I’ve often heard remarks
from visitors about how
one does not see starving people in Bali.
If you have the time
and care to look,
you can travel between Amed and Candi Dasa
via the seafront road.
It will take longer,
but in East Bali's Karangasem Regency,
one witnesses one of
the most impoverished regions
where families are living below
The other indigent region is
located in North Bali Regency of Buleleng.
If you have the charity streak in you,
these could be good locations to give away gifts.
It can be a bit agressive
(but not dangerous)
in some areas,
so do go accompanied by a local.
If you happen to be staying
in Candidasa or traveling
on the east coast, then a stop at
Tanganan may be worth the visit.
Just 7 km off the beaten path of Candidasa.
Somewhat like the original Bali,
with the exception that everyone
wants to sell you something,
this village is tranquil and
somewhat like a 'living museum'.
When you go in,
you pay a small donation,
you enter a village that is 500 m long
and 250 m wide and is surrounded by
a natural wall with 3 gates.
As you visit the village,
you will be invited into people homes
where they will have several items on display for sale.
They continue to practice traditional arts
such as making baskets, Lontar leaf books and calendars.
More about the East of Bali