of responsibility, neither have demonstrated any ability to govern

Paul Morris

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

@Bob Fisher, These two muppets didn’t give a rats arse about their own people during the pandemic all they cared about was looking after their own interests. When it comes to voting at next year’s elections the Balinese people should remember this and don’t vote these morons back into power.


Wednesday 13th of September 2023

@Bob Fisher, hear hear.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Next year elections in the U. S. A. too.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 14th of September 2023

@Thommo, = vestige of censorship.


Wednesday 13th of September 2023

@Wayan Bo, you need to stop posting your regular comments are ridiculous.


Monday 11th of September 2023

Quote "Acting Governor of Bali Mahendra Jaya is said to have been pleased with what he experienced at Ubud’s tourism center and it’s easy to see why."

I suggest that more serious issues are put on Gov. agenda: 1. South Bali trash management is falling apart. Trash collected once a month(!) resulting in people offloading their trash into the drains/rivers and burn their trash. 2. PDAM water supply has major problems with reliability and quality. No water for 10 days in Denpasar last July while even bigger problems ongoing further south. 3. Noise pollution is terrible and goes on with impunity: - Loud and late music from beach clubs, bar, karaoke. - Noisy motorbikes racing along the main roads. 4. Ongoing rabies outbreak. Even several cases in Denpasar, not only remote villages. 5. Rampant building into green zones and encroaching the main roads and beaches. 6. Thuggery: This has to do with item 3 above. If someone dare to complain about noise issues the they will be confronted by the thugs: "this is Bali" and "be careful". They do not hesitate to seek out foreigners and make treats. No hospitality there.

Etc. etc.


Wednesday 13th of September 2023

@Exp, totally agree with everything you said. Add in stopping the thousands of under age, unlicensed local kids that ride around the villages and tourist areas of the island.