Buying Magic Mushroom
Magic Mushrooms is a kind of mushroom with a scientific name of Psilocybin mushrooms and locals say that it grows from cow dung. this mushroom is a hallucinegenic and is among the list of banned substances in many countries even in Indonesia if you enter via the airport. but here around the tourists areas of bali, they sell assorted drinks spiked with magic mushrooms, you can even buy plastic sachets of magic mushrooms even at the sidewalks specially at the kuta area.
this substance is illegal in most countries and I suggest you know if your country is part of the ones that ban this hallucigenic and psychedelic mushrooms before you buy them.Related to:
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Bad food hygiene
I suffered from a food poisoning at the first day in Bali after I had A&W meal and another time from Burger King, every time I eat something I end up getting sick with painful Stomachache! I was surprised as I am from Cairo and I thought I have been exposed to everything but I was wrong! Maybe not yet
I also met an Australian tourist who told me that she and her friend suffered the same after eating Burger King !
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WARNING do not use they are also known as cita travel services run by a Peter Paca i booked a komodo island tour with them . my son is autistic and i needed to have atour organised to accomadate his needs to be able to cope with travel this peter gave us a holiday plan 4 days 3 nights he took our money then the problems started deleyed us by 2 days in bali tour was cut down to 3days missing half the tour no return flight from Labuanbajo he just abandoned us if you know about autism you can understand the distress this caused my son im still in tears when i think about it the man is a thief and a liar stay away from him komodo island tour is magic go strait to labuanajo and use the local tours they are beautiful honest people the local guide helped to get us back to dempasar and made it easier for my boy thank you
Balinese celeberate the first day of their lunar calander as a Day of Silence, Nyepi, after a crazy Ogoh-Ogoh festival last evening. All businesses, shops, traffic, schools, and even the airport remains closed the whole day. No one is even allowed to go out of their homes, or hotels, for that matter. This is taken seriously, and any adventurism may take as far as the Kerobokan jail. Exceptions is limited to medical emergencies only.
Real problem occurs if you want to travel close to Nyepi, especiall the day before, or very early morning the subsequent day due to road blockades and processions. So avoiding the travel, especially flights, in the mentioned period is wiser.
However, if you have already booked a flight then your last resort would be to stay near the airport. Also, be ready to walk to the airport in case you don't find a transport.
Having said that, this does not mean at all that you avoid visiting Bali around Nyepi. In fact that would be a big mistake as Nyepi is preceeded by the crazy Ogoh-Ogoh festival which is listed as one of the Best Festivals of the World by Lonely Planet.
Click here to see how we escaped after violating Nyepe rules
Alcohol - Part 2, not as bad as part 1!!!!!
The ow so ever main drink in Bali,
The Bintang Beer.
This beer is drunk by locals drunk by tourist and every drunk by monkeys, as i heard hehe haha.
This beer you can find any where from restaurants to supermarkets to night clubs to petrol stations to corner store.
Bintang beer to me has a very bitter taste i dont drink beer at all in australia i love my Malibu and exotic drinks where every i am, but when im in Bali i love to drink Bintang also.
Very cheap ranging from Rp5 000 to Rp10 000 for a small one from nighclubs to restaurants to corner store, but for big ones around Rp11 000 to Rp16 000.
As they say "Best Drunken Ice Cold", in Bali thats what you would want trust me.
Also just so you know there are a number of types of beer you can also get aussie beer like fosters and 4x, also bali beer called bali hai, also german beer and american beer.Related to:
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Alcohol - Part 1.
The most lethal alcohol in Bali.
If your an aussie and you think passion pop is bad wait till you try Arak, go on i dare you.
This drink is best served with either juice or coke, but if you want to get really really drunk very quick just do it how the locals do it, STRAIGHT!!!!
Just be careful where you by it from and either who you get to buy it as in locals or who you buy it from, try to buy it from supermarkets and when nighclubbing buy it from the bar.
Stay away from the very cheap Arak you can buy off the street as it contains im sorry to say PETROL.
Thats why try and buy it yourself from shops, the best place to go is Bintang Supermerket just after Legian in Seminyak.
When in clubs you get arak in long containers called Jam Jars or Illusions etc they contain Arak of course but with either juice or cordial, they are perfectly fine as they really dont put my Arak in it, but when you have your own bottle the more u drink the worst it gets.Related to:
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Where did it go wrong???
