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Dangers and Annoyances

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Dangers and Annoyances

I'm in the process of putting together hints and tips for some first time Bali visitors. I don't want to scare them with this topic, just make them aware of what they may encounter. I'm thinking of things like taxi rip-offs, time share touts, people offering drugs etc. Anyone got any tips as to what to add to this? I did do a search for a similar post but nothing general came up. I did read that HNB was thinking of posting a similar topic in the FAQ but I couldn't find it there.

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1. Re: Dangers and Annoyances

I would add the henna tattoos to the 'don't do it' list. For a start, they're not henna and for many, getting one of these so called 'temporary tattoos', is the start of a pretty unpleasant experience. Some have suffered terrible allergic reactions and have been left with scarring as a consequence.

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A couple of the latest is little kids swiping mobile phones from restaurant tables and also distracting you when selling leather wrist bands to get into your travel bag to swipe anything they can.

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Forgot that one, thanks Soo.

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Added that to the pick pocketing Gorgi, thanks :-)

It's not that Bali is any more dangerous than our local area. It's just that it's NOT our local area and we need to be aware of this. Touch wood I haven't experienced anything worse than trying to be ripped off by taxi drivers. What is that saying???? To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Is that it??

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Not only will you be offered drugs, hashish etc but also Viagra. The guys who come to the restaurants selling cd's/dvd's and also some of the guys selling on the beach will offer it to you. There are two different boxes, 'Viagra' and the other starts with a 'c' and apprently lasts longer!!

Time share, the guys with the cards and the girls/guys with the clip boards, a polite 'Tidak, Terima kasih' (no, thankyou) or Sudah Menulis(already filled out),Sudah Membeli(already bought)as you walk past.

Motor bikes and taxi's especially down Poppies lanes and surrounding lanes are annoying, they will toot to warn you they are approaching(to get out of their way) always look both ways before you cross the lane or street. If you cross a street between cars, stop and look before you continue as motor bikes will pass on the inside(footpath side)of cars.

Women, wear shoulder bags/carry bags to shop side not street side.

Beware of footpaths, it's easy to be distracted looking at something in a shop/across the road and not looking where your feet are going.

Drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen/insect repellent, wear sunnies & for some a hat.

Don't give money to women carrying a baby begging on the streets or children coming up to the car when stopped at traffic lights.(the Balinese have been told by the Govt not to give to them)

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Beware of the dodgy money changers. Always go to a "authorised" money changer and double check before handing over your cash. Once its ok dont let them recount it.

Also with the money, it takes a couple of days to get used to so just be extra careful handing over notes - always double check the 00's

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7. Re: Dangers and Annoyances

I would definitely emphasis the footpaths, especially in Ubud at night. I just remembered a horrible thing that happened last trip.

Going down Monkey Forest Road at night there was a French couple walking in front of us.It was quite a dark night and the road is not well lit in some spots. All of a sudden the man dropped up to his thigh into a drain (the cover was off) and was stuck in the drain. We rushed to pull him out and thankfully he was only scratched and shaken. He could easily have broken his leg or worse. I can still see the poor man just drop in front of us. So - maybe a torch at night and watch were you are walking?

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8. Re: Dangers and Annoyances

Watch the local Arak, only drink it in reputeable bars.

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I find the 'real' Arak very nice.

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10. Re: Dangers and Annoyances

Thanks guys, got most of those things down already, so I'm heading in the right direction. Ah yes, footpaths & arak - didn't have them down :-).

Yes, and the begging. I remember being told about that many years ago. Went to Java/Bali with a group from university. First trip overseas, starting in Jakarta - an eye-opening experience! We were advised that by giving to beggars, it just encourages the practice. Sad that people have to resort to this to make a living. On a trip to Vietnam, it was suggested to offer to give them a meal instead of money.

Hmm, viagra - better put that one on the list too!

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