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Tourists Can Beat The Crowds At Bali’s Famous Villages Right Now 

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Culture-loving tourists who visit Bali have a wealth of incredible opportunities to explore all that the island has to offer.

From traditional dance performances to museums, spiritual landmarks, and cultural villages, there is so much to dive into. 

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This time of year is the perfect time for culture-curious tourists to visit Bali.

With a few more weeks of low season to go (minus a small flurry of visitors over the upcoming Easter weekend) there are far fewer visitors on the island right now, meaning tourism villages are quiet and have a more authentic feel to them.


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In fact, local tourism village managers are saying they are struggling to get visitors through the gates.

With only a few visitors a day, tourists in Bali can essentially experience the island’s most famous and culturally significant villages themselves.

An experience that is almost unheard of in this day and age on the ever-popular Island of the Gods. 

Speaking to reporters I Wayan Malendra, one of the managers of the Bakas Tourism Village in Banjarangkan, Klungkung, explained that in the last month only 70 people came to visit.

He explained that although this figure it low, that tourist are staying for longer and really getting to understand how life flows in the village. Malendra said that tourists even stay overnight in the village for the most authentic experience. 

Malendra said that he believes that tourist villages in Bali have heaps of potential, starting from natural views of the countryside to the atmosphere of daily life and the opportunities to share traditions, customs, and culture, all of which appeal to tourist destinations.

He added, “Because not all tourists like crowded places. Lots of people want to enjoy Bali, which has a calm atmosphere in the countryside. [They’ll find it] in a tourist village,”

Tourists wanting to visit a quiet and authentic village in Bali will feel right at home in Bakas Tourist Village. Guest are invited to walk around the pristine working rice paddies, that see only a tiny fraction of the tourists welcomed by the like of Tegalalang Rice Terraces and the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. 

There are plenty of gorgeous, traditional-style homestays in Bakas Village for tourists who wish to stay longer in this rural retreat.

Pondok Pengangon Bakas is a guesthouse made from bamboo and woven palms, situated overlooking rice paddies and prime Klungkung Regency forest. Bakas Village is a 45-minute drive from central Ubud, 45 minutes from Sanur, and a 1 hour 40 minutes from central Canggu.


Bakas Village is a wonderful spot to stay for a few days and take day trips around the area.

Aan Secret Waterfall is just an 8-minute scooter ride away and is a stunning series of waterfalls set deep in the jungle with an incredible history for tourists to learn about from the community guides. 

Village tourism is set to be a big focus point for the tourism sector in Bali in 2024.

Iconic destinations like Penglipuran Village have shot to international fame in the last few years, leading communities to underline the potential that community-driven programs have to offer the local economies and tourists too.

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Penglipuran Village has been named one of the best tourism villages in the world by the United Nations World Tourism Organization Awards for two years.

Emerging tourism villages like Taro Village just outside of Ubud are seeing an increasing number of visitors wishing to experience the wonders of Balinese culture while on vacation. 


In the big picture, Bali wants to promote more culturally respectful and sustainable tourism.

There seems to be a growing trend of tourists and travelers seeking more crowd-free areas where they can vacation in peace and connect to destinations in a genuine way. 

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Sunday 24th of March 2024

"Local tourism village managers are saying they are struggling to get visitors through the (village) gates."

Maybe they are not offering what the tourists want: I did my "annual" trek down to Kuta yesterday and plenty of tourists around. So what is Kuta offering: Derelict buildings, graffiti, parking chaos, beach littered with plastic waste (although much less than expected), armada of locals offering massages, surf lessons, cold bintang, rental of plastic chairs and sun damaged beach parasols (Bintang).

This is (apparently) what the tourists want.


Tuesday 26th of March 2024

@Exp, Places like Jatiluwi, Penebel, Trunyan, Tenganan, Kintamani....have cultural, historic, geographic whatever attractions.

Perhaps the problem(s) stem from villages trying to cash in, but offering very little for the tourist.


Monday 25th of March 2024

@Exp, That perhaps shows the expectations and annoyances of some expats and regulars are not deterrents to a lot of tourists.

J West

Sunday 24th of March 2024

The word is out internationally…Bali stinks. it’s not seasonal…crime, rip off pricing, junk taxes, violent drunks, women in danger of drink drugging, mugging, drunk drivers, not just the heaps of garbage everywhere and dump fire smoke are a full time problem. Did I mention the unwholesome influence of Russians Russians Russians? Bali needs to “Close for Renovation” before the house falls in on itself.


Tuesday 26th of March 2024

@Shorty, absolute nonsense. The official figure for the whole of Indonesia for January, 2024, was 927,750, of whom 167,710 were cross land border traffic - hardly international tourists. Bali itself had 420,037. These figures are from the State News Agency, M. Habibullah, Deputy in charge of Statistics, for the Indonesia National Statistics Agency (BPS). Get your facts correct before insulting Mr J West, whose comments are absolutely accurate. You, though, are clearly ignorant, and definitely don't read anything that matters. You just artificially select rubbish that suits your ridiculously biased, loser's opinions.


Monday 25th of March 2024

@J West,

You obviously ignore or don't read inbound foreign tourist numbers.

January for example had a record 1+ million.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 24th of March 2024

Can watch in the full moon night also the latest movie “GHOSTBUSTERS” 🤣