I just arrived in Bali yesterday. It’s not my first time here but it has been a few years since my last trip. I read a lot of complaints about the over-development, traffic and dirty beaches, but compared with many other beach resorts in Asia, I think it’s still not too bad.

I am talking about the Kuta area, which many people love to hate, but if you are looking just for a beach holiday with some surfing and nightlife, it’s still good value for your money. I think that there are less touts on the street from when I was here last.

Tourism seems to be strong. I arrived with no hotel bookings and about the first three hotels I went to were all full.