Bali, the beautiful island with the slogan "More Than You Dream ... For Less Than You Think" got attacked by increasing tourism in Bali and abundant vendors promoting various wares. The peace and quiet of the so famous Island of the Gods got disturbed at first at Kuta by the rich and famous of Australia, USA and Europe. The artists went to Ubud, later the real Bali-tourist went up northward to Lovina, Candi Dasa and Sanur. And the upmost rich and famous went for Nusa Dua ...
On October 11 - 2002, Kuta Bali got shocked by a terrible bomb-explosion. The whole world could not believe their ears, and tourism slowed down. To return in a even slower way ... I pray for Bali and its beautiful people, and the balance of peace and quiet. I'll go for the new slogan >>>
Bersih (clean), Aman (safe), Lestari (sustainable) and Indah (beautiful)
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Toilets, loos and squat toilets
A Balinese ‘squat toilet’ is
a western traveller’s worst nightmare –
and the worst of the worst is
probably one you’ll be asked to pay for!
Don’t think for one minute that
nice shops, department stores,
or even hotels at times,
will have anything other than Squat Toilets!
Above all, don’t expect toilet paper.
ALWAYS take your own for emergencies.
Have disinfectant hand wash/wipe
with you just in case.
Bali Denpasar airport. BEWARE of luggage porters
The porters who ask to carry your bags are fake porters. They will not return your bag to you until you pay them a minimum of $25 PER BAG!!!!
Just refuse them when they ask you, so a firm "no" and keep hold of your luggage.
They look legitimate, they have name tags with photographs and a uniform. This scam is tolerated and supported by the airport staff. they will not interven and help you.
We saw a poor man have to pay $100 for 4 bags.He had two small daughters, who each had a little pink luggage with wheels. Four "porters" wheeled out his luggage and wouldnt give his luggage back until he paid.Related to:
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I got this very good tip from a colleague today. Upon entry to Indonesia you will complete an entry card. The small portion of the card will be stamped and should be retained in your passport for your exit. If you lose this card you can be fined.
My colleague had his card in his passport and handed it and his boarding pass to the immigration agent upon exit. The agent said the exit card was missing. He was quite certain it was not but was forced to pay a $10 fine to exit. Very fishy. Make sure to hand the card AND the passport AND the boarding pass to the agent to avoid this little trick!
Bali No Jewelery
Being a traveller to Bali i would warn people to wear as little jewelery as possible, the least of your worries would be the monkeys ripping it from your body, but the 2 legged kind (humans), is just an open invitation to be robbed, take it from someone who knows don't advertise your wealth!
Money Money Money
Bali is an amazing place, with amazing people.
Still it’s sad to see that people that have more contact with tourists seem to have a “money fever”. Sometimes you get the feeling that everything they do has the sole purpose of getting cash.
We noticed that in many different occasions. Sad thing.
NOT ALL PEOPLE! But enough...Related to:
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Bali is swamped with stray (or not stray) dogs. They can get annoying and sometimes (very rarely) aggressive. You don’t need to worry about the ones wearing a red collar - these have the rabbies shot. Rabbies is becoming an increasing problem in Bali, so beware of the non-red-collared dogs. If they do get to close, just pick up a stone and show an INTENTION of throwing it towards them. They will normally back off.Related to:
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Very Horrible Traffic & Poor Road Signs
If you are taking any form of transport, the best way (but dangerous) is to go by motorcycle. We rented a car and drove ourselves - which was pretty ok, but road signs were really lacking and there were many one way streets that scooters and motorbikes went through in the wrong direction, which cars cannot follow - if you missed the no entry sign and followed the motorbikes in, you'd be in for a rude shock when locals get angry with you.
Police or Not : Don't Leave Valuables on the Beach
Recently there have been a number of incidents regarding a local posing as a policeman.
This person, has short cropped hair in the style of a policeman, dresses in the uniform, badge and all, but has 3 earings in one ear (which is a giveaway).
He targets visitors on the beaches in South Bali (Kuta, Legian and Gerger Beach near Nusa Dua)
He offers to take care of people valuables whilst they go for a swim, then makes off with the items.
Police think he is part of an organised crime syndicate and are activly searching for him.
The Tip and Warning here isn't necessarily about this one particular person, but about being aware that there are imposters out there, and never trust anyone with your valuables.
If you are victim of this imposter or others, then call the tourist police as soon as possible using the Telephone No below or find the nearest tourist police office (one on every beach close to the entrances, or on the main roads.Related to:
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