In recent times,
there have been more and more
cases of rabies in Bali.
If you ride a motorbike at night,
you may get chased by a territorial dog.
If you have the unfortunate experience
of being bit by dog,
immediately flush the wound with water
and detergent for at least 10 minutes.
Then apply iodine or alcohol.
Call the rabies tam at Sanglah
or go directly to Sanglah Hospital.
You may require an urgent vaccination
and immunoglobulin depending on the
category of the bite and/or the severity of the wound.
Call the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)
holine 081 138 9004
and they will pick up the dog for observation.
If u r being hassled to buy sth on the street, be very careful. Some ppl can be masters of trickery with words. They will say anything to grab ur attention and get u 2 agree 2 buy what they r offering. Once u've agreed, the rules change.
We had an incident in Kuta where a girl was offering me a manicure but i was not interested so she kept bringing the price down untill she gave us a "special morning price" of $1. I did not even want the manicure but was intimidated into it as i felt bad 2 turn her down when she was so insisting and hey, whats a dollar? So i agree and i let he give me a manicure and then when we r ready 2 pay, she asks for $10! She tried to convince us she meant $1 per nail and acted as if we were mad to believe u could get a $1 manicure! Anyway, we started to argue but we refused to give in and just walked away with her shouting and making a scene, trying 2 embarass us.
Second incident, someone trying to sell us a nice wooden carved statue of a fisherman with a fishing rod...we were not interested so he kept bringing the price down untill he brought it down from $40 to $15. So he gets our attention and we agree. We try 2 pay him the $15 and suddenly he acts as if we r crazy, he claims he said $50. When that doesn't work, he claims he meant only the fishing rod is $15. We start to get irritated, lose interest and walk away after which he finally gives in and we get it for the $15.
To avoid these type of incidents, tell them very clearly what u understood from what they said before agreeing into anything. If they still manage 2 trap u, stand ur ground and just walk away.
I just came back from my Bali trip. At the airport, the immigration police demanded bribe from me. They said that my U.S. passport only have 1 page left even though the passport is still valid until 2009. They asked me "Do you have anything to give me?" I pretended not knowing. They just kept fidgetting with my passport. He then passed to his boss and then they asked me to pay them $60 U.S. dollars on top of the $25 Visa fee. When I gave the money to them, I saw them just putting the money into their own pocket. I later met an Australian who have visisted Bali many times. When I told him of the incidence, he said that I should tell the Immigration police to go "f**k themselves." His passport has no pages left and when he made a scene shouting out loud that they are a bunch of corrupt officers in front of the tourists, they left him alone -- too ashamed to demand bribe. It is a well-known fact that the Immigration police at the Bali airport is extremely corrupt. Most of them are very uneducated but due to the money they got from the police, they drive luxurious Mercedes cars and live in extravagant villas while most Balinese people suffer in dire poverty. This is an embarrassment and a disgrace to the Balinese and Indonesian people.
BEWARE WHEN HANDLING ANY ANIMALS HERE.
Wherever I travelled anywhere on the Island of Bali I was extremely careful of DOGS, MONKEYS, CATS or for that fact any animals as many animals here are infected with rabies
The local animal welfare Charity BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) I learned .. the local Animal charity Vaccinates ,Spays,and Neuters captured or surrendered animals...This is a huge and expensive undertaking by local volunteers...The free clinic and Animal shelter located in Ubud is the only Rabies Quarantine Centre on the Island of Bali..
Bali being a huge tourist destination and a major part of the local economy this is a major problem..all animals that have been treated for the disease wear a VERY NOTICEABLE RED COLLAR..SO...You may like to stay clear of other animals especially the monkeys... Also you can volunteer if you like .. PHOTOS TO COME
In general, it's good to keep on your toes and just be vigilant when traveling. Bali is of no exception. There are quite a lot of so-called "surfers" who wanted to entice you to a surfing lesson, but in reality wanted a bit more. Oh sleazy.
