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Wild Behaviour Over New Year’s Restarts Bali Bad Tourists Debate

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With the New Year officially over and hundreds of thousands of tourists now making their way home, it’s become apparent that it is time to reflect, once again, on the behavior of some tourists on the island.

In a debate that captivated the headlines in 2023, at the beginning of 2024, ‘bules’ behaving badly in Bali is the topic on everyone’s lips.

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Footage is continuing to emerge online of tourists behaving badly in Bali over the New Year’s weekend.

As teams in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Canggu comb the beach for debris left over by beach parties, and as undoubtedly many people on the island are recovering from a mighty hangover, locals, ex-pats, and even tourists themselves are discussing the unruly behavior of some tourists over the last few days. 

Bad behavior has ranged from indecent exposure, public sex acts, letting off fireworks in public spaces, street brawling, and dangerous driving; there’s almost certainly more to come.

The bad behavior of a small minority of tourists in Bali was one of the hottest topics in Bali in 2023. Towards the latter part of the year, reports of tourists behaving badly had notably reduced.

Officials in Bali have put a series of mitigations in place to help create better public awareness about what is and isn’t expected of tourists in Bali, both culturally and legally. 

These mitigations included a huge public awareness campaign and the development of the island’s list of do’s and don’ts.

These rules and guidelines were given to tourists on arrival, available to scan via a QR code, and printed on huge billboards in the island’s leading resort areas.

A dedicated Tourism Task Force was established by the Department of Immigration, as well as localized teams, to help keep a closer eye on resorts and attractions that were seeing the worst of the behavior. 

One of the most shocking videos to have been posted online appeared to show two tourists engaging in the most intimate of relations outside the bathrooms of a popular beach club in Ungasan, close to Uluwatu.

The video shows the couple blurred, but with other partygoers having to dodge them as they make their way in and out of the bathrooms.

Videos taken by passing members of the public have been received by the Denpasar Police. Speaking to reporters following the video going viral the Head of the Criminal Investigations Unit at Denpasar Police, Mirza Gunawan, said “We have handed and and received the report from the beach club.”

He added, “We are still investigating and looking for the perpetrator who transmitted the video.” The issue at play now is not only that two tourists committed an unseemly act, but also that someone, somewhere circulated the footage online. 

Indonesia has very strict pornography laws and anyone caught posting indecent images online can also be held criminally liable.

Earlier in the year at the height of the storm around tourists behaving badly officials reminded Indonesian citizens not to post videos and photos of tourists behaving badly online, but rather report incidences directly to the police. 

Many local people in Bali, however, felt that the only way to get the attention of the authorities to deal with the issue at the scale that it requires was to make videos go viral so that officials would be forced to take action more quickly.

Other footage circulating online from the weekend shows tourist drivers getting road rage, and in one shocking video, shows a motorcycle driver attempting to ram through gridlock traffic in what appears to be the Canggu area.

Footage shows street brawls in Legian and tourists on Kuta Beach setting off fireworks in a large crowd of people. 

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With campaigning for the upcoming general election underway, the conversation around bad tourists in Bali is going to be up for discussion until the problem is tackled.

Although there is a mass exodus of tourists underway, the question remains; does Bali need to do more to discourage unruly tourists from visiting the island?

What new measures will be introduced in 2024 to help encourage the so-called higher quality tourism ministers, tourism stakeholders and local communities want to see?

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Kazu

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

Considering, how many people were here for new year...

how much of a party scene bali leaders have encouraged...

how loosely laws are adhered to - locals and tourists alike...

how twisted social media has made society...

I say... pffffffffff!

if thats a list amd examples of the worst behaviour over the holiday period...

there is no problem

stop whinging

or stop taking the $$$

Arthur

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

i have a solution: more beach clubs.

JR

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

I have lived in Bali for 42 years now and the term Bule is a racist term at best. It is nothing less then the N word for Black people. The word is from a losted language the meen White Buffalo. I would be like if in the west we wrote about Asians as Jungle Bunnies or gooks. So stop with all this racisum. and stop with the hatred towards western people.We are your bread and butter.Sure some act like a-holes but that is true everywhere in the world

paul

Thursday 4th of January 2024

@Kumi,

Go back to Japan with your dog.

Firechef

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

@JR, Forgot to mention JR, either you've forgotten to spell in all of those years living in Bali, or you've become an uneducated native after all of those years living there amongst them.

Firechef

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

@JR, You've got it all wrong buddy. Asians aren't called Jungle Bunnies, Blacks are. Asians are called Gooks.

Kumi

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

@JR, "we are your bread and butter? - What an absolutely disgusting comment, dripping with white saviorism.

"I would be like if in the west we wrote about Asians as Jungle Bunnies or gooks" - Are you serious? So, what...then you'll feel superior?

Also, learn how to spell and write properly.

Harold

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Just stop dreaming of you living in this end of the world. Forget it, you do not belong to this place. Go away, do not waste any more time...

Chris

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Its the degenerate western culture which promotes these so called "cool behavior" which is basically a mental health issue which is why Europeans take the highest amount of antidepressants.

According to the World Health Organization, Europe has the highest rate of diagnosed mental disorders globally, with around one in four adults experiencing a mental health condition in a given year. The highest deportation are of Europeans especially Russians.

Bali needs to check, if any of these "patients" aka tourist are on antidepressants and are taking it regularly and not missing their dose while in Bali.

Exp

Thursday 4th of January 2024

@Chris, Nice rant about euros needing their medicines. The locals also need their kick: suggest you google words that should not be in the same sentence in a civilized society: Indonesian pilots meth problem