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Bali Trivia

Of course, the hot topic right now is the volcano, Mt Agung and its pregnancy, however this condition heightens tourist’s awareness about earthquakes. A few tourists have felt them in their visits this past month, the largest being a mag 4.3 felt in Kuta and Ubud.

Some tourists have also felt smaller tremors related to Mt Agung's belly, as high as mag 3.5, a mag 3.2 just this morning on the North Bali coast came up on my phone App while writing this.

One thing that often happens when people come on a holiday to Bali is they start getting dreamy “ideas about their future”.

They lay on a beach and all these wonderful ideas come to mind, and those ideas make Moving to Bali seem like such a great idea.

For newcomers to Bali

So, you fly into Denpasar, I mean that’s what it said when you booked.  However, the airport, “Ngurah Rai” is actually not in Denpasar, which can be confusing to newcomers, even today with Google Maps etc some newcomers still get caught out. 

We often find many tourists to Bali have a lot of questions and there is not a lot of information out there is one place, so here are some Random Facts about Bali. These are Random, we will add more as we think of them.

“Laws are sand; customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. The penalty may be unfair, unrighteous, illogical, and a cruelty; no matter, it will be inflicted, just the same. Certainly, then, there can be but one wise thing for a visiting stranger to do — find out what the country's customs are, and refrain from offending against them.” Mark Twain

In Bali we have two Laws, the Civil Law that governs your holiday here, it covers everything from Imigration to Drivers Licenses, liquor licences etc; and then there is Desa Adat Law (Village Customary law).

Maybe it’s because guide books are becoming a thing of the past and facebook is the new travel guide that somehow tourists are not aware of the many legends (or even curses) of Bali that we first heard about so many times when we first visited.

Over the years we have had a few delays on the way to/from work, many of which we have captured on camera. For 2 years without a camera we missed some amazing scenes but they are firmly planted in our memory, such as the completely upside down chicken truck on the new toll road with the driver standing next to it scratching his head.

True: Mt Batur is a volcano

False: Kintamani is a volcano

True: Kintamani is the district where Mt Batur volcano is located, there is also a village called Kintamani in the district of Kintamani.

Yes it is, an Island of Indonesia, don’t laugh, we have had a guest that did not know that they were on an Island.

You may laugh but then again, I also read people constantly saying they want to go to Gili Island. Which translates as small Island Island.

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