So long as you say no, just smile back at them, and be on your way - everything will be fine.
P.S. Heaps of these kinds around Kuta area, down south Bali - where the night life and happenings are.
Becareful when going to places like Uluwatu and Monkey Forest and any place in Bali where there is alot of monkeys. The monkeys here is very mischievious and will grab your food , sunglass and so forth and please take care of your camera as well.
Drive or not to drive…
My first Balinese word that I learned was “hati hati” = be careful... seen on many road signs. From my experience, driving there is more than challenging... numerous potholes, lack of signs for danger, no direction (GPS is useless), break down car in the middle of the road, overflood roads, heap of sand on the road, rash ovetakings, dogs, cats, chicken crossing, traffic jam in city area, hazarding mountainous roads, din of horns… Honestly don’t take the risk to drive yourself, hire a safe driver who will well know the roads and its traps. Morever he will be your attentive and friendly guide and will be please to discover his welcoming island.
The local road code is only know by the locals, if you apply yours for sure you are getting in trouble. Scooter accidents seem to be the 1st cause of causality for tourist in Bali.
So be safe!
, There are so many places for visiting a monkey forest sanctuary in Bali, but don't visit the one in SANGEH, the monkey in Sangeh is a very bad habit one, they can steal everything of your own, even something from your pocket, your money, sun glasses, necktie, camera, your wallet. Ther is one please to visit monkey forest sanctuary in a safe, the one that situated at Alas Kedaton
The driver whom I hired was reluctant to take me to Besakih initially, but after some insistance, he gave in ( I never found out why - could it be out of the 'tourist route'? or he has no commisions?)
At the entrance you are required to register and then hire a guide. I'm not sure if these are guides licensed by the government - or basically 'mafias' running the show - they did show us their tags - but I wasn't convinced. Unfortunately, you must pay for a guide. No way out.
To further convince you regarding their guide fees and worth, they will show you a 'guest book' which lists the names of the visitors and the corresponding prices they paid to the guides (mostly ridiculous/*** prices). I have been warned by the driver, to only pay a fixed price (I think it was IDR 60,000 per person - price Feb2005).
Remember: Unless you're a rich person, pay the correct price. Don't spoil the market for other travellers. If you choose to pay more - don't write it down on the guest book (I wasn't even given the opportunity to pen my name :-)
After showing you the temple, the guide will ask for more money! At first I was reluctant, but later I paid him a small amount ( I think about IDR 20,000).
Imagine this: If every tourist gave in (just like me).. these guys are making heap lots of money!
While outdoors, be careful of ants, they bite! I was bitten while sitting in our hotel room veranda and did not notice it till afterwards when i had a big unusual bite which i showed to our driver. He asked if i sat on any bamboo furniture, so there was my answer! The ant that i remember seeing and which is probably the one that bit me was a silver coloured one.
Our usual guide was not available and we thought that the an elderly gent with a beaten up van hanging out in front of our hotel will be ok but.....When I approached him he agreed on a half day tour starting from legian , travelling to lovina and return. Half way through the journey he started making complaints that the 250,000 rupiah that he initially agreed on was not enough! I duly reminded him on the agreed sum but he was adamant . There was heavy traffic ahead and we decided to return to our hotel, especially with a guide who cant keep his words.
It appears that you cant even make a man to man deal and expect it to be honoured!
Worst he continued to hail us each morning as we walked past the main entrance , as if not honoring your deals is very natural and the best way to earn long term business , truly puzzling.
The next day we took our hotel vehicle with driver and it was without incident.
So be wary of your next road side deal !
If not, leaving a scary feeling.
If you plan to have a home here,
consider seriously what you can do
to protect yourself, just incase of a break in.
Here are some tips:
1) Get the meanest dog you can find.
This may not be an option if you have children.
2) Go to Ace Hardware
and equip your house with motion alarms.
The more you have the louder it should be
and if you sleep upstairs,
it'll wake you up in time to call for help
and hopefully scare the thieves away.
