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Finally in Bali

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 […]

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Bali police warn tourists of arak dangers

The Bali police have advised tourists and locals to avoid drinking unlabelled drinks after 25 people have died in just one week from drinking arak, a local Balinese alcoholic beverage that contained methanol. Gde Sugianyar, Bali police spokesman advised Balinese and tourists to avoid unlabelled drinks as a precaution. “We have been watching and conducting […]

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More deaths from arak alcohol poisoning

Several more foreigners and have died from drinking the methanol tainted palm wine arak. Rose Johnson died on Sunday and Alan Colen, 59 from died on Saturday. He had been living in Bali for 13 years. Other victims include Rachel Craig, 22, from the Irish Republic, and Rene Puper, 23, her Dutch boyfriend according to […]

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Artist Rose Johnson dies in Bali from alcohol poisoning

There have been several reports recently in the Jakarta Post of people dying from alcohol poisoning from drinking the local drink arak. On Sunday Phoenix artist Rose Johnson 48, died after drinking arak on the island of Bali. Home brewed arak is often mixed with methanol to increase the strength of the beverage. Due to […]

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Traveler dies in her sleep on the island of Gili Trawangan

Nikki Stewart, 29 from Aberdeen died in her sleep while staying at a resort on the beautiful island of Gili Trawangan, just off Lombok Isand, Indonesia. A resort spokesman said: “At about 3pm housekeeping staff tried to get into her room but she was dead,”. Nikki, of Aberdeen, worked for an oil company. Her devastated […]

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Five warungs to check out in Bali

Unfortunately I still have not made it to Bali, but it doesn’t stop me reading about the beautiful island. In the English edition of the Indonesian magazine of Tempo, they feature five warungs to check out in Bali. Warung Sulawesi Address: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Features Indonesian and dishes from Sulawesi in a garden setting. Biku […]

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Denpasar has highest occupancy rates

The Jakarta Post reports that hotels in Denpasar had the highest occupancy rate compared to hotels in other regions in Bali. Based on data compiled by the Bali office of the Statistic Central Agency (BPS) in March, hotels in Denpasar recorded an occupancy rate of 62.49 percent on average. Meanwhile, hotels in Karangasem regency recorded […]

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Huge increase in Chinese tourists visiting Bali

The number of Australian tourists visiting Bali has seen a rebound recently, but the surprise increase has come from China. The Jakarta Post reports: In March, the number of Chinese tourists reached 21,492, a whopping 88.16 percent increase compared to the number recorded in February. The increase is expected to continue in the following months. […]

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Bali wins best island in Asia Pacific award

Antara News reports that Bali has received an award for being the “The Best Island in Asia Pacific 2009” from the Hong Kong-based DestinAsia Magazine. “Bali has been honored as The Best Island in Asia Pacific 2009 by DestinAsia Magazine in Hong Kong,” Culture and Tourism Ministry`s director for promotion facilities Esthy Reko Astuty said […]

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Two Swedes arrested for possession of marijuana

You would think that all of the stories in the media of tourists getting busted in Bali for drug possession would make people stop to think about buying or using drugs in Bali and Indonesia. Two guys from Sweden have been arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana at their hotel in Kuta Beach. From the Jakarta […]

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