Why White People Love Bali
Bali is an Indonesian island that has many similarities with other small South Eastern Asian countries. As you enter the crazy streets of Kuta (the most touristy portion of the island) you’re immersed in a sea of motorbikes zigzagging, noisy drunken Australians on the prowl, small stores selling tourist garbage, women offering special massages and men offering marijuana or underage girls. The Kuta area doesn’t seem to be anything like the travel channel showed of this supposedly culturally rich island, instead it seems more like Tijuana, Mexico with tropical beaches. For the real Balinese culture you have to venture deep into the island to the places tourists never go. Soon I’ll be hitting the road to feel the real Bali on my newly rented motorcycle!
For now let’s get back to the topic of this post. Why do so many white people love Bali? As you roam through the streets it’s a sea of Australians everywhere. Mind you, they’re all white, not a black (African decent) person is anywhere; I’m not exactly sure why, but this is obviously a white tourist destination. There are so many reasons people love this island, the cheap accommodations, the breathtaking beaches, the wonderful Balinese cuisine, the cheap booze and smokes, the warm friendly hospitality, the incredibly inexpensive massages, etc.
Bali is even more of a paradise for white women than it is for men. Here in Indonesia, women can have any type of spa treatment they desire at prices easily 1/10 of their native country, all the while in a rejuvenating and invigorating environment that is far different from home. Australia has recently taken the crown of fattest nation in the world but here in Bali, women have their pick of men on this island. Everyday on the beaches in Kuta, you can see muscular men easily outnumber women 3 to 1. Many women on holiday meet a local man or an Australian surfer boy to be their holiday boyfriend. It’s obvious that here in Bali, the woman is the Queen!
That’s not to say that there’s no action for a guy here but if you don’t have serious “game” then I’d recommend you bring your wife or girlfriend if you’re visiting and want some romance. If you’re like me and role solo your options are somewhat more limited than Asian countries like Thailand where finding a girlfriend is as easy as walking outside your hotel room. I started dating an absolutely stunning girl that works at the front desk of my original hotel, more on that in a future post.
Since arriving here I’ve been taking taxi’s everywhere I go. On that first cab ride of 10 minutes the meter stopped at 23,000 and I was thinking, oh man $23, that’s expensive. When I recalculated the proper exchange rate I realized the ride was only a very cheap $2.30 USD! Riding in taxis is convenient, cheap and efficient, but for the exploring I want to do, I need my own wheels. So to really get immersed in the lands far, far away I rented a large size motorcycle, a Honda Tiger, for $7.50 USD a day.
I also moved out of Kuta to get far away from the typical Australian club idiots pictured here to the right, to the Sanur beach area, which is quieter and more tranquil on the South Eastern side of Bali. I’m staying in a huge traditional Balinese villa complete with a garden and an outdoor shower for $600,000 Rupiah ($60 USD) a night. The place is nice, complete with marble floors and 20 feet ceilings but it is aging, with older furniture and creaky doors. For another week or so I’ll call it home.
So that brings me full circle, I’ve accomplished lots of business while here and am now doing some serious relaxing. At $5 USD, I’ve been getting one or two full body Balinese massages a day. I’ve also been hanging at the beach getting tan, doing some relaxing swimming and speding time with my new girlfriend. Today I’m off to go do more of then same – it’s a rough life. Soon I’ll venture out to the under-developed portions of the island where I hope to take in the old world, true cultural side of Bali.
Thanks for reading,