Motion lights are also available.
3) If you live in a house
constructed by a Balinese,
make sure you change any
doors that lead to the exterior
with solid wood doors.
In most cases, to cut costs,
they have a wood frame
covered by plywood
to make the doors.
Very easy to kick in and make a hole into.
4) Use double locks.
Including the kind that you need a key
to be able to unlock the door inside and out.
And put a door lock on your bedroom door,
just incase you need to lock yourself in your bedroom.
5) Bars on windows may not look nice,
but they will help to keep intruders out.
6) Always have your mobile phone close to you,
charged and with enough pulsars.
Program the emergency numbers of
your neighbors, police, ambulance, etc.
7) Buy something you can
use in defense, such as pepper spray.
For those who return to Bali after a few years,
or those who have lived here for several years,
may feel a bit astonished at the velocity
of how devolvement has evolved.
It seems like those who are blindly building,
and only seeing the self benefits,
have not taken even a glance or a consideration
at the environmental issues, the lack of planning
and the poor service infrastructure,
that the island has.
With government officials
willing to bend over and
brake the building rules upon donation,
areas that have been reserved as green belt,
or even land that has been reserved as Temple Land,
are easily traded off to fill the pockets of a few.
It seems that more and more people
want to buy a piece of paradise,
but do not see the poor sewer treatment,
which has taken a toll on the population with disease;
nor have the noticed the electrical problems
that are occurring on the island,
or the shortage of water that is growing each day.
If matter are not taken into proper hands,
sooner or later this paradise island will choke,
leaving those who thought that
they bought a piece of paradise
are actually living on an island
slowly destroyed by greed.
Balis Need for Comprehensive Planning and Action
Cry the Beloved Island
There are quite a few westerners that,
come to Bali and start desiring
a piece of so-called paradise.
With all eagerness,
they go out a contract a piece of land,
or think that they are
buying a piece of land
and in all excitement start building
what they consider will be their dream house.
Quite are the few,
that they come and exercise what
they believe is normal procedure.
I buy, this is mine.
Well, in Bali, there is
a strong sense of community,
no matter what you think.
So, you can go ahead and
start building that dream home
in your own way, but if you don’t
establish a relationship with your community,
you may just run into some nightmare issues.
It’s helpful to discuss your plans
with the local community and
that way you start socializing with
what will be your neighbors
and hopefully in the future, in some way,
be your protectors.
If not, if for some reason,
you fall into a community that
does not appreciate your master plan
of your dream house,
they may stand together
and make your life very difficult.
No violence, no aggression
nor confrontation will be applied,
but a steady resistance will be applied
making your life difficult.
They may even wait until
you have poured your many dollars
into tons of cement which,
has already built that dream house of yours
and then you are really screwed!
One of the first things I plan to get which,
I haven't found here is
one of those blowing can horns
they use in foot ball games.
That should alarm neighbors.
If you live in a Balinese community,
that should alert them and they will for sure
beat up the thief, if not kill him.
8) I once had a endless debate
with a friend of mine about the open houses.
I personally, just can not sleep soundly
in one of those open homes.
I already got robbed twice in one of them.
So when looking to rent/lease or construct a home,
get one where you can use sliding glass doors
to open it up when you desire,
but that you can close it up
and lock it up at night.
9) Maybe taking a class of self defense
could just help you save your life.
10) You could always get a security guard,
but either they fall asleep while on duty,
or many times I have heard over and over again,
they may be just the ones who
set the robbery in the first place.
I am not really sure on
how much one can rely on the police here.
First they charge you money to make a police report,
there crime investigation tactics are not of the finest,
and to be honest, I don't really think they care,
unless you give them plenty of money to do an investigation.
Remember, the Balinese believe that
your misfortune is
because of your karma.
So in a sense,you had it coming to you.
So be wise,
and do what you can
to take all precautions
in protecting yourself.