The marked shift among Balinese is evident with the rearrangement of priorities in the wake of catastrophe and the will to change the opinion of the world. Where in the past tourists were taken lightly and every turn taken in a hurried fashion just to avoid any sort of interaction, today the Balinese have reevaluated what life is really all about.
Among the many tourists and expatriates residing in Indonesia, the impression is that the Balinese seem to master the art of living in the moment and their coexistence with nature has just intensified. Today, tourists will find Balinese eager to sit with for a chat and most likely even share a laugh! The Balinese have always welcomed tourists warmly and of late, their sense of hospitality has even amplified. For those interested in enjoying the pristine beaches and nature of Bali, a visit to this exotic destination in Asia is, as always, replete with regal comforts, striking resorts, fine dining, and the opportunity to immerse in an ancient culture set amidst an island dream-scape.
Lombok is what Bali was over 20 years ago and a visit to this place catapults you into a flight of rugged landscape of the unspoiled natural beauty of Indonesia. This region is significantly dryer than Bali. The eastern regions are more characterized with the geography of Australia, and the south is where you can experience a breathtaking view of million-year old volcanic runoffs that seem to have intriguingly sculpted a vast expanse of gradual rolling hills that fans out from Gunung Rinjani, a lone impending volcano.
In Indonesia, tourism is still in its infancy and there are many touts quite desperate and on the look-out to bilk tourists. Our only advice is not to show off that you can splurge, instead get that shoulder massage for Rp 21,000 that accounts to US $2, tip someone to carry your attire bag, or make a few well-informed purchases. This way you’ll be able to keep the crowd at bay and enjoy a hassle-free vacation.